Activities For Belgian Tervurens

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Introduction

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. 

Group Classes

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30 - 60 min
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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. 

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Choose a discipline
While basic obedience classes may seem like an obvious choice, there are actually several types of classes available that can be taught in a group setting, and with a versatile Belgian Tervuren dog, you don’t always have to settle for just one. Canine classes that are typically beneficial for socialization may include advanced obedience, agility training, loose leash walking, flyball, and canine dressage.
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Pick a training facility
It is generally advised to do a little bit of research when you are picking your training facility. Not only do you want to check pricing and packages at different training facilities, but you will also want to visit those facilities as well. Many dog training groups will even allow you to observe a class before signing up, so you can get an idea of how things are being run and if it seems like the right fit for your specific dog.
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Keep going
The Belgian Tervuren is a very intelligent dog, and they thrive on learning new things Completing just one course of training is a great idea on its own, but following it with another course of lessons is an even better idea as it helps to keep this active dog’s mind occupied and can offer little extra stability to their lives.
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Rally-O

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15 - 90 min
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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. 

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Learn about Rally-O
Attending a rally sports competition as a spectator will allow you to learn valuable information before you commit to this sport. Along with helping you to learn a little about what it looks like to run a Rally-O competition, it will also give you an idea of what levels of noise and activity are generally to be found at competitions. Dogs that are timid or fearful may require preparation in order to be able to deal with the environment.
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Choose a group
There are many different ways to learn about the sport of rally obedience, including books and videos, but often the fastest, most efficient way to learn is from a trainer or training group. Some of the people in the group will be veterans to the sport and will be able to help you navigate the ins and outs of this activity, as well as helping you to find the most appropriate competitions for you and your pooch’s mastery levels. Both the American Kennel Club and the World Cynosport Rally Limited have searchable databases of rally obedience groups.
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Train and compete
Rally obedience training classes cover several specific commands that will be needed in order to compete. These commands can range anywhere from simple sit, stay, and heel type commands, to more challenging tasks like changing pace, slaloming, or moving in a spiral. Once you and your canine companion have achieved some mastery of these commands, the two of you will be ready to compete in a Novice category competition. As you improve your skills, you can move up to Advanced and Excellent level competitions.
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Therapy Dog

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30 - 90 min
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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. 

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Socialize
In order to prepare your Tervuren for the role of a therapy dog, they should be exposed to as many new and different situations as possible, including different sounds, smells, and surfaces. This, along with introducing your pup to as many friendly people as possible, will allow your dog to remain calm in a larger variety of environments and will improve their ability to give comfort.
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Training
In order for your dog to start their work as a therapy canine, they will need to have very good manners. In order to prove that your pooch has mastered polite behaviors like loose lead walking, consistently responding to basic obedience commands, and not jumping up uninvited, they will need to get an American Kennel Club Good Citizen Certificate awarded to them. Once you have procured the Good Citizen status, you and your dog can begin attending classes specifically designed for aspiring therapy dogs.
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Register and visit
At the end of the therapy classes, your dog will usually be evaluated to ensure that they have the proper temperament for the job. Once evaluated you can register your dog with one of several National Therapy Dog organizations. These organizations can help you to get the insurance, information, and support to begin making visits as well as helping you set up your first visits.
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Treibball

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.  

Herding

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

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.

Conclusion

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.