Canine freestyle dance is an entertaining activity which first gained notice in the 1980s, with the first official Canine Freestyle Dance organization was formed in British Columbia. This activity consists of a human and canine team performing a routine to music that incorporates tricks and specialized heelwork on the part of the dog. The carefully choreographed routines can range from simple to complex and can be either humorous or dramatic in nature. Herding dogs, in general, are quite talented at learning the tricks and timing that are needed for this activity, and the Norwegian Buhund is exceptionally loyal to their owner, making them well-suited to this entertaining activity.
The sport of treibball was originally developed in Germany to allow herding dogs with no access to livestock an outlet for their often intense herding instincts. Instead of herding livestock, however, the canine competitors are guiding large, inflated balls to a specified goal. While handlers are allowed to use a combination of voice and hand commands to convey instructions to their dogs, they are not allowed to physically interact with the animal. This activity effectively works both the mind and body of your herding dog as well as fostering improved communication between you and your pooch. While there are many locations where you and your canine companion can practice and compete, this activity is one you can fairly easily practice right in your own backyard as well.
Norwegian Buhunds are athletic and agile dogs with a fairly strong prey drive. A flirt pole is a toy used to exercise and entertain your dog by allowing them to indulge their prey drive in a safe and secure way. In numerous ways the flirt pole is very similar to many cat toys; it generally consists of a long pole, a line of some sort, and a tug toy or rope that is used as a lure. It is typically used as a tool to encourage your pup to engage in physical activity by running and jumping in order to try and catch the lure on the end of the line, but can sometimes be employed to help teach your dog impulse control as well.