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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 10-06-2015, 10:01 PM Thread Starter
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Energy or interest level low?

Apex is about 1.5 months old and he's great at home super calm and ready to go outside.

When we play fetch I'll toss two balls back and forth and after like maybe a few minutes of this he'll not chase after the ball (he'll still get it sometimes but then he'll just go and plop on the ground and relax for a bit)

Now is he just resting or is his energy level lower? I take him hiking and he'll be constantly in motion and at times run like a maniac.

Is he just disinterested in the fetch (though he seems to love it)

How can I get him to stay in that play drive longer or what steps can I take to increase his energy level. As I am hoping to get him into IPO since I plan on getting a WLGSD in a years time.

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He's young and as long he does fine hiking and what not then he probably just hasn't built up enough interest. None of mine were that thrilled about fetch at that age either. I would keep playing and be very animated, use short sessions and not cover a lot of distance either.

Later on as he matures, you can build intrest by stopping play before he plops. If he will play hard for 4-5 minutes, then stop around 3-4 min, then gradually try adding time as his enthusiasm increases.
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I'll try that.
on my next day off ill play fetch maybe 3 or 4 throws then take him for a walk then home then take him out within an hour do the same bring him in and try to go out every hour before he plops.

Tomorrow I will spend trying to find how much time it takes for him to Plop.
Even when he plops he is ready to go if hes motivated like If i bust out a tug.
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post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old 10-06-2015, 11:15 PM
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He is six weeks old????????? Did you mean a year and a half? 15 months?

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He is six weeks old????????? Did you mean a year and a half? 15 months?
I looked back at previous posts and think it's a typo. Despite checking, somehow I still got it in my head it was 2-3 mo old pup when I posted, geez I need sleep...
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high energy, high drive and high endurance are not always a package deal. my SL male is very high energy (active, playful, animated, runs for no reason) but fairly low drive (attention span is zip... fetch and tug are rare and short lived). my WL male has moderate energy level (rises to the occasion when asked but has a super chill button) but tons of drive (intense, determined, will tug and chase til the cows come home) both have good endurance (multi mile / multi hour hikes).

in your case, if trying to build drive, I'd ditch the ball and get him a flirt pole.

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post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old 10-07-2015, 01:35 AM Thread Starter
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yes hes 15 months lol.
I am going to build my boy a flirt pole once I can go pick up some pvc pipe and a bungee rope. I'll use that to build his drive and try the other method to keep his interest in fetch.

When we first start hes Ramped up ready to go and if I give him a command during this time his reaction is like immediate he'll down in like .1 seconds when other times he's just casual.
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