This long list of photos are designed to show how Biscuit manipulates the soccer ball. Its not to show off the dog but rather to show he's learned what I am likely to do and gets ready if I move left or right like a boxer in a bout. It usually starts with I holler for him asking where's his soccer ball. He will come running as fast as he can looking to find it or bringing it with him only to set it down usually at least 15 feet from me. He sleeps about 300 feet from my house under the canopy I built for Tom's trailer or he stays at Tom's feet lying down when he's outside.
I will tease Biscuit with my feet moving from side to side as to which I will kick the ball with. He will in turn use one or the other of his paws to pull the ball under his chest. Sometimes he lies on top. Regardless I will kick the ball out the side or attempt to lift the ball with my foot. I can usually lift it 3 or 4 feet in the air and Biscuit will lunge upward at the ball to knock it away from me because he can't always grab the ball. Its pressurized very firm and he has to be pushing it against something to force it in his jaws. This is his third soccer ball. Eventually he bites through or peels the cover off. A lot of times he spins completely around and stops the ball before it gets more than a foot out each side I kick it. Other times he just runs after it. Sometimes he will hover over it and others he just grabs it and runs a short distance away and sit on it wanting me to come after him. This will happen a dozen times or more until he starts getting tired. Other times I will force my foot under his chest and place it on top of the ball. At that point he knows he's lost the ball and he will clamp his teeth down firmly around my leg. He never bites or makes any noises. Occasionally if I kick the ball to the side I try to beat him to it. If he's in the right position he has learned he can slow me down by grabbing my pants leg for a second and then let go only to dart past me after it. In thirty minutes I'm totally worn out and sometimes fall on the ground and Biscuit forgets the ball while we roll on the grass. I can really tell I'm getting old because I feel like I'm running like a girl does at times. I guess you just get that way from not running. I especially notice it when I'm running down hill. Fortunately it flattens off at the lake or I would get wet a lot.
My back yard has about a 15 -30 foot fall depending on which side so the ball rolls on its own for a pretty good way. When he wants to quit he takes the ball off somewhere and lays it in the flower bed or he takes it into the lake which he frequents several times a day to chase frogs or snap at small fish. These shots are sequential and not the best because I was moving the whole time. In some shots Biscuit appears to be looking away but it is sometimes because I changed which hand I was holding the camera.
Have you tried shooting your camera with one hand extended/ I don't always get what I want. Lighting for the day was failing so the combination shows some blurring as would be expected using a simple 50 mm 1.8 lens. But I haven't learned to do a video yet and my old video software has disappeared. Never the less I haven't posted in a while so I thought I would play/experiment with this. But young or old a dog brings out the kid in you.
I did learn something you might or might not know or experienced. The time of day with fading light and orientation of the sun may have accentuated it but I just never thought about it before. I had to brighten some of the shots up. The commonality of which shots were brighter versus dimmer was the orientation of the camera. Horizontal normal orientation shots were darker that vertically oriented shots. I suspect it was just more low sunlight entered the lens when oriented vertically. Feel free to comment on this observation. Since I was down hill I was angling the lens up more on the vertical shots. The reason I took so many was to capture the subtle handling of the ball by the dog in pulling the ball under him. It often meant maneuvering the ball around a leg to do so and not just pulling the ball straight back. If you look at the positions of his legs in each shot you can see that and he switches paws in the end. I have noticed he is dominant left pawed too!