Activities For Swedish Cattle Dogs

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Introduction

The Swedish Cattle Dog is a lively, loyal little dog with a courageous heart. Also known as the Swedish Vallhund, the Swedish Cattle Dog is becoming more popular within the United States and for those who have added one to their family, you understand they have specific exercise needs. The Swedish Cattle Dog is a chatty breed and can become a nuisance barker when not given enough attention or time to work and play. Since this breed has a propensity towards shyness when not properly socialized, be sure to get your Swedish Cattle Dog out and about as soon as possible.

Host Pajama Party

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Any Day
Cheap
Easy
1 - 2 hrs
Items needed
Doggy Pajamas
Snacks
Toys
Camera or Phone
Activity description

Pajamas for dogs of all shapes and sizes are all the rage this season and you see on different social media platforms dogs showing off their new duds. An excellent way to show off your dog’s cute pajamas is to gather some of your friends and their dogs and host a doggy pajama party. You can purchase pajamas for your Swedish Cattle Dog either online or even in-store at pet specialty stores. When hosting a pajama party for your dog, send out invitations and tell your guests to bring their cutest doggy pajamas. During the pajama party, provide snacks and drinks for both your human guests and your canine guests. Have several toys out, ready for your canine guests. Keep your phone or camera handy for those adorable social media photo opportunities. A pajama party for your Swedish Cattle Dog can be hosted in any weather and is easy to put together. The cost of hosting a doggy pajama party will be moderate because of the cost of your dog’s pajamas, which can be pricey depending on where you purchase them. 

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Send invitations
With all different kinds of online sites that allow you to customize invitations, creating just the right invitation for your Swedish Cattle Dog’s pajama party should be simple. You can customize the invitation with a photo of your dog chilling in their pajamas and even save on postage by sending invitations through email. Be sure you check your guest list and make sure everyone invited gets along, both human and canine, for an enjoyable afternoon of pajama fun. Make sure your guests know to bring their dog’s own pajamas for the event.
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Set up the party
When you are preparing for your dog’s pajama party, be sure to set out plenty of bowls of fresh water for your canine guests and then a table with snacks and drinks for your human guests. Have toys that are safe for dogs of all sizes and make sure you monitor the dogs while playing together. You can also bake some dog treats for your canine guests or purchase some yummy treats for them to hand out throughout the party.
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Enjoy the party
Once all your guests arrive and your Swedish Cattle Dog is enjoying their friends, sit back and enjoy spending time with your friends and their dogs. Keep your phone or camera handy to snap photos of the dogs in their cute pajamas. Encourage your friends to also snap photos and tag you and your dog in the photos they post on social media. If your dog has multiple pairs of pajamas, you can change them out throughout the party or share with canine friends of the same size.
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Social Media Blitz

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Any Day
Cheap
Easy
15 - 30 min
Items needed
Camera or Phone
Social Media Accounts
Props
Activity description

There are many people who seem to be obsessed with their pets and post too many photos of them on their social media accounts. However, there are specific social media platforms that welcome all different types of pet photos and strive to make your companion a virtual star. You can also open a social media account in your dog’s name and make posts with videos and photos go viral with their various antics. Your Swedish Cattle Dog will probably enjoy all the attention heaped on them should they become an internet superstar. Starting a social media blitz for your Swedish Cattle Dog is easy and cheap, most social media platforms are free or cheap to use. Following your dog around their daily routine will probably provide you will fodder for your news feed, but you may also want to set up some photo shoots with props to draw more people in and liking your posts. 

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Pick a platform
There are several different social media platforms including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube, just to name a few. Research each one if you are not familiar with social media and then pick the one or two that seem to be the best fit for your Swedish Cattle Dog and what you hope to achieve with their social media stardom. Be sure to research any related fees and also if it will reach your target audience.
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Set up an account
After finding which social media platform you feel is the best fit for your Swedish Cattle Dog, it is time to set up your account. Each platform has their own unique set of criteria that need to be met when you sign up, some will allow you to use your dog’s information while other sites will require you to use your information but allow you to post solely about your Swedish Cattle Dog.
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Post away
Remember, when you are first starting out, you need photos or videos that will grab people’s attention and make them want to follow your Swedish Cattle Dog. You probably do not want just your family and close friends following your posts. You want people to enjoy your dog just as much as you do, so make sure your posts are not monotonous. Mix up your backgrounds, places you visit, and activities you are doing with your Swedish Cattle Dog to make things interesting.
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Tether Tug

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Sunny Day
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Easy
30 - 45 min
Items needed
Tether tug toy and pole
Activity description

Everyone has probably played tetherball at some point in their life. The thrill of hitting a ball as it jumps and swings past you is one you may not soon forget. The same is true for your Swedish Cattle Dog, they will enjoy the thrill of the chase, albeit a short chase, and the excitement of tugging on a toy only to have it spring away from them so they can begin the chase again. You can make your own tether tug toy and pole or you can purchase a pre-made one at a relatively cheap price. Your Swedish Cattle Dog will enjoy a spirited game of tether tug in any weather, but would probably do best in cool or warm weather with no rain or snow in sight. Plan on your dog enjoying this game for about 30 minutes at a time, you can extend that time by getting out there and playing a little tether tug with them. Remember to give them time to rest and drink plenty of water. 

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Plan your pit
Because tether tug can quickly become a rowdy, spirited game and the tether pole does bend in all directions, you will want to pick your tether pit carefully. Pay close attention to the location of trees, fencing, and garden spots. You do not want your Swedish Cattle Dog trampling precious vegetables or flowers or hurting them by bouncing off trees or fences. An area out in the open will be an ideal place for your tether pole.
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Install the tether pole
Most pre-made tether tug poles are adjustable so large and small dogs can enjoy the same game. Since the Swedish Cattle Dog is lower stationed, when installing the tether pole and tug toy, keep in mind that a tug toy that is too far off the ground will be no fun for them. Make sure the tug toy is easily reachable by your shorter Swedish Cattle Dog.
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Teach how to play
While we had the distinct advantage of watching other children playing tetherball before we jumped in to play a game, your Swedish Cattle Dog is not so lucky. You will have to play the first few rounds with them to help them figure out the concept. This may even become an evening ritual for you and your Swedish Cattle Dog during nice weather, making it a good way to bond and get your exercise.
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Trick Training

Your Swedish Cattle Dog will probably be able to knock the socks off your friends with their intelligence, but you can take it one step further by teaching them a few tricks such as shaking hands, picking up their toys, or fetching you a beer from the fridge. Trick training takes time, consistency, and rewards for them to fully grasp what you are asking of them. But it is rewarding for both you and your Swedish Cattle Dog when you both can amaze your guests and enjoy time together.

Herding Trials

The Swedish Cattle Dog was bred to be a herder and most still have that natural instinct. You will notice if they are rearing to herd, if they find it amusing to nip at your legs and encourage you to go a specific direction or if they seem very interested in herding cars or other animals. There are plenty of opportunities to get involved in herding trials with your Swedish Cattle Dog. Research local dog clubs and see which ones offer herding training and trials and then go watch or give it a try and see if it is something you both enjoy.

Conclusion

Having a Swedish Cattle Dog can be challenging at times because of their propensity for barking when they become bored and their somewhat reserved or shy nature when not properly socialized. However, they can become one of the most loving, loyal companions you will ever know with a lot of time and energy on your part. Find activities that engage them mentally and physically and encourage them to play and have fun when out and about the neighborhood.