Activities For American Gointers

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Introduction

We can already picture you snickering at the name "American Gointer" - don't worry, we think it's a pretty funny name, too. But these hybrid dogs are more than just the bearers of names that sound like they were ripped out of a Dr. Seuss book. American Gointers are a fantastic breed of hybrid dog that results from crossing a Golden Retriever with an English Pointer (hence the word "gointer".) These pups are very playful and curious - two traits that make them excellent pets to take along on expeditions or hikes through the wilderness. American Gointers are also pretty smart dogs too, so don't be afraid to introduce them to a few brain games over time.

Ride on a Slide

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Any Day
Free
Easy
30 - 45 min
Items needed
Park Slide
Activity description
We're starting this off light and easy with this guide. The next time you go to a park with your pup by your side, encourage them to take a few turns on the slide while you two are there. This activity is a very fun and easy way to get your dog used to the great outdoors while also allowing you and your Gointer to bond like never before! Now every dog is different from one another, so we understand that some pooches may be more hesitant to ride down a slide than others. Keep encouraging your dog anyway; with enough of your support, they'll build up the courage to throw caution to the wind!
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Show and tell
Your nervous dog may seem absolutely terrified of slides when they first come in contact with them. One of the best ways to help them face that fear, however, is to personally show them that there's nothing to be afraid of. So get your dog's attention and have them watch you as you climb up the slide before coming down. After seeing how much fun you're having, your pup will eventually want to get in on the action too.
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Caution to the wind
There isn't much else to this activity after you've helped your dog get over any apprehension towards slides that they may have been harboring. If you want to go the extra mile in terms of convincing your Gointer that there's nothing to be scared of, you could pick them up and cradle them in your arms as the two of you slide down together.
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Scent Training

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Moderate
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1 hr
Items needed
Leash
Scented Items
Activity description
One remarkable trait that English Pointers and Golden Retrievers share is that both of them have excellent senses of smell and intuition. English Pointers and Golden Retrievers are two of the world's best tracking dogs, as both breeds have an insanely acute sense of smell. It might not come as surprise, then, to learn that their American Gointer offspring also have awesome senses of smell. Scent training is all about honing your dog's already impressive sense of smell to extraordinary levels; by the time you finish a scent training regimen with your Gointer, they may very well be able to track items down with nothing but their noses.
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Find Your dog's favorite scent
Most people who've cared for dogs for a while will be able to tell you just about everything that their pet loves; they can tell what their dog's favorite foods, toys, and possibly even shows are, but we wonder if they'd be able to tell you what their dog's favorite smell is? Before you officially start scent training your dog, we think you should stock up on aromas and see which ones your dog reacts to positively and which ones they don't.
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The nose knows best
The whole reason for finding your dog's favorite smell is that we're going to have them sniff out a number of scented items that have been hidden from plain sight. if you make these items smell like an aroma that your dog is really fond of, they'll have a better shot of finding the item by following a familiar smell.
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Lead the way
When beginning your American Gointer in the art of scent training, lead the way to start. Show them the scent trail and lead them to an item covered in the scent. Next time around, lead them part of the way and see if they can sniff their way to the item. After a few training sessions, you will be able to start them at a fair distance from the item and they will know what is expected.
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Agility Training

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Any Day
Moderate
Hard
30 - 60 min
Items needed
Dog Leash
Hula Hoops
Weave Poles
A-frame
Tunnel
Food and Water
Activity description
This is it, the final activity on our Gointer list! Keeping in line with tradition, we've saved the best, most physically and mentally trying activity for last. The main principle behind agility training is very similar to the one behind scent training; introduce your dog to a number of strenuous activities that will help them develop their natural canine gifts. Lower difficulty agility training activities can be completed in the comfort of your own backyard. The higher tier, more intricate stuff? You may have to get in touch with a professional agility trainer to get some help with that. Agility training is definite one of those activities that can be thought of as being "difficult but worth it."
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Low tier trials
The basics of agility training largely aim to help your dog become more dexterous and nimble. In layman's speak, the first few activities you'll be completing with your dog are meant to help your companion become less clumsy. These types of activities include jumping over hurdles, running up and down A-frames (it all comes back around) and getting familiar with rings. Demonstrate the course to your eager pup, maybe even scaling the A-frame yourself!
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High tier trials
This is where things get interesting - well, we feel that things were already pretty exciting, so we should say that this is where things get even more interesting. Have you ever seen those videos that show dogs darting through a line of poles without touching any of them? How about the videos that show dogs dashing through some pretty small tunnels? Those are the kinds of activities that make up high tier trials. Scout your community for a club to join so that your pal can increase their skill level.
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Kites

If you get your hands on a small enough kite, your dog can bite onto its handle and have a ball! The next time you think about heading to the beach or the park with your dog, consider getting a kite that your dog can play with while the winds are strong enough to carry it.

Dress Up

American Gointers are one of those hybrids that don't tend to mind being outfitted with funny hats and quirky shirts. Once you've bonded with your Gointer to a certain point, try outfitting them with a variety of different clothes to see how they take to them. American Gointers tend to like scarves more than any article of clothing, but we encourage you to find your dog's unique sense of style through trial and error.

Conclusion

As always, we'd like to thank you for reading all the way through another one of our guides. American Gointers have a lot of traits that we feel make them excellent pets and family members. We're hoping that we've been able to convince you to feel the same way so that you'll seriously consider adopting one of these dogs and acting as an advocate for their breed. American Gointers are very even tempered dogs, so they can learn to live with humans from all walks of life provided they're treated with respect and dignity. Give a Gointer those two things, and you'll have a fiercely loyal pet with an adventurous spirit.