Belgian Tervuren breed dogs were developed in Belgium as cattle herding dogs, along with three other breeds that are separated mostly by the texture, color, and length of their coats, the Belgian Laekenois, the Belgian Shepherd, and the Belgian Malinois. These dogs are extremely active and intelligent and can be difficult to keep busy enough to keep out of trouble. Fortunately, there are a variety of canine activities and sports that these versatile, sensitive, and seriously minded dogs are likely to excel at.
Belgian Tervuren breed dogs are known to be a very sensitive canine and without proper socialization can become timid, shy, or even fearful. One great way to help socialize a more reserved dog like the Belgian Tervuren to other dogs and to a variety of people is to attend a group class. These classes allow the dog to get used to other dogs without the intensity or lack of control that the average dog park or daycare offers. Belgian Tervurens are also incredibly intelligent animals and ongoing advanced obedience classes, which are often held in groups, will help to keep their minds active and busy.
You will often hear the new dog sport of rally obedience referred to as simply Rally-O, and it is an activity that is very quickly gaining popularity. This sport combines elements of advanced training and of agility training, but because it has no specialized props or tools that the dogs needs to interact with, it is open to a larger base of participants than agility training, and it is more active in nature than most advanced obedience training. The point of this sport is to have the dog and handler team navigate a course much like agility training, but instead of obstacles, they perform behaviors that are indicated by 10 to 20 signs placed on the ground.
The Belgian Tervuren is a very sensitive dog, and although they are highly active, they also tend to exhibit a calm and reserved attitude which allows them to be a very therapeutic influence. Dogs that work as therapy dogs generally make visits to places like nursing homes, schools, and hospitals in order to provide love and comfort to the people that need it. Some dogs even visit the site of recent tragedies in order to help those who are directly affected by the crisis to cope with their devastation. While service dog training frequently takes several years, training to be a therapy dog can typically be completed in just a few months.
This sport was designed for herding dogs with no access to livestock. It is performed by herding several large spheres to a specific goal as instructed by their handler.
These dogs were originally herding dogs, and their herding instinct is usually still quite active. There are ranches and farms across the United States that will share their land and livestock with you so your dog can have the experience of herding real livestock, for a fee.
Canine Freestyle Dance is a fairly new sport in which a handler and their canine perform a routine to music that often includes very close work with the handler.
The Belgian Tervuren is both highly active and highly
intelligent, and they require a great deal of physical and mental exercise each
day. They are also versatile and are known
to excel in several different types of canine activities or sports, so
whichever sport or activity you choose for them to pursue, they are sure to thrive
in the environment.