Activities For Doberman Collies

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Introduction

Doberman Collies are among those designer dog breeds that tend to look drastically different from one another; some Doberman Collies have short, sleek black coats like their Doberman parents while having white patches of fur like a Border Collie. Others have much fluffier, bushier coats that have brown patches in them in stark contrast to the previous definition. But despite the drastic changes in appearances from one Doberman Collie to the next, these dogs are all very similar in that they love to be very and are fairly good at socializing with others. Doberman Collies will need to engage in a number of very physical activities, so here are a few to get you started.

Keep Away Soccer

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Any Day
Cheap
Easy
30 min
Items needed
Soccer Ball
Leash
Activity description
Internationally famous Soccer player Lionel Messi is actually a huge advocate for this activity; he often plays games of Keep Away Soccer with his Bordeaux Mastiff named Hulk to keep his skills sharp and bond with his dog at the same time. The idea behind this game is to take your dog to a wide open area and then use fancy footwork to try and keep the ball away from your dog for as long as possible. This activity will give you quite a workout, and there's a bit of a learning curve to it, but it's a lot easier than a number of the other activities on this list.
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The calm before the storm
Ok, it might seem like we're being overdramatic here but Doberman Collies play hard! In order to keep up with your dog, you'll need to make sure that you're up to snuff physically speaking; stretch your muscles and do some warm-up exercises to make sure that your body is ready for this activity. Encourage your pup to do a warm-up of sorts by challenging them to a few sprints.
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Keep away
Now if you're a novice in terms of playing soccer, it'll take a while for you to develop your ball control skills with this game. As time goes on, your control over the ball will develop as well as your dog's ability to give you a challenge. In time, you'll see gradual improvements in yourself and your dog. Teach your Doberman Collie ball handling skills and then see how much fun it is to fight for the ball.
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Lure Coursing

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Any Day
Moderate
Normal
30 - 40 min
Items needed
Coursing Lure
Teaser Stick
Fishing Rod
Activity description
Lure coursing is an activity that plays heavily into a dog's natural prey drive (that is, every dog's instinctive need to pursue things smaller than them with a fierce passion.) Formerly, coursing involved letting dogs chase live prey such as hares or rabbits. Today, rather than using live prey, lure coursing replaces hares with plastic lures that your dog can chase and capture without harming a single soul. Lure coursing is an incredibly physical activity, so help your dog get warmed up.
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Teaser stick
Teaser sticks are great ways to help your dog get the sense of lure coursing, albeit on a much smaller scale. Teaser sticks prompt your dog to chase after the bait at the end of the stick and to really commit to the activity psychically and mentally. Teaser sticks are also incredibly cheap as well.
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The real deal
Lure coursing is an incredibly intricate activity with many avenues that one can take as far as trying it out; you can take your Doberman Collie to an official coursing company where professionals can help you and your dog get the hang of this activity or you can do it yourself and build a number of the pieces of equipment needed for lure coursing on your own. Fun is in numbers though, so joining a club is ideal. Your Doberman Collie has the speed needed for the fun - and the club will enable your companion to develop fabulous socialization skills.
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Flyball

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Any Day
Moderate
Hard
45 min
Items needed
Flyball Equipment
Tennis Balls
Activity description
This activity is fairly new on the scene, just like Doberman Collies themselves. Flyball originates from Southern California, with its routes possibly dating back to the 60's or 70's. Flyball involves getting teams of dogs to race against one another (or sometimes just the clock) as they maneuver over a row of hurdles in order to retrieve the ball from a spring-loaded box. This activity is typically played at a club level, which is one of the reasons why we placed it so high on our list. Nevertheless, dogs like Doberman Collies tend to excel at it so we feel it's worth a try if you'd really like to push your dog to their limits.
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Train your dog
Flyball games are one of the few mainstream dog sports that are openly available to dogs of all kinds (as it happens, a number of other dog sports only will allow purebred dogs to participate.) While that means that your Doberman Collie can join in on the fun, it also means that you'll want to make sure their cardio and endurance are good so that they can compete with other dogs. Begin by taking them for walks and incorporating sprints in to the trek. Set up hurdles at home and teach your enthusiastic pup how to jump over them with speed and agility.
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Support your dog
While training your dog is the most important thing you can do before game time, supporting your dog during a Flyball match will provide them with incentive enough to truly be the best they can be. As a team based game, Flyball emphasizes a "one for all" mentality. To share in both victory and defeat with a positive attitude regardless is the mark of a great dog owner. Encouraging and coaching as your dog performs as well as consistent practice at home means success for all.
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Toy Retrieval

This is another activity that's meant to help your Doberman Collie get the hang of commands and obedience training. Toy retrieval refers to an activity in which your Doberman Collie heads out and fetches all of their toys after a play period so that they can be then put away in a chest or trunk. The idea is that you'll want to train your dog so that on command, they'll head out a pick up all their toys strewn about the place.

Jump Rope

Here's an activity that will help your Doberman Collie burn off a lot of their natural energy; jumping rope is a fairly difficult cardio activity even for many humans, as one can jump rope at such as speed that it becomes a high intensity workout. With your dog, you'll want to start off slow and then gradually build to quicker, more intense pace.

Conclusion

It's often not easy for one to find information about a vast number designer dog breeds due to many of them not having been around for very long. While Doberman Collies are great pets that have predilections making lasting impressions on anyone who has the privilege of meeting them, they fall into that category of being so new to the world that not as much information about them is readily available in comparison to a more well known breed. That's why we here at Wag! would like to encourage you to record and document your experiences with your Doberman Collie in some way or another; record videos, take lots of pictures, start a blog, any fun method that will help you spread the word as to how great Doberman Collies are!