Activities For Giant Border Schnollies

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Introduction

With all of the brains and beard you can handle, when you need a big, furry friend, look no further than the Giant Border Schnollie. Not only is this pup a quick learner, but they have boundless energy and an impressive size. But with all of that energy comes a greater need for activities than some of the more mellow breeds. 

Find out how to keep your Giant Border Schnollie at their happiest by learning what the parent breeds of your pup (Border Collies and Giant Schnauzers) like best. To take some of the work out of your research, we've gathered a few activities that are likely to be your pooch's favorites. 

Obedience Training

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Any Day
Moderate
Normal
1 - 2 hrs
Items needed
Leash
Training Collar
Treats
Activity description
Border Collies are super smart, while Giant Schnauzers can be stubborn. Overcome your pupper's hard head while building on their desire to learn with obedience training! 

Though it's most popular with puppy owners, canines of any age can be enrolled in dog training. The purpose of the training is to help both four- and two-legged attendees interact better. With some hard work, the end result will be you communicating properly with your doggo while they respond and listen to you.

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Do some research
Most communities have no shortage of dog trainers. However, if you find yourself in an area where there isn't much to choose from, be sure to check out what the class offers along with reviews posted by those who have attended. If the class in your town doesn't seem to fit your needs, branch out and check into other communities.
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Attend regularly
The only way that your pooch can store the new training they are getting is by attending all of the obedience classes. If you miss even one week, it will be more difficult for your pupper to remember what they learned at the previous session. Most classes meet once a week, with the odd one being held more frequently. Try to arrange your schedule so that you can devote several weeks to improving your Giant Border Schnauzer's behavior.
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Practice at home
Another way to increase the chances that the obedience training works is by having mini practice sessions at your own home (or in a nearby park). Try to make these happen daily -- even if you can only dedicate ten minutes at a time to the training. This will keep the new commands fresh in your doggo's mind and will let you get in lots of practice communicating with your canine.
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Visit New Towns

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Sunny Day
Cheap
Easy
2 - 4 hrs
Items needed
Leash
Map
Water
Bowl
Activity description
Your hybrid hound has some brainy ancestors. Make sure their brain stays sharp by throwing new experiences their way on a regular basis. An easy way to do this -- that is just as enjoyable for owner as it is for pup! -- is to pack up your woofer and head to a new place. Exploring nearby towns can offer both of you a refreshing change of scenery. It will also help to socialize your pooch (which is a good idea when dealing with any kind of Schnauzer).
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See what's close by
Chat with friends, bust out a map, or take to the internet and find out what's happening around you! Check out what towns and neighborhoods are within close driving range and plan a day out with your doggo. Or, if you're the spontaneous type, jump in the car, turn on your navigation and drive! Just make sure you bring along water and a bowl so your barky buddy stays hydrated throughout your adventures.
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Hit the streets
Once you've reached your destination, it's time to explore! Walk up and down main streets, waterfronts, or check out local parks. If the weather allows it, you can even seek out pup-friendly eateries and patios to experience new tastes as well. Be sure to bring your camera along to capture fun pics of the two of you together on your adventure!
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Go where the dogs go
To get the maximum amount of socialization in for your doggo, pinpoint where the dog-friendly areas are in the town you're visiting. These can include dog parks, dog beaches, or dog-friendly establishments. As a bonus, you might even make some friends of your own while chatting with other pooch-lovers. Just remember to clean up after your GBS wherever you go!
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Agility Classes

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Any Day
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1 - 2 hrs
Items needed
Treats
Activity description
Tap into your Giant Border Schnollie's Collie side and make their activity dreams come true with agility classes! If there's a challenge that Border Collies excel at, it's agility! Most communities have a local agility club held at either an indoor or outdoor venue. At these establishments, the obstacles needed for agility training will already be provided for you, as will classes to help you train your pooch to be an agility champion! If you're more of a DIYer, be sure to look into at-home agility kits that you can set up in your backyard. This route is more expensive initially, but can prove to be less costly in the long run.
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Enroll in a class
Even if your goal is to build your very own agility course, if you're new to agility training, we highly suggest you attend a few classes to learn how to lead your pupper. You'll be asking them to run up moving objects, blast through tunnels, and weave through poles -- you'd better know how to have their trust during the process. The classes will help you learn the basic commands to give as well as show you the method in which to go about training.
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Switch it up
If you own a Giant Border Schnollie, you've got one smart pooch on your hands. They will likely get bored of running through the same course all the time. Make sure that you switch things up by changing the order of the obstacles or adding different challenges every now and then. This will keep the activity fun for your doggo and make the sessions more rewarding for you both!
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Enter a competition
Once your four-legged pal is a master of agility, the two of you can amp up the fun by joining a competition! Having a goal to work towards can make your training time more meaningful, and you'll likely meet people with similar interests on your journey. No matter how well your pooch does in the agility course, the experience will be something you'll always remember. And if your pup happens to be a natural, you may have found yourself a lifelong hobby!
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More Fun Ideas...

Adventure Hikes

Another way to switch up your daily walks through your neighborhood is to take off into the wilderness! Be sure to bring water, a map, and other equipment to ensure your trek is successful, and stay on a well-marked path so you both can find your way back home. Hiking is a great way to learn more about the land you live on, getting both you and your pupper up close to native trees, plants, birds, and animals.

Flyball

Burn that Collie/Schnauzer energy with a fast game of flyball! Your clever doggo will love the challenge of the game, while you'll get to enjoy being part of a team. Your pup will compete in a relay race with three other woofers while running against another team. It's tons of fun for everyone involved and will likely become your favorite way to spend an evening.

Conclusion

So, now you're ready! You have a bunch of new, fun outing ideas to keep your fur-baby mentally and physically engaged. What's even better is that after participating in these activities, your canine companion is sure to be tuckered right out! 

Not to mention, whenever you clock time doing something with your doggo, the two of you form a closer bond as you understand more about each other. Time dedicated to your pooch is never wasted and is oh-so rewarding!