When time is limited, what is the best way to keep two herding dogs active and entertained?
I have two high drive, high energy herding dogs. A Border Collie mix who is about three and a half and an Australian Cattle Dog mix that is about eight. Both require plenty of attention and activity.
The Border Collie is bursting with energy, while the Cattle Dog just wants non stop attention. The Border Collie can entertain himself by chasing dogs, playing with the Aussie and chases birds. But the Australian Cattle Dog needs all kinds of attention and when he doesn't get it he will dig under the fence to outside and entertain himself.
My schedule is now busier than ever, so how do I get the most out of the limited time I have each day. I walk them regularly, about four to six blocks per day.
Playing with them is harder. The BC will gladly play anything, but the Aussie keeps running in front of me and stops at my feet just to get my attention. All he wants is to be petted and brushed constantly and often disrupts playtime with the BC.
Any ideas? Thanks for your help.