Activities For Aussie-Corgis

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Introduction

The Aussie-Corgi maybe small in stature, but that is not going to stop this pooch from wanting to live life to the fullest. Adorable and friendly, this little dynamo will be ready for any fun you can throw their way. Be aware that this dog has strong herding skills and will try to herd anything from the cat to your kids. If they won't move, your Aussie-Corgi will nip them to get them to act. A firm hand and plenty of chores to do will keep this little pup in line. Use their herding skills to train them with heavy balls; get them to round these up as it will work them hard. Or teach them how to fetch specific items, such as their leash when you want to take them for a walk. But whatever you do, make it fun or your pup will become bored and obstinate.

Beach Stroll

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Sunny Day
Moderate
Easy
1 - 2 hrs
Items needed
Water bottle
Leash
Waste Pick Up Bags
Activity description
If you are fortunate to live close to a beach, take your dog out for a relaxing walk. Make sure it is a dog-friendly beach. You can also meet up with your friends and their dogs and make the walk a gentle stroll along while the dogs play and socialize. Your dog needs to be obedience trained before you do this, or they may take off on you and ignore your pleas to come back. There is nothing more frustrating than having to run after your Aussie-Corgi and tackle them to get them to stop! Mixing with people and dogs is good for your furry pal, they learn a lot from how other dogs react and quickly learn that they must have manners or they will be on the lead and miss the fun. It is a relaxing, energizing and enjoyable activity for any dog.
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Practice obedience commands
Every dog needs to understand a few commands when they venture out into the public. It could be vital for their safety. Spend some time refreshing your dog's memory with the sit, stop, and come commands. It can be embarrassing, not to mention dangerous, when your dog ignores your call to come back. If this happens, immediately put your dog back on the lead for a while. Then try again, and if they come back immediately - treat them with a yummy reward and lots of praise. They will soon learn that obeying gets them more fun time!
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Meet some doggie friends
Once your Aussie-Corgi has refreshed their obedience skills, it is time to head to the beach. Organize a day or so before the event to meet up with some friends that have dogs too. It is a great opportunity for the dogs to play together, dash in and out of the waves, or just dawdle along beside you taking it all in. Have a water bottle on hand as playing at the beach can be hot salty work. Make it a leisurely walk - we are not aiming for a marathon here. Enjoy each moment.
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Finish off with a sandcastle
Get the dogs involved in digging a sand castle. It can be a lot of fun, and many dogs just love to dig. You can hide a few treat bits in the sand for the dogs, that will really increase their drive to dig. Enlist the help of everyone, and remember to take some photos! When it's all done and recorded for prosperity, let the dogs have a blast tearing the castle down! This will burn off any remaining energy before you and your Aussie-Corgi return home for a well earned rest.
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Retirement Home Visit

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Any Day
Free
Normal
1 - 2 hrs
Items needed
Special hat or scarf for your dog
Leash
Waste Pick Up Bags
Activity description
Many residents in a retirement home have had to leave their pets behind with family members. Sadly, many places don't allow pets to live there permanently, which is a shame as they are such good devoted companions. However, ask and see whether you can take your well-behaved dog (they will have to have very good manners - no jumping or silly stuff) to visit the home. Dress your dog up in a cute hat or a fancy bow and ribbons which will make the residents laugh. The aim is to engage your dog in socializing with a variety of people, brightening up the retirement home residents who sometimes get forgotten in our busy world. It is good practice for your Aussie-Corgi to display their calmness and manners. They will love the attention and you could take some healthy treats that the residents can give to your dog. What a wonderful activity where everyone benefits!
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Do your homework
Before you get your dog dressed up and ready to go, make sure you check with the retirement home and confirm that they will allow your visit. Have your dog preened and ready for the day in their best hat or bow (designed to make people smile) and head out to the home. The management will probably direct you as to what direction to go. Then you can just wander from one person to another for a chat. Keep your dog calm and let them get acquainted with the residents.
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Make some friends
As you wander around the home, spend 5 to 10 minutes or so with each person. Some will love your dog, others will be a bit reserved. But one thing is for sure, your dog will enjoy all the attention and will no doubt they will get some treats. It is a form of therapy for people to relate to your Aussie-Corgi and doing so will make their day. Your dog can show off by doing some tricks like crawling on their belly, running circles after their tail (tricky because the Aussie-Corgi doesn't have much of one) or just obedience tricks like sit, fetch the paper or whatever you like.
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Winding up the visit
Remember to thank all the residents and management for allowing your visit. You may even be invited back on a regular basis. This is a great activity for the elderly in the retirement homes, but it is also a good opportunity for your dog to learn how to behave and to be calm and gentle with a lot of different people. Once you get out to the car, and strap your dog in to go home, really praise your pal for being such a good dog.
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Chill Out at Home

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Any Day
Free
Easy
1 - 4 hrs
Items needed
Books
Brush
Treats
Activity description
Activities don't always have to be full-on action. Sometimes its nice just to spend some time one on one with your special pup. Your Aussie-Corgi will love having your sole attention. Sit on the porch in the sun and read to your pet, or just stroll around the garden and chat to your dog. The neighbours may think you are nutty but your dog will love you for it! Perhaps give your dog an intense brushing, and get rid of their winter coat. Or maybe you could hide a treat or two and get them to find it. Just be mellow and calm, and enjoy this special time together. Usually this is only possible on a weekend, but if you are at home during the week, then any day will do. Relax in the sun and let the warmth sink in. The possibility of you both having a snooze is highly likely!
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Read a book
Who doesn't like sitting in the sun and relaxing with a good book? Read it out loud to your dog, they won't understand a word but they love to hear your voice. You could always have a nice hot cup of tea, while your dog sips chilled water. The goal is to relax - sometimes life is all go and we never seem to wind down. And that applies to your dog too. It is good practice to relax and it has many health benefits for you and your dog.
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A good brushing
When you tire of reading you could give your dog a good brushing. They often have loose hair that can mat if left alone. So gently brush and brush their coat. This will almost be like a massage to your dog and they will enjoy all your attention. Shake your fingers through the coat to loose the hair and free it from the coat. The porch may end up covered in dog hair, but that's ok. Afterward, you can use the broom to have a game of sweeping while your dog attacks the broom.
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Hide the treats
Instead of having lunch inside, you could have it outside and hide your dog's meal in a few different locations. This will make them hunt for their food while you have an opportunity to eat your own. It also saves your dog from scoffing the whole lot at once. Another option is to freeze some treats in flavored ice and give them a large ice block to work their way through. This is perfect for a hot summer's day. You can have a lot of fun, just chilling out at home!
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Winter Wonderland

If it's winter where you are, it is no excuse not to go out and have some fun. With your dog's short legs, a walk in the snow will be hard work (that's good) and will wear off a bit of pent-up energy resulting from lazing inside. Make a snowman together, and then let your Aussie-Corgi smash it down. Cover them with snow and see how they react! A workout in the snow is a great activity for everyone.

Dog Biscuit Creation

Another activity is to make some dog biscuits for your special pup. They will want to hang out while you make them, so every now and then, yell out "treat" and fire off a tiny bit of the goodies! Make them leap or search for those yummy bits. Then when you have finished mixing the biscuits, their reward is to lick the bowl. This activity is a good wet day treat, and will fill in a bit of time with some fun stuff. Your Aussie-Corgi just loves food, so they will be very happy to help.

Pine Cone Collecting

Pine cones are a wonderful free resource that you can collect to make crafts out of - especially for Christmas! Make an activity for your dog out of this and train them to collect the pine cones and drop them into a bag. You may find they will race around the forest or park area and collect way more than you need. But that's ok, it is a great exercise for them and they really are a help. Plus pine cones last, so you will always have some on hand. Your dog will need a reward for all their hard work, though!

Conclusion

The Aussie-Corgi is a true companion and will excel in many agility sports and have great stamina to go walking with you. Train them to be obedient and return on command, or teach them tricks like roll over, crawl along, or even to stand on their hind legs and 'hop' along. They will be more than happy with a job to do. Give a lot of praise for a job done well or a trick well performed. Get them to pick their toys up and put them away at night, or they can even help the children pack up their stuff before bed. Give them a food-filled dispenser toy when you have a meal; you might be able to eat all your own dinner in peace. Then after a busy day, your dog will want to cuddle up and will finally rest.