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post #1 of 24 (permalink) Old 05-08-2011, 08:17 AM Thread Starter
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Question Low ball drive

My new 5 month old GSD, Bella, has zero ball drive. She will on occasion go smell what i threw and maybe mouth it a little but nothing else. I know i may be expecting too much too soon, since i have only had her 3 days. She wants to please me and has learned sit and we are working on down. She follows me where ever i go and wants my attention. She is very calm and relaxed maybe too calm and relaxed. She also has no desire to play with any toys just the occasional chew and that's it. Should i let her get more adjusted to her new surrounding?? Any suggestions would be wonderful!
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Well.. it could be just the dog. I used to have a dog who liked to play, but didn't give anything about toys or anything like that

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Do you know the environment that she came from? I got my puppy from a non-reputable breeder (didn't know any better at the time...thought I was doing good not going through a pet store or puppy mill) who had the litter of puppies in a stall in a cow barn. When we went to get her, there were NO toys at all in with the puppies. When we brought her home and bought her tons of toys...she had no clue what to do with them. It took her a good week to figure out they were something to play with and fun! I'd say just keep showing her how to play and eventually she will get the hang of it!

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Do you know the environment that she came from? I got my puppy from a non-reputable breeder (didn't know any better at the time...thought I was doing good not going through a pet store or puppy mill) who had the litter of puppies in a stall in a cow barn. When we went to get her, there were NO toys at all in with the puppies. When we brought her home and bought her tons of toys...she had no clue what to do with them. It took her a good week to figure out they were something to play with and fun! I'd say just keep showing her how to play and eventually she will get the hang of it!
AGREED!! My husbands dutchie/mal loves balls, but as far as a tug, or a flirt pole doesnt get it.... he is Starting too.. id say keep working with her :]

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I'd give her more time to adjust since you just got her. Might take a month or more for her drives to come out. Also, what lines is she? With some lines, the drives will kick in later.

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I'd give her more time to adjust since you just got her. Might take a month or more for her drives to come out. Also, what lines is she? With some lines, the drives will kick in later.
I don't know right off the top of my head what her lines are. I was told what they were but do not recall but i do know her father's name and akc number. Charlie von Bishop # dn16513501. I wrote that down before i sent in her papers.
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you have to teach her how to retrieve. then you can teach
her "find it". you hide something and have her find it. a trainer
will be very helpfull. train and socialize.
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Sometimes it can take awhile. Use a flirt pole in the meantime.
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Backchain it - that's where you teach the end of the behavior first and then work back towards the beginning. With mine when they were puppies they would all follow a ball if I rolled it a couple of feet and I didn't have any trouble working on it from there. But if I had, what I'd do is teach them to take the ball from my and then give it back standing right there. Then, give the ball and run backwards a few steps, encouraging her to bring it to you and give it up. Until she's consistently bringing you the ball after you've handed it you her you can start rolling it away from you. Work up gradually to being able to throw it, and again, start with short distances at first.

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you can also get a ball on a rope and drag it, it looks more like prey and it may snap her interest........

some dogs aren't real ball crazy and you might have to experiment with different toys. a tug toy may spark interest play and tease the pup a bit with it, then through it and teach her to bring it back.....she is also still young, alot of my pups ball drive varied, but most were 6 months to a year before things really clicked.....you can shape ball drive, or toy drive with the right motivational training.........some dogs are naturals and others need a boost in that area....

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