My 2 Dachshunds that were super brilliant did not play with toys as a rule - their other less intellectual brothers did though to great lengths. From time to time just to please my husband they would toss the ball to him - but other than that they preferred to supervise, watch TV for check out the kitchen. Maybe your dog just doesn't like to play with toys. My Eskie likes to chew toys and chase but not bring back. Will drop toy from bed and wag his tail like crazy waiting for one of us to pick it up for him - that is his idea of "playing". You won't find him playing with a toy on his own.