Activities For Aussiedors

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Introduction

What do you get when you cross an Australian Shepherd and a Labrador Retriever? A sweet, kind, fun-loving, energetic Aussiedor! These sweet hybrid breeds bring the best of both worlds and are growing in popularity for their calm demeanor, friendly personalities and ability to keep up with almost any outdoor activity. They make wonderful family dogs and always bring attention to their unique coats. Finding activities for Aussiedors to match their spunky personalities is easy to do. They want to be with you and involved in all family activities, so they blend in perfectly with your active lifestyle.

Family Fetch

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Sunny Day
Free
Easy
30 min
Items needed
Ball
Activity description
One of the most fun activities for Aussiedors is family fetch. These pups are born to chase a ball and bring it back, and fetch is a fantastic activity to exercise them before and after work. Including the whole family in a game of fetch is a great way to sneak in daily family time outside while you're exercising the dog. It also helps each member of the family feel confident working with the dog and teaches your dog to respect everyone in the family. It's easy to play and even a small child can get in on the fun with a little help from adults or older children.
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Fetch first
Before you involve the whole family in the game, you need to teach your dog how to fetch. This most likely won't take too long as your dog has a natural ability to chase and bring objects back to you. If they need a little help, you can start by teaching "give" and "bring it." If your dog is great at fetching but needs some work with "drop it," work on this command until they are dropping the ball quickly when you ask.
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Assemble the family
When your dog is ready and knows how to play a game of fetch, it's time to bring in the family. Line each family member up next to one another with a little space between each person. Place yourself at the front of the line and start the game. Throw the ball for your dog, then have the person next to you call the dog over. They will be the next thrower. The dog might be confused and come to you first, but ignore them until they go to the person calling their name. That person throws the ball once they get it from the dog, and the next person in line calls the dog. Keep going down the line.
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Switch it up
Once you've gone through the line of family members a few times, your dog will start to pick up the pattern and will automatically go to the next person. Switch things up by pointing to someone out of line to call the dog. This will keep your dog guessing and paying close attention to their next instructions. You can even move positions or stand in a semi-circle to keep your dog guessing.
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Running

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Sunny Day
Free
Normal
30 - 60 min
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Leash
Doggy Waste Bags
Activity description
If you love to run an are looking for a running partner who will push you to keep going and never bail on you to sleep in, look no further than your Aussiedor. This dog was meant to run. In fact, running is one of the best activities for Aussiedors who tend to get bored or restless at home. Making sure they get to go for a good, long jog will help keep them from becoming bored and destructive in the house. It's still not a great idea to leave your pup home alone for extremely long stretches of time, but running with your Aussiedor will do wonders for their behavior and happiness.
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Teach loose leash walking
There is nothing worse than running with a dog who pulls on the leash. Before you take your dog out on a run, make sure you spend some time teaching them how to walk on a loose leash by your side. Many dogs naturally pull on the leash, and it's up to you to teach them proper walking and running protocol. You can spend time doing this yourself after watching a few online videos or you can work with a trainer who will help you.
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Pick your run
When you know your dog is ready to be a good running partner, pick out the perfect path to start on. Base your route on the age and activity level of your dog. Young puppies can't go for nearly as long as older dogs. You don't want to overdo it and risk injury to your dog. You also want to find a route that allows dogs. If you can run past an off-leash area for your dog, that's even better.
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Make it a habit
Once you've taken your dog out for a run, they will be expecting it and will get excited everytime you lace up your shoes. Healthy exercise habits aren't just important for your dog, they are important for you too. Make a commitment to run with your dog several times per week. You can set a goal for a distance or time or a number of miles you'd like to achieve. Your dog can help you reach your goals and keep you healthy.
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Dog Park Playtime

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Sunny Day
Free
Easy
1 hr
Items needed
Leash
Doggy Waste Bags
Activity description
One of the most important activities for Aussiedors is socialization with dogs and people. These dogs have a tendency to become attached to their owners and will guard and act aggressively, so ample time learning to play and interact is incredibly important to their development and socialization. One of the best places for these dogs to learn manners and play with dogs of all shapes and sizes is by taking them to a dog park. It seems like new community dog parks are opening up all over the country, and you most likely have one or two near you that would be perfect to take your dog.
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Find your park
With the number of dog parks popping up all over the country, there are bound to be at least one or two areas near you to take your dog for some activity and socialization. You can ask for recommendations at your local pet store or look online for the perfect spot. If your community has a facebook group for dog lovers, you can join and ask for recommendations for the best park for your dog.
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Make new friends
When you know where you want to take your dog, make a plan to head there in the next few days. When you arrive, make sure you keep your dog on leash until you are inside the gates if it's a fenced-in park. Don't be nervous or afraid for them, they will pick up on your energy and think they need to be afraid too. Encourage them to run up and meet new dogs. The other dogs will teach them what is appropriate and what is not tolerated when they say hi, and they will find new friends to chase and play with.
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Fit your schedule
Socialization is so important for young dogs, so put playtime at the dog park on the top of your priority list. The more you go with your dog, the better they will be at reading other dog's cues and learning how to play appropriately. Don't worry if another dog puts them in their place a few times. This is how puppies learn. If you add the dog park into your schedule regularly, your dog might even make friends with other dogs who are there at the same time. There are many good human friendships that began at the dog park!
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Obedience Competitions

Obedience competitions are some of the most fun activities for Aussiedors. They are incredibly smart and will enjoy the challengeĀ and concentration required for obedience competitions.

Family Park Walk

Pack up the whole family, strollers, striders, and all, and head to the park for a weekend family walk with your Aussiedor. They will be overjoyed to have their family by their side on a Sunday stroll or walk around the park.

Conclusion

Aussiedors are quickly becoming a family favorite around the country. They share the fun loving, energetic spirit of the Aussie and the calm and loyal demeanorĀ of the Labrador for a perfect combination. They have the energy and stamina to keep up with the busiest people and they love to be part of the action, but they are happy just curling up on the couch after a fun game of fetch or a run with you as well. They have beautiful coats and are relatively easy to care for and keep happy. All they want is plenty of play time and to hang out with their families. You can't get much better than that.