Activities For Boradors

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Introduction

The Borador is a delightful mix between a Border Collie and a Labrador Retriever. Full of energy and a dog that loves to play, the Borador makes a great family dog. They are known to be kind and sweet with children and are the perfect companion dog. You will find a Borador to be easy to train and highly intelligent. The police have used these dogs in search and rescue missions and drug detection work. Additionally, they make great service dogs for the blind or impaired. As you can see,  this dog loves to work, they need a purpose. If you have children your Borador will assign themselves as their protectors, watching over them to see they come to no harm. But they also need physical exercise and a bit of a mental challenge to keep their wits sharp. They make an ideal running partner, hiker's companion, or beach buddy.

Socialization Fun

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Sunny Day
Cheap
Normal
1 - 2 hrs
Items needed
Leash
Treats
Activity description
Socializing is so important for dogs, especially young puppies, as they learn through interaction with other dogs and people. On a nice day on the weekend, why not organize a get-together with some friends who have dogs and let your Borador have some social time? You don't have to organize anything for the dogs; they usually make their own fun, although it wouldn't hurt to throw a ball or two into the mix, or maybe some thick rope to tug and play fight over. As you all relax, just keep a watch on your dogs to ensure the play isn't getting too rough. If your pooch comes to sit with you, they may be feeling a little overwhelmed so let them rest until they feel up to socializing some more. Let them mix with the people as well, as it is a great learning curve for any dog. A casual gathering every month or so is to everyone's benefit - not only do you catch up with your friends, but your Borador gets to form strong friendships with others and can learn about social behavior from the experience.
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Plan a gathering
Getting everyone together these days is the hardest part. Life seems so busy, but if you don't make the effort, it will never happen. So plan for a day, choose a location, and mark it on your calendar. Whatever the age of your dog, mixing with a group of dogs and people is important as dogs are normally 'pack' animals.
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Secure and fun
Make sure there are water bowls around the gathering area for the dogs and have a few treats on hand when you want to calm the action down a bit. Make sure your yard is secure and no small dogs can wiggle out. Put out some balls (not your dog's favorite though) and other things to play with such as boxes, ropes and even a bale of hay if you can get it. Then, as the guests arrive, the dogs will do their thing giving the humans a chance to sit and talk.
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Commit to meet again
All good things have to end sadly, but make a commitment to meet again soon. Your dog will have worn off a lot of energy and will have made some really good doggie friends. Now they will want to rest, but get them to help you bring in the toys and tidy up before collapsing on the sofa with your Borador for cuddle time.
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Support a Cause

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Sunny Day
Cheap
Easy
1 - 2 hrs
Items needed
Leash
Doggy Waste Pickup Bags
Water
Activity description

Many animal shelters across the country have events to help raise money to upgrade their shelters or to improve animal care. These events are advertised and are often organized so people can bring their dogs to help raise the money. For a small entry fee, you can join a dog Walk-A-Thon, or maybe a Bark in the Park event. Some events have dog-oriented games that your dog may want to join in. At these fundraisers, there are often stalls with food, pet accessories or treats, outdoor cafes and so on. It is a great opportunity for your dog to meet and greet, and they will enjoy the fun vibe of the gathering. If the day is hot, ensure your pet doesn't overheat, take a little time to sit in the shade and let your dog rest. Often the Borador has to be encouraged to rest, as they just want to keep going. But like an Energizer battery, eventually, they will run out of power if they are not recharged. So build in time to relax and enjoy a fundraiser event.

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Seek out fun
Take note in the local papers or newsletters in your mailbox, often fundraising events are advertised here. You may need to book in advance or perhaps they can include whoever turns up on the day. Pack your dog's leash, water bottle and a towel to sit on and head out to join a worthy cause. This social gathering provides a learning experience for your dog; they learn from mixing and meeting other dogs and people.
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Join the pack
If the event is a Walk-A-Thon, get to the starting line and get ready to go. Your Borador will be so excited to be part of such a large pack! When you start you can go at your own pace, or get competitive and try to win. Be guided by your dog, their health comes first so don't overdo the fun.
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Chill time
With all the activity going on around your Borador, they may need some time out after a while. Rest in the shade of a tree and watch the events. It is fun to be part of a worthy cause. Many community services need to raise extra money to keep afloat, so help out when you can and enjoy the time with your dog.
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Find and Destroy

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Sunny Day
Cheap
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30 - 60 min
Items needed
Cardboard boxes
Tape
Treats to hide
Activity description
Create a bit of fun at home. Set up some cardboard boxes and hide your pup's favorite treats in them. Tape the boxes shut, your dog will have to rip the container apart to find the treats. You could start off with an open box or two so they know the treats are there, then make it harder by taping the box shut. Your dog will be able to smell the treat - let them know they can shred the cardboard but make sure they don't eat it. As they rip the box apart, they will eventually get to the treat. After they gobble it up, they will keep checking for a while just in case they have missed something. Then set up another box, or a box within a box. This activity makes your dog focus on a problem (the treat in a box) and work out a solution to get that treat.
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It's box time
Get some boxes and head outdoors into the yard for some doggone fun. Show your dog the treat and then place it inside the box. For the first time, just leave the top open and let them find the treat. Then while your dog sits and watches, place another tidbit inside and this time tape the box shut!
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Find the treat
Once the box is prepped for fun, give your Borador the command to find. Give them encouragement to start ripping into the box. Piece by piece they will slowly break their way in. Watch closely to ensure that your curious pup is not ingesting the cardboard or the tape.
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Easy mental and physical fun
Bring on box number two and repeat the game. What a lot of fun a simple box provides, not to mention the exercise, both mental and physical, that your Borador gets to enjoy. The sniffing and searching that this activity promotes works to alleviate boredom. Add this simple yet fun activity to your monthly repertoire.
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Chew Time

Chewing helps your dog to keep their jaws strong and the motion acts as a tooth cleaner. For a dog, chewing also relieves anxiety, it is a way to relax. Make sure your dog has the opportunity to get some chewing done. Hard rubber toys or rawhide can exercise those growing teeth and keep your dog entertained for ages. Providing enough things for your dog to chew on should hopefully prevent them from chewing on your things, such as your best shoes, that new leather handbag, or the legs of your sofa.

Obedience Skills

It is good for all dogs to receive a bit of obedience training; after all - no one likes a disobedient or aggressive dog. Use treats as a reward when they carry out their duties such as sitting and staying while you walk a distance away. Teach them to not jump up on children or adults. Some humans find a jumping dog quite intimidating, especially if they are lively and full of fun! Most dogs can learn the basics, but your Borador can take on more than that. Obedience training is hard work, so praise your dog well for all their effort.

Dog Park Day

The Borador tends to get on well with all other dogs and pets which is a blessing if you are adding this pup to your family. Take your dog to the dog park and they will run and play happily with all the other dogs there. They are not an aggressive dog, but they can hold their own and won't be pushed around. The dog park is a wonderful social event for your dog. It also burns off a lot of energy and gives your dog a good physical and mental workout.

Conclusion

When the Borador is a baby, they can be a staggering, clumsy ball of adorable pup. When they grow up they will be there with you providing plenty of hilarious fun. They will try to do anything for you. Do you want those pegs picked up? Yep, can do. What about these flowers, shall I yank them out … oops sorry! If you dig in the garden, your Borador rotary digger will turn up beside you. They have no idea why you are digging other than you have obviously lost your best bone, but they will lend a hand. Are you trying to relax with some yoga? Guess who will try to copy your moves? As you can see, your Borador is not one for sitting idly by while you have all the fun. You can train them, play with them, and snooze beside them. They are a fun dog, devoted and loyal, and a true companion for life.