The Berger Picard, also called the Picardy Shepherd, is a type of sheepdog that originates from France. This breed is believed to be the oldest of any French sheepdog type, having existed as early as 800 A.D. While the original purpose of the Berger Picard is for herding, the breed has become a fan favorite over the years. In fact, the breed can be seen in a lot of big Hollywood movies such as Daniel and the Superdogs, Are We Done Yet?, and Because of Winn Dixie. Because of their exposure in popular media coupled with a cute, scruffy appearance, Berger Picards have become a top choice for a household pet and companion. If you own a Berger Picard, here are a number of activity ideas that you may try with your pup.
The Berger Picard is a working-class dog and was bred specifically to do herding work. In general, Berger Picards are quite versatile and can take on many tasks and can undergo many types of training. One of the best and most useful types of training that you can have your Berger Picard undergo is obedience training. This is because this specific breed is known for being a free thinker, which makes the Picard quite a stubborn dog, especially when being commanded to do something. By doing obedience training on Berger Picards, you can reduce their doggedness and will make it easier for them to learn the basic dog commands. Although the Picard is not a usual choice for competitive obedience trials around the world, with the right tools and enough patience, you can certainly make an obedient dog out of the breed.
For humans, jogging has long been a polarizing activity – either you love running or you absolutely despise it. However, when it comes to dogs, running can actually be a lot of fun. Berger Picards are an active breed and exercise is a must for them. A lack of physical stimulation can cause the Picard to display some destructive behavior and aggressive attitude. To make your running schedule more fun and to use up your Picard’s energy at the same time, why not go for a run? Picards make for the perfect jogging buddy because of their high energy levels. By jogging with your dog, you get your dog physically active while also spending some quality time with your pooch.
At present, there is a growing number of dog sports that are being invented. One that goes perfectly with the Berger Picard’s personality and behavior is flyball. The sport is a competitive game against other dogs. In flyball, dogs participate in a relay race to fetch a ball and return it to the starting line. The race is done in an obstacle course consisting of four hurdles, which your dog has to clear by jumping over it, and a spring-loaded box, which the dogs must pounce on in order to retrieve the ball. What’s fun about flyball is that it is open to all dog breeds so long as the dog can go through a course and fetch a ball. Flyball competitions are held everywhere. However, before you can get your dog to join one, you first have to teach your dog how to play. Flyball training can be done within your own home with a makeshift obstacle course.
Agility training is a good way to train your Berger Picard while also putting your dog’s obedience skills to the test. Do a quick search of how you can create a DIY agility course in your home. Then, train your dog to go through the courses and give treats for a job well done. Remember to keep your sessions short to avoid tiring out your Picard.
A classic game of fetch is a great way to let your dog have some fun outdoors while also spending some bonding time together. Take a toy, a ball or even a stick and throw it some distance away and watch as your dog runs after the item to retrieve it. Give your dog a treat or a belly rub as a reward.
Berger Picards are a great choice for a pet and an everyday companion. The breed requires constant stimulation and a whole lot of exercise to keep them active and occupied. By trying out the different abovementioned activities, you can get to spend time with your scruffy pooch in a number of ways.