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    Hi
    I've just adopted a 9 month old kelpie and want to train it for flyball. I've never had any luck teaching dogs to catch and retrieve tennis balls. I usually throw the ball and end up chasing it myself because they don't seem to know what to do. Any suggestions?
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    will he play tug?

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    I've only had him for a week and haven't tried him playing tug.

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    My dogs have never been intersted in balls, sticks, any toys really.
    Being a kelpie, they are obviously usually pretty into chasing stuff(except mine).
    I always wanted to do flyball with my kelpie too.
    They make awesome flyballers.
    Anyway, back on subject.
    I dont think you can teach a dog to chase a ball, they either want to or they dont.
    You could encourage him/her to chase things by using a kong with some treats in it. Let him/her know there are treats in it and roll it along the ground a small way to start and when he/she goes over to it, even at a walk, give it a treat, roll it further and further and everytime she goes over to it give it a treat and hopefully you can eventually turn it into a throw, and then turn it into a ball and when your at the point, get back to us!
    The only problem I can think of is teaching him/her to actually pick it up.
    Try it and tell us how it goes!

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    Ok - well first let the bond build up between the two of you - it takes 6 weeks to see a dogs true nature in a rescue situation.
    Try a rope tug toy - tease him with it - see if he will grab it and play. Once you have him excited and interested you can start trying fetch

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    Thanks
    He doesn't respond well to treats but I will try him on tug and see how it goes.

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    Well you've only had him a little while, as he comes to trust you and bond as Occy said, he may be more willing to please, Kelpies always are

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    try something nice like cheese or cabana

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    Perhaps try a ball or a toy with a squeaker or a bell in it. Sometimes the sound will encourage them to chase and catch.

    Actually I wish we had never taught our Sheltie to retrieve. She is obsessed with balls. It's really funny to watch her playing with the boy's Soccer ball, sending it from one end of the yard to the other with her nose at really high speed.

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    Thanks for all the suggestions. You've given me some good ideas to work with.

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