A product of the designer dog movement is the one-of-a-kind Golden Dox hybrid breed. This pooch is the result of combining the Golden Retriever, often "rufferred" to as the all American family dog, mixed with the rather long and energetic Dachshund. This combination makes for a high-energy playmate, driven by the stimulation that physical and mental activities bring.
The Golden Retriever is a medium to large pooch known for its loyal nature and calm temperament. Easy to train, eager to guard, and known to play, this pup makes the "pawfect" pooch for any household. The Dachshund, on the other "paw," is an adventurous breed known for its curiosity. This active dog needs moderate exercise in the form of walks and games. The result of the combination of breeds, the Golden Dox, requires moderate to vigorous exercise daily to maintain a healthy physique.
Scent training appeals to both the tracking nature of the Dachshund and the retrieving nature of the Golden Retriever, making this activity ideal for the Golden Dox. All you need for the activity is something to track/retrieve, preferably a toy or treat, at least to start. Couple this with some patience as you train your pooch in the activity. This makes the task cheap or even free, depending on if you make your own dog treats or not -- if you don't, check out activity three to spark your imagination!
As this activity can be done both inside and out, poor weather conditions won't get in your way of enjoying the playful task. Be prepared to take time to teach the activity to your Golden Dox, though it's likely with their intelligence level, they will learn to master and love the challenge of tracking!
Gardening, or rather "gardigging", is one way you can spend a sunny or warm day with your Golden Dox. Once you've created the garden, the activity is relatively easy to complete and free of charge.
Before you can enjoy "gardigging" you need to first dedicate a space in the yard to be a "dig zone." There's more than one way to create a dog garden, but making your pup a personal sandbox is what you're going for. The sandbox can either have wire or wood planks for a border, depending on the style and type the two of you are interested in. Depending on the materials you have on hand, costs may vary. Maintaining the garden is relatively easy, and it provides you and your pooch a place to bond alongside another while you tend to your vegetables and flowers!
Baking is a rewarding pastime many love to indulge in. Baking with your Golden Dox is a "grrreat" way to enhance this traditional activity because it gives the two of you the chance to bond. Most dogs are already at your heels when baking, so including them in the process is one way to make their constant attention more delightful. Baking, of course, is mostly completed by you, but as the treat being made is for your pup, they can be part of the test-tasting and viewing process.
With thousands of dog-safe baking recipes out there, it's likely you can complete this activity with minimal costs just by raiding your own cupboards. Of course, recipes for dogs vary in ingredients, but many include common ingredients like whole wheat flour and salt. Others require special ingredients which can make for a fun day-ip to the pet store for the two of you!
When it comes to satisfying your Golden Dox, there are a variety of activities you can do at home for low costs that are both fun and engaging. Golden Doxes are inquisitive with a relatively high energy level. Physical activities such as weighted walks and “gardigging” are only some ideas to get your Golden Dox moving!
Mental stimulation is equally as important as physical, which is why including brain games in your weekly exercise routines is a “grrreat” idea! Try tracking games and incorporate hide-and-seek with your digging if you’ve created a “gardig” for them. Allowing your Golden Dox to walk you is another way to stimulate them mentally as they now have the job of being pack leader and making the choice of where to go. Try baking as a way to bond on a rainy day. Whether mental or physical, have fun deepening your relationship while exploring activities for your Golden Dox!