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Treibball is a dog sport that was developed in Germany and was sanctioned for competition as recently as 2008. It was developed as an outlet for dogs that didn’t have access to sheep or cattle but had an intense herding instinct. Instead of herding livestock, the canine participants are taught to use their noses and paws to herd large inflatable balls, similar to exercise balls, into a specified goal. The dog’s handler remains in one area and is able to direct the dog utilizing both hand gestures and voice commands, but are not allowed to move out of the area or to use any harsh methods for instructing their dogs. This challenging activity is easily enjoyed at home in the backyard and only requires balls, perhaps something to use as a goal post, and an aim for fun!
Barn Hunt is a competitive sport in which small to medium-sized dogs race through hay bales in search of live rats, usually pets themselves, who are hidden throughout the course in specialized safety tubes. This sport originally designed to allow companion dogs whose breeds were traditionally employed as pest control to showcase their talents without actually killing other animals, but was later expanded to include all dogs small enough to fit through a twenty inch tall and eighteen-inch wide opening. Pumi breed dogs tend to have a strong desire to hunt down rats and mice. This moderately priced activity allows your Pumi to use their mental smarts and practice socialization skills at the same time.
The first official Canine Freestyle Dance organization was founded in British Columbia in 1991, but this activity, in which a human and canine team perform a carefully choreographed musical routine involving specialized heelwork and tricks, initially gained notice in the 1980s. This activity is a great way to provide both physical exercise and mental stimulation for your canine companion. The routines can range from simple to complex, and the continually changing nature of the tricks appeals to the Pumi learning style. These independently minded but intelligent dogs are known for their ability to practically read the minds of their humans and may even improvise moves that can be added into the routine and improve the overall performance.