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If you are lucky enough to have a Springer Spaniel Sheepdog, then you know how full of energy this breed can be. While the go, go, go attitude may be exciting and fun, it may leave you searching for new activities for your pup. We have compiled a few exercised and fun things to do with your Springer Spaniel Sheepdog that will not only wind them up, but it will also provide you entertainment as well.
Since your pup is part Sheepdog, this means they have herding in their blood. Sheepdogs were (and still are) traditionally used to herd sheep and cattle in order to move them around a farm. The dog would chase after the animals and guide them toward the final destination. While you may not have sheep in your yard for your pup to herd, this game will help them use that natural herding instinct. Think of this game as rapid fetch where your dog will get to run (and Springer Spaniel Sheepdogs need a lot of exercise!) and herd! A perfect combination. All you need are a few tennis balls and you'll be ready to go!
If you haven't heard of treibball then it is about time you do, especially if you own a Springer Spaniel Sheepdog who is full of energy and dying to herd. Treibball is a positive reinforcement competitive dog sport which was created in Germany. The general idea is that the dog must move eight very large exercise balls across a field and into a soccer goal. The dog is only allowed to move one ball at a time and, in competitive settings, the goal is to do it quickly (it typically takes about 15 minutes). Sounds like a game perfect for a Springer Spaniel Sheepdog!
Springer Spaniel Sheepdogs are known for their hunting abilities as well as their ability to learn. Originally bred to work side by side with people, they are extremely trainable and also crave attention. To combine all of these characteristics into one game, why not start a game of hide and seek with your pup? However, we are going to call it "the hunt" and it is going to be trickier. After all, a Springer Spaniel Sheepdog deserves a good challenge! So gather a few friends together for this game and get ready to have a great time playing with your pup!
Teach your dog to clean up their toys by retrieving them and placing them away in a bin. This is just like herding but also a super useful skill for you to teach - you'll never have to pick up a toy again!
A dog agility course is perfect for a Springer Spaniel Sheepdog as they are full of energy, very nimble and also great learners. Set one up in your yard or head to a local dog center where they may have an agility course ready to use.
Springer Spaniel Sheepdogs are a great breed to play with as they are smart, love people, quick learners and they are always on the go. Any of these activities will be perfect for you and your pup to try together. Things to keep in mind when looking for activities for this breed of dog is that they love to herd, they want to learn and they want your attention. If you find something that checks all those boxes, your dog will be the happiest pup on earth!