Activities For Gollies

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Introduction

The Golden Retriever is a friendly and sweet-natured dog, not to mention one of the most popular breeds in the United States. The Collie is renowned for its intelligence and desire to please, as well as for the legendary skills of a certain canine TV star named Lassie.

Cross these two breeds together and you get a lovable hybrid known as the Gollie. Excellent family dogs, Gollies love spending as much quality time with their humans as possible, and they're always ready for a game or an adventure. And because they need plenty of exercise and mental stimulation to live happy and fulfilling lives, it's essential that you can always call on some fun activities to keep your Gollie entertained.

Keep reading for three grrr-eat activities your Gollie will love.

Dock Diving

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Sunny Day
Cheap
Easy
30 - 60 min
Items needed
Toy
Treat
Activity description

If you're the proud owner of a water-loving pooch, any activity that involves swimming or just splashing around in the water is obviously going to get their tail wagging. While you could just take them to your nearest dog-friendly beach to take a dip, you might also like to let your dog try their paw at the fun and highly entertaining sport of dock diving.

Dock diving is one of the simplest canine sports you're likely to come across — dogs are simply required to jump off a dock and into the water, with the aim being to determine the longest and highest jump.

If this sounds like something your Gollie would love, here's what you need to do.

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Find a club
Do some Googling to find your nearest dock diving club. Check out where and when their next event is and find out what you need to do to let your dog give the sport a try. If your dog loves retrieving and loves playing in the water, they'll likely be keen to get started.
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Get practicing
The aim of dock diving is to entice your dog to jump into the water after their favorite toy, which is thrown just out of reach to encourage your pooch to jump as far or as high as possible. As with any other sport, practice makes perfect, so it'll take you and your dog a while to perfect your technique. However, rest assured that the two of you will have a whole lot of fun doing so.
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Dog-friendly Pub Crawl

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Sunny Day
Moderate
Easy
2 hrs
Items needed
Leash
Treats
Activity description

Taking your dog for a daily walk is one of the simplest and most effective ways to give your pet some much-needed exercise and mental stimulation. However, walks don't have to be boring, run-of-the-mill affairs that just take you along the same route every day — you can also work in some extra socialization and fun stops along the way.

And this is where the idea of a dog-friendly pub crawl starts to take shape. Any venue that welcomes dogs is well worth a look, so why not get a few of your dog-loving friends together for a pup crawl? You can support local pubs and bars, get a little bit of exercise, let your pooch meet some new friends, and generally have a grrr-eat time.

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Plan your route
Make a list of some of the best pubs and bars near you where dogs are welcome. You might be surprised how many venues will actually be happy for your dog to accompany you, usually if you sit outside in a beer garden, so compile the best spots into a suitable route. Alternatively, if there's only one suitable venue near you, make it a one-stop pub crawl.
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Gather your friends (and their dogs)
Next, enlist a few like-minded friends who'd be happy to bring their pooches along and join you for a few cheeky drinks. Make sure you pack some treats for your own dog, and that all dogs will easily be able to access water at any venue you visit.
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Let the crawl begin
All that's left to do now is enjoy yourselves. You and your friends can eat, drink, and be merry, while your dogs will hopefully love the chance to spend time with their people as well as socialize with their furry friends. Just make sure that all two- and four-legged attendees are on their best behavior at all times.
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Canicross

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Any Day
Cheap
Normal
30 - 60 min
Items needed
Harness
Canicross line
Belt
Activity description

Do you love running with your dog? Are you always looking for new and interesting ways to help your dog use up some of their seemingly never-ending supply of energy?

If you answered yes to these two questions, you should introduce your Gollie to the sport of canicross. The name might make it sound intimidating, but canicross is essentially a form of cross-country running with your dog — but with a key difference.

In this sport, there's a bungee line that tethers you to your dog, and when they start running, you'll be dragged along behind them and need to direct your pooch exactly where to go.

It's a paw-some workout and loads of fun, so here's what's involved.

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Doggy health check
Before you give canicross a try, it's worth getting your dog checked out by a veterinarian to make sure they're physically fit and that there are no health conditions which may make them unsuited to the sport. If they get a clean bill of health, move on to step 2.
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Buy the essentials
You'll need some specialist equipment before you can give canicross a try. You'll need a belt, your dog will need a harness, and then you'll need a canicross line to join the two of you together. Shop around at online dog sports equipment stores to find what you need.
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Time to run
Before you actually let your dog race off while tethered to you, it's well worth ensuring that your dog will stop when instructed to. Other commands, such as changing their speed and turning left or right, will take longer to master, so stay patient and remain consistent in your training. Other than that, all you need to do is get out there and have some fun!
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More Fun Ideas...

Fetch Toys by Name

Do you think your dog is smarter than Lassie? Put them to the test by teaching them how to fetch individual toys by name. This will take a while and require plenty of patience, but the results can be very rewarding.

Agility

Put your Gollie's intelligence and high energy levels to good use by giving this challenging doggy sport a try. It basically involves tackling a canine obstacle course and is a paw-some way to develop a stronger bond with your pet.

Conclusion

Whether you're getting active or relaxing, playing inside or out, the main thing to remember is that your Gollie loves spending time with their family. These dogs are eager to please their humans and love getting as much attention as possible. If the activities you choose combine physical and mental exercise with the chance to bond with their people, your Gollie will be one lucky (and very happy) pooch.