Maggie has finally learned to get the herding ball moving on her own. It is both the most fascinating thing to watch as well as comical. When she was having trouble deciding if Molly moved it somehow or if her barking "motivated" it to move I would help her by pushing the ball along with my feet the way a soccer player does taking care to keep control of the ball so it basically stayed right with me while it moved. This is a large (bigger than a basketball) hard heavy plastic ball.....I wasn't doing that to be fancy smancy, I was doing that so it didn't hurt me to move it along that way. One cannot kick this ball unless one would like some broken toes. Know what I mean?? Maggie would watch me intently and then try herself with limited success. This week it clicked. The yard has been dry enough some days she's spent 3 hrs out there with the ball, guess it gave her enough time to work it out. I went out to coax her inside (a feet unto itself) and I find her moving the herding ball along like a four legged soccer player. She is using her front feet/legs the way I used mine when I showed her.....and she was using the side of her face to steer the ball where she wants it to go. Maggie has none of the issues Molly did with the ball getting stuck in areas of the yard moving it with this method. Moving it with her nose Molly didn't have a lot of control over where the ball went especially if she was going very fast. The new thing is she now seems to want to get on top of the ball and walk on it to move it. She has successfully mounted the ball a few times and even moved it with a few steps. I dunno where in the world that came from but she thinks it's great fun. Oh, wait.........we do have some kids that skateboard in the church parking lot and she has watched them when we walk. She doesn't like it when they flip the board ect but she does intently watch them as they ride it across the parking lot. (maybe that is where she got the idea?) My camera also takes videos. One of these nice days I'll have to try to record her antics.