Jocoyn I don't see this as a problem . Look at human behaviour for your template and you'll be laughing .
How many wives have husbands who have retired after years of being managerial . Suddenly the old boy has no staff to organize , but the skills and need to are still there , so all of a sudden , the dear man sort of bleeds over into the ladies realm that she has just managed oh so well . Now , since he is retired , she is getting advice in the kitchen , in the grocery , maybe even how to drive !!
I see the poor beleagured ladies , husbands hands firmly on the shopping carts , or wandering away with them -- its out of control I tell you. Ah retirement .
So your good dog who was chosen because he has focus and drive is retired . He has lost the structure and purpose of his routine . So his natural talent which is to find and focus become this prey - locate and fix , behaviour.
When I was a kid my mum had a clothes line and I had a dog and I had a few puncture balls . Put the three together . Take a cord and run through the deflated ball , make loop , attach to laundry line , add dog, who was a fiend for balls . The dog would stare at the ball , stalk it , grab it and run to one end , have a shake up with the ball and trot to the other end . Sometimes she would do the zoomies around the bushes and start the stalking behaviour all over .
It was better than fetch , which we did . I would jump on my Raleigh bicycle to the school yard and use the solid brick wall and the hard surface to have an exciting and explosive game of fetch with an india rubber , supper bouncer, whamed against the building . It would ricochet with great speed in unknown directions , or that ball would be rolled down the length of the paved area .
Last edited by carmspack; 11-25-2012 at 10:58 AM.