My name is Lila, and I am a super fast, super obedient mixed breed – Mom and Dad call me a “Special One”, but I know I must have herding as a part of my heritage because my favorite thing is to play ball, running as fast I can to bring it back so I can go again. I have a younger sister, who is a Bossy Aussie and she thinks she is faster and smarter than me (she’s not). The problem is that when Mom or Dad take us to play ball, she speeds ahead of me and gets the ball every time! Mom and Dad won’t just go ahead and throw 2 balls or Frisbees (one for each of us – which makes total sense to me) because they say we get “distracted” and don’t bring them back. Do you have any suggestions?
Lila, the Secret Sprinter
I completely understand having a Bossy Aussie for a sister…I have one in my house too. Okay, so this is your plan. It is imperative to outsmart your sister – fake her out. Here is how it goes down: when your Mom or Dad throw the ball, head fake her in the wrong direction while keeping your eye on the ball. Let her spring ahead of you (b/c Aussies think they are all that). Then when the ball is actually thrown, you will be able to quickly turn and run in the real direction of the ball while she searches in the wrong direction. That is what you do on the field. Off the field, when you have her alone, intimidate her. I know that can seem challenging with an Aussie, but it can be done. They don’t like to be ignored, so ignore her, then when she comes over to play, growl at her. She is smart so she will get the message – the ball game is for 2, and until she plays nice, she will be head faked and ignored. If that doesn’t work, you have to go to the source and silently rebel with your Mom and Dad. As hard as it will be, when your Mom/Dad throw the ball, lay down. Don’t run. Do this several times. You will find that they will feel really bad after several throws and even hold your sister back by her collar so you can get the ball, or reconsider their position on the 2d ball thing. Hey, all’s fair in love and war. Best of luck.