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    Itís easy to tell when your dog is bored.

    He may start to develop a habit of pacing around in the evenings. Or he may start demonstrating undesirable behaviors, like chewing on your living room plant or making a toy out of your slippers. OrĖwhat my dog is famous foróhe will stare, a deep, intense look into your eyes, willing you to get up and throw his ball.
    You figure you took him on his morning walk, what else could he want? Sometimes a quick walk isnít enough. Dogs need mental stimulation just as much as physical activity to get them tired.
    Here are some fun activities you can try with your dog that will get them moving, thinking and experiencing new things, leaving you with an exhausted dog at the end of the day rather than an antsy one.

    Herding Classes

    Many of us donít have the acreage to house our own sheep and have our dogs round them up for some extra exercise and mental stimulation. But there are farms and ranches all over the country that offer classes and private training for those of us that think our dog has what it takes to herd some sheep, ducks, geese or cattle. Youíll most likely have to submit your dog to an evaluation to see if he has a basic herding instinct, and if he does, heíll get to learn how itís really done.



    Nose Work

    Your dogís nose is a powerful thing. And you can harness that power into a fun activity that will engage your dogís mind and senses. Three trainers founded the National Association of Canine Scent Work and the sport of K9 Nose Work, combining canine detection skills with fun competition. You can find a class or instructor to learn the technique or you can try doing it at home. The key is to find something enticing your dog wants to find (food or toy) and using boxes or other containers to hide the target.

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    It makes me laugh to think of Pugs taking a herding class, but, hey, why not?!? There was a pug here on PV who was doing Treball and pugs love nosework, especially when food is involved!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wonka & Nilla View Post
    It makes me laugh to think of Pugs taking a herding class, but, hey, why not?!? There was a pug here on PV who was doing Treball and pugs love nosework, especially when food is involved!
    Most herding centers have an 'ability test' that you take before staring the class, might be worth trying if that tickles you! But, a small pug and big sheep is a fairly dangerous combination.

    A recent study found pug noses to be better at scent work than alsatian noses, so there's that too!

    These are lovely suggestions :)

    Another one to look at is lure coursing, most dogs that chase moving things ADORE lure coursing, and the only challenge is between the dog and the timer - it's an over the top silly activity that requires pretty much zero training, and is safe for reactive dogs because only one dog is active at a time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nina_W View Post
    Most herding centers have an 'ability test' that you take before staring the class, might be worth trying if that tickles you! But, a small pug and big sheep is a fairly dangerous combination.
    Oh my goodness, yes! Dangerous indeed. I guess I was picturing a pug herding chickens or baby goats or something smaller! Or maybe they could herd cats!! LOL I know that Nilla and Wonka like to "herd" me toward the kitchen for meal time!
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