Q: What is the best way to excercise Border Collie/ German Shephard mixes??
My dog Sophie never runs out of energy... Any suggestions?
May 23, 2009
This dog will need a lot of exercise. But there are lots of options. Agiliity, frisbee or other throw toys, dog parks where your dog can run with other dogs, hiking, biking or roller blading with your dog are just a few suggestions. I have also found with my dogs that it helps to have a variety. They need mental as well as physical activity.
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May 24, 2009
I own Border Collies and there's lots of things you can do as others have said. One thing though that a smart dog like a BC/GSD mix would need is mental tiring. You should get a clicker, and start teaching that dog as many tricks as you can come up with. Go to clickertraining.com and learn about it. There's good DVDs available to help and you can probably find a clicker trainer in your area that could help to get you started if need be. Your dog will probably work for a toy or food as the reward so that's a good thing. I also have taught all my dogs to fetch and they LOVE it. I stand on top of my pasture hill and throw a Aerobie ring for them. I can throw it so far that I have to be careful not to throw it over our pasture fence and into the creek. www.aerobie.com/Products/Details/ProSprintFAQs.htm tells about them. Use the sprint size. You can't leave them with the dogs or they'll chew them up but you'll love how easy it is to throw and you can tire any dog out with one. They also roll on their sides really easily to use to teach a dog to chase a frisbee too. They're easy to grab and dogs like catching them in the air too. I can tire out all 3 of my dogs in 15 mins. with the aerobie ring. If you don't have a large yard (be careful they will get caught in trees) I usually suggest going to a baseball field, or track, or dog park or any safe area if your dog has a good recall. I also bike my dogs but be careful when teaching it. Wear a helmet in case you get knocked off your bike. Make sure that the dog doesn't pull on leash and that you read up on how to teach it and the equipment you should use to do it. I used a prong collar on my dogs to do it so they wouldn't pull me at all. Having said all this, with the weather getting hot, be sure that you don't give your dog heat stroke. Always provide a pool with cold water in it for them to cool off in as wanted. Water that has been sitting out is too warm to quickly cool a dog off so be sure before starting your daily "wear down routine" that you have your "cool off" method right there. A good spray hose will work too if you can't use a pool. My dogs love to chase the water coming out of the hose and they stay cool and wear themselves out pretty fast chasing the spray. Good luck and have lots of fun!
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