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      1 year old has NO interest in chasing a ball????

      My new dog, DJ, is one year old chocolate lab. He has no interest at all in the ball I got him. He doesn't eve look at it as it rolls past him. I thought a retriever would be very interested in a ball. I want to teach him to fetch and catch Frisbee. Is it bad sign he has no interest at all in the ball rolling past him? I have had the dog about 24 hours.......

      (he is a very good dog in every other aspect)

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      Try other things, a squeaky toy, a dummy... If you've had him for only 24 hours, maybe he is stressed. Wait for him to settle in.

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      Nope, not a bad sign at all. He has a lot to adjust to and may be too nervous to play at all. Give him a little while to get his bearings and learn to trust you. Even then, some dogs are just not dogs that like balls. My puppy, for example, loves carrying around stuffed toys. He will play with a ball, but that is rarely his first choice. Congrats on the new addition!

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      Get the Kong balls with the squeeker. That should help.

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      thaks for all of the replys

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      Quote Originally Posted by Robert165 View Post
      My new dog, DJ, is one year old chocolate lab. He has no interest at all in the ball I got him. He doesn't eve look at it as it rolls past him. I thought a retriever would be very interested in a ball. I want to teach him to fetch and catch Frisbee. Is it bad sign he has no interest at all in the ball rolling past him? I have had the dog about 24 hours.......

      (he is a very good dog in every other aspect)

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      Robert,

      Do you plan to hunt this dog? If not, it's not such a bad sign. If so, you have a problem. Chasing a ball or training dummy, or certainly a bird should have been going on since he was 8-10 weeks old. Have you had him on real birds at all?



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      Oliver is 17 weeks old and doesn't care about playing fetch. He will goes chase the ball if I throw it....he just prefers to toss it up and catch it himself once he has gotten it instead of bringing it back to me to throw again. As long as he is entertained, I am fine with it.
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      Quote Originally Posted by EvanG View Post
      Robert,

      Do you plan to hunt this dog? If not, it's not such a bad sign. If so, you have a problem. Chasing a ball or training dummy, or certainly a bird should have been going on since he was 8-10 weeks old. Have you had him on real birds at all?
      Evan, he said he's only had the dog for 24 hours. I sincerely doubt if he's had him on live birds.

      OP, you just got the dog. Please please give him time to settle in and trust you before you begin worrying about chasing a ball or frisbee.
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      Echo the other replies - give him time. Archie came to us at 5 years old and had no idea how to play with toys. Over time, he learned and loves balls, especially if they squeak.

      It takes time for dogs to settle in, learn their routine, learn you and their new home.

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      my chili will play fetch all day long in a comfortable situation/environment. at a dog park no way cause he likes so many other smells/things. think it will just take some time/practice, I wouldnt worry.
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