Activities For Great Cambrian Shepherds

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Introduction

The Great Cambrian Shepherd is a designer dog breed that's known for having a large stature as well as a large heart. Great Cambrian Shepherd dogs result from mixing the Great Pyrenees with a Welsh Shepherd dog. These massive mutts are known to have calm and collected personalities which help them get along well with humans and other animals of all kinds. These large dogs tend to enjoy participating in activities that encourage them to use their big brains and synthesize creative solutions to unconventional problems. If you're interested in adopting a Great Cambrian Shepherd, here are a few activities that you can try out with one of these gentle giants.

Treadmill

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Any Day
Expensive
Easy
45 - 60 min
Items needed
Treadmill
Water
Treats
Activity description
We've all seen humorous online videos in which folks place their unprepared pets on treadmills, and have all likely laughed at the outcome, but allowing a dog to spend some time on a treadmill can be as much a legitimate means to exercise as it can be a funny joke! Treadmills can be pretty expensive, with some of the cheaper ones costing about $200 at minimum and some of the higher grade treadmills costing upwards of $800 and more. Your Great Cambrian Shepherd dog will need some time to adapt to your treadmill but they'll be able to burn off a lot of excess energy and fat once they get used to the device. You can let your dog use a treadmill at any time if you keep the device indoors.
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Warming up
This step is all about getting your Great Cambrian Shepherd dog ready for action; helping them stretch all four of their legs and doing something light to get their blood flowing (a brisk walk around your backyard or block will do the trick just fine.) It's much more difficult (and potentially hazardous) for any creature to immediately jump from a state of rest to a state of increased activity. Getting your dog warmed up before using the treadmill will help alleviate this issue and prevent their muscles from cramping.
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Low intensity
The term "low intensity" simply means to take things easy, relatively speaking. When you first let your dog walk on your treadmill, you won't want to set the speed of the device any higher than 5 mph. Keeping the speed low will allow your dog to mentally acclimate to the concept of using a treadmill as well as physically adapt to the machine. Before even turning the machine on, have a few sessions of allowing your dog to sit, sniff and walk on the track with a biscuit reward at the ready.
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High intensity
Adjusting your treadmill's speed settings to any number above 5 mph should only be done after your dog has spent a number of weeks (possibly even months) completing low intensity sessions on your treadmill. That's because high intensity speeds on a treadmill are running speeds, so your Great Cambrian Shepherd will need to be physically up to snuff to keep pace with the higher intensity speeds.
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Grocery Helper

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Any Day
Cheap
Hard
60 min
Items needed
Shopping Bags
Treats
Activity description
Great Cambrian Shepherd dogs love helping people - they positively relish the opportunity to aid humans with as many tasks as they possibly can. Teaching a Great Cambrian Shepherd dog how to help you carry groceries into your home after returning from the supermarket can be a very difficult task but the results will be well worth the effort. You'll need a lot of time and patience to successfully teach your dog how to properly pick up, carry, and drop off groceries. You'll also need a few shopping bags and dog treats, which can both be purchased for less than $20. This activity can be attempted any time, as the weather holds no bearing on your dog's success.
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Defining objectives
First off, you'll need to help your dog understand what you need them to do in a step by step manner: lead your dog to your car, ask them to take the handles of the grocery bag in their mouth, encourage them to follow you inside, prompt them to gently lay the bag down on the floor. You'll want to reward them after they complete each step to encourage certain behaviors over others.
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Take the training wheels off
Or more accurately, take your dog's leash off and see if they can bring a bag of groceries inside without you leading them along. This will be the ultimate test of your dog's ability to ferry groceries from your car to your home; if they can successfully bring groceries inside without dropping them too hard or tearing at the bag a few times in a row, then your Great Cambrian Shepherd may very well be close to mastering this new and valuable skill.
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Dog-friendly Farm

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Sunny Day
Moderate
Normal
30 - 45 min
Items needed
Dog Leash
Waste Bags
Water
Treats and snacks
Activity description
Even if you don't plan to groom your Great Cambrian Shepherd dog to work as a herding pet, you should try to bring them to a dog-friendly farm for the experience. Great Cambrian Shepherds were bred to get along with sheep, cows, and other herd animals. It'll be a very interesting experience for both yourself and your dog to visit these kinds of animals in person. Depending on where you live, you may have to travel for a long time in order to reach your nearest dog-friendly farm or you may live right next door to one. Gather up a modest budget of about $100, get all of the supplies you know you and your dog will need for this trip, and head out. When you do head out, try to go on a sunny day as farm animals are usually brought indoors on rainy or snowy days.
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Pack light and right
What we mean by this catchy aphorism is to pack as few things as you can in your travel bag while also being sure not to leave any important items or pieces of equipment behind. We're basically saying to only bring along your essential items for this trip, as there will be a lot of walking involved and you won't want to be weighed down by excess tools and trinkets. A few snacks, water, a leash and waste bags are all that is needed and then you are good to go.
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Obedience rules
Your Great Cambrian Shepherd will need to be on their best behavior while the two of you embark on this trip, so it will be worth your while to set some time aside and practice a few basic obedience training techniques with your pet; make sure that your dog can heel by your side and resist the urge to chase after small animals on command and you should be set to enjoy the adventure.
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Dress Up Games

The Great Cambrian Shepherd's even tempered and easy going nature makes them great dogs to play dress up with; these lovable lugs will stay as still as a statue while you outfit them with a number of hats, shirts, and accessories. It doesn't even need to be close to Halloween to play Dress Up with your dog - just break out the silly shirts and over-sized hats whenever you feel like it!

Grooming

One of the Great Cambrian Shepherd's most distinguishing features is their thick, full coat of fur. To make sure that your dog's coat stays strong and healthy, you'll have to groom it on a regular basis (we're talking at least once a week without missing a beat.) Grooming your dog's fur can be a lot of fun, provided you have the right tools for the job.

Conclusion

The activities listed here are just a few of many different things you'll be able to do with a Great Cambrian Shepherd if you choose to adopt one into your family. We tried to make the activities featured in this guide as diverse as possible to illustrate how flexible and adaptable Great Cambrian Shepherd dogs can be as pets. As their names imply, Great Cambrian Shepherd dogs can learn to become excellent herding animals if they're trained to fill that role. However, they can also learn to become excellent guardian dogs, service pets, and good old fashioned family pets if they receive the proper training.