I have a 20month male WL. he went thru basic obedience training and did very well.
he also did bite work. Initially, he has very high prey drive but it has seemed to have waned a lot. Is there a proper way to sort of "re-develop" it?
he also used to be very confident of himself. unfortunately, he's been very suspicious lately and shy away from confrontations. But as soon as we bring out the bite sleeve, its like a switch turns on and he gets excited and want to start biting.
Whenever we show him a tennis ball, he seems disinterested. But once we throw it, he'd go after it but won't bring it back. I'd have to walk to him. he'd let go of the ball readily and let me throw it again.
Hope you can share some insight in maybe helping him get more confident
In your thread starter You asked how you can develop drives and
You then mention in the post that your dog has had a change in temperament, “Suspicious”and “Shy away from confrontations.”
But when you bring out the sleeve he gets excited.
That change in his temperment could be boredom and lack of excersise, he could be looking for you to engage him in an activity.
If as you say, he has a high prey drive, he needs to work, he needs to be made tired through excersise and mental stimulation.
High prey drive dogs crave activity.
If he loves to bite the sleeve, he’d love to play tugging games with you. You can find tug games for dogs on google.
You can also include some tugging while playing fetch.
Car2ners video shows some tugging while playing fetch.
You wrote he did well in basic obedience.
Run him thru his basic commands everyday and reward him with a lot of praise, with the ball or a game of tug. By doing things like that you are engaging your dog.
He wants to please you so think of ways to engage him.