If ever there was a game that your Collie is going to become addicted to, it has to be fetch. This age-old game is great for both of you; it's a great bonding experience and even better exercise. Collies are so intelligent that they can often pick up a new trick in 10 repetitions. Some will learn a new command the first or second time they are given it.
These highly athletic dogs are not only great at tricks, they are used to herd sheep in many areas of the world. Collies love to play games--fetch is just the beginning. After he masters this command, you can work with your Collie on fun things like hide and seek and to bring you a nice cold can of beer out of the fridge.
The game of fetch is simple, you throw out a ball or toy and your pup is supposed to chase after it and then bring it back to you. Collies are perfectly suited to this game as they are great at following directions and have a great sense of smell. Be sure to use nothing but positive reinforcement throughout the training process as this will help the whole process move along more smoothly.
You will be using some of your pup's favorite treats as rewards throughout the training process, along with plenty of praise. The better he gets at playing the game, the less often you should be giving him a treat. Remember, playing fetch should be fun for both of you, so get out there and play.
Just like most other tricks, your pup needs to have mastered basic commands such as 'sit', 'come', 'stay', and 'down' before you try to teach him to play fetch. This lets him know you are the Alpha in the pack and that he must follow your commands. There are few things you need to help make training go a little easier for both of you, including:
The rest of your supply list should include plenty of patience and time to spend working with your Collie until--and long after--he has mastered the skill.