Activities For Springer Spaniel Sheepdogs

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Introduction

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. 

Ball Herding

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Sunny Day
Cheap
Easy
20 min
Items needed
Treats
Three balls
Activity description

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!

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Get excited...
Find at least three tennis balls or any three balls that your dog enjoys playing with. Call your Springer Spaniel Sheepdog over and head outside. Have your dog sit and show them all the balls in your hand. Let your pup sniff the balls and get super excited to play.
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Throw...
Throw all of the balls at once in the same direction and let your dog go! Your pup may run around a little confused about where to begin but soon they will hone in on one ball and retrieve it. Your dog may try to get all three balls at once before coming back to you or grab one ball at a time, run to you and then head back for the remaining balls. Look at that dog herding those tennis balls!
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Retrieve!
Make the game more challenging by throwing even more tennis balls at once or by throwing the balls in all different directions. Your dog will use their speed, sense of smell and their inherent ability to herd while playing this game. It is sure to be a favorite of you and your pup.
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Triebball

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Sunny Day
Cheap
Normal
1 hr
Items needed
8 exercise balls
treats
soccer goal
soccer field
Activity description

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!

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Set up
Finding a treibball group near you is the easiest way to begin; however, if there are none nearby (it is still a rarity in the US especially), then begin by finding a soccer field you and your pup can play at. Bring eight very large exercise balls with you, less if it is the first time playing, and get ready to play!
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Training time
Start by teaching your dog the idea of the game. Show them how to push the ball into the soccer next at the end of the field. During this time, you should be well equipped with treats and praise for your pup while also teaching them certain command words like "roll" or "push" which indicates what they should be doing with the ball.
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Practice often
Continue to practice and train your dog to push each ball into the net. After your dog gets the hang of it, you no longer need to physically participate but you can simply command your dog from the sidelines. Time your pup to see how fast they can get all the balls into the soccer goal and then practice to beat their best time! Enter your pup into a competition to see how they fair.
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The Hunt

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Any Day
Free
Easy
1 hr
Items needed
Friends
Treats
Activity description

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!

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Call your friends
Get a few people together to play "the hunt" with you and your dog. You will need at least two people in order for the game to be a challenge; however, the more the better! Begin by teaching your dog each person's name. To do this, have everyone hold a treat and when you say their name, that person hands the dog a treat. Repeat this until your dog goes to the correct person after you say their name.
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Hide!
Have your dog sit and stay near you while everyone hides. Give one person a dog treat - this is the chosen person whom your dog will be searching for! Then, say the name of the person who is holding onto the treat. Let your pup use their nose and intelligence to search for that person in the house.
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Harder hunt
Once your dog finds the person hiding, the treat is theirs! Start off with easier hiding places and work up to more difficult ones as your dog gets better and better at hunting. Head outside for an even harder, outdoor version of the game - the additional outside smells will make hunting even harder.
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More Fun Ideas...

Toy Clean Up

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!

Agility Course

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.

Conclusion

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!