Activities For Border Schnollies

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Introduction

The Border Schnollie is an adorable, furry ball of energy who is always ready to do any activity with you. These designer dogs are a combination of the Border Collie and the Schnauzer. They are medium-sized dogs bred to be loving and protective family dogs with a high capacity for fun. Activities for Border Schnollies should be high energy and mentally taxing to keep these dogs happy. Make sure you plan plenty of time for training and activity. These dogs are known to be stubborn and require patience and experience to keep them from learning bad habits.

Disc Dog

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Sunny Day
Moderate
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1 hr
Items needed
Frisbees
Flags to mark distance
Music to choreograph a routine
Activity description
Disc Dog sports require speed, concentration, and a seamless relationship between dog and handler. That's what it's one o the best activities for Border Schnollies.  This sport takes frisbee throwing to a new level. Dog and human teams compete in "toss and fetch" events that challenge them to catch as many discs in 60 seconds as possible with extra points given to discs caught at farther distances. There are also freestyle events where the dog and owner are judged on a choreographed frisbee-catching presentation set to music. Each event requires incredible physical energy from the dog as well as a deep connection with their owner so they know where to be to catch each frisbee.
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Toss and fetch
The most common form of Disc Dog events is the Toss and Fetch. In this game, the owner and dog team have 60 seconds to throw and catch a frisbee as many times as possible down a field. The field is marked with distance flags up to 50 meters. The longer the catch, the more points the team earns. Dogs are also given more points for jumping up to catch the frisbee with the most points given to dogs who are completely airborne. Working with your dog to excel at Toss and Fetch events requires them to think quickly about where the frisbee is and run as fast as they can back to the owner for another throw. After a few rounds of practice, your Border Schnollie will be well exercised and happy.
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Freestyle events
Once you've mastered Toss and Fetch, you and your Border Schnollie might want to try Freestyle. In this event, instead of racing down a field to catch as many frisbees as possible, your dog must perform a practiced routine where they catch frisbees in time with the music. These routines can last from one minute and thirty seconds to three minutes. Dogs perform flips, super-fast catches of multiple discs, and gravity-defying moves. Not only is this one of the most entertaining Disc Dog events, but it's considered the most difficult form of competition. You will need to work with your dog consistently for several years, but the bonds you form with your dog are priceless.
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Disc dog competition
Your Border Schnollie will thrive at competitions, and there are hundreds held all over the country. The largest organization is Skyhoundz, which hosts local Disc Dog competitions all the way up to World Championships. These events are often held in the summertime at fairs. Once your dog has the hang of catching discs, you can enter your local competition for a chance to move on to regional or world competitions. These events are a great way to test your dog's skills and get inspired by other amazing teams.
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Herding

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Sunny Day
Moderate
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1 hr
Items needed
Treats
Dog whistle
Livestock
Activity description
Activities for Border Schnollies should play to their natural strengths and instincts. If your pup is always trying to herd the kids or other dogs into a group, they may be an excellent candidate for herding classes. Teaching your dog to herd will refine their natural instincts while teaching them to control impulses and take direction from you. It will give you new skills to communicate and strengthen your bond with your dog while boosting their confidence. Best of all, herding is very physical and will provide your dog with the exercise they need to be happy and healthy.
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Instinct test
Before you enroll in a herding class, it's important to test your dog to assess their natural herding instinct. Because your dog is a mix of Border Collie and Schnauzer, you will want to know just how much of the Border Collie's herding instinct your pup inherited. The tests consist of a certified trainer taking your dog into a pen with well-trained sheep. The trainer will evaluate your dog's reaction to the sheep, whether they see them as animals that need to be herded, and how they begin to go about herding the sheep. Your trainer will evaluate your dog's natural reaction and discuss this with you as well as your options to proceed with training.
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Basic commands
Before your dog can get in a pen and start herding sheep, they need to be well versed in basic commands like "leave it," "stay," and "come." While Border Collies can be very quick to pick up commands, if your dog inherited the Schnauzer's stubborn personality, these skills may take patience to train. Work with a trainer who is familiar with the breed and be sure your dog can respond to commands even when they are distracted. It's important they learn to control impulses as soon as possible.
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Working with animals
Once your dog is responding consistently to commands, it's time to begin working with sheep. Find a local herding dog trainer who holds beginner classes. They will start you and your dog out with experienced sheep who can help train your dog. You'll learn more specialized commands you can practice at home, and they will have older dogs who can help teach your dog the ropes. These classes with start by focusing on communication between you and your dog and body language. When you're ready they will help you move sheep as a team. Your Border Schnollie will come home tired both physically and mentally exhausted.
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Skijoring

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Cold Day
Moderate
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30 min
Items needed
Skijoring dog harness
Waist harness with safety clip
Cross country skis
Activity description
Skijoing is one of the best winter activities for Border Schnollies. Put their love of running to work and give yourself a ride in the process. Skijoring is a Nordic dog sport that combines dog sledding with cross-country skiing. The dog wears a harness that attaches around the waist of a cross-country skier. When the skier gives the command, the dog takes off and pulls the skier around a track. It's an enjoyable sport for both the dog and the owner, and it can be exhilarating to ski behind a speedy dog. This activity will let your dog get out all their excess energy while giving them a job to exhaust their mind.
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Harness training
The first step is to get your Border Schnollie accustomed to wearing a harness. Get them fitted for a comfortable harness that doesn't impede their motion. Let them wear it for five minutes at a time to get them used to it. You can give them treats or play with them outside after so they get excited when you bring out the harness. You can also help them get used to pulling by tying a light bag or tire to the harness. Make sure you don't keep it on long and there is nothing for them to get snagged on.
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Starting to pull
The next step is to get them used to pulling with the harness on. You can attach a leash to their harness and practice walking behind them holding tension and encouraging them to keep walking. Enlist a friend to walk in front of the dog and encourage them forward with some treats and positive reinforcement. You want your dog to get used to moving with tension on the tow rope, and to be okay with that. Make each training session short and fun so they learn to enjoy the sensation of pulling you when they have the harness.
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Skijoring on snow
When the snow hits the ground and your dog is comfortable with pulling the harness, you are ready for skijoring. Have a friend help the first time around. Put on your skis and attach the dog's harness to yours. Have a friend ski in front of your dog and encourage them to run next to them. You may need to ski along with your dog, especially uphill, to keep them going. Keep these first sessions short and positive. Even though your Border Schnollie is full of energy, they will need to work up to skijoring for a long time. Always keep the experience fun and rewarding. Soon you'll be able to ski together for many miles.
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Obedience training

Not only is your Border Schnollie smart, but they can be stubborn or take longer to learn than other breeds. Enroll them in an obedience class with an instructor that can help you learn to train this special kind of dog.

Running

One of the best ways to get your dog the exercise they need is to take them for a run. If you have a cross-country runner in the house looking for a companion, your Border Schnollie will always be ready to go.

Conclusion

Activities for Border Schnollies are best when they support the dog's natural instincts and drives. These dogs are incredibly intelligent and active. They need at least 60 minutes of exercise per day. Filling their time with activities that make them work hard and think like Disc Dog competitions, herding, and skijoring will fulfill all their natural instincts and need to run. These dogs are fun-loving family pups that thrive as part of a team. They don't like to be left long and prefer if they have a "job" to work on with their owners. Border Schnollies are sweet and will always keep you on your toes.

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Freya
Border Schnollie
Prairie City, OR
High Energy
Obedient
Dependant
Freya's Activity

Freya is highly active, we have no troubles with going over 100 kms a day on bike with just few drink & stretch stops, we plan on racing against Czechoslovakian Wolfdogs, she have energy all day, no matter what we do.

1 month, 3 weeks ago