Instructor: Sandi Pensinger
Treibball or Ball Driving is a dog sport in which dogs push or drive large exercise balls into a goal area as directed by their handler. The sport is for all types and sizes of dogs, and is especially fun for dogs that love to chase things or herd. Treibball is great for the dog that needs an appropriate game/outlet for their energy.
Trainers will acquire or use good shaping skills to help increase their dog’s ability to work at a distance. This online course is perfect for those who want to train at home, live far away from the nearest Treibball trainer, who have busy schedules and those who have sensitive dogs.
In Treibball 1, Basic Skills, shaping training techniques will be used to teach distance (go out), body awareness, orientation to you, directional skills, impulse control and ball pushing and control skills with various props before actually using a ball so that your dog will be ready to learn motivated and accurate ball pushing in the next class.
There are no scheduled sessions for this class at this time. We update our schedule frequently, so please subscribe to our mailing list for notifications.
Registration begins at 10am PDT
Enrollment limits: Gold: 15 students, Silver: 25 students, Bronze: unlimited. If you are interested in bronze level, you can sign up any time during the registration period.
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Lecture: The Game, The Training & The Foundations
Pushing: Nose Targeting, the Flick, Shoulder Targeting
Orientation: Moving Front Games
Lecture All About Balls & Mat Targeting
Distance: Mat Targeting & adding distance to 10’
Pushing: Putting it On Cue, Stop
Lecture: Directional Cues
Distance: Go Around Games to 20’
Lecture: Impulse Control: Wait, Call offs with balls
Distance: Mat Targeting & more distance to 25’+
Pushing: Bowl Games
Lecture: Directional Control with Distance
Orientation & Distance: Directional Control
Pushing & Impulse Control: Channels
Putting the Lessons Together
Prerequisites and Equipment
- Target Sticks. 2 foot long target sticks – can be a dowel with tape on the end, PVC pipe or target stick with clicker attached. (Basic nose targeting for the poke push)
- 2 Mat Targets. You will start with a larger 2’ x 2’ mat and transition to a smaller 1’ x 1’ mat. The mat should be of a material that will not bunch up when the dog walks over it. We prefer soft rubber matting or bath mats. (For distance, go to your target work.)
- 1 Raised Platform approximately 1’ x 1’ can be a taped phone book, bathroom scale or an air disc. (For orientation toward handler)
- 3 Markers such as cones, laundry baskets, chairs, boxes. Leaf barrels or waste baskets. (Barrel Racing exercise)
- A dog bowl. (Bowl Game pushing exercise)
- Motivational Toy suitable for throwing and storing in a pocket. Frisbee, ball, tug toys, food pocket toys are all suitable for rewarding motivation, speed & distance. (For reinforcement)
- Treats and a bait bag suitable for rewarding stay, wait, heel & impulse control behaviors. (For reinforcement)
- Clickers or verbal markers can be used. (For reinforcement)
- Leash or long line, optional unless playing in an unsecured area or if more control is needed.
- A toy and food motivated dog is a real plus.
Dogs and handlers will need no special fitness requirements. Handlers will be moving, walking, turning and gesturing using their arms. Dogs will be walking or running and learning to push and target.
Dogs who have been trained using markers (clickers or voice) and shaping will be better prepared for this class. Dogs that have been trained using corrections or compulsion will need to learn how to be shaped and offer behaviors.
You can use a 12’ or longer hallway or a larger room, garage or back yard for this beginning level class.