Activities For Border Collie Lakelands

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Introduction

The Border Collie Lakeland is a combination between the energetic Border Collie and the independent Lakeland Terrier. As can be imagined, with parent breeds like these, the Border Collie Lakeland is a hybrid breed that will require a high amount of physical and mental exercise. In order to achieve wearing your dog out, you'll want to try a variation of activities to help keep a Border Collie Lakeland on their toes. While a normal walk every day is helpful and advised, stepping it up for an hour or two a day will help to keep everyone happy. So whether it is a jog, hike, or a completely new game you can be sure it will be a great time with a Border Collie Lakeland dog at your side!

Rollerblading

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Sunny Day
Free
Hard
1 hr
Items needed
Rollerblades
Helmet
Harness
Lead
Treats
Activity description
If you are one of those people who are almost more confident on wheels than you are on your feet, then you may very well adore this activity. Simply grab your roller blades (or skateboard/longboard if you prefer) and your Border Collie Lakeland so you'll be all ready to go. Whether you want your pup to actually pull you, or you'd rather them just run alongside, this is a great workout that will wear both of you out in a really fun way. Just be sure to have safety gear for yourself and a pulling harness for your dog if you decide to go that route; injuries are never fun and that will help ensure that everyone stays safe!
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Strap up
The first step to getting your roll on is to strap on your skates, helmet, and knee pads. Once you are ready to go, it's as simple as making sure that your Border Collie Lakeland is ready too. A proper harness for pulling will be required and a long enough lead as well. If your dog is not going to pull you, then no gear required!
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Go slow
If this is your first time skating with your dog, then it would be wise to start out very slow and in a low traffic area. This will ensure that both you and your Border Collie Lakeland have some time to warm up and get used to how everything works. A few falls may occur, but don't get discouraged! With a bit of practice, the pair of you will be on your way in no time.
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Reward your dog
Make sure that the experience is fun for both of you. If your Border Collie Lakeland seems a bit timid at first (as some Border Collies tend to be) allow them to move at their own pace and give a lot of praise when they make any moves towards your equipment. If your Border Collie Lakeland takes after the Lakeland Terrier more, then just remember that they may be a bit stubborn and it will take a firm, yet gentle hand, to get them to do what you want. Once everyone is comfortable, this is a great way to burn energy while bonding at the same time.
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Catch the Treat

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Any Day
Free
Easy
20 min
Items needed
Treats
Activity description
Both the Border Collie and the Lakeland Terrier are highly intelligent dogs. This means that the Border Collie Lakeland will not only need activities to wear them out physically, but mental stimulation will be required as well. A great way to do this (and provide a little snack) is through teaching your dog to catch treats before they hit the ground. While this may seem simple enough, and perhaps even ineffective in working your pup's brain, the activity can actually do a lot for your Border Collie Lakeland if you mix things up. Give it a try and you'll see what we mean!
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Get delicious treats
For this trick, really any treats will do. However, you may want to get some that really capture your dog's attention. Whether that means they are soft and really strong in smell, or hard and simply their favorite flavor. Whatever treats you get, make sure that they are big enough to be seen and caught easily.
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Capture your dog's attention
Once you have your yummy snacks, you'll need to get your Border Collie Lakeland's attention. Do so by performing a few simple tricks that your dog already knows, such as "sit" or "lie down". After a couple of these, your dog will know that you have a favorite treat and be ready to go.
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Switch things up
When throwing the treats for your dog, don't just throw them to the same location. Try tossing one higher, or to the side, to make your pup actually move for the treat. You can then turn your body one direction, while keeping your eyes on the area where you will throw the treat. This will help your Border Collie Lakeland learn to watch your eyes for cues as to where they should go which will help in other activities such as agility and frisbee.
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Doggy Masterpiece

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Any Day
Cheap
Easy
30 min
Items needed
Paint
Canvas or Paper
Towels
Cardboard to protect flooring
Activity description
Art is a great way to stimulate the mind. Although dogs may not have the same payoff from it as humans do, having your Border Collie Lakeland paint a masterpiece is not only a great way to have fun, but will also provide you with an awesome memory. Get your supplies together and prepare yourself to have an amazing time. All you need to do is find a safe location where you don't mind getting some paint on the ground (most likely outside) and you'll be ready to go! In fact, feel free to play along with your dog and paint something as well. It'll be all the more fun that way.
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Gather supplies
The number one supply that you will want to make sure you have for this activity is non-toxic paint. This will make sure that your pup is completely safe! If you aren't sure exactly what paint to get, follow the general rule that if it is safe for children, then it will be safe for dogs! Once you have the paint, be sure to get a canvas or some paper, and a protection for your floor (such as a plastic sheet or some cardboard).
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Set up your station
Lay down the floor covering and set out some of the other supplies, all the while making sure that your dog is either sitting patiently or still inside as you prepare. Get the paints and squirt some onto a plate or piece of cardboard so that they are easily accessible. It may be a good idea to have water, soap, and towels nearby for the clean-up afterward.
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Get painting
Now that everything is set up, you can let your dog run wild! Get their paws in the paint and either have them step, slide, or run across the canvas. This will create some really fun marks that you can keep forever (hopefully it will look really cool). Not only should this help wear your Border Collie Lakeland out, but it will also create another opportunity to bond as you run around having a great time.
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Visit an Outdoor Concert

Once a lot of your pup's energy has been expended, a great way to relax and bond together could be through an outdoor concert. Pack some yummy snacks, drinks, a blanket, and maybe even a nice bone for your Border Collie Lakeland to enjoy and head out to your nearest park. There are often times concerts that happen at locations like public parks or libraries, so find a dog-friendly area and enjoy!

Make Sand Sculptures

If you live near a park with a playground, the beach, or a lake then this activity may be for you. Have fun building an awesome sand sculpture, and then encourage your dog to chase you through the completed product; sending sand sailing everywhere! There is no doubt that this is a great way to burn that energy, while also enjoying the warmth of the sun and cool of the water.

Jump on a Trampoline

There is nothing more liberating than the feeling of jumping high on a trampoline. Perhaps your Border Collie Lakeland would also have fun jumping alongside you! Simply find a friend (or your own trampoline) and get hopping. Throw in a toy to make things even more fun and work your dog's mind by having them try to catch it while in mid-air.

Conclusion

For some of the calmer activities on this list, it is always a good idea to play it on the safe side and perhaps try one of the more upbeat activities first. This way your Border Collie Lakeland should be on their best behavior no matter the circumstance! For instance, if you want to go to an outdoor concert in the evening, try rollerblading or destroying sandcastles for an hour or so beforehand; this way, your pup will be tired out and ready to relax with you as you both enjoy the good music. And if these ideas don't appeal to you, no worries! There are lots of great ideas that you can use to wear your Border Collie Lakeland out, and many of them are wonderful bonding tools as well. So use these as a kickstarter and brainstorm up some awesome activities for you both to do together.