If you’re looking for one of the most loyal canine companions out there, you could do a lot worse than a Ciobanesc Romanesc Carpatin! Also known as the Carpathian Shepherd Dog, these buddies were bred to mind livestock in the mountains of Eurasia, and they take their job very seriously -- you can’t get more dedicated than a doggo that’s been known to fight bears to protect their flock! Not only that, but there’s no denying that their lupine features are gorgeous -- take a look at that fluff!
Ciobanesc Romanesc Carpatins do pose some challenges. Though they’re highly intelligent, they possess a strong stubborn streak, are terrible barkers, and need a lot of mental and physical exercise. Don’t worry -- we’ve put together a list of activities guaranteed to keep your pupper healthy and entertained!
Many people love the romantic idea of heading off into the wilderness alone, but are put off by the safety concerns. Not to worry -- your loyal Ciobanesc Romanesc Carpatin will be sure to keep you safe from harm!
Or if you’re just looking for a family vacation with those you love most, camping is often a furrifically Fido-friendly option.
Not only that, but a change of scenery is great for your doggo. Exposing them to new sights, sounds and smells is a good way to keep their brain engaged, and it’s even better if you can combine it with exercise (like a nice long hike)!
Teaching your doggo to retrieve is a pawesome way to give their brain something to chew on! You’ll be showing them how to identify an item, grab it and bring it to you, whether that be a favorite toy before playtime or your slippers before you get out of bed. Your buddy’s brain will relish the mental challenge, and you get your own doggy butler!
Like all training exercises, this can take a while for your pup to grasp. The time estimate we’ve mentioned refers to the time per training session -- though these dogs are certainly bright, it could take them days or weeks to get this trick down pat!
Ciobanesc Romanesc Carpatins weren’t just bred for herding livestock -- they were also expected to alert farmers to dangerous predators. Of course, when your pup is young, danger is anything that’s strange to them. The booming bark of a Ciobanesc Romanesc Carpatin can be heard for miles -- and you want to avoid having severely irritated neighbors.
Watch-dog or guard-dog training harnesses your pup’s natural instincts to teach them "mindful barking" -- i.e., to bark only when legitimate danger is near. It can also train aggression out of antsy or mistrustful pooches.
Treibball, or doggy soccer, is a paw-fect activity for herding dogs of all stripes. Rather than herding livestock, your pupper will be learning how to push a large exercise ball into a goal. The rules of Treibball are rather complicated -- while you can certainly do some training in your own backyard, it’s a good idea to look for teams in your area if you and your furry friend would like to get serious about the sport.
Flyball is another canine sport that herding dogs often excel in. Your pup will need to traverse an obstacle course before retrieving a ball from a spring-loaded box. Again, this can be difficult to do at home without purchasing equipment -- it’s best to look for classes.