Help please! 15 years ago I competed in obedience with a Belgian Terveuren, she was a very driven dog with a strong play drive and did very well in obedience.
The dog that followed was a dalmatian, who was a great dog, but remained a loyal pet. We added a doberman to the mix three years ago, he's daft as a brush, clumsy boisterous and a great family dog, sadly we lost the dal just over a year ago.
Earlier this year we took on a GSD bitch, she is now 7 months old and after sailing through her basic puppy obedience I thought I'd try my hand at obedience again.
Norah is a very laid back girl, she loves her liver and will work for it, she is good at all the basic commands, but when it comes to heelwork and recall she is not what I would call "driven" she obeys, but in the recall she ambles over to me with no urgency and in the heelwork she spends as much time with her nose to the ground as concentrating on me.
She has a low play drive, although she gets very animated when our cats come into the house which gives me hope that I can somehow tap into that enthusiasm!
She spends a lot of the day playing with the dobe and I wonder if she is just plain tired in the evening.
Anyway, if anyone is still reading, what I'd like to know is, am I expecting too much at a young age? Should I restrict the amount of time she is with the dobe? Has anyone else had a dog that has not developed a drive until a bit later, is it a GSD thing?
I would really appreciate some words of advice as it is a bit disheartening!