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    Nope.
    Just for fun.
    Every activity i do with them, is from what i have read. So i read about dock diving, and started the bush version for my dogs, using a lake, and a steep bank into lake.
    I do lure coarsing at the local ridgeback club that let us come along on some nights.
    I do tracking with the GSD coz he loves to wear a harness, and find his tug! and who could deny a boy that? lol
    I do obedience within these activities. And within every day.
    I do bush walking
    I do hunting rabbits
    I do agility
    I do bike rides with Pohm as she loves speed WITH me, and i dont run fast enough
    I do cafe trips
    I do camping a lot
    I live in a nature reserve and like to be in it with my dogs

    Im innit for the fun.
    I have tried local options for clubs, and voted with my feet having been underwhelmed by training methods used. I know i can get better results with my dogs training in drive.

    I use being in nature, as a form of therapy i guess. And having something to do in nature (dogs) makes for a lot of out doors hours, in fresh air, getting exercise and relaxation. I happen to like high drive dogs. And can appreciate where they are coming from, as my engine tends to rev a little fast. So for me n mine, its Win win.

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    cool, seems like me and you both are very similar in what we want and do with our dogs. i basically like raising my standard/knowledge of training and challenging my dogs with fun stuff to work their brains and body to increase trust and bond. i don't do the trialing thing just cos i don't enjoy it (not a fan of travel and camping on show grounds) and think it often changes the relationship with yr dog for the worse and brings out the worst in people focussed more on winning than they are on just doing fun stuff with their dog.

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    I would think the drive has to be there. It was a no brainer for a border collie, as far as she is concerned it is her core business. If she is in ball mode she can't stand being even touched. For me it has been brilliant as I could never out run or out walk her. We also use soccer balls and the frisbee is emerging as she is maturing. I am sure it wasn't me being clever just her passion!

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    "she cant stand being touched" yes, i see this stuff too. anyone elses ball obsessed pooches dont like being touched during ball play?
    Bernie moves away if i go to touch him. Like i am irritating him. And he needs me to focus please!

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    I think Bernie describes it fairly well

    You absolutely can train ball obsession and fetch and tug in a dog that had no previous idea what it was about.

    And you do it how Bernie said.

    You start somewhere confined like the lounge room and you play with the ball like its the best thing on earth... and you don't let your dog have it, until your dog starts to show an interest, and then not the first few times you play with the ball... competition...

    You quit when the dog is still excited about the game - this is really hard. But it isn't about you pleasing the dog is it? Tho this can stuff up your doggy "off switch".

    You insist on the dog playing with the toy you want before the dog can play with the toy (or treat) it wants.

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    Thanks everyone, much appreciated

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    Quote Originally Posted by dhru View Post
    Bernie lol - how does that go for you? I wouldn't have a hope in hell of beating either of my dogs to anything, anywhere, anytime. I would, in all probability, hurt myself.
    At 50, i can run faster than brian. And for about the same distance, 50yrds lol
    Dont stand a snowballs' chance in hell of keeping up with the GSD or rottie x bordeaux. < which makes it dooable, to get there first for these 2, and that's great fun, beating mum to the prize.

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    lol, you can run faster than Brian? I'm impressed. Great way to keep yourself fit too!

    Yeah, Sal isn't overly enamored with being touched at ball play time either.
    Last edited by dhru; 08-08-2013 at 06:37 AM.

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    The point of the ball is not to make it a competition between you and the dog. You're asking for the dog to retrieve and then play with you as a reward for returning the ball. If your dog is not totally ball obsessed what about tug of war for retrieving the object or food? As for the beach being too distracting, if he's allowed to run off and go do his own thing, of course he will keep doing it. I would put him back on a long line, muttboy has made some excellent points about training in drive.

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    This thread has made me think of my blue heeler cross called Daisy.She just loved playing ball and did not care about other dogs.We did not do anything different but she would play with a ball outside and when we were at home.She even learnt to pass the ball to us with her nose when we said nose it over here Daisy!The training classes we went to told us she was ball obsessed and not to let her play with a ball until she was over it!Maybe I was wrong but she was not nasty with a ball you could take it off her and if we ignored her at home she would stop bringing a ball up to us.

    Sitting here crying now,I miss her so much.

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