Activities For Boxerdoodles

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Introduction

The Boxerdoodle is a cross between the Boxer, a playful and sometimes goofy breed, and the Poodle, a breed known for being dignified. The resulting hybrid of the Boxerdoodle tends to be a fun-loving, friendly dog who can be serious when there is work to be done. Like both parent breeds, the Boxerdoodle is typically an active dog who will require a lot of physical activity (at least 45 minutes to one hour per day) and mental exercise. Dogs of the hybrid are typically bright like the Poodle with excellent instincts like the Boxer and very athletic, like both parents. Fortunately, the Boxerdoodle will do well in and enjoy a variety of activities, meaning with a little effort you can ensure their activity needs are met while you and your pup further enhance your bond with one another.

Swimming

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Sunny Day
Cheap
Normal
10 - 45 min
Items needed
Canine Life Jacket
Towel
Treats
Ball
Activity description
It is likely that your Boxerdoodle will enjoy being in the water and swimming is an inexpensive way for your pup to get their activity needs met. Preferably on a sunny day, you and your canine companion can spend some quality time together at a river, lake or the ocean. You can wade along the shore, go for a swim together, or you can watch your Boxerdoodle swim on their own. Further engage your Boxerdoodle by playing a game of fetch where you throw the ball or a stick into the water for them to retrieve. You can expect to have a lot of fun and a tired dog after some swim time!
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Swimming spot
If swimming sounds like a good way to spend some time with your Boxerdoodle, you will first want to choose where the best location is for them to swim. Your options will depend, in part, on where you are and what is around you, as well how far you are willing to travel. You can choose a river, lake or ocean where dogs are allowed to join their people for a swim, assessing which locale suits them best.
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Swim gear
If your dog has never gone swimming before, you may want to consider bringing a canine life jacket that your pup can wear until you feel confident in their abilities. Be sure to bring along a few towels, as you will want to dry your pup (and yourself) off after swimming. You may also decide to pack a ball so that you can play fetch with your pup in the water. And of course, it is always good to have some treats on hand, to reward your pup for good behavior and distract them when necessary.
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Enjoy the water
Once you have what you need and know where you and your pup are going, you and your canine pal can head to the place that you have chosen. If your pup has not experienced a river, lake or ocean, you will want to give your pup time to become comfortable with the water before they wade into it. It is likely that before long, your pup will be swimming like a pro! You can join your pup in the water, sit back and watch or play fetch with your pooch with a ball or a stick. Throw the item into the water for your pup to retrieve and return to you.
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Fetch

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Any Day
Cheap
Normal
10 - 20 min
Items needed
Ball or Frisbee
Treats
Water and Bowl
Activity description
Boxerdoodles love to chase balls and frisbees, making the game of "fetch" a perfect activity for these high energy pups. Fortunately, a game of fetch can be played anytime and anywhere, from a fenced-in yard, to the dog park and even inside your home on a rainy day. Fetch is also a great way to give your dog a job to do and keep them busy when you are not feeling particularly energetic yourself - after all, during a game of fetch, most of the physical labor will occur on the part of your Boxerdoodle!
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Where to fetch
First, choose a place for you and your pup to play a game of fetch. A fenced-in area is ideal, so that you don't have to worry about your pup running off after a wayward ball or frisbee. If you have a fenced-in yard with a good amount of space, this will be a perfect (and easy) place to get started. If you don't have a fenced-in yard, try a dog park, which will offer you and your pup plenty of open space to play.
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The idea of "fetch"
If playing "fetch" is new to your pup, you will want to begin by working with them on the idea of chasing the ball or frisbee and then returning with it. You can start by throwing the ball or frisbee a short distance away and encouraging your dog to go to it (this should not take much encouragement). When your pup returns with the ball or frisbee, praise them and reward them with a treat. Then throw the ball or frisbee again. You can continue doing this, throwing the ball a little farther each time.
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Chase and run
Once your dog has shown that they understand the idea of fetch, you can throw the ball or frisbee a good distance away so that they can enjoy a long fast run to get it and return it. Your pup will get plenty of exercise doing their job of chasing down the ball or frisbee and returning with it. If outdoor play is not ideal because of the weather, you and your pup can still play by throwing a tennis ball down the hallway of your home and having your pup run and get it.
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Bikejoring

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Sunny Day
Moderate
Hard
1 - 2 hrs
Items needed
Bikejoring Kit
Safety equipment
Waste Bags
Water and Bowl
Treats
Activity description
Best enjoyed on a pleasant day, bikejoring is a unique and challenging activity that is excellent for dogs that like to run. You will attach your Boxerdoodle to your bike and while you ride your bike, your dog will pull you along. Once your purchase the required equipment bikejoring will give your athletic pup a job to do, keeping them busy (and out of trouble) at no added cost. In addition, your dog will be able to run while pulling the bike without you having to worry about keeping up. It will definitely take some time for you and your pup to get the hang of this activity; fortunately, learning together is a great way to further develop your bond with one another!
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Learn more
One good way to learn more about this fun sport is to attend a bikejoring event or find a bikejoring group to join. At an event, you can view just how dogs and their people participate in the activity, as well as meet people who have been engaged in bikejoring. This is a great opportunity for you to ask questions about the activity and learn about the experiences that others have had. In addition, you can get recommendations on equipment and where to train and learn about the challenges that others have faced so that you can be prepared as possible when getting started!
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Voice commands
There are multiple voice commands that your Boxerdoodle will need to be comfortable with before you want to begin connecting them to your bike. The main commands to work on are directions, as well as "stop" or "steady". Knowing these commands will help you and your pup safely maneuver during your travels. You will also want to purchase a bikejoring kit and be sure that you have proper safety equipment for yourself. It is likely that you and your pup will experience some spills once you connect them to the bike.
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Patience and proper surface
Once your pup has proven that they can follow the voice commands necessary for bikejoring, you can give the activity a try. Using the bikejoring kit, you can connect your pup to your bike. Follow the recommendations of the folks you have met that engage in bikejoring as you get started. For example, consider the surface that your pup will be running on during the activity, as concrete over a long distance can prove painful for your dog's paws. Most important is to have plenty of patience. It is going to take some time for you and your dog to get the hang of this!
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Take A Walk Or A Hike

Your Boxerdoodle will make an excellent walking or hiking companion. Choose a place to explore, whether the streets around your home or a large wilderness area, and enjoy an adventure with your canine pal. Regardless of where you choose to walk or hike, you will want to be sure to have plenty of water in order to make sure you both stay hydrated.

Visit The Dog Park

Your Boxerdoodle will welcome a trip to the dog park, where they can run in a large, fenced-in area and meet new friends to play with. At the dog park, your Boxerdoodle can run and chase other pups (and be chased themselves) as well as engage with you in a game of fetch. The dog park is great for your Boxerdoodle's socialization and will allow them the physical activity they need. Keep your pup hydrated and in the shade!

Play Treasure Hunt

As your Boxerdoodle requires mental activity as well as physical activity, creating a treasure hunt for them will be a good workout for their mind. The "treasure" in your treasure hunt can be treats or even a favorite toy. Show your pup the treasure and then hide it from them. Once the treasure is hidden, encourage your pup to locate it. Start simple, hiding the item in plain sight until your dog gets the hang of the game. You can increase the difficulty as you like to keep things challenging for your canine pal.

Conclusion

It is likely not a surprise that your high energy Boxerdoodle requires a significant amount of physical and mental activity. While your pup will enjoy cuddling with you on the couch while you read a good book or watch a movie, they will need 45 minutes to an hour of activity to keep them healthy and out of trouble. Fortunately, there are plenty of ways that you and your Boxerdoodle can spend time together where you can both meet these activity needs and increase the bond that you have with one another.