Activities For Conservative Dogs

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Is your dog conservative? Does your dog barely interact with your guests? Does your dog refrain from doing anything too quirky or stereotypical at the dog park? Well, you've come to the right place then! The following activities are great for conservative dogs, regardless of their age or weight. They are activities that any serious, conservative pooch can really get behind! So take a look around and make sure to run any ideas past your dog to see what the verdict is!

Sense of Purpose

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Any Day
Moderate
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1 hr
Items needed
Leash
Activity description
All dogs love to have a sense of purpose, a reason for their existence. For many, it's you. Plain and simple, they live to be with you. And as adorable as that is, it's also quite sad. A dog should have more to live for, and that's where training school comes in. With a proper training session of your choosing, you and the dog can work on bonding together, testing each other's limits, and overcome obstacles together. And there are many different types of training. But the one that most instills purpose is vocational training. This ensures that dogs learn how to do things like herd, hunt, do search and rescue work, and assist the disabled.
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Research vocational training options
There's search and rescue work, there's law enforcement work. there's herding or hunting, or even both. There are many vocational training options out there, all right for the picking. Whatever you choose, make sure that it makes sense with the dog. If your dog is conservative, but gets a kick out of hide and seek, maybe search and rescue would be fine. If your dog is very serious, law enforcement may be ideal.
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Try a vocational class
Once you've done enough research, it's time to attend a vocational class. Whatever you selected hopefully appeals to your dog, and works off of the dog's natural inclinations and talents. If things don't seem to go well, ask the right questions. Instructors will be honest with you. "Is my dog cut out for this? Should I be trying another vocation? When can I expect to see results?"
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Analyze changes in behavior
If all goes well, you should ideally be seeing some small changes in your dog. Maybe they are less flustered when you change your schedule around, or move the food bowl. Maybe your dog is showing signs of stress instead? Pay attention to what your dog is trying to tell you about the vocation. And make sure to listen and do something about it if needed!
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Relaxing Weekend

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Cheap
Easy
48 hrs
Items needed
Dog Treats
Leash
Dog Bed or Blanket
Movies, TV shows
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Conversative dogs are like conservative people: they tend to just mind their own business, do their own thing, and really not welcome many disturbances. They are set in their ways, and have a routine. Of course, this doesn't mean your dog doesn't love you. It's just that your dog is a little more serious, a little more reserved. And that's okay! If anything, it just goes to show you that you can totally capitalize on this and have a relaxing, couch potato weekend with your dog! And maybe even strengthen the bond between you two. That's always a good thing! Here's how to do it.
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Gather needed materials
Get your dog's favorite tasty snacks, your own favorite snacks, and select some movies and shows that preferably have some animals in them. Make all the possible preparations to ensure you and your dog have everything you both need to have a nice, mini staycation at home over a weekend.
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Enjoy the weekend
Once you have everything you guys need, it's time to enjoy the weekend. Come 5pm on Friday, it's time to get home, slide on your grubby clothes, and rip open some potato chip bags. Of course, it's also time to open up a dog bone bag, or any other treats that you know your dog goes crazy for. Pop in a movie or show about animals, take a long nap, go for a casual walk around the neighborhood, and visit the pet shop together to pick out a new toy.
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Make adjustments
After the weekend is over, you should feel relaxed and much more bonded with your dog. Your dog should also look relaxed, because there was no pressure to change their conservative personality. But over the course of the weekend, you should have been able to note when something just didn't work. Maybe some snacks missed the mark. Maybe the dog park was a bad idea. Moving forward, make changes as necessary.
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Make Toys Interesting

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20 min
Items needed
Toy
Peanut Butter
Activity description
There is one common characteristic among conservative dogs: they rarely ever enjoy playing with toys. This is in large part because they don't really see much of a point there. So, the key to making play time more fun for them is by making their toys much more interesting. There are interactive toys, like KONG, which you fill with peanut butter and have the dog "work for food." There are toys which move around on their own, kind of like cat toys, but it makes them seem like they're real and ready to play with the dog. In other words, it's all a matter of just making sure that things provide more entertainment.
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Make a note of what your dog likes
First thing's first: find out what gets your dog going. Is it peanut butter, or is it something else? Is it a certain brand of dog food, or is it a piece of jerky? Next, find out what animating toys does for your dog. It helps to tie a string to a toy you already have, and making it seem like it's moving on its own. In other words, this is the research phase. Go wild!
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Put the plan into action
Once you know what your dog goes crazy for, it's time to put the plan into action, get whatever treat or food your dog liked, and whatever toy seemed to make the most impact. Then watch the dog's reaction when you present the toy. If the reaction is great, you did an amazing job. If not, don't worry, sometimes it's all about trial and error.
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Start Obedience Training

The thing about obedience training is that it's a great way to strengthen the bond between you and the dog. As a conservative dog owner, you're probably used to a lot of independent behavior, unchanging ways, and frustration when you change things up. Maybe you moved the food bowl, and now your dog is flustered. With obedience training, you're establishing much more trust between you and the dog, thereby calming the dog down when you're moving things around.

Go to Doggy Daycare

It may seem counterproductive, but some conservative dogs, whom all tend to be set in their ways, and be serious, truly benefit from seeing other much more laid back dogs. Just make sure that before you just take the dog to the daycare center, you let the daycare staff know that your dog tends to be more serious. That way they know what they could potentially be getting themselves into and will know how to interact with your pup in a positive way.

Conclusion

So there you have it: three amazing ideas for activities to do with your conservative dog! And there's two bonus ideas, to boot. Remember to run any ideas past your pooch to set that seal of approval. But we're sure everything will turn out just fine! Enjoy each other's company!