How can I teach my shelties to fetch? I throw the ball and they will run to it. They seldom pick it up, and if they do they just pack in to the other end of the yard and lay down with it! I bought a "chuck-it" when I had Chance (border collie) It was a great way to give him a work out! I wish I could use it to help exercise my shelties. They will sometimes fetch plush squeaky toys. They will bring them back to me about 35% of the time.