Activities For Airedoodles

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Introduction

If you're lucky enough to be the owner of an Airedoodle, you know they are always up for fun and have plenty of energy to burn. In fact, keeping them busy and out of trouble is one of the biggest challenges you face. Luckily, there are plenty of activities for Airedoodles that will keep them busy and well exercised. these dogs love to run and play, and they are clever and enjoy a good, puzzling game. It's important to find games and activities that will tire out their minds and their bodies. Below you'll find a few interesting ideas to try out with your Airedoodle. Give them a try and have fun bonding with your sweet and silly pup.

Follow the Leader

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Any Day
Free
Easy
30 mins
Items needed
Treats
Activity description
"Follow me" is a great activity for Airedoodles to tap into their herding instincts and show off the strong bonds they form with you. This is a great game to play with children and a fun way to keep your dog guessing and thinking while playing. At first, you'll need to find a path that makes them walk single-file behind you, but once they get used to it, and you teach them the command "follow" this game will come in handy on the trail or any time you need to pass someone while out walking or meeting other people.
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Get in line
The first step is to teach your dog to get in line behind you. At first, they won't quite understand and will try to walk next to you or in front, so create a trail or path that forces them to walk right behind you. You can introduce the command, "follow" as you walk through these obstacles. It won't take long before they learn the command and fall in line, even when there is not an obstacle to keep them there.
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Start your march
Now that your pup knows the "follow" command, get all the kids together and start your parade. The children can practice asking your dog to follow as you lead the parade around trees, over bridges, and past toys. Keep switching up the leader and where your dog falls in the line.
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Turn the tables
Turn the tables on your dog by following in their tracks. At first, this may confuse them, but they'll soon get used to the idea of you walking in their paw prints. This can be one of the silliest games you play with your dog as you never know where he might lead you.
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Agility Classes

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Any Day
Moderate
Hard
1 hr
Items needed
Treats
Leash
An agility course or obstacles.
Activity description
Agility classes offer some of the best activities for Airedoodles who love to run and play. These obstacle courses require them to pay close attention to their owners, puzzle out challenging tasks, and use plenty of their bountiful energy to run, jump, sit an play. Agility courses are a great way to keep them focused and out of trouble by giving them an important job to do. Both the Airdale and Poodle were born to be working dogs, and these instincts are strong characteristics found in most Airpoodles. Taking your dog to your local Agility course or enrolling them in lessons will not only help them exercise this instinct, but it will be a great way for you to bond and learn to work together.
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Sign up for a class
The best way to ensure your foray into the world of agility goes smoothly is to sign up for a beginner class at your local dog trainer or agility center. Some of the obstacles can be intimidating for dogs, and a good trainer will teach how to introduce each task to your pup. If you're new to agility you'll pick up important tips to make sure each session is a success.
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Practice consistently
Create a schedule to take your dog to the agility course each week. You want to make sure you are consistently building on the foundation you created in the course and challenging your Airedoodle in new ways. Slowly introduce new obstacles or pair multiple obstacles in novel ways to keep your pup guessing.
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Join a competition
After a few months of practice at the agility course, test out your dog's new skills by joining a local competition. The excitement and challenge will be an excellent activity for your dog, and you'll both have fun showing off all the hard work you put in. Agility competitions are great places to meet new friends and to change up the environment to keep things interesting for your clever pup.
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Not Your Ordinary Walk

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Sunny Day
Free
Easy
30 - 60 min
Items needed
A Leash
A ball
Activity description
One of the best ways to challenge your Airedoodle and keep them from getting bored is to take them out for a different walk every day. Turn down a different street or head out to a different part of town to keep them guessing and engaged. You should also make sure that part of your walk includes some off-leash time. The Airdale part of your dog was born to hunt, so playing fetch with a tennis ball during part of your walk will be one of the best parts for them. If you can include a trip to the dog park or a field where your pup can run free, you'll create the perfect activity to keep them happy and tired.
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Plan your paths
You'll want to plan each walk around an off-leash park or field where you can give your Airedoodle some time to run and play. You can look at a map to identify nice pathways or roads that lead to one of these places and plan out a loop or out-and-back that will take you about 30 minutes to an hour to complete.
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Head out on your first walk
Grab your leash and your tennis ball and head out on your first walk. Along the way, find different ways to make it interesting. Can you take a quick turn down a side street? Can you change up the pace and jog a little? Even just switching directions unexpectedly will keep it interesting. When you reach your off-leash area, give your pup some time to run and surprise them with the ball in your pocket. A quick game of fetch will have them happy and satisfied.
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Search for new spots
Once you have established two or three regular dog walks, be on the lookout for new places or neighborhoods to try out. On weekends you can travel longer distances or see what neighboring towns have to offer. This is a great opportunity to explore areas you've never been to and keep your Airedoodle entertained and excited.
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Find It

Find it taps into the Airedoodle's fantastic sense of smell and ability to search out anything. Tell them to sit and stay in one room, and show them a favorite toy. Hide that toy in the next room over and then ask them to "find it." Your dog will immediately start searching, using his nose to sniff out the favorite toy and having fun in the process.

Chase Me

"Chase me" is one of the best activities for Airedoodles to really tap into their herding and chase instincts and make a fun game out of them. This funny take on tag is sure to bring out their goofy spirit and leave you rolling on the ground laughing at just how much fun you're having. "Chase me" is a game best played outside in the yard or the park, but if you have a large playroom or basement, you could play there too, just as long as there is nothing breakable around as the game can get rambunctious.

Conclusion

Airedoodles make some of the goofiest and sweetest family pets, but they also need plenty of activities to keep them busy and out of trouble. Make sure all of your activities expend plenty of energy and also keep them thinking and guessing. Stick with this plan and you'll have a happy and healthy pup.