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Q: Does anybody know of any good activities for herding dogs?

March 20, 2009 | By Fuzzit | 6 answers | Expired: 2062 days ago

Fuzzit

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?

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Azzurrapl
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Apr 03, 2009

I agree with everyones answers - sometimes you just want to know what to do at home.... so my answer will hopefully help that. We play 1 few games in the back yard - frisbee, fetch, chuckit launcher..... the usually dog toys.... then we also play hide and seek.... sometimes we hide and my dog has to find me - sometimes I take one of his animals - and hide it and we both try and find it.....I have these stuffed animals that tummy opens up so I put a few dry treats in the tummy so it smells and my dog loves playing this game. Sometimes, when I have my nieces up - we play hide and seek and 1 of my nieces is holding a treat for him - so he is looking all over for her - I think he likes playing the game so much - he sometimes sees her - but then goes the other way until she starts making sqeeky noises..... then he runs to her and gives her kisses on the hand and she gives him the treat. Good Luck with you dogs!

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Jayke
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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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Porterwilson56
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Mar 21, 2009

I have zoe, the same mixed breed. She loves for you to throw soft squeaky toys for her to run and fetch. Also, a leather soccerball to throw or kick. This will help them run off all that energy they have.

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Angel8807
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Mar 20, 2009

You might be able to find clubs that focus on herding competitions in the area. They may have access to different animals such as sheep or ducks and could help you train your dogs to use their skills in a constructive way.
I did alot of obedience work with my shepherd mix and worked on teaching her "strange" tricks, such as placing her head on the floor when she's laying down. "Movie" dog tricks that are common actions done on command. It was things that we could work on and would keep her busy. We assigned the High Five command to her left paw and the Shake command to her left paw. (She is able to tell the difference about 80% of the time.)

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Carole D.
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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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Stacie R.
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Mar 20, 2009

Dog sports like agility, obiedence, flyball, disc---any of those things might be good.

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