I think Ike 'wants" something though.. so you can get the frustration going.
It's probably something I am doing or not doing.
Food is not terribly motivating. He is spoiled with his meals, I think. He has gourmet tastes anyway. Could alter things around that.
The toy is not over the top motivation at this point. Perhaps that is due to my not playing it enough with him. I do get it out pretty often though; and do short play sessions after also short training to try and develop the drive for that.
I could "smack the baby" and get him going. If it caused him to hop around and bark like it does the Border Collie, I would find it more appealing. He likes it, but stands on his hind legs, holds me with his mouth and front legs and propells me across the room in reaction to some rough play. Oh that's pretty.
I then have to get a bit of control of this... and we are back to control more than drive.
He's nuts in protection the few times I have tried it, so its not like he is a dead head with no drive. It must be me.
Perhaps I am in to self preservation and just have not engaged him enough. He is not aggressive with me, but he is very physical.
Primary motivators: cat and helper. Me, not so much.
Ha! I am neither cat-like nor helper-like!!