Well i know you need something that motivated the dog to train them but alice is very unmotivated for food,toys, and attention she just wanted to sleep all day i dont know what to do
I'm surprised that a puppy that age only wants to sleep. Usually puppies are energetic and more than willing to learn things.Well i know you need something that motivated the dog to train them but alice is very unmotivated for food,toys, and attention she just wanted to sleep all day i dont know what to do
If I wanted to motivate my dog more to learn and play with me I would not allow her to play with other dogs. This does not have to be forever, but I think it's worth a try anyways.SHe has had a thorough vet check she has always been like this just lazy in general she play with the other dogs outside but inside she just wants to lay down. she just has never been super interested in people. she doesnt greet people when they come over like my pibbles do
It almost sounds like you have two problems, OP. You mention both her lack of motivation to work (biddibility) and a lack of a bond between the two of you. Those are not necessarily related. Shanoa, for example, is not very biddible. She'll work eagerly, if there's something in it for her. She couldn't care less if what she does pleases me or not However, she and I have a very deep bond. So you may have two separate issues to address here. One is that your dog may not be as interested in working with you/pleasing you, and the other is the lack of bonding. I would personally start with the issue of bonding, and you may see a change in her work attitude as you develop a better bond. If you don't, then you start working on how to work with her better and find ways to motivate her.This thread on biddable dogs is pretty good: http://www.dobermantalk.com/doberman-related-chat/49872-rate-your-dogs-biddability.html
Good suggestions MeadowCat!Has she had a full vet screening, including blood panels, run? If not, I'd do that first. I know you said she had a vet check, but that doesn't always include blood work.
If playing with another dog is a reward for her, start using that as her reward for working with you. If chasing a squirrel in the yard is rewarding, that becomes her reward. I would do some reading on the Premack principle; you can use your dog's interests to your benefit. Is she completely unmotivated by food? You may start trying to have her work for her meals. Have you taken any type of class with her? A good trainer can help you identify what is rewarding for your dog. Not all dogs are food motivated, or toy motivated.
Make sure you are spending one-on-one time with her, too. It's very possible she's bonded more to your other dog than to you, especially if she spends most of her time playing with the other dog. You might pick up a copy of Susan Garrett's book, "Ruff Love: A Relationship Building Program for You and Your Dog" (Amazon.com: Ruff Love: A Relationship Building Program for You and Your Dog (9781892694065): Susan Garrett: Books). I've used a modified version of this program pretty successfully. You may also do some NILF (Nothing in Life is Free) to help her learn that all good things come from you. I personally found that my bond with Shanoa grew exponentially once we started clicker training together. If you haven't used clicker training, a great book to check out is "The Thinking Dog: Crossover to Clicker Training" (Amazon.com: The Thinking Dog: Crossover to Clicker Training (Dogwise Training Manual) (9781929242627): Gail Tamases Fisher: Books). This is one of the best dog books I've read.