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Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Northern British Columbia
If he isn't that exited for a ball, you can find some other toy that he goes nuts for, like a tug, for example. What you want is to have something that you can reward him with when you train, something he will work all day for to earn the reward. For many dogs it is a ball, for others a linen tug, or a kong on a rope.
You won't be able to reward with the water.
If there is another toy he likes that will work for you, work with that to build his drive. Tease him with it, but don't let him catch it.
Playing with water won't do anything to raise his drive for a toy, because the water has to be on, and he can always catch it - to build prey drive one needs to get the dog frustrated so that they want to get the reward, and they will be focused on it. (my mixed breed loves to catch the water stream and pull the hose around, but she will still work for a tug, my GSD does not care for the hose or the water stream, but still has lots of drive for work.)
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