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I recently rescued a Sheltie/ Aussie/ JRT? mix from an in-state animal control facility. She has since been to the vet and tested positive for Lyme and heartworms. After much consideration, I've decided to go with the slow kill heartworm method, due in part to her activity level. She came to us with a slight limp which seems to be improving after 90 days of doxy in case it was Lyme related arthritis. As she has now been spayed and completed the antibiotics, I'm interested in possibly doing a sport with her. Would agility (not competition level, just for fun) at one of the local clubs be a viable option, or can it be much more stressful on the joints than I'm thinking... any other suggestions? She loves being outside and is very food motivated and has the trainability of an aussie. Any ideas that might be okay given her past medical history?
 

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I don't think the Lyme is an issue at all, but personally I wouldn't touch any sport until she tested negative for heartworm.
 

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In the meantime, what are good mental stimulation activities other than learning new commands? She has some of the JRT terrier mentality which I'm super unfamiliar with in general, and I'm struggling to think of ways to keep her really occupied- especially since she loves being outside so much.
 

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Scentwork. Also you can teach directionals at a slow pace. Teach her to target a marker, such as a tile, or rubbermaid lids work well. You can teach front end, also rear leg awareness with the markers. That gets them.thinking. then place it out in the yard, where she has to find it for reward.
 
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