Resource for the SheepBalls® courses:
Our pdf of SheepBalls® Right Start to be sure you give your dog the best chance to learn well.
- Skills you will need to practice
- How to make the balls behave
- The Foundations to get started
With tips from starting hundreds of dogs exploring their heritage and pleasure.
All toys only under supervision, it becomes expensive if left as chew toys. Lock and key may be needed.
Substitutes are fine as long as they fulfill the parameters and can be safely used and are washable, but beware knock-off products.
Discs and Flyers
Mouses – Indoor Balls
Practice YOUR Skills
We cannot expect dogs to learn good technique when our skills need brushing up. Too often we are told we are lousy at throwing or kicking but often we have been given poor or no, instruction of the right sort.
Here are some videos designed for practice sessions before you begin your Sheepballs® Teaching
Learning to kick in an arc
We rarely kick directly along the ground towards the dogs. You can choose which foot is most likely to be accurate.
The IKEA Soft Foam balls are a joy and easy to push your toe under for this airborne launch.
Your dog will thank you for every minute you practice.
Throwing to a target
Whether the ball (overarm) or the discs every throw needs a purpose and is designed to arrive at an exact spot to reward the dog.
Distance is not relevant, good, clean, accurate shorter distance is always preferreed.
Wild throwing is of little value. When using discs we must accept that the wind is likely to take our accuracy off course.
Left Handers Win!
Lefties are usually quite adept with either hand since life is lived in a right handed world. For SheepBalls® you will need to be competent with both hands to an equal standard.
Your dog will thank you for every minute of practising