MemberOctober 7, 2012 at 9:17 am6601
I posted this also on a Doberman forum and they said virtually exactly what you have said.
I think these are the problems in play here:
– could be conflict with you. It is tricky doing tug with your own dog at this age if the goal is a hard intense bite. If for formal training I almost always try to have someone else do the tug while I hold the dog.
for restless spirit purposes a “weaker” tug is totally fine
– It could also be the dogs just genetically have a lower prive drive. I have worked some dobies that just need a lot of work in drive building to keep them interested compared to others with all else being raised pretty equal. Especially true if the dobies come from predominantly show lines vs working/sport lines. If that is the case you can be doing everything right but you are just working against mother nature.
I will formulate a plan to get them back on it.