06-17-2010, 01:14 PM
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Training my ACD to fetch/retrieve...
I've recently (2 months ago) acquired (through rescue) a beautiful 3 year-old Australian cattle dog. She was relinquished to the rescue because of issues with the stock. So no more farms for her. Naturally, she has a boat-load of energy, which is expended by chasing dogs who are in-turn chasing balls. My ACD has ZERO interest in the ball; just the other pups.
So I'd like to get her retrieving, so she can run-off some of her energy, without the need for other dogs to herd/chase. I've read a bit about this, but it all involves toys and treats; Neither of which she cares for. Treats, maybe, but only inside. As soon as she's outside, her attention turns elsewhere. It could be a piece of bacon and she wouldn't care. Toys are the same way; Doesn't even look at them.
Long-winded, I'm sorry! So what would be a good way to get her interested in the ball/object being thrown? She has had great training, (but apparently only in herding stock) so I think she's a good learner.
My last dog was a Lab, and retrieving was all he did; No training involved. So I'm looking for help with this one. Thank you!