I have a maremma and love her to bits but I'm worried about her exercising. I have MS and although I take her to the park 2-3 times a day, she wont run and only walks when I do. When I need to sit which is a lot she will sit beside me as if she's guarding me. She wont chase balls, sticks or even play with toys but seems to be intent on being continuously on alert and guarding. I would likeo know if anyone has any ideas on how to get her to run around so she can move her joints and exercise a bit.
I once had this problem with my miniature pinscher. When I would take her and my other miniature pinscher walking to the dog park, she would always be lazy and all she wanted to do was sleep on the grass, where-as my other mini pin would be chasing other dogs (playfully) and playing with bouncy balls. Long story short, all I did was get her favorite treat and tied that treat with a bouncy ball such as a rubber one or a tennis ball and i made sure that she saw it. And once she did, I trained into the habit of seeing that been's theres a ball, I will get a treat. Try that! Not only will your dog get excersise, but he/she will get a little treat for doing excerise.
She is doing her job. They are extremly protective dogs, and although you may not have trained it, it is her natural instinct. Try playing with her on your own home turf. Otherwise she is doing exactly what come natural to her. I wouldn't worry to much, she just loves you that much
I suggest you read up on the breed some. You will find that these dogs, like most livestock guarding breeds, do not play games of fetch. Also they are not very energetic, much prefering to do exactly as your dog does. They tend to lie around alot, usually reserving their energy for a time when they need to be energetic, as in running off predators from attacking their sheep, goats, whatever it is they guard. It is generally recommended that someone who wants a dog to play fetch and other normal dog games, or to be a playmate for their children, not acquire a LGD. Not saying they are void of energy, my girl Scout ( another LGD breed) will run and play for a whole 20 minutes or so at the dog park. Then she takes up a spot in the park where she has the best sight advantage and plops down to observe the goings on around her. That is the breed and what they do.
They are also an intuitive, highly intelligent breed of dogs. My guess is that she senses your disability and is intune to it on a level you may not understand. These breeds can be fantastic service dogs, some with very little training because they are so intuitive. From what it sounds like, you have a great dog. I hope you enjoy her for many years.