We have just rescued an abandoned puppy. He is about 3 months old and either part or all border collie. He is very, very sweet and obviously extremely bright. We have a 6 yr. old french mastiff who is a big ol' (but well-behaved) oaf of a guy. They are getting along swimmingly (Mastiff thinks the puppy is *his* wonderful new pet, and puppy thinks Mastiff is the best back-up and big brother a guy could hope for!).
We've done plenty of obedience training in the past....mostly working on other dog tolerance for these mastiffs....but it is clear the new puppy needs a whole new level of stimulation/training/jobs/etc.
In a week he has learned sit, down, paw, his name, and is pretty clear on the whole house breaking thing (a couple accidents, of course, but mostly our fault for not catching his cues). He is also an incredible tracker. We've done a couple of exercises in the back yard where we hid from him and he tracked and found us instantly.
Here's my question: What are some fun and interesting games/activities/training that we can do with him to keep him stimulated, tire him out, and keep him from getting bored and destructive?
Like I said, we're doing brief bouts of "school" (working on sit and down, etc. but his attention span is still pretty short). We'll do: sit, down, paw, stand, finish, wait, stay, roll over, and "bang" (pretend shooting him with finger, he does down and then a roll over w/ stay). Any other "tricks" or lessons we could do? Some of that is a long way out...I doubt he's got anything like the attention span/control to do a down stay right now, Are there other fun and easy tricks he could learn now?
He's got a bunch of "challenging" toys--you know the kind with treats inside, and that's a good challenge. We've done a bit of hiding treats under toys for him to sniff out, and that's been good for his bean. What are some other games like that we could do with him?
Just want to have plenty of ideas to keep this little brainiac stimulated and thus well-behaved. Thanks, mamas!