Dog plays fetch by himself

Baxter the Wonder Dog is not overly fond of playing fetch. He particularly does not like to play it outdoors. But on occasion indoors he will play for about a dozen throws before he gets fed up and wanders off. But sometimes when he gets excited about something he will fling his fetch toy by himself and then pick it up.

But I have never seen him show the kind of dedication that this clever little dog in Japan showed. He apparently does this often.


  1. Trebuchet says

    The cliffhanger at the end is great! Will he go out into the deep water, or not?

    Some of those rocks don’t look quite natural. Clearly brought to earth by aliens!

  2. Rhys S says

    That bit at the end is basically the only way to get my dog to play fetch:throw it in the water. Although she doesn’t so much play fetch as she just swims around holding the toy.

  3. F [is for failure to emerge] says

    You know, I’ve come back to watch this a second (OK, third) time?

    Trebuchet: IK,R?

  4. F [is for failure to emerge] says


    – And when he does go out into the deep water, the mysterious wet line along those “rocks” is finally explained.

  5. lochaber says

    Yeah, that bit at the end was especially amusing.

    I’m wondering about the concrete blocks in there as well- what’s the reasoning?

    My first guess is that it’s a way to keep a certain flow speed even at low volumes of water or something.

    I’d like to hear any explanations/reasonings anyone else has.

  6. Trebuchet says

    Dang. I watched it again and then got sucked into watching four-and-a-half minutes of cute animals with mirrors. Curse you, YouTube!

    @lochaber: The whole watercourse is apparently artificial. I took the blocks to be carved from rock but you’re probably right about them being concrete. In any case they look to have been there for a long time.

  7. Acolyte of Sagan says

    Atlantis? Industrious crustaceans? Or an artificial watercourse designed with aesthetics in mind?

  8. Tsu Dho Nimh says

    I had a cat that would repeatedly carry a ping-pong ball to the top of the stairs, knock it off and chase it all the way down … at 3AM if I was unlucky.

    The “play with your prey” behavior is stronger in cats, however.

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