I think it is kind of sad. I wondered if the dog was simply not played with or if it is a personality difference. I can't imagine not having this game to play with my pup. She loves it so much. SHE BEGS to play. Anyone have a dog like that who you tried to get to fetch but never quite got it? Or is this mostly a characteristic of a dog that wasn't played with?
I have a bull terrier at the moment who wont fetch - he looks at me as if to say 'you threw it, YOU fetch it' its not hes not played with because he is - hes just incrediblily stubborn. I dont think its a breed charcatitic either as my previous dog (also a bull terrier) would happily fetch sticks then munch them into splinters on his return ('youre not throwing that one again') I think it depend son the charcater of the dog, rather than breed. Both my dogs wre/are played with at the same level (one not more so than the last) so that wasnt the cause
My lhasa apso used to fetc until she reached 3 years old. Now sh won't get up for anything. She still loves to cuddle, but she doesn't play. We bought a new dog that loves to play. Now, my lhasa plays most of the day with the new dog. I guess the dog gives her more motivation than I do.
Dogs or just animals for that matter have different drives. some dogs do not want to retrieve it is not a disorder. My girldriends catahoula will do aything to retrreve a ball. my malinois likes to play fetch but not as much as the catahoula.
You make it sound like it's abnormal that some dogs don't like to fetch. It's not. There are breeds that have literally been developed to hone the fetching skill for use in conjunction with mankind's desire to have something brought to them. You know them as retrievers. Retrieve = fetch. This is one of the huge reasons that Retrievers make such excellent service dogs, because so much involved with being service dogs has to do with the command 'fetch'. I spoke with some people who run a service dog training academy, they typically use collies and retrievers as their main breeds. She told me, if you tell a Collie to fetch, it will do it grudgingly with training, as if the task is beneath it. But no dog breed in her opinion is better than being a physical support for people who need a brace to help them get off the floor after they've fallen, or more supportive during an epileptic seizure (the woman in question has multiple schlerosis and epilepsy) than a collie. However, for someone who has trouble getting around, picking up things, etc, no breeds are as talented and gifted at that than the retrievers. Some breeds just have different instincts that have been honed, like newfoundlands and their instinct for water rescue. Some breeds will fetch if trained to do so, or when the mood suits them. Others will just give you the Look when you invite them to fetch. Akitas come to mind right there.
well, i have a retriever. she doesn't like to retrieve. on land, that is. in water she'll retrieve all day. i think i just don't know how to bring it out in her. also, she will retrieve in the house, but outside, forget it.
MINI--the reason I asked the question was to determine whether it was a difference in personality and breed OR a situation of never having been taught. I meant NO offense and just felt bad if the dog might be missing out on something. Of course I know that retrievers were named such because of their retrieving ability. I just always thought, ignorantly or not, that fetch was a typical dog game. I played it with my airdale, my mixed breed, my cocker spaniel, my springer spaniel, my family border collie and german shorthaired pointer, my neighbors golden and lab, my friend's pekenese, a wheaton terrier, jack russel, yorkie, and the list goes on. I just have found a few in there that seem very bored and don't seem to know how or why to fetch. I wondered, so I asked. It is the purpose of the board right? I sure hope we don't have to be SO careful about offending or sounding like we are presuming things that we can't ask questions here.
All dogs have different "preferences" Out of my 7 dogs, the only one that fetches is my golden retriever mix. He will play fetch until he is too tired to run. The rest of them won't fetch. Barkley wants you to throw the ball once and only once and then he runs after it and keeps it. Shadow-black lab/great pyrenees mix use to play a tiny bit of fetch when she was a puppy, but not very much.
I'm sorry Atrester, I didn't mean to sound testy when I responded, please forgive me. I need more coffee, i'm grumpy in the mornings! I think it's just the personality of the dog. I think dogs that are very eager to please really take to fetching. But dogs that are more independent and stubborn minded (like my akita) don't like it so well. Ramoth would chase the ball because it was moving. Not because she wanted to fetch.
My eight yeat old lab/akita mix use to always fetch the ball when thrown, but now she will only fetch if she feels like it. I do not know what's up with her, but I think she is getting more stubborn as she gets older! She seems to be more interested in guarding the fence now. Well, Lucy will always fetch the ball, unless she sees the cat running across the yard! I guess it depends on the mood of the dog and their temperment.
It's ok min...I just got a little worried when I heard words like "abnormal" and "disorder" associated with my question. I meant NOTHING of the kind. So it appears to be personality age, and sometimes breed I guess. Good to know.
Hey Sarah! Faith is doing just great! How is our little LUCY GOOSEY? We are almost finished with our first training session. I am planning to go into agility if I can. She has both ears up and is looking just SO mature now. She is still rather small though. I don't think she will be all that big. OK BY ME! What have you all been up to?
Faith does that too --keeping the toy from me. She will want you to want it bad. But if you ignore her she will practically put it in your hand BEGGING to be played with. I think its funny. Now she is playing games with the cats where they each take turns being the "dominant preditor". TOO CUTE!
Atrester, that is great! I bet you she is one of the smartest dog in the class!LOL Lucy finished her puppy obedience about two months ago and now Iwant her to go to the next level. It seemed the puppy class was just more about socializing and playing. I think it miht have been to easy for her. hehe. Well, I bet Faith will love agility. Here they have a puppy agility class. I think they may have to wait until two years of age to actually do all the high jumps, but the puppy agility would be fine. I hope you and your family are doing well. We are fine here. Schools' out, so I am trying to keep up with all my daughter's activities. Lucy is fine! She seems to be going through another stage of chewing though!