Activities For Beardoodles

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Introduction

Beardoodles are a fun and unique mix of a Bearded Collie and a Poodle. The result, much to your delight, is a dog that likes to work, perform, socialize, and get your attention. However, the parentage also means that you’re in for a lot of hard work to deplete their energy levels. Even though you can leave this breed alone to go to work without any hassles, you will still need to dedicate at least 90 minutes per day to their physical activity requirements. Below are a few of many things to help zap their energy and keep your furry friend happy.

Agility Training

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Any Day
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Hard
1 hr
Items needed
Leash
Treat
Activity description

Agility training is something that’s going to suit your Beardoodle to a tee. Poodles love to perform, whereas Bearded Collies love to work. The combination of the two personalities makes them a prime candidate for agility training. However, the process can be a little challenging, with an expensive price tag for this all-weather activity as well. Grab a leash and treat, set aside an hour, and follow these three steps below. When your pup comes home tired and ready for sleep, you will be pleased you enrolled them. What’s more, your bouncy Beardoodle will be an agility expert (and a show-off!) in no time. 

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Control play
One of the first steps to agility training is to take part in a class known as Control Play. Depending on where you go, the process and name can differ. This first step involves teaching your dog to play with you nicely, using tug toys and helping owners to control their dogs. The goal is for your dog to release the toy when you tell them, and remain with you instead of running away. During control play, you may also learn mat training, involving the use of mini tables, planks, and then weaving through poles. Because Beardoodles are intelligent and quick to learn, you may even get to teach your dog to wait, as well as an abundance of handler tips and tricks.
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Pre-agility
When your furry friend is a master of Control Play, they then move on to Pre-agility classes. These take eight weeks and involve learning how to use agility equipment. Your dog will jump over mini heights, run through tunnels, and even use tires and long jump. For quick learners such as Beardoodles, there is the opportunity to advance your Pre-agility training with a baby dog walk. At the end of the two months of sessions, your four-legged friend will be able to carry out six obstacles in a sequence.
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Starters
The Starters class is a more involved class for agility training, involving everything you learned in Control Play and Pre-agility, but also incorporating more agility exercises. Your dog will learn handler skills, weaves, play equipment, and more demanding activities depending on their ability. They will also carry out obstacle sequences, completing full courses by the end of the eight-week term.
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Swimming

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

When you’re a dog, it can be a challenge to find relief from the sun. Remember, dogs can’t sweat to cool themselves down, nor can they strip off layers. Treat them to a swim if you want to make sure your puppy can cool down properly. This free activity is one that takes an hour of your time while also providing you both with an opportunity to get sweet relief from that intense sun. You also only need a leash, towel, toy, and waste bag, as well as a swimming spot in mind. The water’s calling, so stop wasting time and get out there! 

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Swimming options
Fortunately, there is an abundance of swimming options to cater to your every need. What you choose can depend on where you are and what’s proximate to your home. You may want to set up a swimming pool in your yard, or you can venture to your local beach, river, or creek, or even a swimming pool especially for dogs.
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Take your time
While there’s a high chance your dog will take to water like a duck, there is always the chance they will be more like their Poodle parentage – a little bit more cautious. Therefore, the first time you take your furry friend swimming, don’t just throw them in the deep end. Instead, get in the water with them, coax them in with toys, and if you have to, put a dog life jacket on them.
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Swimming
With that intense summer sun beating down, there’s no better time to take a dip then now! Grab your dog, head to your swimming location of choice, and dive right in. Your furry friend is bound to have such fun swimming around, chasing toys and wearing themselves out. You can then retreat home far more relaxed than when you arrived.
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Hiking

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

If a regular walk around the block won’t cut the mustard, then maybe a two-hour hike will. Your furry friend will love nothing more than heading into nature with you, taking in all the scents, sights, and sounds that the beautiful American outdoors has to offer. What’s more, you get all of this entertainment, adventure, and excitement, free of charge. Whether you’re a hiking enthusiast or not, you will find a journey into the great outdoors will do wonders for your mental and physical health, all the while cutting through that endless amount of energy your Beardoodle seems to have. If that sounds like a great option to you, then grab a leash and a waste bag and head out for a moderately strenuous hike with your furry friend. 

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Hiking destination
If you’re not much of a hiker, then knowing where to go walking won’t come naturally. Therefore, it’s going to be a good idea to take a look online and find out what’s available. A two-hour walk is going to be sufficient, so see if there are any areas locally that cater to your requirements. Make sure your dog is welcome and that the return time is within your two-hour allotment.
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Walk
Time’s ticking, and if you want to make sure your dog gets as much fulfillment in a day as possible, then hit the track! Head off in the middle of the morning to avoid the intense summer sun, and give yourself plenty of time to make it home. You can then benefit from the knowledge that your dog got as much exercise as they need for the day – and so did you.
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Run

If you don’t mind pounding the pavement if it means you can lose a few pounds, then take your Beardoodle along. Beardoodles are not dogs to miss out on the action, so it’s an opportunity to use up some of their energy while helping you to burn calories. What’s more, it only takes around 30 minutes to tire them out.

Chew Toys

Don’t feel like heading away from home? Then treat your dog to the best at-home activity: chew toys. Chew toys can provide entertainment for hours, as long as you cater to their chewing requirements as a tough chewer. What’s more, they cost minimal money and require no effort on your part. 

Conclusion

Beardoodles can be one of the best breeds to own. While they have a high need for exercise, they are a dog you can leave at home while you go to work, and that will provide you with love and affection no matter what time of the day you come home. Return the favor by treating them to any of these activities above. You will pawsitively make their day.