So, we've had a breakthrough here in the last week concerning play/toy drive. For some reason, it's always been a hurdle for me. My 2 year old is highly food motivated, or being allowed to "go snuff." My Aussie pup has been toy motivated from the start, but then I somehow killed it. She'd ignore any tug or ball that she was previously interested in, to blow me off when out at the park.
So we started over.
Now, she loves tugging AND fetching at home. Down the hall, up and down stairs, in the yard, etc. Lately, she has been disinterested in playing with me away from home. So I took her out to an empty park without any toys at all. I played lots of "touch," weave, spin, twirl, the "get ya" game where I goose her bum and run away...and then went go straight home before she became bored. No sniffing, just playtime with me.
Next day, I brought the Chuck It with a new squeaky ball. Teased her with it, wouldn't let her have it at first, and then she actually fetched it half a dozen times. We played a silly game, then went straight home while she was still amped up.
Second day, I took her back out to the park and instead of running off to sniff right away, she ran a little bit ahead and started jumping up and down for me to throw the Chuck It. Fetched a dozen times, played a silly game, and went home.
Today, she played fetch reliably while a kid rode his bicycle in circles around us. She did not care about him one bit.
I have hope yet, to have a toy driven dog.