Herding Breed Toys
Start early retrieve training with a toy that will engage the dog's natural instincts to chase. These toys bounce and skip when they hit the ground. Used properly in early training you can place those instincts under control. Since retrieving contains an element of chasing which most dogs love to do, we will not want to strengthen this behavior without putting some controls on this behavior. We want to make chasing permission based, and add brakes on the behavior by teaching the puppy to come back to us even when he is chasing something. Ideally we want to teach this by 16-weeks.