Beagles and Cocker Spaniels are both great hunting dogs, so when bred together, their offspring are likely to also acquire these same skills. These active little pups, which are called Bockers, are going to need a fair amount of exercise and attention from their owners. We have come up with some great activities that you and your pooch can enjoy together. Whether biking, playing games or going for walks, you and your dog will bond and feel even closer to each other.
Biking is great exercise for humans, but did you know that your dog could get involved, too? On nice days, a bike ride with your energetic Bocker is a great way to get a little exercise and enjoy some quality time with your favorite canine. It can be a little tricky to train your dog to run alongside your bike, but once you have it down, 30-minute bike rides are completely appropriate. Take the time to properly train your dog before you hit the streets. It is important to remember that not all dogs will enjoy being close to cars and traffic, so if your dog isn't into it, try a different activity.
Bockers are hunting dogs known for their keen sense of smell. A little game of Follow the Scent is a great way to put your dog's nose to the test. It can be played indoors or outside and it is relatively easy to teach to your Bocker. You will need to have essential oils for this game, but it is important to only use lavender, anise, or Valerian essential oil, as other oils can be dangerous for dogs. Verify the use with your veterinarian, just to be sure, before you begin. Since this game is both mentally and physically stimulating, it is a good idea to keep it under 30 minutes at a time to avoid complete exhaustion.