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Can German Shepherds catch?

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I love German Shepherds. They are my ultimate favorite dog, I vow never to be without one (or at least half of one like Bruny) in my life. I’ve had German Shepherds, volunteered for Shepherd rescue, had friends with German Shepherds and noticed one thing about them all.


They CANT catch!!


I am trying to teach Bruno how to catch his toys with his mouth when I throw them, like every other Shepherd I’ve tried to do this with it always, 100% of the time hits him in the face (of course I use soft toys). I can remember at least 10 Shepherds off hand I have done this with. I just think its so cute, its being thrown right at them, the smartest dogs in the world, no matter how slow you throw it, it always hits them in the face lol.

Just thought id share, it makes me laugh when I try and train Bruny and think of all the other Shepherds.
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LOL That's funny! I know just what you mean!

My Zircon has fantastic eye-snout coordination. He catches treats in his mouth, gives balls a nose bunt to keep them airborne etc. But Sophia lets the treats bounce off of her and then goes looking for them on the floor, kind of like your Bruno.
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Originally Posted by silvionc View Post
I love German Shepherds. They are my ultimate favorite dog, I vow never to be without one (or at least half of one like Bruny) in my life. I’ve had German Shepherds, volunteered for Shepherd rescue, had friends with German Shepherds and noticed one thing about them all.


They CANT catch!!


I am trying to teach Bruno how to catch his toys with his mouth when I throw them, like every other Shepherd I’ve tried to do this with it always, 100% of the time hits him in the face (of course I use soft toys). I can remember at least 10 Shepherds off hand I have done this with. I just think its so cute, its being thrown right at them, the smartest dogs in the world, no matter how slow you throw it, it always hits them in the face lol.

Just thought id share, it makes me laugh when I try and train Bruny and think of all the other Shepherds.
We must be seeing different GSD's! Purebred GSD are one of the smartest breeds that is out there. They are regularly used for everything from police work, guide dogs, show dogs to sport dogs. They can catch just fine, be it treats or balls.
Not sure why we have such different experiences
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Lol funny. I actually did teach my old Shepherd, Silver (purebred), how to catch… the only thing was I had to count to 3 real slow, stand no further then 1 foot away, and throw it really slow LOL. She’s the only one though. Funny, they were excellent at everything else, odd we have different experiences.
post #5 of 10
My German Shepherd can catch! I don't even have to throw underhand... When I try to throw a toy across the room, half the time she just leaps up and catches it in the air instead.

Here is proof she can catch:



And a video (sorry, I forgot I was holding the camera sideways):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6YxANaCtDUM



My last two dogs were opposites. Pooch my terrier was an amazing catcher. He could catch a crumb if I tossed it in the air. I would take him to a tennis court and either toss a tennis ball straight up 15 feet in the air, or throw it straight down really hard so it would bounce high. He would look up and maneuver his body to get himself directly under the ball and then catch it in the air. My Golden Ginger on the other hand was not so good. She would open her mouth as soon as you threw the object and half the time her mouth would either be closed before it reached her or she'd try to catch and instead make it fly off her muzzle. The only way to get her to catch something was to aim carefully for her mouth as she opened it and hope you made it in!
post #6 of 10
My German Shepard was the best catcher out there! I've never met such a smart dog

Her name was Soul

post #7 of 10
I've had three German Shepherds, all of which loved to play catch. I don't think I've ever met one that couldn't catch.
post #8 of 10
My german shepherd Hagan can catch
post #9 of 10
Our German Shepherd while I was growing up, Order (named after the GI Joe character's dog :P) was a great dog and too smart for his own good...but he was pretty bad at catching.

I won't say he couldn't catch, but he bounced 3 out of every 4 tosses off his mouth - he just never closed his mouth fast enough.

The only thing he was absolutely great at catching was one of those frisbees with the hole in the center - he'd run under it and jam his nose up through the hole....so it was kind of catching.
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Yeah, my Shep mix, Toby, is terrible at catching. Even his favorite treats just bounce off his nose most of the time. My Lab was excellent at catching, my Husky mix is OK, my Rott is pretty good at it, and my mom's Aussie mix is REALLY good at catching. I don't think it's really a breed thing. Just an individual thing, probably mostly dependent on depth perception.
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