Activities For Beagle Shepherds

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Introduction

Beagle Shepherds are very charming, medium sized puppies that result from crossing two of the world's most popular breeds together - a German Shepherd and a Beagle. Beagle Shepherds tend to look like Beagles with ears that are still floppy but are shorter in length and whose coats have been spray painted to resemble a German Shepherd's. The unique pedigree of this hybrid dogs allows them to participate in a number of activities, with Beagle Shepherds particularly excelling in most scent based trials and challenges. Beagle Shepherds have a quite a bit of energy, so you'll want to introduce them to activities that will work out their bodies as well as their brains.

Incline Exercises

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Any Day
Cheap
Easy
30 - 45 min
Items needed
Frisbee
Leash
Activity description
If you're a frequent gym goer, you're likely very familiar with treadmills. Have you ever noticed that all treadmills have an option to increase the incline of the machine? That option is there in order to give you a greater challenge on the machine and, by relation, work up a greater sweat in the process. You can get the same challenge from exercising on inclined surfaces of any kind and you can do a lot more than you could on a regular treadmill if you try out a few inclined exercises with your dog. Parks, hillsides, and mountain ranges are the perfect places to go get an inclined workout in - you just have to decide the time and the date.
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Benefits of inclined workouts
Increased leg strength is one of the major benefits of working on an incline; your calves and your quads will become so much stronger from simply walking up and down an inclined surface. This goes double for your dog as all four of their legs will get strengthened from exercising on inclined surfaces. Both you and your dog will also enjoy increased endurance, as inclined workouts test your lungs as well as your legs.
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Vary the exercises
You and your dog will definitely be able to play frisbee on an inclined surface as well as other classic games like fetch and hide and seek. But if you really want to test your dog and yourself, then you can try racing your pet uphill as the two of you struggle against gravity to reach the top. Vary the exercises you try each day and of course, stretching before and after for both of you is an important part of the activity.
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Tracking Training

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Any Day
Moderate
Normal
45 - 60 min
Items needed
Dog Leash
Scents
Activity description
They may not look it, but both Beagles and German Shepherds are among some of the best trackers in the canine kingdom. As a benefit of being the offspring of both breeds, Beagle Shepherds have inherited many of the traits that make their parents such great trackers; Beagle Hounds can follow scents left by items, people, or other animals that are miles away and they can learn to find footprints and tracks of all kinds even when they would otherwise seem hidden to the naked eye. Beagle Hounds also have great attitudes that help them learn new skills without putting up as much hassle as other breeds.
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Tracking training basics
When you're teaching a Beagle Shepherd how to track, you'll really want to try to focus on two concepts; tracking by scent and tracking by sight. Beagle Shepherds have strong noses that can help them sniff out other animals that are trying to hide (a la raccoons in the backyard) as well as help them find missing items once they're introduced to the scent of the person, thing, or animal they're trying to find. The eyes of a Beagle Shepherd can also make out tracks that are too faint for us humans, but they can only do so with enough training.
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Tracking by scent
We've found that it's best to use familiar scents early on; take your dog to a wide open range like a park or a public grassland, let them get a whiff of a piece of their favorite food, hide that piece far away, and then help your dog sniff their way towards their hidden treat.
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Tracking by sight
You'll need to make a trail of makeshift footprints for your dog to follow for this one, hence why we recommend bringing a spare pair of shoes. What you will need to do is leave a trail of footprints for your dog to follow with one pair before switching out to another and then walking back to your dog. Issue a "find it" command and guide your dog towards the end of the trail. Bonus pet parent points if you've planted a treat at the end of the trail.
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Hiking

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Any Day
Moderate
Hard
60 - 90 min
Items needed
Jacket
Snacks
Water
Dog Backpack
Doggy Waste Bags
Activity description
If you're looking for a way to break off from the frantic nature of city life with your pet then this activity may be right up your alley. Hiking is a great way for you and your dog to bond with each other as well as get in touch with nature. There are plenty of hiking trails near major metropolitan areas like Los Angeles or London, but you and your dog can also go for a hike in a more rural part of your country to really get in tune with nature. This is one of those activities that's challenging at first but gets easier every time you do it.
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Hiking basics
There isn't a lot to hiking when you get down to it; you and your dog will essentially be walking from one end of a trail to another. The difficulty comes in sticking to that trail and having packed well enough yet lightly enough to accommodate this activity. To that end, we recommend sticking with more family friendly trails if you're a beginner and gradually working your way to the tougher trails - or outright off road hiking.
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Bearing burdens
You'll notice that we listed a dog backpack as an item that you might want to think about bringing along for the trip. That's because you and your dog can split the amount of supplies you'll need to bring between the two of you. The two of you will effectively be sharing the burdens of the trip, adding an extra layer of closeness to this already intimate bonding experience. Head out on the trail, but not before letting others know where you are going and what time you expect to be back.
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Hula Hoop

If your puppy has been a very good boy or a very good girl recently, reward them with a hula hoop. Your dog will spend countless minutes playing with one of these old school toys and the best part is that there's very little set up involved. Just get a hula hoop, hand it to your dog, and sit back as your pup has a ball with their new toy.

Find the Food

Have you figured out that your dog's really got a fondness for pizza? Are you currently caring for a dog that's crazy for cottage cheese? Once you've found out which foods your dog really loves, try hiding bits and pieces of them around the place and then commanding your pet to sniff out the food by scent. This simple game can be played at home or at a big enough park.

Conclusion

Thank you for reading another of our activity guides and taking the time to learn a bit about a dog breed that we feel needs a lot more love; Beagle Shepherds are a part of a wave of "designer dogs" who were bred during the late 1990's to early 2000's. While these charming dogs may hail from two of the world's most famous dog breeds, Beagle Shepherds have not yet reached the same level of widespread acclaim and adoration as either of their parents have. Nevertheless, we're confident that these little guys can make a big impression on the world with enough help from their human companions.