Easter with lots of Frisbee practice

We had a lovely and relaxed Easter weekend with my family, who came to stay with us. The dogs were really well-behaved, likely because Eden got tons of exercise (and because Pyrrha is almost always easygoing at home).

Easter weekend

My dad, as I’ve mentioned before, is who I got my great love of dogs from, and he loved being with the girls.

Easter weekend
Dad and the girls.

Dad played several daily games of Frisbee with Edie, and I daresay her skills are improving demonstrably. Dad trained Dublin, their neighbor’s lab, to be a consummate disc dog. And as I’ve mentioned before, Dad just seems to be able to “speak dog,” despite the fact that he’s never done any kind of formal training with a dog. They just always seem to understand each other perfectly.

Easter weekend

Easter weekend

Easter weekend

Watching Eden has also made me realize that she’s the most herding-dog-like of any German shepherd I’ve met or watched. The intensity, the focus, the stalking postures, the quick circles, even the barkiness all strike me as hallmarks of dogs who are actually supposed to be herding sheep. Even my Dad said, after playing with her for a while, “I wonder if she has some Australian shepherd in her…” — referencing our childhood Aussie, who had a lot of herding drive.

Easter weekend

Unsurprisingly, Eden bonded VERY strongly with Dad over the weekend. As soon as he stood up to do anything, she was at his side, giving him this intense stare, waiting for him to make a move to the back door. When he and my mom left, she started to whine when he got in the car to drive away.

Easter weekend

Pyrrha, my little self-contained lady, prefers to be a spectator of the sport.

Easter weekend

Or, she is just the grubby fan in the stands (who, in this case, found a bowl with tiny bits of biscuit dough left unattended):

Easter weekend

What a weirdo.

Regardless, it was a great weekend. It’s fun to see Eden’s blossoming disc dog prospects, even if it’s only for a fun way to wear her out at home!

Have you ever had a dog who worshiped the Frisbee? What were some things you learned to develop disc dog skills?

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5 thoughts on “Easter with lots of Frisbee practice

  1. No frisbee fans over here. The only thing they like to do with it, is chew on it until it’s competely destroyed. ๐Ÿ™‚ Killian’s main interest is in footballs or stuffed animals. Ophelia has a thing for tennis balls though, she likes to play fetch with them and she even seems to be able to keep herself busy with a tennis ball when she’s inside the house. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Great pictures! I’ve always wanted a dog that is awesome at frisbee. Kaya is amazing at fetch though. She rarely misses an air ball. Zoey, our GSD, has very strong herding instincts. One of her favorite games is actually herding Kaya when Kaya plays fetch. She intensely watches Kaya until I throw the ball, then she follows her and does circles around her while Kaya brings the ball back. It’s so interesting that she actually seems to think she is bringing Kaya back to us. We call Kaya her sheep:)

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