Activities For Karst Shepherd Dogs

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Introduction

Though the Karst Shepherd Dog may not look the part due to their overall cute appearance and medium-sized build, this breed is a livestock guardian through and through. In fact, in their native homeland of Slovenia, Karst Shepherd Dogs have been recognized as such by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (or World Canine Organization in English). Karst Shepherd dogs have many physical and mental traits that help them excel at guardian dog work; they can run fairly quickly and for long periods of time due to their builds while their stoic demeanor and obedient personalities make them great herding animals. Even if you have no intention of grooming a Karst Shepherd Dog to be a guardian animal, you'll still want to help them develop their natural talents. You can do so, to a degree, by introducing them to the following activities.

Snow Walking

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Cold Day
Moderate
Normal
60 min
Items needed
Snow Gear
Leash
waste bags
Activity description
We're pretty sure you've heard of nature walking (in which a person or group of people briskly walk through a woodland area to improve their physical, mental, and spiritual health,) as well as beach walking (which is basically the same as nature walking but at the beach), but you may not be all that familiar with snow walking if you live in an area where it doesn't snow often - if ever - throughout the year. Snow walking is a really simple and intuitive activity that you can partake in with your Karst Shepherd. You'll need to head to an area with snowy, cold weather and you'll need to purchase snow gear to properly partake in this exercise, but it's a very easy and accessible activity that will permit your dog to run as their stamina allows. We bet you won't be able to keep up!
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Select your stage
The first thing you'll need to do is pick where you'd like to go snow walking. Depending on where you live, you might have quite a long trip on your hands. If you live in an area like New York, then you won't have to travel too far as the entire state gets a lot of snow during the winter. If you live in Ireland on the other hand, then you'll want to visit mountainous areas like the Wicklow Mountains (which gets snow 50 plus days a year.)
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Dress appropriately
Snow walks are meant to be low-stress activities that don't require a lot of set up before you can get started. That being said, you want to be dressed in the right attire during a snow walk or else you're going to have a bad time. Your Karst Shepherd Dog will be perfectly fine as snowy weather is the kind of stuff their thick coats were made to resist. You may want to bring along booties for them to protect their feet if they are not seasoned to the snow. You'll need a warm, insulated coat and some good boots to do the same.
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Emphasis on "walk"
Despite us recommending to visit mountainous areas for the sake of using them to go snow walking, you shouldn't really try to climb or hike up any rugged terrain if you didn't bring the appropriate supplies for that kind of activity. Snow walks are meant to be low key, low energy activities that will give you and your dog a slight workout - they aren't meant to be too physically strenuous, in other words. However, your Karst Shepherd Dog may have other ideas and keep a quick pace. Rest often if needed, and just because it is cold does not mean that you don't need hydration. Make sure that you and your dog are drinking water often.
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Bikejoring

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Sunny Day
Expensive
Hard
60 min
Items needed
Bicycle
Joring Harness
Dog Treats
waste bags
Activity description
Bikejoring is an activity in which your dog pulls you forwards after you've tethered them to a bicycle that you'll be riding behind them. This activity was derived from traditional mushing sports in which dogs (often those who are grouped up in teams) work together to pull humans along who are sitting sleds behind their animals. You'll have to get your Karst Shepherd Dog used to wearing a joring harness as well as following vocal commands if they aren't already, so is definitely going to be one of those "fun but hard" activities. It's going to cost around $500 to get everything you need for this activity, so you may have to spend some time saving up before you can try it out. When you do have everything you need to go bikejoring, try to go on a sunny day where you shouldn't have to worry about rain.
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Start with walking
The first thing you'll want to do to get your dog ready for bikejoring is to go on a few walks around the block with them while they're wearing their joring harness. The idea is that you're going to try and get your dog used to leading the way while you two travel as they'll be leading the way when you two are bikejoring. Bring the bike along, too so that your Karst Shepherd gets comfortable with having the bike around.
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Common commands
This is the big one; you'll have to get your dog used to understanding vocal commands so that they'll know which directions to go while bikjoring. You may need to physically help your companion follow certain commands, but simple ones like "stop/whoa" can be taught by saying stop while your Karst Shepherd Dog is walking and then rewarding them with a treat for actually stopping.
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Ready to go
The best way to ensure that a dog's got a particular command down is to quiz them when they'd least expect it; the next time you and your dog are playing at the park, utter out a joring command and see if your Karst Shepherd Dog actually follows through on it. Keep quizzing and rewarding them each time they successfully execute a command. Now that your dog is a pro at the commands, it is time to try the sport. Slowly attach all gear and your dog to the bike. Try walking around to gauge their cooperation and hop on for a spin in your yard or at the park before venturing out for a long distance ride.
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Snowballing

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Cold Day
Cheap
Easy
30 min
Items needed
Leash
Shovel or Spade
Activity description
This activity is definitely the most simple on this guide. There aren't too many hard rules to follow here - just start rolling a snowball with your dog and try to see how large the two of you can make it. Karst Shepherd Dogs love playing in the snow, so they'll be game for this activity right off the bat. You don't have to spend much money to give it a try either; if you've already got some snow gear, you'll just need about $20 or so to get a decent shovel. Naturally, this is the sort of activity that can only be attempted in cold areas with lots of snow.
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Get the ball rolling
It'll be up to you to get the snowball ball big enough for your dog to start rolling it around in the snow. Use the shovel or spade you've bought and dig up a decent sized mound of snow. Compress that mound into a spherical shape and see if it's big enough to be held in both hands. Once you've got a snowball of decent size, place it in the snow and start rolling it around.
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Doggie see, doggie do
You're Karst Shepherd Dog will do their best to follow your lead. Roll the snowball around the snow while you've got your dog's attention to try and show them the overall goal of this game. Hand the ball off to your dog and see how big they can make the ball by rolling it around the place. Have patience if you find that your dog prefers to destroy the ball rather than roll it!
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Jumping Game

This activity is a very goofy, tongue in cheek sort of game that can be quite fun if you don't take things too seriously. The idea here is to simply jump up and down while you've got your dog's attention. Try to do it in rhythm if you can, but otherwise just jump up a few feet off the ground. Your dog will eventually start jumping in as well, as they'll be eager to get in on the fun.

Herding Dog Training

Karst Shepherd Dog's were ultimately bred for the express purpose of herding and protecting livestock animals. If you'd like to see what your dog will be like after they've completed a rigorous herding dog training course, use all the technology you have at your disposal to find a reputable and respectful trainer.

Conclusion

Karst Shepherd Dogs can become great family pets as well as reliable guardian dogs once they receive the proper training and support. If you get a Karst Shepherd Dog while they're young, try to socialize them as much as possible; introduce them to all of your friends and family members while they're still a puppy so that they can gain experience interacting with other humans besides yourself. When they get a bit older (about 3 months or so,) take them out to places like dog parks and beaches so that they can gain experience interacting with other animals - be they cats, dogs, or other pet.