Friday, June 29, 2012

Border Collie Breed in Iowa

Iowa is the perfect place to raise a Border Collie. Big yards, lots of hills and farmland are a herding dog's heaven. The Border Collie breed is one of the few dogs that are still bred for their original purpose, which is herding. One of these dogs will herd anything they can and since most of us don't own sheep, keep this in mind before adopting a Border Collie if you have small children and don't train and exercise your dog. An untrained Border Collie is bound to go to their instincts and nip and bite at heels to get people where they want them. That being said, a well trained Border Collie is one of the most beautiful things to behold and so much fun to own! The tricks this dog breed is willing to learn are endless.

Luckily more and more dog parks are sprouting up in central Iowa. I'll list them at the end of the post and add to that list as more open.

Border Collies love agility tests and any kind of brain game. Keep your dog busy by setting up a small agility course in your back yard or buying brain teaser toys. I can't say it enough, if you are a couch potato the Border Collie breed are not for you to own.

There is a 12 acre dog park in West Des Moines, IA called the Raccoon River Dog Park, located by the softball fields of the same name. You need to purchase a permit to be allowed in the dog park. Permits run $20 for West Des Moines residents and $40 for non-residents. You can print off a permit application here: Raccoon River Dog Park application.

Unfortunately there are no designated fenced dog parks in the heart of Des Moines, yet that is. The city council is considering a proposal for a downtown dog park in 2012. If passed it would likely be another year or two before it is open. I'll keep you posted here and elsewhere when it hopefully goes through.

For more info on the Border Collie breed (don't worry, it's completely free!) including games, toys, behaviors, history, and even the best diet check out this page: Border Collie Facts and Info About Border Collies.

Sunday, May 27, 2012

I'm a German Shepherd Dog Owner

I'm currently a German Shepherd Dog owner (with a cat that she thinks is a squeak toy). Sheba is my German Shepherd and she's about five or six years old. She's a rescue dog that doesn't really have a birthday. Sheba, like most GSDs, is very smart. She can find any treat hidden anywhere and even swiftly remove a cookie from a toddler's tender fingers before he knows what happened! Even at six years old Sheba is active every day.

Any German Shepherd Dog owner will tell you they have the smartest dog in the world. These dogs love to learn tricks and play games as much as possible. They also have a nomadic instinct that needs to be satisfied with daily walks. The German Shepherd is a working dog that loves to do just that. Walk. And walk. If you ask them to they will even walk some more.

Learn all about the history of the German Shepherd Dog along with helpful tips for GSD owners here: The German Shepherd Dog

Tell me all about your German Shepherd or lap dog in the comment section!