Treibball

  • Treibball

     Bethmw updated 9 months, 3 weeks ago 8 Members · 17 Posts
  • Bethmw

    Member
    January 11, 2021 at 7:10 PM

    I have signed up to learn treibball with our 13 month old male GSD. Does anyone else have experience with this new to me dog sport? It is a herding game using exercise balls. Thanks in advance for any advice.

  • Loretta

    Member
    January 12, 2021 at 7:56 AM

    I had never heard of it so I looked it up on YouTube. It looks so fun! I hope you enjoy it and let us know how it goes for you.

  • Bethmw

    Member
    January 12, 2021 at 9:45 AM

    Thanks! I will definitely give an update or two. It looks like it will be fun and good for bonding.

  • Bethmw

    Member
    January 15, 2021 at 8:25 AM

    We started our first video lesson yesterday. It is going to take a while to teach and progress the behaviours and then layer them into the final game, but it is going to be great for our exercising his brain, strengthening our bond and so much fun when it all comes together.

  • Colin Wight

    Member
    January 15, 2021 at 12:55 PM

    We did it in our local dog club (Advanced class) last year, just to learn as an exercise not to do it as a sport. It was great fun and a lot of the dogs really got it. My dog didn’t, but that was my fault. He had such a high drive for the ball that getting to chase the ball became a reward for him and I didn’t want to cap his drive. So now I use the gym ball in our pool as his ultimate reward that he gets after a training session. He’ll swim for an hour chasing it. Costs me a fortune in gym balls though, he tries to kill them.

    • Bethmw

      Member
      January 15, 2021 at 1:01 PM

      I don’t know if we will end up doing it as a sport either, but I just want him to use his herding instincts. Ours is pretty good at not destroying things so far, but we will see. I taught him to “touch” on command. He touches whatever I tell him to with his nose and doesn’t use his teeth on it. Fingers crossed that his prey drive doesn’t go too far. Robert did a video about touch, but I forget what he called it. He and Goofy were doing it and he said that it is the beginning stages of teaching your dog to push light switches for service dogs.

  • Pam

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    January 15, 2021 at 7:39 PM

    Check out a book called ‘Get The Ball Rolling’. It’s really good to get a step by step going. There isn’t anyone in my area (Houston) doing this so we play on our own.

    • Michelle

      Member
      January 17, 2021 at 2:23 PM

      I have that book too. It really breaks it down nicely and four out of my five dogs are learning. There isn’t anyone in my area doing it either so I thought I would learn and then give lessons at my training center.

      • Bethmw

        Member
        January 17, 2021 at 2:55 PM

        That sounds like a great idea!

  • Bethmw

    Member
    January 16, 2021 at 8:34 AM

    Thanks! I will check out the book. Right now we are signed up for video lessons with a trainer that teaches it and we message back and forth on Facebook with her as we go through the video lesson. I welcome any and all input though. You never know when someone might say something or have a method that works better for us. The trainer we are using is about 3 hours away from us and I haven’t heard of any groups closer to us than that. We will be doing it alone for a while I imagine. Have you been able to develop any other people in your region to create a group? Do you still enjoy it without the group? How long did it take you to develop the skills?

    • Michelle

      Member
      January 17, 2021 at 2:27 PM

      If you go to nationaltreibball.com they have some free resources on their page. There’s lots of YouTube video links that show different parts of the training process. I’ve found it very helpful.

      • Bethmw

        Member
        January 17, 2021 at 2:55 PM

        Thanks for the tip!

  • KatMac

    Member
    January 16, 2021 at 10:52 AM

    If you have Amazon Prime, the show “the Pack” hosted by Lindsey Vonn features a Treibball task near the end of the competition game!

  • Chris_A

    Member
    January 16, 2021 at 2:39 PM

    I had never heard of Treibball. Thanks for mentioning it. Looks like fun.

  • D.Spinka

    Member
    January 17, 2021 at 3:53 PM

    I just looked it up on YouTube as well. The sport looks fun and like a great activity for dogs. We just recently started taking our dog to a dog facility that does barn hunt, dock diving and Schutzhund. I’ll ask if they offer this, I’m curious.

    • Bethmw

      Member
      January 17, 2021 at 7:11 PM

      Sounds like an awesome facility you’re in with there.

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