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What job does your dog have to do if your lifestyle doesn't fit with their normal job?

In other words, herding breeds when you don't live on a farm or have livestock. What jobs or activities have you gotten involved in with your dog instead?

Asked By: Jessica - 1/25/2011
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I have a herding dog (Rough Collie), I bought her a set of sheep to keep at my property... More
Answered By: UHave2BeKiddingMe-OMG Level 6 Again - 1/25/2011
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Agility, playing fetch, going for lots of walks and runs, taking him to visit my friend's farm from time to time.
Answered By: 2 hearts 1 passion - 1/25/2011
 
Herding breeds excel at Flyball and Agility. Try using puzzle boards that hide treats, or Kongs, Buster Cubes. They will help keep your dog active and mentally stimulated.
Answered By: Mike - 1/25/2011
 
Agility. Obedience. Flyball My childhood Border Collie was an excellent soccer player. Everyday...man...best goalie ever.
Answered By: Inga - 1/25/2011
 
I have a Labrador and a Golden. My Golden likes to carry things in his mouth, we go hunting only about once a year with the Lab, she used to fetch the paper before she got all grumpy with people who were near our property so now she cant... More
Answered By: AKalltheway - 1/25/2011
 
Therapy.
Answered By: Rotten Rotts Lets Restore Sanity in the DS - 1/25/2011
 
Agility and Obedience are my BC's big 2. He's also trained in flyball, and gets regular use of a Buster Cube. He also gets an immense amount of physical exercise per day with a combination of off-leash running, and weight pull.
Answered By: More Bored Collie - 1/25/2011
 
A pet dog doesn't NEED a job... More
Answered By: Aphrodite ☼Dobe says GROW UP - 1/25/2011
 
With my Australian Shepherd I do agility (not competitively, as he lives with my mother in TN and I live in AL with my dad, so I only see him a few times each month except in the summer, when I spend half the summer there), go for long runs, and let him pull stuff. Whenever we are building anything or moving firewood... More
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Answered By: Elizabeth - 1/25/2011
 
While my Border Collies do sheep herding, we also train and compete in agility. I know plenty of herding dogs that don't do sheep, but really do well and enjoy agility. It is a good, less expensive, easier access option if herding just isn't something you can do. Herding is fun, I highly recommend it to anyone, but... More
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Answered By: Shadow's Melon - 1/25/2011
 
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