Activities For A Cao De Castro Laboreiro

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Introduction

You'll need a home with a yard if you're considering a Cao De Castro Laboreiro, or Portuguese Cattle Dog. This independent-minded working breed is a large animal that requires at least an hour of exercise a day. When one of these pups joins your household, you'll have a loyal guard and protector. They do well with children in the family but not other pets. Provide early socialization and a firm hand in obedience training to teach your pooch to respect you as alpha. In addition to sharing long walks with your furry friend, give this breed a task to keep them content.

Round Up

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Any Day
Free
Normal
20 - 30 min
Items needed
toys
balls
box or bin
Activity description
Take advantage of your pup's herding skills by teaching them to round up their toys and deposit them in a box or bin. The Cao De Castro Laboreiro thrives when it has a job. If you train them to collect items and bring them to a designated place, they'll benefit from activity and mental stimulation. Once your pal masters the basic idea, you can work with them to learn the names of toys or other household items like shoes and socks. That way, you can get them to help you by giving them clean-up chores. You can do this activity inside or in the back yard.
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Picking up
To teach your pooch to pick up things on command, start with one or two toys. Throw the objects out and tell your dog to pick up an item. Reward them when they follow your instructions. Remember to use a simple command like "get it" or "pick up" for this step.
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Putting away
Once your pup masters the picking up step, you can teach them to bring the toy to a box or specific area. Tell them to get the item and immediately call them to the spot where you want them to move the object. Teach Fido to drop the toy in the right place. Again, use a command like "drop it" or "put it away".
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Clean-up time
Now that your furry friend knows the process, you can spread toys or other things around the room or yard for them to pick up. Continue to encourage them with praise and treats as needed. As they grow to love the activity, you can get them to clean up their toys after playtime.
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Treibball

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Sunny Day
Moderate
Hard
30 - 60 min
Items needed
treats
8 exercise balls
Activity description
The emerging sport of Treibball is a furiffic activity for your Cao de Castro Laboreiro. This game will occupy your pooch and let them put their herding instinct to work. You'll need a large field or indoor space with soccer-like nets and several exercise balls. In Treibball, dogs learn how to move a set of spheres by pushing them with their noses. The goal is to get all of the balls to a target area, like a soccer goal, within a specified time. Participating in the activity will help you build a stronger relationship with your four-footed pal while they have fun and get some exercise.
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Teach basic commands
Before you dive into Treibball with all four paws, make sure your pup will obey you amidst distractions. They need to know how to stay, lie down in a designated spot when you command them from a distance, and come when you call them. Practice these skills until they've mastered them.
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Teach the game
When your fur-baby is ready, start to show them the details of the game. Teach them to move a ball to a goal on your command. The trick they need to learn is to use their nose and not their teeth or feet. Once they know how to drive the object, add a second ball and train them to propel each spere in the order that you indicate. As your pup gains mastery, keep adding balls until you get to eight.
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Play treibball
If your furry pal has an understanding of the game, it's time to play. You can do this in a large yard, a field, or an indoor recreational room. Set up your area and get started with your first command. Mix it up by varying the color or size of the balls.
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Hide and Seek

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Rainy Day
Free
Easy
15 - 30 min
Items needed
treats
Activity description
Hide and Seek is a puptastic game for a rainy day. When the weather keeps you and your furry pal indoors, you can use this activity to give your pooch some light exercise and mental stimulation. Because the Cao de Castro Laboreiro has strong herding and protecting tendencies, you should be able to teach them how to play this childhood favorite in short order. Early on, use treats and praise to engage your pup. As Fido gets into the routine, you can phase out the food incentives. Playing this game offers a fun way to strengthen your bond with your furry pal.
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Teach the game
Before you can play this game with your pup, you'll need to teach them to stay in place until you call. Put your dog in a room and give them the command. Pick an easier spot such as behind a door at first. Call your pooch and let them find you. Use verbal cues if they need some help. Offer treats and praise when they discover you and repeat the process.
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Play hide and seek
As your special pal learns the ropes, you can hide further away or in more difficult places. Add a twist by dragging a scented item along your pathway to give them a trail to follow. Depending on your pup's enthusiasm, you can play this game for 15 minutes or longer. Stop before they get bored so that they'll be excited to do this activity again.
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Find It

The game of Find It is a spin on hide and seek. Instead of hiding yourself, you'll take a treat, ball, or other toy and conceal it for your pooch to discover. It's best to start by placing the object nearby and encouraging your pup when they find it.

Herd Family Members

This activity is a pawtastic way for you to give Fido and your kids an hour or more of exercise. Set up a pen or designated space and train your pooch to direct family members to that spot. Participating children or adults can try to trick the fur-baby.

Conclusion

The Cao De Castro Laboreiro can be affectionate and loyal to the members of their family. They'll watch strangers closely and act as a patrol dog around your property. With firm, consistent training and adequate activity, this pooch makes a pawtastic addition to a household that has experience with intelligent, willful dogs.