Activities For Heeler Peis

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Introduction

A hybrid breed developed by crossing the Australian Cattle Dog with the Chinese Shar Pei, the Heeler Pei is a loyal and adorable companion. Friendly and protective when around the people they love, this breed makes a loving pet for the right owner.

However, like any other breed, Heeler Peis have their own unique ownership requirements that must be satisfied if your dog is to settle into life in your home. These are energetic and intelligent dogs that love being given a job to do, so you'll need to put in plenty of effort to give your pet all the exercise and interaction they need each day.

If you're looking for fun activities to enjoy with your Heeler Pei, here are three of the best.

Hill Climbing

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Sunny Day
Free
Hard
30 - 60 min
Items needed
Leash
Water
Activity description

Also known as the Blue Heeler, the Australian Cattle Dog is a working animal and an extremely active breed. Chinese Shar Peis aren't anywhere near as energetic, but chances are your Heeler Pei will still relish the opportunity to indulge in some regular exercise.

If your pooch has particularly high exercise needs, this activity could be a paw-fect fit. Hill climbing involves doing exactly what the name suggests, and it provides a lung-burning workout for dogs and humans alike. It'll also help your dog strengthen muscle groups that won't get all that much use on their regular daily walk, and it's an activity you and your pet can do side by side.

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Pet health check
The first thing you'll need to do is make sure your pet is physically ready to give hill climbing a go. If your puppy is still growing and developing, this may not be the activity for them. It may also be too much to ask if your dog has a low level of physical fitness, so it's worth booking them in for a physical with your veterinarian to make sure they're ready to go.
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Pick a hill and a time
If possible, find a park or forest where you and your pooch can get your heart rates up — it's not only more relaxing but also offers a wonderful change of scenery. Alternatively, you may need to find a quiet sidewalk on a steep street where you can enjoy a workout. Research suitable options in your local area, but make sure you only give hill climbing a try when the weather is nice and cool.
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Go up, come down, repeat
With your leashed pooch beside you, climb to the top of the hill before turning around and coming back down again. Depending on the energy and fitness levels of you and your pet, it's up to you to decide whether you want to run or walk. You can then repeat this climb/descend process until you or your dog decide enough is enough — if you notice your dog struggling or slowing down, stop the activity immediately.
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Fetch Your Slippers

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Any Day
Free
Normal
30 min
Items needed
Treats
Slippers
Activity description

Obedience training is essential to help control your Heeler Pei's independent streak and raise a well-mannered canine. However, once your dog has a good grasp of all the essential commands, you might want to try training them to perform some tricks.

Trick training is a paw-some way to give your dog a mental challenge and to give them a job to do. Regular training sessions will give the two of you a chance to spend plenty of time in each other's company, and it should result in some cool tricks you can use to wow your family and friends.

Here's how to teach your dog to perform an oldie but a goodie: fetching your slippers.

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Take slippers
The first step is to introduce your dog to your slippers and teach your dog that you want them to "take" the slippers. You can do this by offering the slippers to your dog and letting your pooch take the slippers from you. Reward your pet with a treat for doing the right thing.
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Give slippers
Next, you want your dog to get used to the idea of bringing the slippers to you. Once your pet has the slippers in their mouth, step a few feet away and instruct your Heeler Pei to, "Bring my slippers." When your dog obeys the command, reward them with a treat straight away.
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Increase the distance
After repeating step two several times, your dog should now know what you want them to do when you say, "Bring my slippers." You can then increase the distance your dog will have to go to actually fetch the slippers and bring them to you. Over time, and with regular rewards, your dog should soon be able to fetch your slippers from their regular spot beside the bed and bring them to you anywhere in the house.
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Flyball

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Sunny Day
Cheap
Normal
30 - 60 min
Items needed
Hurdles
Ball
Flyball box
Treats
Activity description

Is your Heeler Pei an active dog? Do they love having a job to do as well as the chance to go for a run?

If so, there are plenty of doggy sports your pet could potentially love. It's a good idea to try several sports and see which ones your Heeler Pei enjoys the most, but chances are they'll absolutely love flyball.

Flyball is a race between two teams of four dogs. Each dog must complete a course that will see them jump over hurdles, release and retrieve a tennis ball from a special box, then return back over the hurdles to the start/finish line. It's paw-some fun for any ball-obsessed canine, so here's how to get started.

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Find a club
The best way to find out more about flyball is to find either a dedicated flyball club or a dog sports club near you. If the club has a welcoming atmosphere and is always on the lookout for new members, head on down to its next meeting to find out exactly what this fast-paced sport involves.
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Give it a try
Now it's time to let your dog see flyball in action and eventually give it a try. While they probably won't get the hang of it straight away, any energetic dog with a healthy love of tennis balls should be keen to have a go. The club members will be able to tell you how to start training your dog to play flyball and the main skills you need to concentrate on.
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Practice makes perfect
Regular club meetings are the paw-fect place to practice flyball and fine-tune your dog's skills. Of course, you can also train some of the individual skills at home, or potentially invest in your own hurdles and flyball box if you want your dog to have their own flyball course to use whenever they want!
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Gardening goodness

If your Heeler Pei loves getting outside into the fresh air, invite them to join you in your yard while you do some gardening. They can lay beside you and enjoy the companionship while you work, or you can split your gardening up with play sessions to keep your pooch interested.

Drive-in movie

Looking for a chill night out with your canine companion? Take them along to a drive-in movie and snuggle up for a night in front of the big screen. Just make sure you remember to pack plenty of movie snacks.

Conclusion

Socialization, regular training, daily exercise, and time spent with their humans are all essential requirements for the Heeler Pei. The good news is that if you treat your dog to the activities listed here and are always looking for other ways to entertain your furry friend, you'll be going a long way towards giving them everything they need for a happy life.