It was going to be a LONG summer if I didn't get some harmony working between my athletic children and over-achieving dogs. A few weeks ago, dh and I went to a free clinic on horsemanship at the feed store. I know we don't have a horse but it was free and we needed a date. It was given by John Lyons, if that matters. Amazing speaker, horseman and well darnit, if he can make a horse want to sit on a bean bag, then I can teach these dogs to play ball. so I did! :woohoo: If I'm being honest, I had very little to do except teach my children how to react to the dogs. Lillie, my older girl, that can run circles around the best retriever, played catcher. Tug, my just 2 year old, ball hogging prima donna, played left field, center field, right field and short stop. lmbo. I pitched, Dane was batting, Gusty and Forrest played the field and directed Tug. Lillie would lay between batter (Dane) and pitch (me), then field every foul and strike and return the ball to me. Tug, would sit at Forrest's side until the distinctive crack of a line-drive and he was off like a greyhound. It was great. There was mayhem in the first handful of pitches while I sorted out skills. But there was really very little effort and just a tiny bit of patience required. The dogs figured out how to let the ball bounce to prevent their own injury. When we were done, tongues were dragging, ears alert, happy tails and slobbery balls.The kids were rolling. It was SO much fun.