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!
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.
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!).
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!
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 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!
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.