Activities For Afadors

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Introduction

An Afador is a relatively new breed, but the Afghan Hound and Labrador Retriever mix make a loving and loyal family dog you will be chuffed to call your own. If you’re the proud owner of this breed, you will be aware of their goofy nature, desire to play, and their stubbornness at not doing what you tell them. However, you will also be mindful of their need for exercise. The Afador is a breed that doesn’t mind being a couch potato. Although, given that they spring from two types of dog notorious for obesity, it’s in your best interests to provide them with at least 45 minutes of exercise per day. Below you will find a range of fun activities that will allow both you and your pup to bond and to get some much-needed exercise. 

Obedience Training

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Any Day
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1 hr
Items needed
Leash
Treat
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As soon as you bring your Afador home for the first time, you should be on the phone with your local obedience trainer, booking them in for lessons. The sooner you get control of your puppy, the better it will be for their personality and traits further down the line. Afadors are not known for their ease of training. They are stubborn, believe they don’t have to do what you say and are quite happy to wander off and do what takes their fancy. Therefore, if you have an hour to spare per week in any weather, you will find ongoing training will be in your favor. All you need is determination, patience, a leash and a treat, and you can let the fun times begin. 

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Find a facility
When it comes to finding an obedience training facility for your Afador, it’s not a decision to make lightly. You need to find a trainer who is not only qualified but has the experience with both Afghan Hounds and Labrador Retrievers. Someone who knows the breed will be able to understand truly how stubborn and challenging they can be to train. Look online or in your phone book and talk to friends and family. You may even be able to find a breeder who can point you in the right direction.
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Research
When you first get an Afador puppy, you will no doubt have done plenty of research to find out all there is to know. When it comes to training them, you’ll need to do some in-depth reading into this as well. It’s a good idea to find out where Afadors excel and what you may struggle with if you don’t train them in particular areas. For example, recall is a significant problem, and addressing this early on can be beneficial for how much control you have over them.
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Begin training
Now that you’ve found a qualified and experienced trainer, it’s time to begin training. Most obedience classes run for between six and eight weeks, giving you plenty of time to learn the ropes. Typically, you need to set aside an hour once or twice a week. However, training doesn’t finish when you exit the classroom door. You have to be willing to put the theory into practice over and over again at home.
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Bike Riding

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Sunny Day
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30 - 45 min
Items needed
Bicycle
Harness
Doggy waste bag
Activity description

If you love going bike riding, then there’s every reason to believe you can teach your dog to as well. Afadors are loyal and loving dogs, so whatever you do, they will be more than happy to do too. However, bike riding with your dog is not a case of attaching a leash and beginning to pedal. It can be a training process that takes several days to master. You need to start slow, walking the bike with the dog attached, making sure they’re going to trot alongside you happily. To get started, purchase a bike harness and head out on a sunny day. Half an hour is plenty of exercise for both you and your pooch.

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Buy a harness
The first step is to buy a bike harness that’s going to work well with your dog. While a standard leash is okay for an experienced dog, a special harness that allows a more significant gap between the bike and the dog is going to be far more beneficial. You can generally buy these at both dog and bike stores or look online to find a bargain.
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Start slow
Your Afador isn’t going to understand what to do straight away. Begin by tying them to your bike and walking around the block. After a few days of this, they will begin to associate the process with their leash. You can then start getting on the bike, pedaling slowly. Because they will have got used to the large wheels beside them, it’s not going to be a significant change for them to see you on the bike rather than beside it.
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Go biking
Now that your pup is accustomed to both your bike and the walk, you can begin the regular biking trips in earnest. However, be careful where the routes take you. Afadors love chasing squirrels and other wildlife. Therefore, an urban course with minimal wildlife is going to be a far safer place to go.
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Swimming

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Hot Day
Free
Easy
1 hr
Items needed
Leash
Toy
Doggy waste bag
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On a summer scorcher, there’s nothing more satisfying than hitting the beach or river for swimming and a bit of fun. Rather than leave your dog at home, you can take them with you so they too can benefit from the adventure. Afadors are a mix of two hunting dogs, so they have their water wings and are adept at swimming. What’s more, they love to fetch, so if you take a toy, you will provide them with hours of fun. When the sun’s out, and you have an hour to spare, grab their leash, a doggy waste bag, and their favorite toy and hit the road. 

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Find a spot
While there are plenty of dog-friendly beaches in the United States, not all of them are. Therefore, rather than risk being escorted out of a public area with a sad pup in tow, it’s helpful to do your research. What’s more, a river, lake, or beach off the beaten track is going to give your dog fewer distractions. Huntington Dog Beach in California, Montrose Dog Beach in Chicago, and Block Island in Rhode Island are a few of the many options available.
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Go swimming
As soon as you grab your dog’s leash and toy, they will know they are going somewhere exciting. And, given you’ve chosen the perfect watering hole, they are going to have the time of their life. Spend at least an hour at the beach with your pampered pooch, giving them time to burn off steam and let their fur down. You can then go home and benefit from them having a well-deserved and long afternoon nap.
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Backyard Fetch

Your pampered pooch is a mix of two excellent retrieving dogs. Therefore, they are going to thrive on fetching and returning. When you have spare time, take them into the yard with their favorite toy and play a game for 20 to 30 minutes. It’s going to be plenty of time to enable them to burn off steam.  

Walk

Afadors only require 45 minutes to an hour of exercise per day. Therefore, taking them for a walk is a valid exercise option. They benefit from exploring your neighborhood, while you get to feel healthy and know you’re staying fit at the same time. What’s more, walks don’t cost money, nor do they require any additional tools or toys.  

Conclusion

Adadors are a breed happy to lounge in the sun all day but need plenty of regular activities to remain fit and healthy. Aim to give them plenty of pawesome adventures throughout the week to keep them active and in a healthy weight range. They will furever be grateful.