The Australian Kelpie is an extremely active breed that needs lots of physical and mental exercise every day. Your pooch will have strong herding instincts that regularly kick in and due to their intelligence, they can become stubborn if they are not actively challenged. If you love the great outdoors, or if you live on a farm or ranch, this really is the paw-fect working dog. Your Kelpie will really appreciate a job and wants to become an effective member of your family. There are many activities to keep this breed busy, but the most important thing is to teach them the basics first, in order to maintain a positive social environment. Training and socializing is the key to success for your Kelpie. You don’t want your canine to start rounding up and other dogs if herding instincts kick in.
It’s difficult to put a price on this activity, because it’s entirely down to your preferences and needs. If your canine friend can swim, if you have a pool, or can take your buddy to the beach then this will be a cheap or free activity. If you need to pay for some lessons at a pool for your pet, then this will obviously have a fee. For the purpose of this activity, we are going to say that you are able to take your pooch to the beach. Your canine will adore the beach as they can run in and out of the water, and swimming is great exercise as it works several muscles all at once. This activity is especially good for health conditions like hip dysplasia and again, can help your dog maintain a healthy weight, as well as being great fun.
Most dogs can play fetch well, but for the Kelpie, it’s best to increase the intensity. Fetch is already an athletic game which has numerous health benefits for your pooch. Hip dysplasia is common in the Kelpie and although this is down to genetic make-up, things like keeping their weight down as well as a suitable exercise routine can help to prevent this. Of course, diet is important to maintain a healthy pooch, but athletic games like fetch can certainly prevent weight gain. Once your canine pal is fully trained and well-behaved with other dogs, this game is perfect for them. Herding style fetch will test obedience and intelligence, while also providing physical exercise.
We send our children to school, so why not send our beloved companion to doggie school? For an Australian Kelpie, this can be extremely useful because it will challenge your furry friend’s mind, and also, it’s a good idea to get this breed used to other dogs from an early age. If you are going to let your Kelpie run free for games like fetch, then it’s a good idea to make sure they are well-trained and obedient in time for this. For the Kelpie, classes are a positive influence, because it means you and your pet are socializing with other dog owners and their canines. Many people are more than capable of training their own pooch and this is certainly less expensive, so if you don’t want to pay the cost of classes, maybe you could arrange or join a dog meet up with people in your community that have a little know-how in this area.
Why not present a challenge by taking your dog on a steep, uphill walk? This will increase the intensity of the walk and once your pooch masters this, you could look at buying packs for dogs that hold weights which will again increase the difficulty and tire your energetic companion out. This will also build up the Kelpie’s muscular form. Be careful not to overdo it with this task though, take it one step at a time.
If you have room in your yard, why not create an obstacle course for your Australian Kelpie? This challenges the mind as well as being a physical activity. It can also test obedience. Use a seesaw and have your dog balance while walking along it, create a tunnel, and have them jump over something or through a hoop. Obstacle courses are great because you can make them as difficult or as long or short as you like.
For this game you need 6 balls, a six-hole muffin tin, and some treats or kibble. Pop the treats or kibble into one of the muffin tins and put a ball in each of the muffin cases. Encourage your dog to approach the tin. They should feel challenged trying to remove the balls, to retrieve the treat.
Your Australian Kelpie wants to feel loved like any other dog, but it’s so important to train and socialize this breed from a young age. Providing you do this, there are many active tasks and activities that you can complete to keep your dog fit and healthy, both physically and mentally. Developing their social skills is extra important as the Kelpie will try to herd children and other animals. Not only can you keep your Kelpie fit and healthy, their need for exercise means that they can keep you fit and healthy too – it’s the paw-fect partnership!