The length of the walk is only limited by your time and energy as a working dog like this can go all day long. However, it is still crucial to provide sufficient exercise to maintain a healthy weight and to keep muscle and tendons supple and strong. Read ” Dog exercise for a senior dog” to learn more. In addition to daily physical exercise, a Blue Heeler needs mental challenge and enrichment. Cookies help us deliver our Services. A spring pole is simply a spring connected to a rope that hangs from a tree branch or beam with a lure or toy attached to the end. Every time he see’s a herd of cattle, horses, sheep he’s back & forth in front of TV trying to herd them. You could have some really fun games set up outside that he really likes that stop once he barks. Although Blue Heelers and Cattle dogs are not a  water breed as such, they are often very keen swimmers. Ask them to fetch each toy by name. Here you'll find content that will help you train your dogs. A dog sport that was created specifically for herding breeds is called Treiball or Push Ball and originated from Germany. Thankfully it's the dead of winter here so people aren't outside much, but I'm worried the barking will get even worse when there are triggers outside. An alternative to playing tug of war is to provide your dog with their own spring pole. As your puppy gets older you can take them for short informal walks allowing them to sniff and explore and get used to being on a leash. If your Australian Cattle Dog seems to be barking on and on for no reason, it could be from frustration. Socialization from a young age can help prevent this type of behavior. It is recommended that no more than 10% of their body weight be added. Monitor your puppy on the walk for signs such as lagging behind, lying down or panting. If your dog is barking, he is trying to communicate something. With puppies, their bones, muscle, and joints are still growing and developing. The simple answer to this question for most dogs like this that are a pet and not a working dog is more than they are currently getting. It's a high pitched, repetitive bark. With a little bit of creativity, there are numerous ways you can provide mental stimulation and enrichment for your Australia Cattle Dog. Environmental enrichment is the process of making a dog’s living space more engaging and interesting. Read “Running with your dog” for more on this. Sensory enrichment is anything that stimulates your dog’s five senses which are sight, sound, taste, smell, and touch. You can take him inside and ignore him for a couple seconds then try going outside and resuming your game again. The first month we had him he didn't bark and then he discovered it. I put on cowboy’s for Koda, I call it. Playing scenting and nose games helps to provide mental stimulation. I've had my challenges with this pup but overall he's learning the rules of the house very well and is easy to train tricks if he's motivated by treats. An enrichment task or item can be classified in more than one category. She flies off the handle every time someone comes to the door, and if it's someone she doesn't know, it continues when they come inside. Check out “Puzzle and Enrichment toys for Blue Heelers” for my top picks. These recommendations relate to a healthy adult dog. The Blue Heeler is high energy and intelligent. Your email address will not be published. At first you just click when they're quiet even for a millisecond (even if it's just when they have to take a breath). This can manifest itself in nuisance barking, destructive chewing, digging, escaping to seek adventure, and even aggressive behavior. This usually manifests itself in bad behavior such as excessive barking, digging, escaping and other destructive behaviors. Notify me of follow-up comments by email. As the working breeds have good levels of stamina they can go for long distances making them great running partners. Failure to keep them occupied and stimulated will result in boredom and frustration. It is like cattle or sheep herding without the cattle or sheep and is similar to the herding dog sport Treiball. If you feel like your dog is ready to go to the next level, toss the disc a little higher and further. They are high energy and highly intelligent dog. A popular game that involves learning is to teach them the names of their toys. Another natural behavior for dogs. A gentle walk around the block simply will not be sufficient. Getting a herding ball for your Heeler to use at home is just as good. As the Blue Heeler or Cattle dog is highly trainable as long as you focus their attention they learn to use this quickly. The Jolly Ball was the original herding ball for dogs and is inexpensive. But I live in a rural area with few pedestrians or bicyclists, so your mileage may vary. And he just barks and barks and barks. The faster your dog is moving the more energy they will release. It is important that this be a controlled exercise. Once she matured a bit and got more experience outside, she got out of the habit (although she'll still do it on mountain bike rides, at the dog park, when we get home, and when she wants to play). This is more than sufficient to tire them and strengthen their muscles without overworking them. This means they are very active, their minds are constantly switched on and they need human interaction. This video shows how to teach your dog how to move and herd the herding balls. Just be sure to build up the distance and intensity of the activity over time to prevent causing injury to your dog. A great alternative is to use an Automatic Ball Launcher so your dog can play Fetch by themselves. It's a high pitched, repetitive bark. A Flirt pole is like a giant cat tickler for dogs. See the bottom of this article for more on the exercise needs of an older Blue Heeler or cattle dog. Playing scenting games with your Blue Heeler is one of the best ways to provide sensory enrichment. A late 50’s to mid 60’s Western TV show. Required fields are marked *. Once you’ve accomplished this, try tossing it at a very low level first to your dog.