Activities For Australian Eskimos

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Introduction

Being a mix of Australian Shepherd and the American Eskimo, the Australian Eskimo is a medium-sized dog with a lot of energy and built-in herding and guarding instincts. They were both bred to be farm and family dogs, helping out with the flock while still being a wonderful lap dog as well. However, they are also very intelligent and athletic with a loving personality that makes them easy to train. No matter what you want your Australian Eskimo to do, they will probably do it, but make sure it is something you will both enjoy.

Herding

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Any Day
Moderate
Hard
1 hr
Items needed
Treats
Herd animals
Activity description
The very first herding trial was held in 1867 in New Zealand, so this sport has been around for a very long time. Because your dog has both herding and guarding instincts, the job of herding should be second nature for them; however, you will need to teach your pooch the ground rules. A herding event (or sheepdog trial) is a competition where the dogs get a herd of sheep to move to certain areas such as inside gates or enclosures, around obstacles, through fields, and into a fenced area. Some dogs can do this with just a look while others use nipping at the sheep’s feet, barking, or running at them.
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Find a herd
The first step is to find your dog some animals to herd. It is best to use something small such as chickens or ducks, which are easier to corral for your pooch just starting out. Once your dog gets used to herding the chickens, move on to sheep. Let them get to know each other and encourage your dog with a treat and praise for doing things with the herd.
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Herding the sheep
After your dog has been hanging out with and moving the sheep for a few weeks, you can move on to letting your pooch herd them. At first, you can show your dog how to do it but most often, they will already have it figured out pretty quickly. Make sure your fur baby knows how to follow your commands as well because they have to get the commands from you during the herding competition.
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Disc Dog

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Any Day
Cheap
Easy
30 - 45 min
Items needed
Treats
Two discs
Activity description
This sport, also known as Frisbee dog, is a competition where you toss the disc to your dog, and they catch it. Sounds simple, right? It really is but to be in a competition, you have to know and follow some rules. Also, you have to be creative to earn the points needed to win a competition. There are two types of disc dog competition. The first one, called toss and fetch, is where you throw the disc and have your dog catch it over and over again for 60 seconds. The second type, freestyle, is judged by how athletic and artistic your dog and performance are.
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Get some disks
Give your pooch two discs of their very own and let them carry them around with them. You can even feed them dog food or treats from the disc. Let your dog take it to bed with them or whatever else they want to do with it to get used to it for a few days before trying to play catch.
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Play fetch
Go outside with your dog and play with your dog with the two discs. Toss it a few feet away and ask your dog to get it. When they get the disc, make sure you give your pooch a treat to reinforce the behavior. Continue to throw the discs one at a time while giving your dog a treat every time. You can then play keep away with a friend, throwing the disc to each other over your dog’s head. Give your dog a treat when they catch the disc.
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Go to the disc competitions
Take your little buddy to a few disc dog competitions as a spectator and watch how they react to the noise and crowd. It may take several trips to desensitize your pooch from these distractions. However, within a few weeks, you will probably be playing in the finals.
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Musical Canine Freestyle

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Free
Hard
1 hr
Items needed
Treats
Activity description
Musical canine freestyle is like an artistic obedience competition. This is a fairly new sport where the owner and dog have a creative technique with tricks, dancing, and following commands. Your dog will be performing to music right along with you so if they do not like music; this may not be a good choice for you. The competition includes a variety of obedience commands like heel, down, and sit with other athletic tricks like rolling over, jumping, spinning, and weaving around your legs. This is all done to music like a choreographed performance and often ends with your dog jumping into your arms.
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Teaching commands
You will first have to learn the commands and teach them to your dog. Your pooch has to listen to your voice commands as well as following your hand signals during the performance so make sure you teach your fur buddy to do this while playing some music. You will both need to get used to some type of music and learn to move together with style.
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Be creative
The most important part of musical canine freestyle is the choreography. It will take a lot of practice from both of you to get good enough to enter a competition with confidence. Play some music, learn a few dance moves, and get busy until you are both moving together with ease.
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Swimming

If you enjoy swimming, you may want to consider taking your best buddy with you to the beach. Whether it is a lake, river, or ocean, start with a doggy life jacket to be safe. Toss a ball or toy around and enjoy yourselves. You can also take your dog swimming in a pool but make sure they do not drink the water because of the chemicals.

Jogging

Taking your dog on a jog if you like that sort of thing is an excellent activity for you both. Not everyone likes to jog but if you do, grab a leash and take your furry four-legged friend with you so you can both get some exercise, sunshine, and fun.

Conclusion

All dogs need to get some type of vigorous activity every day and so do humans, so getting out there with your pooch is not only good for them, but it is good for you too. Whether you're going for a jog, taking a hike, or going to the park, bring your dog along with you and enjoy the sunshine and fresh air.