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post #1 of 14 Old 04-11-2020, 09:22 PM Thread Starter
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Fun things to do with dogs?

So my best friend and I run a dog training Business, and my neighbor is one of my clients.
These are some things I do with him

-Swimming
-Agility/jumping
-Obedience
-Walks

What else should I do with him I have a WHOLE bunch of things that i can do with him. I also have another client who I want to try new things with too? any suggestions?

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post #2 of 14 Old 04-11-2020, 09:31 PM
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Scent Work!
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Catching bubbles!

My boy goes crazy when I blow bubbles for him! Best to do this activity outside though, lest you want to risk something valuable crashing to the ground and smashing.

It's a really inexpensive activity too. You can get giant tubes of bubble liquid ((Which an appropriately sized bubble wand inside)) at any and all dollar stores.
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The next step up from swimming is dock diving!

If you live in an area that gets snow in the winter and if this dog is big enough, you could think about buying a harness and training him to pull a small sled, nothing crazy, just a regular old kid sled with a person on it. I trained my dog too - lots of fun!
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Get the obedience way up and do Heelwork to Music.
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Bitework?? Where I live they do that with dogs to make them super obedient and give them a job. We especially use malinois, german shepherd and rottweiler, doberman dogs for that.



Herding (if those are sheep dogs)


Packing their own stuff into a bag (usefull when you want to go on a trip)


hunting?? If your clients have hounds??


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Get the obedience way up and do Heelwork to Music.
Yikes.... That could be interesting....

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The next step up from swimming is dock diving!

If you live in an area that gets snow in the winter and if this dog is big enough, you could think about buying a harness and training him to pull a small sled, nothing crazy, just a regular old kid sled with a person on it. I trained my dog too - lots of fun!
We yet have to put it in our tractor is broken
And Darn the snow has all melted but thats a good idea!!

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Catching bubbles!

My boy goes crazy when I blow bubbles for him! Best to do this activity outside though, lest you want to risk something valuable crashing to the ground and smashing.

It's a really inexpensive activity too. You can get giant tubes of bubble liquid ((Which an appropriately sized bubble wand inside)) at any and all dollar stores.
I'll see if i have any left.... i might have spilled them all...

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Scent Work!
Ooo that sounds fun!


I also resized i did't say the breeds ones a husky and the other a corgie

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The husky could be taught to pull a cart and the corgi to herd

What they were bred for!
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Bitework?? Where I live they do that with dogs to make them super obedient and give them a job. We especially use malinois, german shepherd and rottweiler, doberman dogs for it.
Incorrect!

Bitework is taught after the dog is super obedient, not to make them obedient.
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Scentwork/nosework is something most dogs love. Tracking as well--- air scenting and trained scent trailing are both options.

Just for fun, AKC's Trick Dog title is entertaining.

When I worked as a dog trainer, I started EVERY dog/owner off with the CGC (Canine Good Citizen). After that, many pursued obedience and/or therapy work depending on their goals and the dog's temperament. Rally is great for less-formal obedience and dogs love it.

Weight pull-- dogs either love this or hate it. Get a good weight pull harness (not a sledding harness or walking harness) and slowly work the dog up in weight. Long, slow pulls at a light weight give the dog confidence and build muscle and endurance. Novice competitive pulls are a great way to be introduced to the sport and see if your dog has aptitude. The sledding and bully breeds often have these at their National Specialties, so look there for events.

Herding if the dog is a herding breed (work with someone experienced to avoid injuring livestock and/or teaching the dog that it's ok to chase livestock, which could mean he ends up dead if he gets loose in farm country).

Frisbee/disc dog - great for toy-driven breeds.

Many Huskies enjoy and do well with bikejoring.

Dock Dog sports.

As for bitework as someone above suggested--- no. Just no. Schutzhund/French Ring/Mondio is not something to do casually. Bitework training is done only AFTER the dog is solid in advanced obedience, and needs to be trained very carefully. Not something for amateurs at all. It's far too easy to end up with lawsuits or aggressive dogs if done improperly. I would not recommend this for the average pet dog at all.

As for the Corgi--- be careful with much that has to do with high-impact things like jumping, running on hard surfaces, etc. Corgis are very prone to joint and back problems due to their conformation. Lower-impact sports like tracking, scentwork, lower-level obedience/rally, and swimming will be more beneficial to the dog than agility, frisbee, etc. Even competitive agility corgis jump a lot less than most other agility dogs-- the training takes place without the jumps, or with the jump rails on the ground, and the dog jumps very sparingly in training. Repeated jumping is not something Corgis and other long-bodied, short-legged dogs do for long without issues.
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