Place the ball in a corner where he has to get behind it to move it towards you. Use the corner to teach your dog to get behind the ball and move it either left or right using a hand signal or command. Reward your pup with treats each time he gets it right.
How do I get my dog interested in his ball?
Start by getting him interested in the ball by moving it around and playing a little quick game of “You can’t have it!” This will get his focus on the ball. Then place it on the floor in plain sight and say “Find it!” in an excited tone. As soon as he puts his nose down to investigate, praise him followed by a reward.
What size herding ball should I get my dog?
Most of the larger herding breeds like German Shepherds will need a 14-inch ball. There are some tough balls available that can withstand chewing and 10-inch balls are recommended for breeds such as Great Dane and Bull Mastiffs. At the other end of the scale, a four-inch ball is perfect for a Jack Russell.
What colors can dogs see?
Dogs possess only two types of cones and can only discern blue and yellow – this limited color perception is called dichromatic vision.
How do you train a dog to come to you?
Start your training in a slow, low-distraction environment, like inside your house. First, show your dog a toy or a treat, praise them as they are coming to you, then reward them. After a few repetitions, whenever your dog looks at you and starts to move towards you, add in your chosen verbal cue (come, here, etc.).
How do you teach a dog to retrieve things?
Start with a toy your dog is familiar with and your dog on a leash in the sitting position. Toss the toy a few feet away. Release the leash and tell your dog to fetch the item by name, reward him if he gets it right. Repeat this process until he gets it right every time, rewarding him each time he does so.
Are herding dogs aggressive?
Still, many owners may notice their pet’s inclination to “herd” their families, particularly small children. And they may become worried about their dog’s tendency to urgently nudge or even nip at people. These behaviors are not aggressive, however. They are traces of the genetic lineage of herding dogs.
How long does it take to train a herding dog?
Begin training your dog only when it’s mature enough to withstand the physical and cognitive rigors of training—usually 10 to 12 months old, though it depends on the individual dog. If you’re having problems early on, don’t get mad at the dog. You may need to wait a few weeks until it’s more mature.
How do you make a herding dog happy?
Their herding instinct must be appeased in some way, but not necessarily by actual herding activity. They just need some kind of mental and physical outlet. To assure your herding dog lives a happy and “balanced” life, he needs consistent exercise and mental stimulation. Mental stimulation can come in many forms.