Old English Sheepdogs are incredibly cute pastoral or herding doggos who stole the hearts of Hollywood and forever established themselves as the lovable goofballs with immense intelligence. They can grow quite large, and can reach at least 61 cm; they have a lot of fur and even a waterproof layer! They are generally well behaved even as apartment dogs, however, since they are inherently herding dogs, they do not enjoy small spaces and the city life. They are the happiest when they can get a lot of exercise and run around the field.
As we know, herding dogs like to run. They love, well, herding, and being in open fields is heaven to them. Your Old English Sheepdog, however, may not have access to vast spaces, but you can still give them enough running time and get some much-needed exercise for yourself with Bike Runs! What are Bike Runs? Simple, you take a bike, you bring a dog along, you bike, they run! Easy peasy! Riding a bicycle is fun in itself, but having your best friend by your side while you do it is fantastic! The two of you can cover a lot of kilometers per day, and who knows, maybe you can qualify for an owner-dog competition?
Since your Old English Sheepdog is a herding dog, they, well, love herding. If you don’t live in the countryside and are not blessed with a stable full of sheep, there is still a way to satisfy your doggo’s instincts with Human Herding. Now, this sounds like something straight out of a horror movie, but it is quite a fun game you can play with your friends. Gather your fellow humans, go to the park, and let your dog do what they excel at – herding! The game is fun and exciting, and it can strengthen the bonds with your friends, promote exercise and healthy life, and most importantly – make your dog love you even more!
All dogs love the game of Hide and Seek. It develops their mental capabilities and teaches them how to think ahead, so even on rainy days, you can still have a fun, educational game with your pup. Ideally, you would play this game in the park or somewhere in a forest, but if that’s not possible, your apartment or house will do. This game also teaches dogs to be patient and wait for a command. So, hide, command, and let them seek! Just don’t be too mean and hide somewhere where your doggo cannot hear you give a Seek! Command.
Spice up the game of fetch by using your pup’s favorite toy instead of a stick! Go to the park, throw the toy and let them retrieve it. Of course, give your dog a big hug when they do a good job!
If your doggo is at the peak of their physical health, why not try your luck in an Agility competition? Ask around or find a Facebook group with the next event and go and make some friends and win some prizes!
Old English Sheepdogs are just adorable, lovable, well-behaved dogs that will enlighten your life. To keep them healthy and happy, exercise with them regularly, take long walks and play a lot of games to keep them entertained. Even on rainy days, you can come up with a fun game to play, and when the sun is out, get out of the house, put on your running shoes, and just start chasing after something! Your dog will love you more afterward!