A friend suggested playing fetch as the perfect solution. This seems a great idea as the dog has to run, fetch the toy, and bring it back to you. This way the dog gets to run around heaps while you could potentially take it easy sitting on a park bench.
However, all did not go well. It seems the dog knows exactly what you're about and is disinterested and lazy when it comes to fetch. You toss the ball and he stares vaguely after it, as if playing fetch is all too much trouble. This is doubly frustrating as he then came home and dug up your prize garden plant.
The majority of dogs that appear lazy in this way, simply don't understand what you are trying to achieve and aren't motivated enough to run after the toy. Once they grasp the idea of fetch, most come to love the game.
Teaching a lazy dog to fetch simply means engaging the dog with the toy, to make it more desirable. Another great strategy to help him understand what's required is to start at the end and teach the dog to play with the toy, before tossing it for him to bring back.
Once the dog gets the hang of things, play in different places. A change of environment is confusing for a dog, and he may revert to being lazy if the location is different. But when he comes to love the game for its own sake, he'll be prepared to play anywhere and everywhere.
Here are our suggestions to get things moving: