Activities For Cattle Collie Dogs

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Introduction

What do you get when you cross an Australian Cattle Dog with a Border Collie? You get the Cattle Collie Dog, of course -- a loyal, intelligent and energetic canine with plenty to offer the right owner.

Because the Cattle Collie Dog's parents are both herding breeds, you can expect your pup to grow into one very active canine. As well as lots of regular exercise, your dog will also relish regular mental challenges and will probably be happiest whenever they have an important job to do.

With this in mind, it's your job to continue finding new and interesting activities your Cattle Collie Dog will love. Here are a few ideas to get you started.

Bike Ride

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Sunny Day
Cheap
Normal
30 min
Items needed
Bike
Dog bicycle leash
Activity description

Is walking not enough to satisfy your dog's exercise needs? Do you want to run with your Cattle Collie Dog but simply can't keep up with their cracking pace?

If so, you can give your dog the exercise they need and still enjoy plenty of quality time together by going for a bike ride. Cycling has much less impact on your body and will allow you to travel at a decent pace without putting in too much effort. Even better, your pooch will get a grrr-eat workout and will love running along beside you.

Here's what you need to do to enjoy a bike ride with your dog.

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Get set up
The first thing you need to do is give your bike a tune-up to make sure it's in good working order -- chain oiled, tires pumped etc. Next, think about how you'll actually control your dog while exercising. Riding a bike with a leash in one hand is pretty dangerous, so it's worth investing in one of the many products specially designed to attach your pet's leash to the frame of your bike.
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Get moving
Now it's time to attach the special leash to your dog, hop on your bike and get pedaling. Go along at a pace that is nice and comfortable for your dog, and make sure they're happy to "heel" beside you rather than try and yank you this way and that. Also remember to monitor your dog for signs that they may be struggling or overheating, and let them take a break whenever necessary.
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Backpacking

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Sunny Day
Cheap
Normal
1 - 2 hrs
Items needed
Leash
Doggy Backpack
Activity description

Hiking is a wonderful way to exercise an active dog. They get to cover more terrain than on your average daily walk, while they also get to experience a variety of new sounds and smells.

But if you want to give your pet even more of a challenge, you can increase the amount of weight they need to carry by fitting them out with a doggy backpack. Carrying a few extra pounds on the hike will give your dog an even better workout and tone a wide range of muscle groups.

Best of all, this is a simple activity that your dog will love.

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Get a doggy backpack
Shop around to get a good deal on a doggy backpack that will fit your Cattle Collie Dog. You can then work out how much weight you'll need to add to the backpack to give your pet a challenging but safe workout. A general guideline is to add roughly 10% of your dog's body weight to the backpack, but check with your vet first to make sure this is a suitable activity and weight for your dog.
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Plan your route
Check out any parks and wilderness areas near you and research the hiking trails they have to offer. Are they dog-friendly? Are there any dangerous wildlife or other hazards (e.g., poison ivy) in the area? How long is the trail and how long will it take you to hike it? Once you know where you're going, pack water, maps and anything else you need before heading out.
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Happy hiking
With your backpacks in place, you and your dog can now set out to explore the trail. The pace at which you tackle the trek is up to you, but monitor your dog closely to make sure they're coping with the extra weight. Other than that, all that's left to do is enjoy the chance to explore the great outdoors with your canine pal.
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The Muffin Tin Game

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Any Day
Free
Easy
10 min
Items needed
Muffin tin
Tennis balls
Treats
Activity description

Did you know that a humble muffin tin can do much more than help you bake delicious snacks? In fact, this vital piece of bakeware also plays a vital role in a brain-boosting canine game that offers a simple way to beat boredom on a rainy day.

The muffin tin game is suitable for dogs of all ages and breeds, and it's a paw-some choice for a highly intelligent pooch like your Cattle Collie Dog.

To top it all off, the game is quick, easy and cheap to set up -- who says you need to invest in expensive puzzle toys to keep your dog amused?

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Fill a tin
Dig through your kitchen cabinets to find an old muffin tray. Place some of your pet's favorite treats in a few of the cups, and then cover all of the cups in the tray with tennis balls or whatever other dog toys you have lying around the house.
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Find the treats
Place the muffin tray on the floor in front of your dog and watch them sniff it with interest as their powerful nose detects the tasty treats. Of course, if they want to actually get to the treats, they'll need to work out how to remove the balls (or other toys) to get to the delicious rewards hidden below.
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More Fun Ideas...

Trick Training

Your clever canine will probably master basic training pretty quickly, so why not try training some complicated tricks to give your pet more of a mental challenge?

Hide and Seek

If your dog is highly food-motivated, set up a treasure hunt at home by hiding a few treats around the house.

Conclusion

There's not much time to sit still when you welcome an energetic Cattle Collie Dog into your life. These gorgeous dogs love being as active as possible and tackling whatever life throws at them, and will love being paired with an owner who's devoted to ensuring that all their needs are met. So use the activities listed here as a starting point to continue providing all the exercise, mental stimulation and companionship your pet needs.