Treiball - herding w/out sheep

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Treiball - herding w/out sheep

Postby 2dogpack » Thu Oct 30, 2014 7:06 am

While this isn't for Ronan, it might be perfect for those with herding breeds who do not have access to sheep (or anything else to herd).

Essentially, dogs push a giant ball into a location.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Treibball

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Re: Treiball - herding w/out sheep

Postby maxs_mommy » Thu Oct 30, 2014 10:16 am

It's really cool and if Max had a drop of herding ability or drive I might try it for him. He will push a ball but just as a means to a treat.
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Re: Treiball - herding w/out sheep

Postby 2dogpack » Thu Oct 30, 2014 11:22 am

Watching some of the dogs on YouTube playing with the large balls makes me laugh. It looks like a LOT of fun! It took Ronan a week not to freak out over my own exercise ball. While he's perfectly cool with it now, even when I roll it around the room, he shows zero interest in interacting with it. He's never been interested in balls, large or small. He does like those kibble cubes though.

Now, if there were a sport where dogs collected squeaky dogs and put them in a general pile, Ronan would be all over that. He likes to 'rescue' his toys if they're too close to something spooky or in a box.

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Re: Treiball - herding w/out sheep

Postby Moemer » Fri Oct 31, 2014 8:21 am

Try it! Even though it's sort of based in herding it really doesn't require instinct - just clicker skills!
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Re: Treiball - herding w/out sheep

Postby Calypso » Fri Oct 31, 2014 8:56 am

Michelle - before there way treiball, a friend of mine with aussies trained her dog to do "Frustrated herding dog in the city" where she spread out a bunch of stuffed sheep toys and a hula hoop and from her chair she directed him to pick up the sheep she wanted and he put them in the hula hoop pen. They qualified for Dog Star on Animal Planet with the trick, but then some stuff happened and driving 2 days to LA wasn't going to be an option for her. But it sounds like Ronan has the foundation for a similar trick! Ooooh! Beezelpup could pick up little devil toys and deposit them in the River Styx or whatever you want to call it!

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Re: Treiball - herding w/out sheep

Postby maxs_mommy » Sat Nov 01, 2014 7:37 pm

:sign_hijack: Ohh, that's a really good trick! I'm totally going to try that with Max and work it into "time to put the toys away!" because he scatters them everywhere.
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Re: Treiball - herding w/out sheep

Postby Trademarkbark » Thu Nov 06, 2014 6:35 am

I tried this with Smidgen, but she didn't want to work something that didn't move on its own power. ;)
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Re: Treiball - herding w/out sheep

Postby 2dogpack » Mon Nov 10, 2014 12:30 pm

LOL! If I could train Ronan to pick up his toys and drop them into a box, I'd train him to do the same with the laundry.

Still, the visual of dressing Ronan as a devil, then having him round up and drop them into a black/red box labeled Fiery Depths of Hell would be hysterical.

But no. Ronan isn't a herder. He could care less. He has no food drive or ball drive, either. Only mischief drive. He'd rather hunt voles and chipmunks. He's a nose dog. I'm just coming across ALL these fun looking sports and living vicariously through others.

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Re: Treiball - herding w/out sheep

Postby maxs_mommy » Wed Nov 12, 2014 11:54 am

Max has 0 herding drive and his retrieval is shot once a treat comes out. This is going to be a challenge.
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