The Blue Heeler is an active breed that requires plenty of exercise and mental stimulation. They are highly energetic and need to be physically active daily. Australian Cattle Dogs enjoy outdoor activities such as hiking, running, and playing fetch with balls or frisbees.
Blue Heelers make great jogging partners and will often run beside bike riding owners. They can romp alongside the horses when you are out for a trail ride. In addition, Blue Heelers are very trainable and excel in many different dog sports, such as agility, herding trials, flyball, dock diving, frisbee activities, rally, scent-work and obedience.
Blue Heelers are also highly intelligent and need plenty of mental stimulation. Known for their ability to problem solve, Blue Heelers enjoy puzzles, games, and training sessions that challenge them both physically and mentally.
When not challenged enough, a Blue Heeler may choose to create their own exercise and activity, which often don’t align with their owners wishes. Beware of the bored Blue Heeler, they can be dangerous to your furniture, trash, house, lawn and garden.
Regular training and socialization will also help prevent behavior problems and keep them mentally and physically healthy.