Activities For Airedale Shepherds

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Introduction

If you have an Airedale Shepherd, you already know you have one of the best family dogs around. You also know these pups have boundless energy and an endless curiosity making it a priority to get outside, burn off energy, and also challenge them with new activities and tests constantly. Socialization is very important from a young age, and games that make these dogs wait, think, and hold their impulses are important in their development. There are so many different kinds of activities for Airedale Shepherds, it can be difficult to know where to start. Keep reading below for three suggestions perfect for these high-energy, fun-loving dogs.

Dog Park Play Time

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Sunny Day
Free
Easy
30 - 60 min
Items needed
Leash
Ball or Chuck-it
Activity description
Taking your Airedale Shepherd to the dog park on a regular basis is key to making sure they are socialized with other dogs. Learning to run in a pack, reading cues from other dogs, and understanding how to play are very important. These dogs are incredibly playful and often pounce, jump, and roughhouse. By taking your dog regularly to the dog park starting from when they are a puppy, they will learn important social cues from other dogs. All the running, chasing, and tumbling will also exercise them better than any long run, and your dog will be ready for a snooze after each session at the dog park.
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Find your park
Many cities and towns have developed fenced-in off-leash dog parks for their resident canines to romp, play, and run safely. You can do a quick online search or call your local recreation office to find out where the closest dog park is. Some cities even have parks designated for different sized dogs, so make sure you read about them and pick the best one for you and your dog.
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Play by the rules
Even though dog parks are made to be puppy free-for-alls, there are still rules you and your dog need to play by. Your dog should be responsive to your off-leash commands and come when called, even if they are playing with a new best friend. You also need to pick up after your dog and help keep this special place clean. No aggression is allowed, so if your dog starts to become aggressive, take them to a trainer who can help you navigate this behavior.
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Create a schedule
Airedale Shepherds thrive on consistent schedules for exercise and play. Carve out time a few days per week to take them to the park. Chances are, other dogs they meet will be on a similar schedule, and soon your dog will have their own gang of friends.
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Swimming

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Hot Day
Free
Normal
30 mins
Items needed
Stick
Ball
Activity description
Airedale Terriers have a reputation for loving water and enjoying fetching sticks, balls and other toys for hours in ponds, lakes, and even the family pool. Chances are your Airedale Shepherd has inherited this love of water as well and would love nothing more than to spend a hot summer day playing in the water, chasing after sticks or balls, and cooling off in a pond, lake, or pool. If your family loves going to the lake as much as your dog, swimming is the perfect activity for your Airedale Shepherd in the summer months. These dogs were born to be in the water, and you'll love how excited they become when they get to play water games with you.
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Introduction to water
Though your dog may have a natural affinity for swimming, you don't want to start by throwing them in the deep end. Make your introduction to water slow and let your dog dictate how far they want to go. Start by throwing a stick into shallow water, as your dog gets more comfortable you can throw the stick or ball farther out until they charge into the water and swim on their own.
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Proper equipment
When your Airedale Shepherd is accustomed to deeper water and loves to swim, you can add a few things to your lake kit to make sure your dog is happy and safe. If you go out on boats with your dog, or if you spend lots of time swimming together, buy them a dog life jacket. This will ensure they are safe out in deeper water and if they start to get tired before they get to shore. You will also want to have a leash, a ball or toy to throw, and a towel to dry them off when swimming time is finished.
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Head to the lake
When your dog is accustomed to water and you have all your equipment, it's time to head to the lake. When you get out of the car, make sure your dog uses proper manners and waits until you tell them it's okay to go. You don't want them to leap out of the car in a frenzy. Make sure you bring plenty of fresh water and some extra snacks and treats for your pup so they can recharge throughout the day.
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Learn New Tricks

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Any Day
Moderate
Normal
15 mins
Items needed
Treats
Props required for tricks
Activity description
It's important that activities for Airedale Shepherds are mentally stimulating and not just physically challenging. Both Airedale Terriers and German Shepherds are clever, so playing games that tired them out mentally will keep them happy and calm. This is why teaching them advanced tricks is the perfect activity. It will challenge their impulse control and patience, and it will help them bond even closer to you. Most tricks don't require much more than treats or a clicker, but you can get as complicated as you want. These dogs are smart enough to learn almost anything you want to teach them.
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Take a class
One of the best ways to learn how to teach your dog advanced tricks is to take a class at your local pet store or dog trainer. It's important to learn how to break these tricks down and use the best techniques to communicate with your dog.
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Practice makes perfect
Though the classes will show you how to teach the tricks, it's up to you to practice each day. Training sessions should only be about 15 - 20 minutes to avoid burnout, but you'll be amazed at how quickly your dog progresses with consistent practice each day.
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Show off your skills
Once you have several different kinds of tricks under your belt, let your dog show off what they have learned. Put together a routine and practice until your dog is comfortable performing multiple tricks in a row. When you're ready, put on a show for family and friends and let your dog bask in the glory of their new tricks.
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More Fun Ideas...

Play Ball

A simple game of fetch in the backyard is a great way to bond with your dog, refine their training and skills, and burn off excess energy. After a few minutesĀ of chasing the ball, they will be ready to hang out with you on the couch.

Go Running

Your Airedale Shepherd is the perfect running companion and is built for long days on the trail. If you need motivation to get out and run, just looking at your pup's excited face when you grab the leash will help you establish a healthy routine.

Conclusion

There are many activities for Airedale Shepherds that will tire them out physically and mentally to keep them happy and engaged. These special dogs need plenty of attention, but they are more than happy to join in on family fun activities like swimming, hiking, or even just playing a game of fetch. If you give them consistent exercise during the day, they will be content to relax with you in the evening and enjoy your company. These dogs are perfect for families and individuals who love to be active and play outside in all kinds of weather.