My golden will get the ball, or stick, or whatever a couple of times and then that's it, and there's no tricking him into getting it either! So much for golden retreiver! :) Oh well, he's a great dog, and btw, even though we live at the beach he hates to get wet! LOL
atrester, a dog not fetching is not always a sign of a dog not played with. my one dog sandy is 4 years old, and i have getting her to play fetch since i got her when she was a little puppy, she's just never been interested. the only way she'll chase something that i throw is if it is food, and can't play fetch with food. my other dog though will play fetch for as long as you'll throw the ball. so its definetly not a case of a dog not being played with, just the dogs personality!
lol~ my female Pyr gives you that same, "you threw it, you want it, YOU fetch it" look. It is evidently beneth her to involve herself in silly human "tricks". My male...now he LOVES to play fetch. Go figure. It really is not part of a Pyr personailty though.
When we had Sadie when you threw her a frisbee she would turn it over to the inside and just lick the inside of it for hours. I don't know why,she would never give it back,just lick and lick.If you threw a ball she would not go after it unless Tigger was playing. Then they would play tug of war with the ball.Tigger is one of the most intense playing fetch dogs i've ever met.She'll go non stop.It's good for her ,it keeps her agile,and keeps Piper moving.When they play they get their big bully smiles going.
fetching is not a part of the anatolian nature either. which is fine with me because i also get very quickly bored with repeated throwing of the ball. wouldn't you know it though that i have the only anatolian in history that brings me balls and kongs for me to throw so she can run like the wind after them. she is just too much!!!!!!
Actually i have experienced this type of situation many times before. I noticed my relative's shih tzu was simply not interested in fetching objects. Her response always seemed to be"Ah, whatever". I do not totally agree with Tj regarding this issue. I mean this shih tzu is played with very often, so the statement is flawed. The dog's nature is simply the answer i believe. The shih tzu now fetches the objects when she is interested, which is an improvement from before. ^_^