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.
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.
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.
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.