Treibball was initially developed as an outlet for traditional herding dogs who were living as companion animals and had no access to livestock. This activity is both mentally and physically challenging for your canine companion, and it also satisfies an intrinsic desire of herding dogs like the Catalonian Sheepdog. The dog’s handler uses voice and hand commands to instruct their dog to guide several large inflatable balls to a goal within a specified amount of time. While this sport can easily be played in a backyard, the sport is growing in popularity and treibball groups and formal competitions are becoming easier to locate.
Canine Freestyle Dance is a performance art in which a human and canine team showcase specialized heelwork or tricks in a routine choreographed to music; a routine which can be dramatic, humorous, simple or complex. It is a relatively new activity, and the first official Canine Freestyle Dance organization was founded in British Columbia as recently as 1991. Not only does this activity improve your dog’s physical condition and provide much needed mental stimulation, but it also improves the communication between the dog and their handler. Catalonian Sheepdogs are very trainable canines, and like many herding breed dogs, they are likely to excel at this entertaining activity.
The childhood game of Hide and Seek is an easy game to modify as a pastime for your canine companion as well, allowing them to utilize their attention to detail and powerful sense of smell in a fun and constructive way. It is a game that helps to not only give your dog some needed mental stimulation, but can help cement the bond between you and your pet. Catalonian Sheepdogs are known for their instinctual ability to find livestock that have strayed and this game should come naturally to them. As an added bonus, this specific game doesn’t cost pet parents anything more time and attention.