German Shepherd Dog > how to boost a drive in a pup (23 replies)
how to boost a drive in a pup
by alexander the great on 06 January 2011 - 19:03
|My pup doesnt have a drive wont chase a ball or a flirt pole.any advice in how to boost|
by Felloffher on 06 January 2011 - 19:22
|Post the pedigree of the dog, you may have a dog with strong defence and low prey drive or a dud.|
by SportySchGuy on 06 January 2011 - 19:28
|5 hour energy, redbull, rockstar ;)|
by alexander the great on 06 January 2011 - 19:43
|Haha good one sportguy;).i cant see why he doesnt he has troll and yoschy in his bloodlines|
by SportySchGuy on 06 January 2011 - 19:47
|Spend time with your dog and you yourself show interest in what you want him to be interested in. Try throwing something into tall grass and see if he will look for it. When he finds praise a lot. Build confidence and dont put much pressure on him to chase. He has to want to do it.|
by GSDPACK on 06 January 2011 - 19:58
|How old is your puppy?|
by alexander the great on 06 January 2011 - 20:07
|He is 5and a half months,will try that sports guy|
by K9Sport on 15 January 2011 - 17:14
at 5+ months... it is what it is... For me, if he doesn't have enough prey drive to chase a ball he doesn't have enough prey drive to do the sport...
by Don Corleone on 16 January 2011 - 01:11
|I would keep up the drive promotion and seek out an experienced trainer. If that doesn't work, I'd go to an e-collar.|
by SportySchGuy on 16 January 2011 - 02:56
|I don't worry about drive. It's either there or it's not. I think you may be expecting way too much from this pup. Chill out, have patience and good things will come.|
by leeshideaway on 16 January 2011 - 04:32
|Do you let your dog haves his toys all the time?|
If so that is the problem, they are your toys not his.
You have to bring out a kong or tug and show it to him.
Change your tone of voice, say wanna go play, tease him with the ball, don't let him get it etc...
Now go out side.
Show him the toy, when he goes for it, pull it away a few times, then let him get it and praise.
Sometimes it's good to have two of the same toy, after he earns the first, pull out the second.
(he should drop the first one and go after the second one)
Repeat the process a few times.
If he starts to lose interest after a while, take away the toys and go back inside.
After a few hours or when he gets another load of puppy energy, do it again.
Eventually you can throw the ball/kong or get one with a rope and if he brings the first one back, throw the second one.
Later he should be rewarded with it for doing things like come sit etc...
by sable59 on 16 January 2011 - 17:08
|if a dog isn't after the bal lor another toy and hitting the sleeve at that age,i would probably get rid of it. give it to a family etc.|
by Felloffher on 16 January 2011 - 19:12
|Lees advise is pretty good, the only thing I would add is don't play with the dog until he's losing interest. Always try to end each session when your dogs drive peaks, it will build the intensity for the reward. Really you should seek out a club to work with that will evaluate your methods and the dog.|
by alboe2009 on 16 January 2011 - 19:44
Sent you the information via e-mail.
MODS, can you explain why my yesterdays' post was deleted???
MODS, I apologize. OP has 2 threads with "DRIVE". My comment is in the other. You can delete my two posts, if you deem.
by smith on 16 January 2011 - 20:35
|I have a female and she would'nt chase a ball or tug untill alomost 1yr old.Now she is the most ball crazy and sleeve crazy dog i have seen! Let the pup be a pup give it time! If you take their advice and give the dog to a family for a pet i bet you'll get a call in a few months to come get it because its crazy!|
by sable59 on 17 January 2011 - 19:23
|"give the dog to someone for a pet" came from me. i say again,if a pup at 4 or 5 mo. old is not showing drive i would get rid of it. i would say most breeder that breed working dogs would do the same thing.smith, your dog could be the exception to the rule. there are always those. i personelly can't afford to wait a year to see if a slow maturing dog is going to mature or not.. i wish you well with your girl.|
by Gemini on 17 January 2011 - 20:38
|I have a friend that has a GSD around 3 months old beautiful dog. I was playing with his pup and threw a tennis ball. Kids and other dog around so she was distracted. I would have to get her attention then throw it and sometimes she would show interest some time not. He has owned the pup around 2-3 weeks. It appears she has some drive but maybe due to new place and the distractions other things were more interesting. My GSD when she was a pup and until today will stop eating and will stop doing anything if she sees a ball. I have toys that I keep and some she has all day and that has done nothing to her ball drive. I dont think my friend cares one way about ball drive he may actually want a lower drive dog. His daughter enjoys playing ball with my dog so she may have a different opionion. |
by leeshideaway on 17 January 2011 - 21:32
|The dog should be learning that when the ball comes out WE are going to have some great fun.|
My master is going to play with me now.
The ball is just a tool to stimulate the dog into doing things with it's owner.
You can't expect results if you throw the ball into the yard and talk on the phone.
If you let your dog outside and never do anything with it, he will learn to make up his own fun.
If I let my dog out, she waits for me to come out.
If I let her out and throw the ball, then I go inside, she will bring the ball to the door and wait for me to come out.
If I give her the ball in the house and sit at the computer, she will put the ball at my feet and wait for me.
What my dog wants is me....., to go play, train, walk etc.... The ball is just a means to that end.
by frankm205 on 17 January 2011 - 21:59
| How long have you had this puppy? How often do you play with him? How do you play with him?|
What toys are you playing with him with? Many unknown things here. Need some answers first!!
by alboe2009 on 19 January 2011 - 10:03
EXACTLY! My one female I have to throw the ball in one direction so I can throw another ball for the male in the opposite. She wants to be faster than any one and wants both bals or if there's a third all three. My service dog and her were trying to get all three balls in their mouths I converted to large Kong balls. Ana will drop that ball at my feet and "tell" me how bad she wants it. Whining, wailing and picking up the ball and putting it closer or even on my feet!