Training and Care — Tip Of The Week
Excerpt from Our New
Australian Shepherd Lover's Guide To Australian Shepherd Training & Care
If you're pressed for time one day and you need to give your dog a quick exercise session, fetching games are your best friend. You can wear your dog out pretty quickly by throwing a ball around in the back yard, and it doesn't require you to get tired and sweaty yourself.
Because Aussies aren't retrieving dogs, your dog might not pick up the idea of fetching straight away. No problem – the method for teaching Fetch is included in Chapter 3.
You don't need any equipment to play Fetch beyond a ball or a toy. But, if you really want to give your dog a workout without expending too much energy yourself, you should get a tennis ball hurler. This is like a plastic arm extension which allows you to flick the ball a great distance, almost like a catapult. This means you can get your dog running further each time, with the same amount of effort on your part. And that means less time you need to spend on exercise.
Keep in mind also that many Aussies will tear tennis balls to shreds after a couple of throws, so you might need to get a sturdier ball.
This is essentially the same thing as fetching a tennis ball, but you use something bigger like a soccer ball. Just kick it around the back yard or up in the air and let your dog bring it back to you.
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