The Bouvier Des Ardennes was developed as a cattle drover, a dog that helped to move herds of cattle from the ranch to the market, an especially important job prior to the invention of motorized transport and many of these dogs are still frequently used to control and protect livestock in Belgium. As this rare breed is becoming more popular and gaining more notice, some of them have become family companions instead, but without an outlet for their strong herding instinct, many of these dogs will start herding other things instead, such as other pets or even people in the household. Some farms and ranches have begun renting out their fields and livestock herds to people with in order to allow herding dogs, like the Bouvier Des Ardennes, to indulge their herding instinct with actual livestock.
The training discipline known as parkour is one that allows those that practice it to exercise anytime and without having to have any specialized equipment. Participants are aiming to get from one place to another in the most efficient way possible, often using everyday objects such as benches, logs, and curbs as obstacles in an ever-changing obstacle course. Canine parkour follows the same basic principles but focuses more on the overcoming of the obstacles and less on speed and efficiency. Bouvier Des Ardennes are highly intelligent, agile canines that require vigorous activity on a daily basis in order to be at their mental and physical best, and this ever-shifting canine sport can help to provide that to your dog.
The Bouvier Des Ardennes is known for their dedication to getting the job done, and they can be very determined when tracking quarry. These dogs are extremely intelligent and exceptionally adaptable as long as they have their favorite person or people nearby. A Search and Rescue dog needs to be able to focus on their job while remaining aware of their surroundings, a task that is instinctive to this naturally alert canine. The owners or handlers of volunteer Search and Rescue dogs also go through a great deal of training, and all costs associated with being a Search and Rescue dog, such as training, equipment, and in some cases, travel, are shouldered by the dog’s owner, so while this activity is very emotionally and even spiritually fulfilling, it can be financially draining.