Activities For A Collie Pyrenees

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Introduction

The Collie Pyrenees is a great dog to adopt if you're looking for a well mannered, even tempered canine companion to help light up your life. These breeds result from mixing a friendly and reliable Collie with a majestic and loving Great Pyrenees. As both of their parents excel at herding other animals and pulling off a number of incredible agility feats, you can be certain that your Collie Pyrenees will be just as adept at activities that require them to be fast on their feet. Activities like flyball, dock diving, and those that involve a canine disk (or Frisbee in laymen's terms) will all help your Collie Pyrenees develop their natural born abilities.

Scent Training

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Any Day
Cheap
Easy
45 min
Items needed
Scented Items
Dog Treats
Activity description
Collies tend to have some of the best senses of smell of all dogs in the animal kingdom. Being part Collie, your dog will have a similarly well adapted sniffer that can help them track down certain scents no matter how well hidden they may be. Scent training aims to help your dog refine their ability to find certain things, people, or other animals by scent alone. You could take your dog to meet with a professional scent trainer if you'd like them to work as a rescue or service dog some day. Conversely, you could gather a few distinct (and preferably pleasant) aromas and train your dog yourself.
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Stock up on scents
For this activity, you'll be encouraging your dog to sniff out a number of scented items that you've hidden out of view. We've found that it's best to gather a wide range of aromas that you can use to scent the items before stashing them away. Lavender and Peppermint are two scents dogs tend to like a lot. It's always recommended though, to check with your dog's veterinarian to see which scents are safe for your furry companion.
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Out of sight, out of mind
Another crucial contributor to your dog's success with this activity is how well you hide away the items you'd like for them to find; while you don't want the scented items to be overly easy to find, you also want to avoid putting them in places that can be too hard for a dog to reach.
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Practice makes perfect
If you're aiming to help your dog reach a point where they can track someone or something down by scent alone, the two of you will have to practice regularly and often. Try practicing in different areas as well; maybe for the first few weeks you and your dog can practice at home but after a month's time or so, try practicing at a local park.
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Agility Training

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Any Day
Moderate
Normal
30 - 60 min
Items needed
Kiddie Tunnel
Hula Hoops
Hurdles
Dog Treats
Activity description
Many may not think that the Collie Pyrenees is as agile of a breed as it is, but these dogs can really move! Agility training aims to sharpen your dog's inborn dexterity to the point where they can effortlessly move with grace and poise as if it were second nature. You've probably already seen a few videos on the internet that feature dogs deftly dashing between cones and balancing themselves on narrow walkways. Your Collie Pyrenees can learn to perform both of those feats and more after they've completed a few agility training drills. It's up to you to decide if you want to do it yourself or let a professional agility trainer take the lead.
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Getting a professional
If you were to open up another tab and search for a professional agility trainer, you'd likely be presented with dozens upon dozens of options to choose from. Nobody knows your dog better than you do, so spend as much time as you need searching for a trainer who'll be a good fit for your dog. Research, ask opinions and visit facilities to find the perfect pairing. A training facility will have the course pre-set and you and your pup can watch other human and canine teams show how it's done!
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Doing it yourself
This method is just as viable as getting in touch with a professional agility trainer, but can be more time consuming and overall challenging in the long run. But if you're intent on training your dog yourself, then you'll definitely need an open area and a number of items you can use in your obstacle course. We can suggest low hurdles to start, a kiddie tunnel for your pal to run through and hula hoops for jumping through. Start slowly and with patience, teaching one obstacle at a time. As your dog perfects that one, add the next. Treats for a cooperative dog are a must!
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Flyball

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Any Day
Moderate
Hard
1 hr
Items needed
Hurdles
Flyball Box
Tennis Balls
Water
Activity description
This final activity references a relatively new sport that's exploded into the canine sport scene not too long ago. This sport encourages groups of dogs to race over hurdles in order to retrieve a tennis ball (or any similarly soft ball,) rush back through the course in the opposite direction, and return the ball to their owners as quickly and as safely as they can. A dog who's successfully completed a few obedience training and agility training courses will excel at flyball, so that's why we've listed it last. Flyball can be tons of fun once you and your dog get the basics down.
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Obstacle course refresher
If you've already had your dog complete an agility training course or two, they've likely become very acquainted with obstacles courses. This will come in handy, as we think that having your dog practice hurdle jumping and sidestepping can help them get ready for a flyball game.
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Obedience training refresher
As mentioned earlier, a point isn't scored during a flyball game until your dog gets the ball, runs the course, and gives the ball over to the next canine team member. This sequence of events takes a lot of focus for dogs to successfully pull off but obedience training can give them that focus. Have your dog sit, stay, and follow on command before letting them try their hand (or paw) at flyball. The best way for them to learn and succeed is to join a club; those with know-how will be able to teach your dog how to approach the spring-loaded box with ease. As well, your dog will sense the excitement of the other canine team members and do their best at getting over the hurdles to the box and back as fast as they can!
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Lure Coursing

Coursing is an activity in which at least one dog is encouraged to chase after a small creature like a rabbit or a hare. Lure coursing ensures that no animals get hurt while also providing your dog with the physically intense workout that coursing provides. All you'll really need is a wide open field and some reliable lure coursing equipment to give this activity a try.

Boat Based Activities

The easy going and laid back temperament of the Collie Pyrenees allows them to get the most out of boating and other activities like it. The next time you or your family and friends go boating, canoeing, or kayaking we think that you should bring your Collie Pyrenees along so that they can drink in the sights as well.

Conclusion

Many of the activities mentioned in this guide seek to help your Collie Pyrenees develop their innate agility and dexterity but there are plenty more that will help your dog develop in other ways. We can't recommend letting your dog engage in activities that'll help them develop mentally enough, as the Collie Pyrenees has the potential to become a very intelligent dog, willing to work and learn. All this breed really needs is the proper training and your undying support - once they've been given those things, they'll blossom and become the smart, capable dogs that both of their parents are. We hope that you appreciate the insight offered by this article, and that you view it as a starting point and continue to search for new ways to develop your dog.