Border-Aussies are a highly intelligent breed. To keep their minds active, they need to be challenged. One of the easiest ways to do this as a pet parent is to constantly keep your pet in training classes. For dogs with high intelligence, you might need to consider high-level classes. In these classes, your dog can learn advanced tricks or skills. Fortunately for Border-Aussie owners, these classes are fairly easy to find and enroll in. Over time, the cost of these classes can add up, but they can be performed in any weather and are a great way to challenge your dog. If your dog passes the most advanced classes and still needs a way to release energy, you can sign up for private training classes where your dog can work one-on-one with a trainer to learn all kinds of unique tricks.
Agility training is a great way to keep your dog's mind active while you exercise their body. Agility training allows you to teach your dog how to navigate complex obstacles in a variety of different orders. The goal is to complete the course in the best time with the fewest mistakes or penalties. While there are likely to be local and regional competitions for agility in your area, national competitions are a very big deal in the United States. You may consider entering national competitions with your Border-Aussie if the competition in your area doesn't prove to be difficult enough, which for some dogs, it won't be. We suggest taking your Border-Aussie to agility classes as opposed to training them at home. Though classes can be a bit pricey, the challenge offered to your extremely intelligent dog is key.
Treibball is basically soccer for dogs. This competitive dog sport aims to bring dogs and their owners closer together through positive-reinforcement training methods. During training for the sport, your Border-Aussie will be challenged to learn the rules of the game. Once your dog has all of the rules down, you are ready to hit the field. While any breed of dog can compete, this sport is best for dogs that are natural herders without a flock to herd. To play, dogs use their nose or shoulders to get eight balls into a goal in seven minutes in a particular order dictated by their handler. Joining a club will mean a certain outlay of money but it will be worth it to keep your super clever dog's brain challenged!