Activities For Sprollies

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Introduction

As an owner of a Sprollie, you are probably well aware of how active, smart and overall good natured this breed is. However, you may also be well aware of the challenges that you may face when living with a Sprollie. Both Border Collies and Springer Spaniels (the two breeds which make up the Sprollie) are very active dogs and Collies also have protective and dominant tendencies. In order to combat the potential negative traits of Sprollies, setting up fun activities for them is necessary. Give these games a try to keep your Sprollie happy!

Herding

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30 min
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Border Collies were bred and trained to be herding dogs and it is in their nature to want to herd anything they can! While your Sprollie probably doesn't have access to a field of sheep, that doesn't mean that their ancestral need to herd isn't there. In fact, your Sprollie will likely be the happiest you have ever seen them if you set up a herding game to play together. In addition to that Collie side wanting to herd, the Springer Spaniel side of your dog's heritage will want to run, so a fast paced herding game is the way to go with a Sprollie.

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Herding
Train your Sprollie to recognize the names of several toys. For example, teach them the word "ball" and which toy it is associated with. Then teach them "frisbee" and what that is. Once they know the names of their toys, toss them around a room and have your Sprollie collect each toy as you say its name and bring it to you. This game is a combination of herding and fetch - what could be better!
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Treibball
Treibball is a game developed specifically for herding dogs where eight large exercise balls are spread across a field and your dog must herd them all into a goal at the other end of the field. You will need to teach your dog to listen to commands like "left" and "right" as you help guide them toward the goal. Sprollies will love treibball!
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Herding humans
Similar to herding balls in treibball, you can teach your pup to "herd the humans". Have your dog guide your friends and family by nudging with their nose to move the people in the direction you ask. Your Sprollie will love herding actual live people and your friends and family will find it fun and endearing to be herded!
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Agility Games

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1 hr
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Hurdles
Tunnels
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Sprollies are a breed that is constantly full of energy, ready to go, go, go all the time! Don't expect this energy to go away either, your Sprollie will be lively well into their old age and have puppy-like tendencies throughout their life. One way to give your dog the chance to get out some excess energy is to train them in agility games. Not only are agility activities a perfect way to exercise your Sprollie but they are also a great way to train your Sprollie to listen to you - it is important to be the dominant one in this relationship (Sprollies occasionally try to take over that role!). 

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Classes and walkthrough
Look for agility classes nearby as many dog training centers have them. If you cannot sign your Sprollie up, start your agility training right at home. The easiest skill to start with is called "walkthrough" where your pup will learn to follow your command to go through any obstacle. Crawl through a tunnel, under a platform or through a ring- your Sprollie should become confident in going through them all!
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Fast new skills
Add to the agility skills that your dog can do frequently keeping in mind that the high energy, fast paced skills are best for Sprollies. Have your pup race back and forth around poles, jump over hurdles, scale ramps and simply run as fast as their paws will let them!
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Indoor course
If you are unable to get outside due to weather, set up an agility course inside for your Sprollie. Make a tunnel using couch cushions and hurdles out of towels. A few books on the floor are perfect for your dog to run around and make sure they army crawl under the bed! Inside exercise is the best for rainy days!
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Daily Exercise

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30 min
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While it may seem obvious or not worth mentioning, giving your Sprollie daily exercise is of the upmost importance. This breed needs to run and needs to get out of the house multiple times a day. In fact, if you are not willing or able to give your Sprollie daily exercise, you may want to consider a different breed. A Sprollie who doesn't get enough routine exercise may become aloof toward their owners, destructive and a little bit crazy. So get out there with your Sprollie, try some new high energy activities and keep your dog the loving, happy pup that you want them to be! 

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Run
Bring your Sprollie for runs with you. While some breeds may not be suited for distance running, Sprollies are! You can take your Sprollie for a longer run whenever you'd like and can rest assured that they will not only keep up and enjoy the run, they may actually have more endurance than you!
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HIke
When your Sprollie needs more than a basic walk, head to a nearby mountain for a hike. Climbing up a steep trail will give your dog a challenge that they will be ready to accept. Want to add a little more exercise to the hike? Put a doggy backpack on your pup and give them extra weight to carry, making the workout even better.
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Run free
Time off the leash is important to this breed and your dog will benefit greatly from being able to run free. Find a fenced in area like a tennis court or track where you can let your dog run. Dog parks are also perfect places to bring your Sprollie to run loose as long as they are well socialized.
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Swimming

Sprollies love to swim and are not afraid to dive right in to the water after a tennis ball. Besides being a ton of fun to watch your pup swim, swimming is also a great way to exercise your Sprollie.

Flyball

Flyball is a great game to teach your Sprollie as it is only for dogs who are full of energy and love to run and jump. The dogs jump hurdles to retrieve a tennis ball in a race against the clock. See how fast your Sprollie can go!

Conclusion

A Sprollie is not the easiest dog to take care of. In fact, they are not typically recommended for first time dog owners or those who don't have a lot of time to spend with their pup on a daily basis. Sprollies need lots of exercise and attention. However, when they get the chance to get out all their energy, Sprollies are lovable, loyal and fun loving dogs! A few activities on a daily basis and your Sprollie will remain that happy dog that you love.