Activities For Bassetoodles

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Introduction

The Bassetoodle is a cute and curly hound well suited for apartments, families, and those in need of a caring companion. Activities for Bassetoodles should play into their silly personalities and their desire to be part of the family. These dogs often have the long backs of a Basset hound and the curly hair of the poodle. Care should be taken to make sure they are fit but don't strain their long backs. Luckily, your Bassetoodle is happy to accompany you on a stroll through the park or playfully chase after a ball. These sweet dogs are total lovers and are happy just to sit by your side.

Dog Park Socialization

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Sunny Day
Free
Easy
1 hr
Items needed
Leash
Poop bag
Treats
Activity description
Bassetodles should be socialized as early as possible. One of the best activities for Bassetoodles is to bring them to the dog park. When they play with other pups, they learn skills only other dogs can teach them. From understanding which dogs want to play to how rough they can tumble, taking your dog to a dog park will have important impacts on how they grow and mature. It will also ensure they get the exercise they need and even give you a social outlet tool. Many people bond over dogs, and you can meet great new friends at the dog park.
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Find your park
Dog-only parks have been growing in popularity across the country. You can usually find dog parks and off-leash areas near you easily. Look for parks that are fenced in since your Bassetoodle may have the urge to follow their nose and get lost. If you have a small dog park near you, it may be beneficial to start there. Playing with dogs their own size may help boost confidence and give them important skills. It will also be safer as they are less likely to hurt their backs when playing with smaller dogs.
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Proper etiquette
Make sure you know how to follow the rules at your local dog park. It's important that everyone takes good care of these areas and keeps all dogs safe. In fenced in areas, there is usually a transition space. to help owners safely get their pups in and out. Keep your dog on a leash until you are in the transition area, and never open the gate unless every owner is ready. Make sure you pick up and throw away your dog's poop to keep the area clean. Aggressive dogs are not tolerated at parks, so if your dog shows signs of aggression, take them to a trainer ASAP before bringing them back.
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Make a routine
Create a routine for your pup by going to the dog park regularly. Visiting the dog park once or twice per week will be enough to establish a routine and give your pup plenty of social time and exercise. The more you go, the better behaved they will be. You may even get to know other dog owners and pups at the park that you enjoy spending time with while your dogs play. Taking your dog to the dog park regularly is an important part of their development.
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Fetch

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Any Day
Cheap
Normal
30 min
Items needed
Small tennis ball
Treats
Activity description
Though your Bassetoodle doesn't need hours of activity to be happy, they still need an outlet for energy or they can get into trouble. Teaching them fetch is a quick and easy way to satisfy their activity needs without needing too much space or equipment. Poodles are very natural retrievers, and your dog may have picked up this trait from their Poodle ancestors.  Fetch is one of the best activities for Bassetoodles, and it can be a fun game to play any time of year. Whether you play in the house by rolling the ball, or toss them a ball in a small yard, they will never tire of catching it and bringing it back to you.
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Teach catch
The first step is to teach your Bassetoodle to catch a ball. You can purchase smaller tennis balls which will be easier for the dog to catch or if you have an apartment. A regular sized tennis ball will work just fine. Start by tossing them the ball at a close distance. If they catch it in their mouths or pick it up off the ground, give them plenty of praise and treats. Soon they will learn that putting the ball in their mouths is what you want.
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Bring it
The next piece to teach your Bassetoodle is "bring it." Start tossing the ball a little further out and encourage them to get the ball and bring it back. You can teach the word "bring it" when they pick the ball up and turn to bring it back. Make sure they bring the ball all the way back to you. Fetch becomes more of a game for you than for the dog if they drop the ball wherever they feel like dropping it and you end up fetching the ball!
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Drop it
The last step to teach is to drop the ball. You can teach hem to put the ball in your hands or to drop it at your feet. It's up to you. If you have a dog that doesn't want to give the ball up, you can entice them with a tasty treat like a piece of hot dog. Soon they will learn it's better to give up the ball than hold on. When your dog has all these pieces of fetch, you can start to put them all together. If they get stuck at any part, like bringing the ball back or dropping it, you can rely on your commands to guide them. After a while fetch will be natural and a treasured game for both of you.
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Walking

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Sunny Day
Free
Easy
30 min
Items needed
Leash
Doggy Waste Bags
Treats
Activity description
Though your Bassetoodle is perfectly happy sitting by your feet or cuddling on the couch, they need to get exercise every day. Going for a walk will help them keep their muscles strong and protect their backs so they can live a long and pain-free life. Creating a daily walking routine will also be good for you and allow you to de-stress from work and life as your dog is getting exercise too. Walking is one of the easiest activities for you and your dog, and will ensure you both get outside to enjoy the sunshine.
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Loose leash walking
Many people don't like to walk their dogs because they aren't very good on a leash. Dogs don't naturally know how to walk consistently by your side and need to be taught. Loose leash walking is a technique that teaches dogs how to walk next to their owners without pulling on the leash or stopping. A qualified trainer can work with you and your dog to make sure they know leash manners and will stay comfortably by your side.
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Plan your routes
Planning the appropriate route is important so you know where to go and you always see the best sights. Take a little time to decide how long you want to walk and where you can go. You can take a few routes by walking right out your door, or you can look for nearby parks that have walking paths. Try to add some variety to keep your pup from getting bored.
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Create a goal or routine
Consistency is important for Bassetoodles, so creating a schedule they can count on is very important. One of the best things is to take them out once in the morning and once at night each day for a walk. You can also start to give yourself weekly mileage goals as you get more fit and start walking longer distances. Your dog will always be at your side, ready to cheer you on.
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Rainy Day Reading

When the weather outside is awful and neither of you wants to go for a walk, spend the day curled up reading a book instead. Your dog will happily snuggle in while you catch up on your reading.

Obedience

Even though your pup is small, obedience is still one of the most important activities for Bassetoodles. Calling your dog and having them sit and stay will help your relationship and keep them safe.

Conclusion

Activities for Bassetoodles don't need to be overly exhausting, but they should keep your dog fit and challenged. While they love to be by your side hanging out on the couch, proper exercise will keep their long backs strong and will keep them out of mischief. It doesn't matter if it's a light walk, a rousing game of fetch, or time spent at the dog park, your pup will have a blast running around with you. These dogs also make wonderful family dogs and will be just as happy getting their exercise by trying to keep up with the kids.