Not suited for sport or just bored?
I have a 9-month old female WL German shepherd.
She has been coming to my training club for 2-3 months.
During those visits, she was tied, watching the other dogs.
At the last two club meetings, the trainer began working a tug with her.
A week ago, she played a little with the tug, but seemed to lose interest after several pulls.
Last night, she sat watching the trainer move a variety of tugs in front of her in a variety of ways.
She made no effort to grab the tug, and seemed more interested in the grass.
Her reaction to the tug was significantly less at both sessions compared to other pups of similar age( two Malinois, 8 months and 11 months) at same basic level of training.
Her reaction was also much less than my other shepherd, a SL male, who I began bringing to the club, albeit at an older age of 18 months.
The trainer tried a smaller tug, as well as a rag....same lack of reaction.
The trainer suggested that I stop playing tug with her at home to increase her interest at the club (and I guess build frustration?).
She enjoys the tug at home, and works fairly hard to get it.
Does this sound like a puppy who is bored, and who would benefit from building frustration, or a puppy who may just not be suitable for sport?
Thanks for your thoughts.