Activities For Pembroke Shelties

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Introduction

If you have an active family that has plenty of time and love to offer a canine companion, the Pembroke Sheltie could be a furiffic fit. This pup is a cross between a Pembroke Welsh Corgi and a Shetland Sheepdog. They're loyal and affectionate, and they blend well with other household pets if you train and socialize them right away. Your pooch will need lots of activity and mental stimulation to stay content. You should plan to exercise your furry pal at least an hour a day. In addition to going for walks together, Fido should enjoy herding games, frisbee, and other sports.

Treibball

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Sunny Day
Moderate
Hard
45 - 60 min
Items needed
leash
treats
exercise balls
Activity description
In Treibball, dogs have an opportunity to put herding skills to work. They'll learn how to move a set of large balls from the playing field into a goal area. Your fur-baby must use their nose and not bite at the spheres to accomplish this task. This activity has many benefits for you and your furry friend. Your pal will get exercise and mental stimulation as they complete the challenge. Fido will also build a stronger bond with you as they watch you and wait for your signals. Once your pooch has beginner obedience down, you can start teaching them this herding activity.
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Teach the signals
Start training your pooch how to play Treibball by teaching your pal to run past the ball and lay down facing you. Then your pup will need to learn a series of hand signals you'll use to direct them in the playing field. Once they have these visual cues down, you can introduce the balls.
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Working the ball
When you first introduce the balls, use one that won't pop or bounce around. That way you can focus on teaching Fido how to drive the orb without biting at it. Show them how to position themselves and target the ball for maximum results. Once your furry pal masters this phase, you can perfect their technique and start playing Treibball.
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Play Treibball
In the official, timed sport of Treibball, dogs must herd eight balls in a specific order into a goal net. Verbal commands and visual cues are useful for teaching your dog the order in which the balls must be scored. If you're playing at home, feel free to modify the activity as you see fit. If your pooch excels at Treibball, consider entering them in competitions.
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Herd the Humans

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Sunny Day
Free
Normal
30 - 45 min
Items needed
treats
Activity description
The whole family can have fun playing with Fido when you let your pooch herd the humans. You'll need an open area like the back yard or a field to make this game work. Put your pup's herding instincts to work by spreading the people out and letting your pooch direct everyone to a pen. It's essential to cooperate with your fur-baby when they're working so that they stay engaged. It's best to play this game with older children and adults rather than younger children. Always make sure your pooch stays on their best behavior, and immediately discourage any nipping.
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Plan
You'll need to plan for this activity so that you can make sure enough people are available. Let your furry pal take a practice run with you first. Give them a herding pen or area and let them direct you to their spot. Encourage and reward your pup when they get you to the enclosure.
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Play
Go over a few basic rules before you get started. Make sure your players know to cooperate with Fido. When everyone is ready, have them spread out around the yard. Now you can let your pooch go to work. Remember to discourage nipping with a firm "no."
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Flyball

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Sunny Day
Moderate
Hard
45 - 60 min
Items needed
treats
hurdles
spring-loaded box
tennis ball
Activity description
Flyball is a puptastic sport for your energetic pooch. Your furbaby should love this relay race if they already enjoy a rousing game of fetch. The activity involves two teams of dogs that dash across a set of hurdles. At the end of the field, each pup must jump on a spring-loaded box to release a tennis ball. Then, the athletes snag the toy and head back over the hurdles to the starting line where another team member takes off. When you and Fido compete in flyball, your pal will not only benefit from the physical and mental stimulation, but they'll also get to make some new canine companions.
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Teach the game
Before you start training on a flyball course, teach your pal how to retrieve a ball. Then you can add some hurdles while playing fetch. Once Fido can dash over four jumps to get the ball, introduce the spring-loaded box. Show your pup how to jump on the contraption to release the toy.
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Play Flyball
Once your pal has the steps down, you can put it together to run the course. You'll need to find teammates for your pooch. Once you have a group, arrange a meet and greet for the pups. Decide the order in which each athlete will run and practice together. With enough patience and practice, you'll be ready to compete in no time!
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Find It

Find it is a puptastic mental game for a smart dog like the Pembroke Sheltie. When you teach this activity, hide the toy or food in an easy-to-find location. As Fido improves, make the hiding spots more challenging.

Fetch by Name

Your Pembroke Sheltie can learn how to retrieve different toys by name. When you teach this skill, start with one object. Each time you throw the item, tell your pal to fetch and add the name of the toy. Reward each success. Add additional objects one at a time.

Conclusion

With adequate exercise, this lovable pup can adapt to house or apartment living. Provide them with a healthy mix of physical activity and mental stimulation to help them thrive. You'll want to keep your pooch on a leash or in a fenced yard when you have them outside, or their hunting instincts may take over.