Activities For An Auss-Tzu

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Introduction

The Auss-Tzu is a dog who loves lots of cuddles, is very lively, and has plenty of energy to spare. They need a lot of things going on to keep them entertained and keep them from getting into mischief. If they are bored, they may just start herding your children or your cat! These medium-sized dogs are ideal family pets who love to be part of the family dynamics. They respond well to training as long as its fun. If it becomes boring, they may just pull a disappearing trick on you while they go and check out the neighbor's cat who is fun to chase! Fill their day by giving them chores to do around the home. Train them to pick up their toys and put them away in a basket. Perhaps they can go with you to the market and help you to carry the groceries home in a doggie backpack. Drop them at doggie daycare if you are going to be away all day or maybe coerce your friend into dog sitting for the day. Check out the activities we have listed below, you are sure to find some inspiring ideas to add fun and training into your dog's day.

Farm Visit

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Sunny Day
Moderate
Normal
1 -3 hrs
Items needed
Leash
Treats
Doggy Waste Bags
Water
Activity description
The Auss-Tzu has a herding instinct, so why not see if a local farmer or tourist farm will allow you to bring your dog for a visit? Your dog must be well trained and follow your instructions, you don't want them taking off after the sheep! But a wander around the farm on the leash will uncover a wealth of smells and new sights for your city dog. Let them stop and smell the scents they pick up. Quietly introduce them to some pet sheep, the farmer's horse, or even to the farmer's dogs. This opportunity is perfect for socializing your dog and a great test of their obedience. If your dog is really well behaved and has practiced herding, maybe they will be allowed to help herd some sheep with the resident dog? Now that would be mighty fun!
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It's all in the planning
Shop around and see if you know anyone who has a farm near you. Or maybe a tourist farm attraction is nearby; call them and see if they will allow your well trained, calmly behaving dog to come and visit. Once the okay is given, pack the essentials: leash, water and doggy waste bags. Bring along treats and maybe include a snack for yourself.
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Obedience is required
If you can take your dog to a farm, your dog needs to be obedient. You don't want them to take off and ignore your orders while they chase the sheep or muster the horse! They must be under your control. If they are, then the visit will be a great outing for everyone.
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Sights and smells
Be sure to thank your hosts for allowing this visit. Maybe you could present them with a gift of your appreciation. This will have been an exciting trip for your dog, all those strange smells and other animals to see. Not to mention the new dog friends they have made! At home, the sounds of a soft snore will soon waft from your pooch as they relive their great adventure.
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Toy Collection

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Any Day
Free
Hard
30 - 60 min
Items needed
Toys
basket
Activity description
Use your dog's abundant energy and their desire to please you for this next activity. It can be set up either inside or out, depending on the weather. The game consists of putting a pile of your dog's toys several feet away from the start line. Then, train your dog to run up to the pile, collect only one, and race back with it to put it in a basket. If your dog is not used to collecting things for you, start slowly and be patient. Try walking with your dog to the pile, let them choose a toy, then walk back and instruct your dog to put it in the basket. When they get the idea you can send them on their own and speed the game up. This teaches your dog how to follow out your orders, and to use their mental and physical abilities. When they get really good at it you can move the pile of toys further away. Remember to treat and praise them when they get it right.
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Set up
Gather some of your dog's toys and go outside if it is a nice day, to mark a track. Put a piece of rope or tape as the starting line. Then, get your dog to stay at the line while you walk several yards and put the toys in a pile at this spot. Next, go back and set up the basket at the start line.
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Be patient and start slowly
At first, just walk your dog up to the pile, get them to pick up and carry one toy back to the start line and put it in the basket. Well done! Give your dog a treat and plenty of praise so that they will be keen to do this again. You may have to repeat this several times until they fully understand what you want them to do. If they drop the toy on the way back and come back to you empty handed, gently walk them back to the toy, get them to pick it up, and then go back to the start line and call them. Then they get the treat.
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Speed the game up
Once your dog gets the idea of the game you can speed the game up. This will give your dog a good workout! Try to beat the clock but don't overdo it. The idea is to be a fun game, not an endurance test. Take frequent breaks and stop the game before your dog gets bored. They may not want to play again if you push on. Have fun, that is all your dog wants to do.
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Walkabout

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Sunny Day
Free
Normal
60 min
Items needed
Leash or harness
Water bottle
Map of the route
Activity description
Imagine you are your dog and every time you get taken out for a walk, you walk the same streets, go to the same familiar parks, and meet the same dogs and people. How boring. However, dogs will happily do whatever you want, but don't you think it would be nice to add a bit of variety into their walking routine? Take a look at a map of where you live. You will notice that there are parks you have never noticed before, there might even be a stream or two. Perhaps a hill overlooks the town giving amazing views? Mark out a new route or two to vary the daily walk. Your dog will love the new smells and sights they see, and you will enjoy a change of route yourself. Taking your dog to new places stimulates their mind and enhances their daily life. If your dog has never been into the town center, then take them through the malls. They will be amazed at all the activity, those delicious smells, and the number of people they meet!
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Make a plan
Either on your phone or the internet, source a new route around your town that has a few interesting stops such as a park where you can take your dog. Add in a few hills, see if you can find a new park or recreation area for your dog to explore. A change is as good as a holiday, so they say, so start planning it now.
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Change direction
Your dog will sense a change in you the moment you step out the door. Instead of always going to the right, you have gone left! But they will soon enjoy the change of scenery and the new smells. We all get comfortable with routines, but it's a great practice to break routines once in a while. It will keep your dog on their toes.
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Stroll and enjoy
Even you will enjoy the new route and wonder why you haven't done this before. It's a great way for you and your Auss-Tzu to enjoy an outing and get to know your town. Stop at a park for a game of fetch or just let your pup explore and enjoy before you head home again.
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Gather the Rubber Balls

The Auss-Tzu has herding in their blood. Gather a selection of rubber balls the size of a soccer ball for your herding dog to play with. Throw the balls in the backyard and get your dog to round them up into a group and drive them through your side gate. This will really bring out that instinct to herd, as your dog follows your commands to go left, go right and to stop any 'strays' from rolling away from the bunch. This activity will test not only their physical skills but their mental abilities as well.

Family Get-together

Family get-togethers are a great time to socialize and strengthen family bonds. The occasion will be a good chance for your dog to practice their social skills, meet new people and the event will tire them out both mentally and physically. If other family members have dogs, encourage them to bring them to the gathering so the dogs can hang out and play. Choose a venue such as a beachside location, or a picnic in the park. Keep an eye on your pet to ensure all is well and that they are not getting overexcited. If they are, take them aside and calm them down for a while. Dogs learn by watching and interacting, so don't forget your dog at a family gathering.

Conclusion

You want your dog to be as busy as a beaver during the day so that they keep out of mischief. Being busy is the way your dog learns, so don't be afraid to have a plan of activities for your dog. Include the family in the care of your dog - teach children to take them out for walks around the block or play games in the backyard. Of course, your children should know how to handle your dog, and your dog must learn to obey the children. Use basic commands such as sit and stay as daily training exercises. If your dog gets the same orders from all the family, they will be a pleasure to take anywhere.