Activities For Bernedoodles

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Introduction

Bernedoodles might be the best companion dogs you can find. They love nothing more than to be at your side whether you're out for a long hike or reading on the couch. This designer breed is a combination of the Bernese Mountain Dog and the Poodle. These dogs often inherit sweet dispositions, silly personalities, and a desire to be part of the family. Activities for Bernedoodles should help keep them fit and let them be part of the family.

Hike a Trail

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Sunny Day
Moderate
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3 hrs
Items needed
Leash
Dog treats
Water
Activity description
Hiking is one of the best activities for Bernedoodles, and your dog will be excited to hit the trail with you for a long hike up into the mountains or a casualĀ stroll along a stream. Poodles are known for their stamina on the trail, and if your dog has inherited this trait taking them out on a hike with you will help them stay in shape, use their energy, and bond with you out in the woods. Bernedoodles are excellent trail dogs because they don't wander off chasing scents, and they are always excited to reach new heights and sit with you while you stare at the vistas.
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Trail manners
Before you head out into the great, wide open, make sure your Bernedoodle has good trail manners. Bigger dogs can be intimidating to other hikers, especially if they run up to people or jump. Make sure your dog can come to you when called, sit, stay, and knows how to properly greet strangers. You can work with an obedience trainer or practice on your own. Making sure you have voice control over your dog is essential for a safe and fun hike.
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The perfect hike
Next, pick out the perfect hike for your first time out. If you aren't sure of your dog's (or your own) fitness level, choose something that isn't too long or has moderate terrain. You can always work your way up to more challenging hikes throughout the summer. If you can, choose a trail with ample opportunity to jump in water. There are many trails that follow rivers and creeks, perfect for taking a break and cooling off.
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Take a hike
When you know where you want to go, and your dog is well trained for trails, head out for your first hike. Take along a bag with an extra layer, raincoat, and snacks and water for you and your dog. Be sure to take breaks along the way so you both can take a break and enjoy the scenery. Take plenty of photos so you can look back on your first hike. When you get home, start making plans for your next hike or set a big goal. Your new hiking buddy will be game for each adventure.
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Snowshoeing

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Cold Day
Moderate
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1 hr
Items needed
Snowshoes
Dog booties or paw wax
Leash
Activity description
Snowing is one of the most popular activities for Bernedoodles in winter. These dogs love winter and stay warm outside due to their thick coats. Their Bernese Mountain Dog ancestors spent cold, long winters walking through the snow looking for people who had gotten lost in the mountains. While your dog won't need to rescue anyone, they will still find a great sense of purpose on a snowshoe adventure with you. These dogs are built for snow and will be one of the best winter companions to help you get outside to enjoy snow, crisp temperatures, and a warm fire when you get back home.
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Gear up
Snowshoeing doesn't take much gear, but you will need a few things to make sure your trip is comfortable. Your local outdoor store can get you outfitted with the right snowshoes for you in the right size and show you how to adjust the collapsible poles to make sure they are the right height. Your dog won't need much, but you might consider purchasing some booties to keep the snow out of their paws or paw wax which will prevent the snow from balling between their pads. Make sure you carry several layers for yourself.
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Head out
Now that you have all the gear you need. It's time to head out on the trail. Make sure you find a trail that is both snowshoe and dog-friendly. Start with a short outing so you can get used to walking in the snowshoes and not tire yourself out too much. If your dog has booties on, they will need some time to get used to those, too. It won't take long before you are both comfortable in your new footwear and ready to go out for a long walk.
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Bring friends
Snowshoeing doesn't have to be a solo adventure all the time. Recruit some friends with dogs to tag along with you. Your dog will have so much fun running through the snow with their buddies, and the time will fly as you catch up with your friends. Once you have a snowshoe crew, you can plan weekly meetups that give your dogs outlets to play, ensures you get some exercise and allows you to stay connected with good friends.
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Family Movie Night

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Any Day
Cheap
Easy
2 hrs
Items needed
Comfy couch
Blankets
Doggy snacks
Dog themed movie
Activity description
Bernedoodles are companion animals and love to be part of the family. These pups fit right in during family bonding activities and would feel left out if they couldn't participate. This is why family movie nights are perfect activities for Bernedoodles. You can make this a special night for the dog by finding some dog-friendly movie snacks like "pup" corn and letting the kids choose a dog-themed movie to watch. The best part for your pooch will be all the cuddle time they'll get during the movie. Spending time being spoiled is just as important to a Bernedoodle as going for a walk or playing ball outside.
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Set up the coziest spot
Movie night with your dog should be extra cozy. Make sure you have plenty of blankets and pillows on the couch and on the ground. If your dog isn't allowed on furniture, you can bring their dog bed over to the couch and set up pillows and blankets around. Make sure you have a plan for time cuddling with the dog if you have younger kids, so they know when their turn will be. Let the kids be in charge of setting up the space so they have everything they need.
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Movie snacks
The best part about movies is the special snacks and treats you get to have. Whether you're a popcorn fan or need your Red Vines, make sure there is an array of snacks to complement your movie. Don't forget about the dog either. There are many dog movie snack ideas you can find on Pinterest, or simply let them eat their dinner while watching the movie. Bernedoodles never want to be left out, especially when it comes to snacks.
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Movie time!
Let the kids pick out a dog themed movie to watch. You can suggest old favorites like Lady and the Tramp or Lassie along with some of the newer films that are out on video. If you have enough time, you could even do a double feature. When you have your movie picked out, press play and settle in for a fun memory with all your family members and your furry guest of honor.
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Fetch

If your dog inherited the Poodle instinct to run and chase, a game of fetch might be their favorite thing. You can play fetch as part of a daily routine and bring it with you anywhere you go.

Long Walks

Your Bernedoodle is always up for a stroll through the park with you. A walk each day will help keep them healthy and fit, and will be a great way to bond.

Conclusion

Bernedoodles are wonderful dogs with smart, funny, and sweet personalities they have inherited from their parent breeds. These dogs are designed to be loyal companion dogs and want to be around their humans as much as possible. Activities for Bernedoodles should challenge them physically and mentally, as well as increase the special bond you have together. They love being part of a family and desire nothing more than to be part of the action, whether that's going on a fun adventure together or lounging at home reading a book or watching a movie. These beautiful dogs turn heads and capture hearts everywhere they go.