beachdogz Posted November 29, 2011 Report Share Posted November 29, 2011 So Rusty the rescue has been here 3 months. He does not know how to play. He does not know how to play with toys, play with balls, play with people, or play with the other dogs. We've been trying to teach him....he usually turns his head and lays down. Recently he has started taking an interest when the dogs fetch toys or balls...but his interest is in working the dogs and running with or at the dogs....no interest in the object itself. It's a hard thing to correct, since when you say ahh-ahh, the dog that is fetching thinks your correcting her. So today I bought Rusty a ball that has a hole to get treats out. The ball unscrews, you put the treats in, and screw it back together. I show him the ball and let him smell it. Then I throw it and encourage him to get it. He actually runs and gets the ball! Hooray! He brings it back up on the bed, and tries to get the treats out. He won't let me watch...if I watch, he stops trying. So I let him alone and in a matter of a minute or so, he has all the treats out. Then I see why....he unscrews the ball!!! My first BC loves to unscrew the caps off of empty plastic bottles...a talent that she came with. Now I have another one that knows how to unscrew things! I am wondering...is this a common border collie trait??? Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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