|Barked: Tue Nov 10, '09 2:43pm PST |
|Just the thing: many years ago, at the suggestion of my trainer (who had Aussies), I acquired a large 36 inch hard plastic ball through PetEdge. The ball can be filled with sand or something to make it even heavier & difficult to move. We called it a "herding ball". Jackson LOVED to work that ball, and both mental & physical stamina is required to do it. Doesn't take long to wear the dog out! We have an underground fence and he was able to herd that ball around the yard w/in his boundary fine. None or very little teaching is needed -- once they push the ball (either with nose or paw), instinct kicks in and they're off.
I'm trying to pull together some Confidence Building exercises for you. I think Shayne mentioned the shell game (treat under cup), but there are exercises with hula-hoops, pool noodles, 101 things to do with a box, etc. that might help Ohana. As far as dog-dog aggression, I use the command "watch me" before our dog, Clementine, can react to another dog. I watch her body language. Additional good books are: "Aggression in Dogs" by Brenda Aloff and pretty much anything & everything by Patricia McConnell (who also has lived with many a Border Collie).
OCD comment: Border Collies & Aussies can easily become obsessed with tennis balls, frisbees and/or playing fetch. Playing fetch is a great activity (I do it every day), but you also want to introduce and keep a variety of toys & activities. I think the following websites explain it pretty well: www.bcrescue.org/obsessive.html