Activities For Bohemian Shepherds

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Introduction

Alternatively known as the Chodenhund, the Bohemian Shepherd is a medium sized dog breed that originated from the Czech Republic. These canines are very friendly and obedient, making them excellent pets for anyone who can provide them with structure and a varied assortment of activities to try out on a regular basis. Bohemian Shepherds were bred to serve as herding and guard dogs; you should definitely try out a number of those sorts of activities with your pet if you adopt a Bohemian Shepherd. There are also a number of unconventional activities that you can try out with your pet - some of which we'll discuss below.

Jump Rope

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Any Day
Cheap
Easy
20 - 30 min
Items needed
Jump Rope
Marker Item (stick or pole)
Activity description
Fun, simple, and affordable, playing jump rope with your dog is an effective (and low budget) way to keep your pet in shape. If you can have someone else assist you, they'll need to grab on to one end of the rope while you hold on to the other. If you decide to do this activity with just your dog, then you can tie the other end of the rope to a tree or pole. You'll need a jump rope as well an item to use as a marker (such as a tree branch twig or a ruler, which you can find likely lying around your place of dwelling) in terms of supplies. You and your pet can also try this activity out during rain or shine.
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Practice with the marker
The point of the marker is to show your dog where they need to jump as well as how high. Before incorporating the jump rope, take your dog outside and walk them over to your marker. Encourage your dog to begin jumping in place at the marker's location in rhythm; develop a 1-2-3, 1-2-3 cadence and get your dog to jump on the third beat a few times in a row.
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Skip rope
Now that your dog knows where to jump, and how high they need to ascend, break out the rope and put their newfound skills to the test. If you have a partner, you two will need to coordinate so that you can swing the rope in the same 1-2-3 cadence you had your dog jump to earlier. If just you and your dog are playing together, you'll need to tie one end of the rope to a tree and move the rope in rhythm while prompting your dog to jump. Using the rope may take a few practice sessions - be patient and enjoy the learning process.
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Bikejoring

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Sunny Day
Expensive
Normal
30 - 45 min
Items needed
Bicycle
Joring Harness
Water
Activity description
Bohemian Shepherds have fairly strong builds that allow them to participate in a number of joring activities. For those of you who don't know, the phrase "joring activities" refers to any means of dog powered travel. Bikejoring, then, simply refers to the act of traveling on a bike with the assistance of your Bohemian Shepherd. This activity has something of a barrier of entry, as your pet will need to e able to understand and follow vocal commands before the two of you can begin traveling together. It can also be a bit of an expensive activity, as you'll need at least $300 to buy a decent bike and another $60 to get a good harness. You should only try bikejoring out with your dog on sunny days to reduce the possibility of being showered with rain.
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Mastering commands
Your Bohemian Shepherd will need to be able to follow any commands you give them to the letter so that they can steer the both of you while you're bikejoring. You can teach your dog how to execute any particular command by physically helping them execute the desired movement while uttering the accompanying phrase. Here's an example; you can teach your dog to move slower on command by saying "whoa" or "steady" while you get them to move at a slower pace than normal.
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On foot joring
A good way to practice commands with your Bohemian Shepherd in a safe and controlled environment is to essentially issue joring commands while you and your pet are going for a walk; when you need your dog to turn in a certain direction, issue a particular command as opposed to just saying what you normally would. As you continue to practice joring commands with your dog on a regular basis, they'll get better and understanding an following them long before you incorporate a bike into the mix.
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Bike readiness
As you move toward adding the bike into the activity, be sure to walk around the block a few times with your dog and your bike so that your Bohemian Shepherd gets used to having the bike along. The first practice sessions once you start bikejoring should be short, lengthening them as you and your pup get more comfortable.
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Canicross

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Any Day
Moderate
Hard
1 - 2 hrs
Items needed
Hands-Free Leash
Water Bottles
Waste Bags
Activity description
Canicross is certainly the hardest activity that we'll be discussing in this guide, but it can also be one of the most rewarding for both yourself and your Bohemian Shepherd. The activity essentially amounts to running a cross country mile with your dog by your side. While canicross may sound simple enough in theory, it's much harder and far more physically intense in practice than what words can express. You and your dog won't need to spend much money in order to acquire the items you'll need for this activity, so just set aside $80 or so get a hold of some decent running shoes and a hands-free leash. You can try canicross during any kind of weather that you'd like, though it will be much harder to run in rainy or snowy weather as opposed to running in fair weather.
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Map out your path
Despite what some may have imagined due to the name of this activity, you and your dog won't actually have to run across a country; rather, you'll be running for 3 miles (5 kilometers) across a path that you determine. Break out your GPS system (or traditional maps if you've got them) and plan the path that you and your dog will take together.
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Rules for the run
There are a few best practices to keep in mind while you and your Bohemian Shepherd are running together; "stick together", "avoid hazardous areas", "stay on your path," and "pace yourself" just to name a few. But those rules are fairly self-explanatory and don't need much explaining. One that might is the axiom "don't turn a run into a race." It simply means don't try to physically overexert yourself or your dog to try and reach the end faster. Move at whatever pace you need to in order to avoid getting winded or injured.
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Toy Cleanup

The ultimate goal of this activity is to get your dog to help you clean up when they've finished playing with their toys. You'll need to teach your dog how to pick up their toys on command, where they need to take them, and how to deposit their toys once they've made it to their destination by incorporating elements of obedience training and getting your pet to associate certain words and phrases with specific actions.

Red Light, Green Light

This alternative take on a classic game incorporates elements of obedience training in order to help dogs gain better control of their impulses. Using a flirt pole, you'll want to encourage your dog to run around for a bit before issuing a "stop" or "red light" command. The idea is to get your dog to stop playing as soon as they hear the command. It will take a lot of practice for the commands to really sink in, but completing this activity with your dog will help them become a more well rounded pet on the whole.

Conclusion

As you can see from the types of activities we've discussed in this guide, Bohemian Shepherds are very active and energetic dogs. This makes them great companions for folks who have adventurous spirits and like to challenge their bodies physically. Bohemian Shepherds also somehow manage to temper their energetic personalities, keeping them from being overly aggressive with humans and other animals. Bohemian Shepherds are also very smart dogs who can learn to assist people with disabilities fairly quickly. Whether you're in need of a service animal that's very alert and has a good temperament or if you're just looking for a chipper companion animal, the Bohemian Shepherd has you covered.