Activities For Beacols

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Introduction

When you introduce any new dog into your home, you have to prepare your family for setting aside a little time for physical activity. However, when you adopt a Beacol, a Border Collie and Beagle Cross, you may need to include more time than you would for another dog. This high-energy breed requires at least an hour of activity per day that challenges them both mentally and physically. From trips to the dog park to swimming, chew toys, and more, there are so many fun things that will make your doggo wag their tail with delight. Here is what you can include in their routine.

Dog Playground

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Sunny Day
Moderate
Easy
1 hr
Items needed
Doggy waste bag
Leash
Activity description

Similar to a dog park facility, a dog playground incorporates many fun things that your dog will love to do. While you normally have to pay an entry fee, it’s a small price to pay for getting an hour or more of fun, socialization, and activities for you and your dog. At dog playgrounds, you can enjoy many things such as slides, tunnels, paddling pools and chew toys. The most important part of this sunny-day activity is that it offers the opportunity to get out of your house with your dog for physical activity, with only the need to carry a waste bag and a leash.

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Find a facility
If you live in a larger town or city, then there is bound to be an abundance of dog playgrounds for you and your pup to visit. Fortunately, being in a country of dog lovers mean you are spoiled for choice in many states. In Colorado, for example, there is a dog playground called Cherry Creek State Park which offers over 100 acres of fenced area for your dog to roam. It won’t take long for your dog to burn off all their pent-up energy!
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Cater to your dog
Now that you know what’s available to you, you can then match it to your dog’s strengths and weaknesses. For example, if your dog loves to sprint and roam, then a beach or large fenced in acreage is going to be the best physical activity for your pampered pooch. If they are selective with dogs they like, however, you may wish to take them to a facility that can offer separate smaller fenced areas.
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Play
Now it’s time to play! Having access to a dog playground will mean your dog never has to go without fun and excitement in their life. You will need to set aside a budget for such a facility, but if it means they get their day’s quota of fun and excitement, then isn’t it going to be worth it? Of course, you may need to come up with an alternative activity in the cooler months, but when it starts to heat up, you will find a dog playground is such an exciting place to be.
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Hiking

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Sunny Day
Free
Normal
3 hrs
Items needed
Leash
Doggy waste bag
Water bottle
Activity description

If you’re an avid hiker, then you can rest assured your furry friend will be too. And, how rewarding would it be to be able to take man’s best friend on an outdoor adventure rather than going solo? The Beagle parentage of your Beacol will mean they will love to be amongst nature and other creatures, taking in the kaleidoscope of scents. The Bearded Collie side, on the other hand, will mean they have the stamina and strength to keep going and going - as long as you want them to. This three-hour-plus activity is one you are best to carry out in sunny conditions. Make sure you carry a waste bag, a water bottle, and a leash.

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Plan the hike
While you might feel like going on a hike on a whim, it’s not as easy to do when you are taking your dog with you. You need to think about the heights and things you may need to climb. Beacols are small to medium in body size which means they may struggle with the more challenging terrain. Plan the hike out by looking at various hiking tracks in your area. Check out the challenge level, length, and recommended weather conditions.
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Hike it
With a few hiking trails in mind, you can now hit the road with your furry friend for a few hours or more of walking. In the beginning, your dog may be prone to pulling, running, and trying to get ahead of you. The excitement of going somewhere new can do that. However, after at least half an hour, they will get into a rhythm and be more manageable and tame to walk. This fun and free activity is one that will appeal to many outdoor enthusiasts and their pooches.
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Swimming

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Hot Day
Free
Easy
1 hr
Items needed
Towel
Leash
Doggy waste bag
Activity description

It can be hard to come up with activity ideas when the sun is beating down. The intensity of the heat can mean that all you want to do is hang out inside. If your dog is not one to sit idle - even in the intense sun, then consider taking them for a dip. Swimming is a fun and free activity that you only need a leash, towel and toy for while offering the opportunity to cool down. It can also be one that you can do in your own backyard if you have enough room for a paddling pool. If you can’t find relief from the sun, consider swimming with your furry friend.

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Swimming type
If you think your Beacol could benefit from a dip, think about the type of swimming you would like to do. There are options aplenty - including swimming that is free or that costs money. Free swimming can be at the local beach, river, or another watering hole. However, in more controlled settings, you may like to consider dog hydrotherapy sessions or putting up your children’s paddling pool.
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Start slow
Not every dog is a natural swimmer, and you may find your Beacol isn’t. Some dogs have what you would call “webbed feet” - additional skin between their toes to help with treading the water. Beagle and Border Collie crosses do not. However, that doesn’t mean they won’t like taking a dip. You may just need to provide more encouragement. Go into the water with them, throw their toy in, or consider purchasing a life jacket to keep them afloat. If you intend on suiting them up in a jacket, try it out on dry land days before.
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Swim
Once you know your dog is happy and familiar with water, you can help them cool off in the intense summer sun. Why not get into the water with them and splash about? If you don’t want to, you can throw in a toy and have them fetch it. The medium-length coat may require some brushing and washing after a swim, but it’s a small price to pay for being able to spend quality time in the water with your furry friend.
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Chew Toys

Beacols are always going to enjoy being on the go, but that doesn’t mean they won’t need to slow down at some point. If the weather conditions are less than ideal for heading outside, or you don’t have the time to dedicate to an hour-long walk, give your pampered pooch some chew toys. They won’t provide any physical stimulation unless your dog throws them around, but it can offer that much-needed mental stimulation.

Biking

If you’re a long-distance runner or biker, then a Beacol will give you a run for your money - more so if they take more after their Border Collie parent. If you want to burn off that excess energy, invest in a bike harness suitable for your dog. You can attach it to your bike which allows your dog to run alongside you. You may need to spend a few outings preparing them for the eventual attachment to the bike, but when they get used to it, it can be a favorite activity for you both.

Conclusion

When it comes to stimulating your Beacol, you will need to put your best paw forward. Beacols are dogs that require a lot of time and energy every day. Some of these activities above may be the very thing you need to provide that exertion they require to become a well-rounded pup.