engagement engagement engagement. build a relationship where all the good stuff comes from you. food. toys. ball.
Totally agree. We have lots of regional parks near us, and one of them that allows off leash dogs under voice control has free range cattle during part of the year. We used to take Dena and Keefer there after work all the time, and they were SO into chasing and retrieving tennis balls that we could play right by the herd and they would totally ignore the cows.
With flyball training we determine what the dog is most willing to work for. Sometimes that's food, sometimes that's a tug toy or a ball on a rope, or a frisbee type toy. We do restrained recalls, where one person holds the dog while the owner revs the dog up and then runs away. The restrainer releases the dog and it runs to the owner for a reward.
You don't want to do a lot of running with an 11 week old puppy, but you can work on playing with her and keeping her engaged both at home and in public places, and calling her back and forth between two or more people for a reward for short distances.
I also did recall games around the house when my dogs were puppies. I'd drop a treat on the floor and as soon as the puppy went for it, I'd run to another room in the house, calling the name. When the pup got to me it got another treat, then I'd toss one on the floor and run away again, over and over again. I love teaching my dogs that it's way more fun to chase me around than to make me chase THEM around! I've never had a dog that didn't love this game.
Even when we out somewhere on leash, I'd occasionally run backwards a few steps, mark and reward, and then continue forward again. Be sure and be very happy and upbeat in your demeanor.