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Is he slow, blind, or just no interest

I'm beginning to wonder about Bear. He'll be 5 months is 3 days, and I still can't get him to react if I toss something to him. I can toss food bits, ball, anything and he lets it hit him on the head instead of trying to catch it. He'll chase it as it rolls away on the floor, but it's like he doesn't even see it coming, no reaction at all as it's coming to him. His eyesight is good cause he can see a squirrel half way across the yard. I know it's trivial, but just not sure what to think.

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Re: Is he slow, blind, or just no interest

Tara can't really catch either and does the same thing when something is thrown at her. I've managed to teach her to catch small bits of food in her mouth but we haven't graduated to anything larger. I think it's just not her natural tendency to catch things in her mouth- she would rather chase them. I wouldn't worry about it too much, you could probably teach him to catch if you really wanted to. I definitely don't think he is blind if he's able to see other things.

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Re: Is he slow, blind, or just no interest

Is he "really" food and toy motivated? He may just not feel the need to catch something in the air if the food will fall on the floor anyways

My Border collie (yeah... one of those you see doing Frisbee, sigh...) would catch a toy, but wouldn't bother with food. Gravity force worked fine enough for her.

Have you played "fishing pole" with him? You take a stick, rope and the toy at the end, encouraging chasing. It may help Bear to develop his reflex.

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Maybe he needs to see another dog do it first to learn. Dogs are great learners that way.

Regarding catching, my female, who just turned 4 years old, can't catch. She's just now trying and can only catch if I throw it right at her mouth from a few feet away.
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Re: Is he slow, blind, or just no interest

Heidi won't catch either (unless it's food!) She does like to chase after her cuz and catch it on the second bounce though...

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He's food and toy motivated. He has more toys than most kids do. I haven't tried the fishing pole yet, but we have a laser pointer he goes nuts trying to catch. If I point it on his paws, he'll bark at it then lunge for it. It's just so funny bouncing food or a ball off his head. My last dog, a non gsd would break his neck before letting anything hit the floor we tossed his way.

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DO NOT use the laser pointer! (Or any other type of light.)

This causes OCD behavior in dogs. Just Google it and find out.
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I had to work with getting Dakota to catch. This skill needed to be developed for her.
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I can't believe they are selling these now as dog toys!!
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Ocd behavior? I was not aware of that. I almost replied to a post from a lady that felt her age and health would prevent her from exercising her gsd, and recommend one. Thats what I love about this board, so many highly informed people, willing to laugh, help, and when needed, let you know when you're going at something wrong.

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