Bergamasco breed dogs are a rather friendly herding dog that developed near the Bergamo area of the Italian Alps to guard and guide sheep in the region. They are more heavily boned that some herding dogs and they have a distinctive shaggy coat that is made up of three types of hair that naturally form loose mats all over their body, a trait that helps to protect them both from the harsh weather in the mountains, as well as from predators. Strong and attentive, the Bergamasco will happily engage in activities with the family.
The Bergamasco breed was originally developed as a herding dog in the Italian Alps, and even those dogs without access to livestock may have a strong herding instinct. Herding dogs that do not have an appropriate outlet for their herding instincts will find something to collect together. These dogs are naturally drawn to children and without another outlet for that herding instinct they may attempt to herd your children or even the children of friends and neighbors. One way to ensure that your dog gets an outlet for that herding instinct is to rent a herd of sheep or cattle at a ranch or farm that specializes in teaching dogs to hone their herding instincts.
Canine Freestyle Dance is a dog sport first exhibited in the late 1980s, with the first official freestyle organization forming in British Columbia in 1991. During this activity, the dog performs a series of tricks and commands, similar to canine obedience, alongside their handler or pet parent that are set to music. The choreographed routines seen in this dog sport can be range from simple to complex and can be either dramatic or humorous. Bergamasco dogs tend to form very close bonds with their owners, are quite easy to train, and they tend to be very agile for their size, making them excellent candidates for this activity.
Hide and seek is a classic game played by children all over the world and it can be easily modified to entertain our canine companions as well. This activity is one that comes naturally to many types of dogs and with their natural herding and guardianship tendencies Bergamasco breed dogs are no exception. While this game can be taught with the use of treats, many dogs will eagerly play this game for no more reward than your praise and attention. This particular activity is a great activity to indulge in with children as this breed is drawn to children and will naturally seek them out.
The Bergamasco dog is extremely fond of children and often seeks them out. While they make an excellent therapy dog for most individuals, they are particularly well-suited to visit children who need the attention.
The Bergamasco breed, with their long shaggy fur, pleasant expression, and general friendliness, make excellent subjects for a photo shoot, either by themselves or with the whole family.
The Bergamasco breed dog is typically a very friendly dog that is happiest with some sort of job to do. They are somewhat naturally protective, and they enjoy seeking out people, particularly children. The activities listed here should speak to this breed’s inborn instincts, improving both their physical and mental health.