(Or maybe just for poodles, who, erm, sometimes need a little instruction in the fine art of chasing bouncy squeaky things. Luckily I'm only half-poodle, and my Retriever side comes out when squeaky balls are being thrown.)
Anyway, on to the fool-proof* instructions.
First, show the ball thrower that you are well-behaved (at least temporarily) and can be trusted in the park.
Second, Keep Your Eye On The Ball
Third, a good launch is important
Although there is no one 'perfect launch'
Fourth, race after the ball with enthusiam
Fifth, remember to KEEP your eye on the ball
Because if you don't, well.... Sometimes you completely miss it... Which is kind of embarrassing... Especially when your Mom gets pictures of it...
If you are watching the ball, you can catch it out of the air (or at least try)!
Of course, once you've got it, it is equally important to go racing back to the ball-thrower. Ear-flappage, while not imperative, adds style points. As does using your tail as a rudder.
Because you want them to throw it again, right away!
And there you have it. Ball chasing made simple.
Did I mention that I went to The Park today? And that Dad can throw the ball a LONG way (whereas Mom tends to throw like, well, a girl...)? I really like this whole Park thing. And my Green Squeaky Ball? Best. Ball. Ever.
*I did mention that this might not work for poodles, right?!? ;-)