Okay, so decided to keep it really relaxed and chill and not to worry too much about the specifics right now. It is only for fun and we've got no reason to have it spot on as soon as possible. Decided to go for more of a "fly" type thing as opposed to a send away.
Started teaching her this morning and am pretty happy with how much she understands at the minute. We're kind of on the same page there, LOL. Started by balancing the ball on the cone to give her incentive to go over. I put the ball in my pocket a few times and sent her away and had mild success, and hid the ball behind the cone a few times -- again, with mild success. Plan is to phase out the "ball on the cone" part.
Introduced her to the concept and trained for about five mins before the video, then did some more training with it for about 20 mins (rained too hard for me to be confident getting my phone out of my pocket for another video). I'm pretty happy with it so far.
Just wanted to say thanks for the tips and thanks @SnackRat
for showing me "fly".
Here is a very short video (even though this isn't the right forum for it!). Hopefully a bit later on I can update with the refined, complete version and just have fun with her new trick.
(Video uploaded on Photobucket, btw)
Thanks again everyone.
P.S this was very
fun to teach. I've always looked at it as a fairly daunting task, which is why I haven't tried it up until now, but it was really fun and the dog caught on very quickly.