Activities For Aussietares

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Introduction

Aussietares are a purpose-bred dog consisting of Australian Shepherd and Bull Terrier parentage. When you are trying to think of activities that are suitable for your Aussietare, it’s essential to think about their personality. Not every game will suit them well. Aussietares are protective, playful, active, and social. However, every now and again, they can also be aggressive, making them more suitable for families with older or no children. If you are struggling to think of activities and games for this particularly complex breed, then maybe Wag! can help. Try out these activities below which range from free to expensive. 

Obedience Training

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Any Day
Expensive
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1 hr
Items needed
Leash
Treat
Activity description

When you first bring your Aussietare home as a puppy, you should be nose-first into a training book, then on the phone to a trainer or puppy school. Aussietares are quick to assert their dominance in the pack, even if they know deep down they’re not the leader. To get a handle on this behavior and to nip it in the bud, consider obedience training. This all-weather activity is one that can be a little damaging to the wallet but is ultimately setting your dog up for life. They can learn how to get on well with other dogs as well as master the basics such as sit, stay, and come. All you need is a leash and treat to get started. 

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Write a list
It can be challenging to turn up at a dog training facility with your furry friend if you don’t know what you hope to get out of it. If you don’t have a game plan, you can end up running through an entire session without ever working out what it is you want to do. Therefore, before you even thumb through the phone book or the internet looking for a puppy school or facility, write a list of things you want to learn. Do you want your dog to listen to your commands? Do you want them to sit and stay? Or, are you still looking to master those basics such as toilet training?
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Training type
The age of your Aussietare can dictate which option is going to be the best for your dog. If they are under six months old, then puppy school could be a great choice. They will get to play with other dogs while learning in a safe and secure environment. What’s more, everyone is on the same page, trying to teach their young pups how to grow up into well-rounded adult dogs.
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Practice
Training sessions usually run for one hour at a time for up to eight weeks. However, training doesn’t finish once the bell rings on that last session. Instead, it’s ongoing until your dog can finally do as you ask without you prompting them. Keep practicing at home, going over and over what you learned in your 60-minute sessions.
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Bubbles

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Sunny Day
Cheap
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20 min
Items needed
Bubble mixture
Bubble blower
Activity description

Aussietares are very active dogs that like to run, jump, and bound. Anything that moves is something for them to chase – even if it’s only the sun’s reflection on your watch shining onto a surface, or an insect flying through the air. If you want to wear your pooch out by appealing to their need for movement, then try using bubbles to your advantage. Suitable as a sunny day activity, it’s one that’s affordable, can fill in 20 minutes of your day, and only requires you to purchase a bubble mixture and blower toy. You can then go outside, blow bubbles, and laugh as your mad Aussietare chases them around the property. 

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Buy bubbles
To get started, you will need to spend money on bubble mixture and a blower. You can head to a pet store or toy store that sells dog-friendly, child-friendly, and non-toxic bubble mixture. Alternatively, you can make your own with liquid dish soap, water, sugar, corn syrup, and a cube of stock.
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Blow bubbles
To begin, dip the bubble blower into the mixture until you see a thin film over the blower stick. Blow gently onto it, forming small bubbles that snap off and fly away. Initially, the goal is to get your dog’s attention. Once you have it, you can blow even bigger bubbles that linger in the air a little longer – making your dog chase and pop them.
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Ball Machine

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Any Day
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1 hr
Items needed
Ball launcher
Ball
Activity description

As any dog owner will know, it can get tiring throwing a ball over and over again, with your dog never showing any signs of letting up. If you want to outsource this job to a machine, then your dog is probably not going to judge. After all, they are still getting to chase a ball. A ball machine is an expensive but all-weather machine that takes over entertainment of your pup. You will surely get around an hour of enjoyment from it. It holds balls and can launch them at an adjustable distance, with various sizes available depending on your dog’s size. While you may need to teach your dog how it works, the intelligence of the Australian Shepherd parentage will ensure it doesn’t take long for your dog to understand!   

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Set it up
Set the ball thrower up in your yard, setting the distance to the length of your yard. If you don’t adjust the distance, you may find your balls end up in the neighbor’s property! Set up the ball thrower on an even surface as well, with plenty of space surrounding it.
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Teach
Teach your dog to use it. Most ball throwers use one ball over and over, with the dog having to return it, putting it in the chute for the thrower to relaunch. Teach your dog to return the ball to the hole. Aussietares are a smart breed, so this shouldn’t take too long.
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Throw
You can now sit back with a cold beverage on your deck, watching a machine do all the hard work! Your dog now doesn’t need you to stand there, throwing their ball over and over again. Instead, they can play by themselves, getting as much mental and physical stimulation as they require.
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Walk

Sometimes, all it takes to provide your dog with the stimulation they need is a walk. You don’t need any fancy tools or toys, just a leash and a path to take. A walk can also do you both the world of good, allowing you to get fresh air and meander through your neighborhood to find out what’s new.  

Chew Toys

Both Australian Shepherds and Bull Terriers can be destructive, especially if you don’t pay them any attention. To avoid having your prized possessions turned into confetti, invest in robust chew toys for tough chewers. Make sure they consist of thick, non-toxic rubber. They are sure to keep your furry friend happy for hours. 

Conclusion

If you’re up for a challenge, that’s what you’ll get from an Aussietare. For all their quirks and personality traits, however, there is no denying that they bring so much love and joy into your life. All you need to do is put your best paw forward and deliver on quality entertainment options your dog will love.