Looking for drive, I think I found it.
I got Zeus from the breeder at 5 months. He came home with what seemed to be major depression. I kept making excuses and the breeder kept telling me he is just stressed and will be fine soon. He had no drive at all. Didn't care to eat, etc. One of the biggest reasons I went with this particular breeder was because her dogs were very prey driven, making it much easier to train in the future. I finally couldn't take it anymore, took Zeus to the vet about 2 weeks after getting him. GIARDIA. The very next day after starting the meds, COMPLETELY different dog. He just wants to eat, play, NOW THIS IS A 5 MONTH OLD GSD. Of course, the breeder won't take any responsibility, but that's a different story.
My last GSD had no drive at all. So Zeus' behavior is new to me. He didn't seem to care too too much about many toys. I ended up taking him to Ivan Balabanov for an evaluation since he is local. He pulled out the wand with the toy at the end and BAM. He went nuts. After realizing I just can't afford to work with Ivan right now, I ended up buying the wand myself. Zeus will go nuts for any toy I put on the end, and doesn't stop. I have to stop him from overheating. I THOUGHT I had his basic commands down. Nope. If I attempt these commands using the toy, he doesn't even realize I exist. Just stares and jumps for the toy.
I did purchase the Dogtra 1900 ncp but am too unfamiliar with it right now to incorporate it into training.
Any recommendations to get his interest on me, and then reward him with the toy? Or, is this just going to work best with the e collar?
I appreciate any help / advice. Constructive criticism is very welcomed. My last GSD, I took him to a trainer for a month and he was just returned to me trained. It was nice at first, but since I was not there, he took me less serious and it just ended up not being as enjoyable for me and him.