Activities For Armant Dogs

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Introduction

The Armant Dog is a canine of many names; the Armant is also known as the Egyptian Sheepdog, the Ermenti, and the Hawara Dog just to name a few of its other aliases. Members of this breed can look very different from one another due to each Armant being very likely to have a different colored coat than the next member of their breed. Armant Dogs can have black, brown, tan, gray, or mixed colored coats as well as slightly varying coat hair lengths. Indeed, it's not impossible to come across an entire liter of Armant dogs who each look drastically different from one another.

Trick Training

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Any Day
Cheap
Easy
30 min
Items needed
Dog Treats
Training Clicker
Activity description
Armant Dogs have the perfect temperament to be taught new tricks once they reach a certain age; they can learn all of the classic tricks like sitting, staying, rolling over, and shaking paws with others in a relatively short time span. The keys to teaching this breed a new trick are the same for teaching any other breed - repetition and reward. You'll need to see your Armant repeat a particular trick multiple times before rewarding them for their efforts. This is an overall cheap activity, as you'll only need to spend money on dog treats and a training clicker - both of which can be bought for about $20.
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Physical assistance
When you're first trying to teach your dog a new trick, you'll need to physically help them move into certain positions while saying the name of the trick so that they can associate that specific word with a specific pose. If you want to teach your dog how to shake paws with someone, for instance, you'll need to first lift one of their front legs up and out while saying "shake". Do this a few times to really get the message across.
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Repeat
It isn't enough for your dog to pull a trick off after being asked to do it one time - you'll want to see if they can do the trick multiple times in a row to make sure they've really got it down pat. Some tricks with similar sounding names might cross your dog's wires, so you'll have to keep quizzing them until they can distinguish between tricks without any problems.
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Reward
Whether you decide to reward your dog's efforts with a dog treat and a few clicks from a training clicker or both, you'll want to know when and how often to reward your dog to ensure that they're learning in an effective manner. A good idea is to reward your dog for every other time they successfully complete a trick or to even do it at random so that they're never entirely certain when they'll get rewarded.
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"Sheep" Herding

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Any Day
Moderate
Easy
45 min
Items needed
Sheep Outfit
Treats and Snacks
Playpen
Activity description
Notice, if you will, the deliberately placed quotations around the word sheep in this activity's title. We put them there intentionally as a way of letting you know that there won't be any genuine sheep involved in this activity. On the contrary, you're going to dress up as a sheep and let your Armant Dog herd you into a makeshift pen of sorts. This activity is absolutely wild and is intended to serve as a fun and creative way to tap into your dog's inherent herding qualities. As silly as it seems, pretending to be a sheep and letting your dog herd you into a pen has its benefits. This is meant to be an indoor activity, so you don't have to worry about the weather (or the prying eyes of bystanders).
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Get into character
It's up to you to decide how far you want to take your costume - you could go all out and buy a sheep costume from a Halloween shop or you can just get some cotton balls and glue them to a plain white shirt - we won't judge you either way. What we will say, however, is that your acting chops ought to be up to par; spend some time rehearsing your sheep voice until you'd be able to win an Oscar with it!
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Set up the play area
With the playpen you've either bought or built ready for use, you'll want to spend some time letting your dog get familiar with the structure. The pen is where your dog will need to herd you to successfully complete a round of this activity. While you've got your pup's attention, let them know that the pen is their goal by pointing to it and attributing a word to it that your dog can understand.
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Your dog and ewe
With all the busy work out of the way, ewe (sorry, we couldn't resist) and your dog will be all set to play this admittedly strange, yet nonetheless fun game. While in costume and in character, get your dog's attention and ask them to take you to the pen. You'll need to occasionally say the word pen (or whichever word you've taught your dog to associate with the playpen) to remind them where you two are headed. Bonus points if you belt out the word like a sheep.
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Dog Puzzles

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Any Day
Cheap
Normal
30 min
Items needed
Dog Puzzles
Activity description
You can let your dog go at a dog puzzle during all sorts of weather conditions so long as you let them play indoors. Dog puzzles will test your dog's ability to memorize and recall certain pieces of information, sharpening their mind into a fine edge. This activity is good for getting dogs ready to handle other, more mentally strenuous activities. As an added bonus, this activity is very cheap and easy to get into as the average dog puzzle only cost about $20. Armant Dogs are very sharp creatures as is, so they'll likely relish at the opportunity to increase their already impressive mental capabilities.
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You first
Before letting your dog go at a new dog puzzle that you've just bought them immediately, spend some time playing with the puzzle on your own so that you can learn the in's and out's of a specific puzzle. This way you'll know if your dog starts veering far off the mark when you let them attempt to solve the puzzle.
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On to bigger and better things
Once your dog has proven that they can consistently solve a particular puzzle with little to no effort, that's when you know that the time has come to get a bigger and more difficult puzzle for them. A Swedish company by the name of Nina Ottosson makes some of the best dog puzzles in the business, so hit them up when your dog starts getting really good at these puzzles.
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Trash Clean Up

Armant Dogs can be taught to perform all sorts of feats on request once properly taught and trained. Set some time aside to teach your dog what kinds of items would constitute as trash in your household, show them where the trash cans are, and then issue out your commands to see if they can get the job done.

Trick or Treat

When it gets close to the end of the year, consider taking your dog to go trick or treating with you around your neighborhood. You can dress them up as all sorts of characters and creatures of the night; the old "Spider-dog" routine never gets old if you're looking for a cheap and easy outfit.

Simon Says

Once you've managed to teach your dog a few vocal commands, you can play Simon Says with them by calling out certain commands and seeing if your dog will perform the corresponding action. If you say "jump" and your dog jumps up, for instance, they deserve a treat. If you say "shake" and your dog rolls over, then you've got some work to do.

Conclusion

Armant Dogs are very quiet and collected dogs who don't like to spend a great amount of their time or energy barking at nothing. This fact alone makes them great family pets and guardian dogs, as their reserved personalities allow them to stay alert at all times. Armant Dogs can learn to live in a variety of different sized homes, though you'll need to take them out more often if you live in an area without a yard or big enough play area. Armant Dogs are very obedient and well-behaved dogs on the whole, so we can't really think of any reason not to adopt one into your family if you're looking to care for a pet.