The Cairn Australian Shepterrier is a companion pup derived from two working dogs – Australian Shepherd and Cairn Terrier. The Cairn Terrier is a small dog that earns their keep as a vermin hunter, while the Australian Shepherd is a medium dog with a natural affinity for cattle herding. The resultant puppy of these two dogs is a small Shepherd-like companion pup with a great need for physical activity and mental stimulation. If you leave them to their own devices, they can quickly get themselves into trouble, with their stubbornness making it a challenge to get them to behave! You are bound to need help coming up with ways to keep them out of mischief, so consider these options below.
Because you will need to exercise your Cairn Australian Shepterrier for at least one hour per day, you will find that taking them for a walk is one of the most effective methods for doing so. However, given their high energy levels, you may discover they can pull on the leash quite a bit and could require some harness training so you can walk them comfortably. Harness training can take a bit of time, a few ten-minute training sessions, and a leash, harness and treat. Your Cairn Australian Shepterrier won’t take to it right away, but as it’s an all-weather activity, you can keep working on it until you get it right. You will also find it’s affordable as you only need to buy the leash and harness which you can have forever.
The Cairn Australian Shepterrier is an intelligent dog, stemming from both parent breeds. However, they also get their pig-headedness from the Cairn Terrier. As a result, you may find your dog is entirely capable of learning new skills but doesn’t want to. You may need a helping hand from an experienced (and often expensive) trainer if that’s the case. Obedience training is something you can do with other dogs (which can be beneficial for their social skills) or in one-on-one sessions. These sessions take place in one hour, and you only need to bring your dog, leash, and treats. It can be quite a challenging time, but you can end up with the most well-behaved pooch at the other end.
When your dog is full of energy, it’s so easy to put them in the backyard with their favorite toy or throw a ball across the lawn for them to fetch until they tire out. If it’s raining, however, it’s a little harder than usual to entertain them. That’s why puzzles may become your new favorite rainy-day activity. Even though it’s mental stimulation instead of physical, it’s benefiting your Cairn Australian Shepterrier all the same. Puzzles can be expensive from a pet store, but they challenge your dog which makes them worth their weight in gold. You can set them up in an area of your home for an hour, fill them up with treats, then let the puzzle do all the work.
Cairn Australian Shepterriers love to take chase to anything and everything, but if you want to draw their attention away from your other pets, a laser light could be an excellent place to start. Buy a pet-friendly laser then shine it across your floor. They will take chase and burn off all that pent-up energy at the same time.
The Cairn Terrier parentage of your Cairn Australian Shepterrier means they might not always get on with other dogs. Therefore, once you adopt them as a puppy, one of the first things you may like to do is take them to a dog park. Here, they can learn how to share and play nicely with other pooches, while working on their social skills. Make trips to the dog park a set part of their routine.
A Cairn Australian Shepterrier is an unusual dog with a lot of spunk and personality. If you don’t come up with activities to keep them busy and out of trouble, they can end up feeling a little ruff and cause strife! Compile a list of things to do with your dog, including these options above, and you can rest assured knowing you do everything possible to keep your Shepterrier happy and healthy.