Q: Does anybody know of any good activities for herding dogs?
We don't have a farm or any livestock and our two dogs, a Border Collie and an Australian Shepherd, need a positive outlet for their herding instinct. Do you have any ideas?
Mar 20, 2009
We do agility with our two herding dogs. One activity that many herding dogs seem to like is "herding" a very large ball. I discovered this when the dog training school had a large ball, perhaps 10 inches in diameter, on the floor. My BC saw it and spent a long time pushing it aroung the large room, and continues to love doing that both indoors and outdoors. Our Aussie also enjoys "herding" the ball. This was a ball with a hard exterior that you could fill with water or sand (although we used neither), but I have since bought one the same size with a tennis ball covering.
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Mar 25, 2009
Both of your dogs are very intelligent and very high energy. You pretty much have to ask yourself what you personally are interested in?
Obedience is fun and great once you get into the 'cool' commands and can actually make your dog very useful, you can teach them to fetch things you dropped, or go and get you a beer, it excellent for intelligent dogs because it occupies their mind, doesn't do much for energy though.
Agility & flyball are great, community sports and there are usually clubs that get together for classes and events, it's a great way to tire a dog out that is for sure.
Ultimate Frisbee if you are into that sort of thing, look it up on youtube, they can do some great things.
Herding would be playing their natural instincts, it involves a big financial cost though unless you can find a local club that keeps ducks or sheep on hand.
Whatever you want! Those dogs can probably do it.
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