Activities For Himalayan Sheepdogs

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Introduction

Himalayan Sheepdogs are a big breed that originates from regions in Nepal. They are used to guard and herd livestock. Since they are such a big and active breed, they are used to staying outdoors; that is where they thrive. They would not do well in a small apartment and they need a lot of exercise to keep them happy. A lazy Himalayan sheepdog is not a happy Himalayan sheepdog. It might be tough to keep them entertained, but these lovable dogs are worth it. Here are a few ideas to help you keep your big old puppy happy and exercised.

Find The Treat

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Rainy Day
Cheap
Easy
30 minutes
Items needed
Dog Treats
Plastic Cups
Activity description
This breed is used to being outside and herding livestock. That lifestyle is active and mentally stimulating. When it rains, it can be tough to deal with a dog that wants to be outside playing. Keeping them entertained in rainy weather can be tough and tiring. Not to mention the fact that big dogs can be destructive without meaning to break anything. This game is a fun way of keeping their brains busy without a lot of effort. You just need a few plastic cups, a few dog treats, and a bored dog. This activity will not exercise them physically, but it will exercise their brains. This is the perfect activity for a rainy day.
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Arrange the cups
You will need to take your plastic cups (not clear, so that they cannot see the treat once hidden), turn them upside down and arrange them in order. Once that step is done, you need to get your dog’s attention. Call them to you and show them the treat. This should be enough to catch their interest. If your dog was bored, chances are that you had their attention anyway.
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Fascinate the dog
You will now take the treat and put it under one of the cups. Let your dog see what you are doing. Then you will shuffle the cups around. Tell your dog to find the treat. Your dog will then use their superior smell to find the treat. If you want to make it easier for them, you could hide two treats to increase the chances of them getting the treat.
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Step things up
Now that your puppy has gotten the hang of the game, you can step it up. Himalayan Sheepdogs are great at finding things, so this activity will stimulate their brain power and enhance their skills. You could add more cups, hide the treat in your hand to see what they do, or move the cups faster. It might take a little while before you can step up the game, but it means that your dog is learning.
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The Pole Game

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Sunny Day
Cheap
Normal
60 Minutes
Items needed
Favorite Toy
String
A Stick
Activity description
Since this breed is a herding animal, they are used to guiding unruly livestock. Your dog may not be able to tell the difference between a sheep and a cow, but those instincts are ingrained. They love chasing things and bringing them home. This activity is very simple, your dog will be chasing their toys until they run out of breath. You will need to do this outside since your dog will be very excited and might break things inside. Since it is an outdoor activity, the weather will need to be pleasant. If it is too hot, the both of you will get too tired to have much fun.
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Assemble the pole
Before you can do this activity, you will need to assemble your poles. This is a very simple step. All you need to do is tie the toy to the piece of string and tie the string to the stick. Make sure that the stick is long enough to keep the toy far away from you and the string must be strong enough to withstand your dog catching the toy.
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Prepare to run
You better put your running shoes on! Once your excited Himalayan Sheepdog gets into the game, you are going to be doing a lot of running. You can make your big puppy run all over the yard, just make sure to keep the toy out of reach and really make them work for their prize. Before you know it, the two of you will be all tired out.
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Keep It Interesting
This activity is remarkably simple, but it will quickly become your dog’s favorite past time. Every time you take out the stick, they will know what to do and it will make their day. To keep things interesting, you can take your dog to new places, or attach a different toy each time.
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Go Find It

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Any Day
Cheap
Easy
15 Minutes
Items needed
Dog Toys
A box
Activity description
Every dog has their favorite toy. It does not matter how many they have, there will always be one chewed up item or toy that they prefer over all the others. You can use this to your advantage for this activity. By making them look for their favorite toy, you are teaching them valuable skills and giving their brain a work out. After running around with a pole, it makes a nice change to just sit and watch your dog trying to find their favorite toy or item. This activity can be done both inside and outdoors and won't cost you too much in time, energy or money.
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Get them excited
If your dog is excited to play the game, the longer they will stick to the game and the longer you get to play with them. You can start the activity off by playing a quick session of tug of war or fetch to get them ready for action. Once you have done that, you can move on to the second step. By now your dog should be very happy to start.
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Hide the toy
Take a few toys, or clothes or any ordinary items and put them in your box. When your dog isn't looking, stuff their toy into the box. The aim of this activity is to get them to find their toy. Point them in the direction of the box and watch as they try to get to their beloved toy. Not only does this activity get your dog excited, but it can be very entertaining to watch.
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Kick it up a notch
Dogs are very intelligent, as we all know, so they will get the hang of this activity in no time. All you have to do to make it more interesting, is add toys to the box. You can add in some of your children's toys or any other interesting item, such as your socks, to make it more challenging for them. The more challenging it is, the smarter they become, which is always a good thing.
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Make Them Work For Their Food

If you do not have time to play with your dog, we never really have enough anyway, you could always get them a food dispensing toy. These toys are inexpensive and a lot of fun. You fill the toy with food, and your dog gets a workout while trying to get to their food. It will keep them busy for hours.

Teach Them To Clean

For this activity, you will need a box and some of your dog's favorite toys. Toss the toys around the room or yard, and get your dog to fetch them. But when they bring the toy back, teach them to drop it in the box. This is a fun twist on a regular game of fetch and it might entertain the two of you for a little while.

Which Hand Game

This is one of the most simple games on the planet. It will only take a few minutes, but your dog will have a lot of fun. Hide a treat behind your back, and get your dog to see which hand has the treat. It might take some training, but nothing gets a dog as excited as the Which Hand game.

Conclusion

Your Himalayan Sheepdog was born to roam Nepal, herding animals. They are big, excitable and very active. They need to have fun, but most importantly, they want to have fun with you. You can do that and more with all the activities on this list. The two of you will be bonding in no time at all. Teach them to chase their toys, clean up after themselves and have some fun watching how excited they get. Who needs the Himalayas when you have a box?