Activities For Basque Shepherds

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Introduction

Hailing from Basque Country Spain, the Basque Shepherd is a medium sized breed of with a lot of energy and a lot of personality. The Basque Shepherd's natural charisma and eagerness to get jobs done have allowed these dogs to excel as herding pets. The Basque Shepherd's lineage is very storied and intriguing; the skeletal remains of one of the Basque Shepherd's distant ancestors were recently found in an ancient cave system. The kicker? These bones were eventually revealed to be older than 12,000 years old, suggesting that the Basque Shepherd may descend from one of the oldest dog breeds whose offspring are still alive to this very day.

Homeland Visit

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Any Day
Expensive
Normal
24 - 72 hrs
Items needed
Dog Leash
Travel Gear
Activity description
If you've got the time and the resources to do so, you really ought to check out Basque Country in Spain with your dog; the place looks like a vista out of a Renaissance Era painting and has green, grassy rolling hills that stretch on for miles on end. Two way tickets to Basque Country vary based on where you're flying from, what time of the year you plan on visiting, and how long you plan on staying. To be safe, you'll want to save up at a tidy sum to get an airline ticket for yourself and your dog. You'll also want to budget for expenses like food and hotel costs.
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Pintxos bars
Dogs are allowed inside the perimeter of most cafes and pintxos bars that can be found throughout Basque Country. For those of you who don't know, a pincho snack is a small snack that's comprised of meat, bread, and eggs, typically. You and your dog will both be able to get a nice snack while you're travelling through the countryside, so that's a big plus right off the bat.
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Guggenheim dog
The Guggenheim Museum in the city of Bilbao is a popular tourist hub for a number of reasons; the place has got beautiful art, stunning architecture, and a gigantic sculpture of a terrier! You and your Basque Shepherd have to visit this place and take as many photos as you can together. Be warned though, if you visit this area too late in the day, then the popular hub will be absolutely crowded and filled with other visitors who may inadvertently get in the way of your perfect picture.
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Flyball

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Any Day
Moderate
Hard
45 - 60 min
Items needed
Flyball Box
Hurdles
Tennis Balls
Activity description
Flyball is a canine sport that was designed to test a dog's ability to coordinate themselves and run, at fairly high speeds, over a set of four hurdles. Flyball has shades of obedience training, agility training, and problem solving in it, making it one of those activities that are hard to learn and hard to master. The only thing that will really even be easy about this activity is going online to buy a Flyball box for your dog. This activity is going to take time and patience from you as well as your dog,  as it might be a while before you begin to see your dog really come into their own with this sport.
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Goal of the game
In a figurative sense, the goal of this game is for you and your dog to grow closer through working as a team to reach a common end. Literally, the goal of the game is to get your dog to run over four hurdles as deftly and skillfully as they can so they can retrieve a ball from a machine called a flyball box. They will then have to run back over the hurdles to you, with the ball in their mouth. Early on, just spend some time practicing with just your dog and box so they can get used to the strange piece of equipment. Teach your pup that jumping at the box will cause the ball to be popped out so they can catch it. Your Basque Shepherd will be a pro in no time!
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Beating the curve
Once your dog knows how to operate the flyball box, the rest will come much more naturally. Once they learn the hurdles, they will participate based on sheer excitement. In truth, your Basque Shepherd will be able to get through the rest of the course through intuition alone. It's the speed by which they do so that will take hours of practice to improve. It might take your dog an entire minute to clear their first lap, so keep working them to whittle that time down second by second.
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Magic Tricks

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Any Day
Cheap
Easy
30 min
Items needed
Coins
Blankets
Dog Treats
Activity description
Way back in 2009, a scientific study was conducted which revealed that dogs (regardless of their breed) have, on average, the mental capacity of a 2 year old human child; they can learn up to 250 words, understand gestures and signals, and can comprehend magic tricks with enough time. Basque Shepherds are fairly smart dogs, meaning that your dog will not only be able to understand any magic tricks you perform for them but may even be able to willingly help you pull certain tricks off. There are many magic tricks that are very easy to do, with the added bonus of requiring components that can be purchased for $20 or less at your local convenience store.
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Blanket trick
Also known as the "whatthefluff trick", videos of pet parents pulling this trick off right before their dogs' eyes have been making the rounds across the internet as of late. For this trick, you simply need to grab a hold of a blanket, walk over to a doorway, play peek a boo with your dog for a bit, and then dart away after the 4th or 5th time that you've concealed yourself with the blanket. Your pet will be mystified and will think you've vanished into thin air, so be sure you've got a camera rolling for this one.
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Disappearing coin trick
For this trick, you'll need to place a coin on a table and then ask your dog to look at it. While your dog's looking at it, press your hand against the coin and begin rubbing it against the table. Try to inch the coin away from the palm of your hand and towards your wrist by periodically lifting your hand a few centimeters off the table. The idea is to keep edging the coin away from your palm until it reaches the edge of the table and falls off - preferably into your other hand or onto a soft surface of some kind.
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Vanishing dog treat
Get one of your Basque Shepherd's favorite treats and then hold it in front of them. While your dog is looking at you and the treat, cover it with your index and middle fingers. Slowly lift the treat up above your head and then place it on the crown of your head while making sure not to move your fingers out of position. Bring your hands back down and open then wide so your dog can see that their treat has vanished into thin air!
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Dog Jenga

Jenga is an old school game in which players try to stack as many wooden blocks atop each other as they can before the whole thing comes crashing down. You can play a modified version of this game with your Basque Shepherd - all you need to do is swap out the wooden blocks for dog treats and get your pet to stay still while your balance the treats on their muzzle. Needless to say, that task is much easier said than done.

Catch a Movie

Basque Shepherds are the sort of even tempered pets that won't mind resting by your side and just kicking back with you while you watch a movie. More likely than not, your dog will probably fall asleep while the flick's runtime dwindles so this is a good activity to do at the end of the day when your Basque Shepherd has just finished running around and playing for the day.

Conclusion

If you were to try to summarize a Basque Shepherd based on their admittedly unassuming appearance, you probably wouldn't guess that these friendly little furballs have the sort of storied family history and unique abilities that they do. But as the man said - you should never judge a book by its cover. We hope that if you don't take anything else away from this guide, you'll come to believe that said principle of not making judgments based on outer appearances ought to be applied to dogs as well. Basque Shepherds are capable of all sorts of amazing things but, just as with any dog of any other breed, the only way to really know what one of these dogs is truly capable of is to get to know one on a personal level. We think the information presented in this guide will have convinced you that getting to know a Basque Shepherd is well worth the effort!