Activities For Golden Shelties

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Introduction

With their trademark adorable face and affectionate nature, Golden Shelties are on track to becoming one of America’s most beloved designer dogs. This hybrid dog, which is developed by mixing the Golden Retriever and the Shetland Sheepdog, is generally docile, laidback and smart. Even though the two parent breeds have varying personalities, the mix of all their pleasant attributes makes for the most charming pooch as a result. Golden Shelties are also known for being smart and their knack for learning new tricks and commands. These qualities make them a great fit for both first-time dog owners and more experienced ones. 

Treat Toy

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Any Day
Free
Easy
30 - 45 min
Items needed
Kong or similar treat-dispensing toy
Treats or peanut butter
Activity description
Golden Shelties are known for their caring and devoted nature, which is why they relish moments that they spend with their owners. Realistically speaking, however, it is difficult for you to always be around your pooch. Luckily, even though this breed loves some snuggling and quality time, they also fare well on their own, especially when given something to do. An easy play thing that you can get your pooch to use is a stuffed Kong. This toy, or something similar, is very popular among dog owners because of how versatile it can be. Stuffed Kongs can provide your dog with long periods of entertainment and will do wonders for their mind.
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Fill up the toy
This activity is simple and requires minimal effort on your part. The first thing you need to do is to take your dog’s Kong toy and fill it up with some treats. In case you don’t have a Kong yet, you can easily get one from your local pet store or online. As an alternative, you can use peanut butter in place of dog treats.
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Work for the treat
After you have filled up the Kong, the next step would be to put it inside the freezer and let it stay there for a couple of hours or even overnight. The more frozen the treat is, the longer it will take for your dog to play with it. The next day, give your dog the stuffed Kong and leave them to their own devices; your pooch will stay occupied for hours while you go about your chores at home.
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Toy Cleanup

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Any Day
Free
Normal
15 - 20 min
Items needed
Toy box
Doggy toys
Treats
Activity description

It is a known fact that dogs love to play with all kinds of toys. Likewise, owners love to spoil their four-legged friends with these toys to keep them happy and entertained. However, one of the challenges that come with having lots of doggy toys is tidying up after. After they get bored and are done with playing, dogs just tend to leave their toys scattered around the house and it is up to you to clean up. A trick that you can teach your dog, one that you will both benefit from, is toy cleanup. Because of the Golden Sheltie’s intelligence and their inclination to picking up and retrieving, they are a good candidate for learning this trick. This activity can also fill requirements for mental stimulation. Additionally, it saves you time and effort that you would normally use to pick up your dog’s toys.

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Choose a designated location
To teach your dog how to clean up after their toys, you first need to assign an area in your house for the toy box. Even though it seems simple enough, you need to choose wisely because you won’t be able to move the location of the toy box for the duration of the training period.
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Train your dog to drop the toy
Once you have settled on a location for the toy box, you can start to train your pooch. Begin by enticing your dog to go to the box using their favorite toy. When your dog has the toy in their mouth, snap or point your finger over the box. As your dog leans their head over the toy box, use a drop command ( “drop”, “clean up” or “tidy up”) while offering a treat at the same time. This will cause your dog to drop the toy while trying to take the treat.
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Practice makes perfect
Repeat the previous step at least five times. You can hold one or two training sessions a day, depending on how much time you have or how fast you want your pooch to learn. It is also important that you stick to whatever command you choose to use throughout the process. As time passes, you can start to bring the toy further from the box to make things more challenging for your dog.
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Walk and Exploration

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Sunny Day
Free
Easy
45 - 60 min
Items needed
Leash
Water
Waste bags
Activity description

The Golden Sheltie is one of those designer dogs that need plenty of exercise to stay fit and healthy. Going for a walk is the simplest workout that you can provide for your pooch because of how effective it is and how little effort is required. Another thing that makes doggy walks a timeless exercise for canines is how you can change things up. For your Golden Sheltie, you can up the ante by adding some exploration to your regular stroll. This means letting your dog stop every now and then to look and sniff around. Not only are you giving your dog their required physical exercise for the day, but you also provide mental stimulation for them. Of course, let’s not forget that walking your dog is completely free! 

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Head out for a stroll
To start, prepare some things that you would normally bring on a walk. Since this activity may take longer than your average walk, you might want to bring some water and snacks for your pooch. You should also have some waste bags in case your dog needs to go on a bathroom break. After you put your dog on a leash, bring your dog out and start your walk.
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Choose areas for exploration
Although you probably walked down the same path a hundred times before, you can still make a walk fresh and exciting for your dog to explore. One thing you can do is to let your dog take the lead and just follow suit. Another method would be to pick a new area of exploration yourself; ideally, you would want to get your dog to look around areas with nice views or lots of new scents.
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Run Together

The Golden Sheltie needs a good amount of exercise on a daily basis to stay healthy and to prevent boredom or any other undesirable behavior. When you go for a run, get a leash and take your dog with you. Your pooch will thank you for the workout. 

Puzzle Toys

Golden Shelties thrive when their minds are stimulated. Perhaps the best way to keep your pooch’s mind working is through puzzle games. Just purchase a couple of toys and let your dog go to work. 

Conclusion

The Golden Sheltie is a lovely, docile and loyal dog that makes for the best kind of companion. Although they love to spend time with their families, they are also undemanding and can strive on their own for some period of time. Always aiming to please, Golden Shelties will surely knock anyone’s socks off!