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07-12-2014 12:16 AM
Pioneer53 You have to rule out unseen medical issues first and diet issues. Any booster vaccinations within the last month? Low grade lameness issue, inflammation of the joints or digestive tract will cause lack of desire to play as well. They can't tell you if they are sore...

We had a young dog with stamina issues, the helper called her lazy too... We ran full blood work, thyroid levels were on the low side of normal. Finally she was diagnosed at under a year of age with thyroid disease and needed thyroid medication. Google Dr. Jean Dodd, leading expert on this and have your vet send bloodwork to her. Dr. Dodd confirmed that her levels were very low for a dog of her age. Dr. D was invaluable to us on confirming the diagnosis and getting the medication correct.

Best of luck with your pup!
07-11-2014 10:39 PM
SuperG To assume a dog's desire and pursuit is so predictable or convenient to assume/promote.... perhaps requires the human to to be a bit inventive or maybe even introspective if it doesn't proceed as assumed.

All four of my dogs had their "passions"....and all four of my dogs shared some similar desires....but yet each dog had their own unique "trigger" which I could utilize to our own benefit if I chose.

07-11-2014 09:03 PM
Jax08 Is he lazy? Or is he not being properly motivated?

have you talked to your breeder about him? what was he like when he was with the breeder?
07-11-2014 08:37 PM
Courtney Agree with the swimming suggestion.

At 6 months however I would keep an eye out for a health concern. Perceived laziness could be something else.

It's also been very hot like Sunflowers mentioned. They know when they have had enough.
07-11-2014 08:22 PM
Nigel Tuke was like this, still kind of is at 4 years. Very competitive playing fetch in the company of our other dogs, but by herself she'll slow down and if hot she becomes a shade hugger. Depends on your expectations, but I enjoy her mellow easy going attitude, nice to have at least one in the pack. Your pups play drive may pick up when the weather cools and he matures a little more. Tuke's intensity would increase depending on what ball I used too, some definitely have more value.
07-11-2014 07:34 PM
Originally Posted by Airman1stclass View Post
My dog didnt have pano. I know the old post can be confusing. But ever since then he we never had another problem with him.
Oh, OK... I was going by this post of yours.

If they never discovered the problem, it could still be there.

Originally Posted by Airman1stclass View Post
He has been diagnosed with Panosteitis. He was xray again and the doctor sais since he is so young its really hard to tell what may actually be the problem. They gave us some inflimation meds to give to him orally for the next few days and if that doesn't work we are going to see a specialist. Right now he is more alert an active it's just he doesn't want to walk. He'll mouth your hand like a puppy and he'll chew on covers but his back right leg is definitely in pain. Only thing is he showed ni signs of pain when the vet was touching his right leg. But we're praying he gets better. Thanks everyone for the prayers. Please continue to send them. We want our boy to be outside playing and not just laying around the house.
07-11-2014 06:49 PM
blehmannwa Havoc was like that as a pup. After the initial land shark phase, he went through a subdued period. At some point that changed...could just be a phase.
07-11-2014 05:55 PM
Originally Posted by Sunflowers View Post
Looked at your old posts. He has had Pano... perhaps you are expecting too much. 15 minutes fetch is a lot for a 6 month old who is prone to Pano.

Plus your temperatures are high 80s to low 90s. Dogs can't sweat. It may be way too hot for him. Get him a kiddie pool if you can.
My dog didnt have pano. I know the old post can be confusing. But ever since then he we never had another problem with him.
07-11-2014 05:53 PM
Originally Posted by misslesleedavis1 View Post
No way! i thought you bought from a breeder that bred spunky monkeys lol i am not sure how hot it is were u are but maybe he is telling you his little body cannot cope or ya he is just lazy or you are boring him lol
Even the guy ive been training him with sais he is lazy. I think i got an odd one out the bunch.Cause this dog is not even close to what i expected him too be.
07-11-2014 05:04 PM
simba405 I will say that if the dog runs after the ball every time you throw it but just doesn't bring it back then it's not the dog but the training.
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