Activities For Cadoodles

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Introduction

The Cadoodle loves to cuddle. These dogs are an affectionate hybrid that is a cross between a Poodle and a Collie. They are a fairly active dog and need regular exercise each day. While a walk is always a good option, there are many things you can do to make your dog's day full of fun and meaning. Dogs love to serve and to be useful. Take advantage of this trait and train them to help around the house. From helping to dig in the garden, to picking up toys and putting them in a box, your dog can be your furry helper. A game or two of fetch, or a full-on test of their skills in a tug of war will have your dog wondering what you are going to come up with next. Train your dog to carry a special dog backpack and they can help you carry things home from the markets. The Cadoodle loves family games, so soccer or a game of chase will fit right in. See our list of other activities that you can incorporate into your pet's life to keep them happy and content.

Rainy Day Action Plan

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Any Day
Cheap
Normal
30 - 60 min
Items needed
Doggy Raincoat
Towels
Movie and snacks
Activity description
When the rain is pouring down and it's miserable and grey outside, it is time to get creative. A wet cold day just cries out for a good movie and a snuggle with your Cadoodle on the couch. But, before you get too comfortable, your dog still needs a little exercise. Pop on their raincoat and leash, get yourself organized and dedicate yourself to braving the weather and running at least two or three blocks in the rain. Burning off this energy will help your dog to settle inside. And what is a little rain? After some fun splashing in puddles and running around the neighborhood, head home for a good towel dry. Once you have fulfilled your dog's exercise needs, settle down and turn on the movie. Your Cadoodle will be happy to snuggle up and relax as you watch 101 Dalmatians yet again!
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A break in the weather
Even on a rainy day, there are often breaks in the rain where you can get out and run a few blocks. Gear yourself and your dog up for it just in case the weather was only teasing. As soon as you see a bit of a break, that is the cue for you and your dog to run for it!
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Cadoodle the puddles
Dogs don't usually care if it is raining or not, they just want to get out and do something. Running for a few blocks will help keep your dog fit and will burn off their excess energy. Let them run through the puddles and let them sniff out and say hello to other adventurous souls who are braving the weather.
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Back home to play
Once back home, dry your dog thoroughly even if you have to blow dry them a bit, on the low setting of the blowdryer, of course. Then, get a food dispensing toy and give it to them to play with while you set up a movie and grab yourself a piping hot cup of coffee. It will surprise you how much fun a bit of rain can be. If you prepare for the weather, then you can be out in all but the worst types of conditions - there are no excuses for you or your dog!
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Dirt Pit

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Sunny Day
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30 - 60 min
Items needed
Treat Toy
Activity description
This is a relatively easy game to set up as long as you have a yard and a small garden or yard area that you can allow your Cadoodle to dig in. A great form of teaching obedience, allowing your pup to learn new commands, is to show your dog a toy and let them smell a treat inside. Then, get them to sit and stay. Dig down a few feet, hide the toy and pile the dirt or sand back on top and flatten. Distract your dog for a few minutes with a short walk, then take them back and give them the order to 'find'. Watch them dig with gusto because they know there is food to be found! There is nothing like having fun while you learn! Cadoodles love having a challenge and it is not only a physical workout; it tests them mentally by having them solve a problem - find the toy!
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Get the digging pit ready
Find an unused area in the garden or yard and turn over the dirt, perhaps adding some sand to make digging easy for your dog. Your dog may even help you, they just love to dig. Once you get the hole done, get your buddy to sit and stay. Put a treat into the toy and let them sniff it. They have to continue to hold the "stay" position while you bury the treasure deep in the ground.
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Distract before digging
Distract your dog with a short walk before going back to the pit. You want to make it hard for them to find that toy! They will have to earn the treat. Take them back to the garden and again, make them sit and stay. By now they will be excited about the toy in the ground! And the treat!
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Digging muscles
Make a big deal when your dog finds the toy and let them enjoy the process of getting out the treat. Your Cadoodle will want to play again, and again, and again! The digging motion will strengthen their leg muscles, make them really think hard, and give them a sense of pride when they find the object. Just keep hiding it in different places in the digging area - you want them to work for their treats.
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Frisbee Fun

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Sunny Day
Cheap
Normal
30 - 60 min
Items needed
Frisbee
Reward treats
Activity description
Throwing a Frisbee for your dog is an old but good game that always is fun for your dog. No matter how many times you throw that Frisbee, they will be sitting waiting in anticipation of you throwing it again. Make sure you use a dog-friendly Frisbee - hard plastic can damage their teeth, so use one that has a softer edge. Not only will this activity give them a workout, it is great practice for their coordination skills. You can include training by asking them to bring it back to you, drop it or release it, and then sit and wait. Because it is a good all-around game, it never loses popularity. You can vary it by throwing a treat once in a while, seeing if they catch the treat before it hits the ground! Your dog will love that!
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Frisbee time again
The beauty of this game is that it can be played almost anywhere. The fun can be enjoyed in the backyard, the beach or you can even play it in the park. Just be careful of where you are throwing it when the area is confined so you don't hurt anyone. Get your Frisbee and your Cadoodle will know it's that fun time again.
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Ready, set, go
Have your dog sit and stay while you get prepared to throw. You can do a few dummy throws but you won't fool your dog for long. Perhaps you could do the 'ready, set, go' sequence to send them hurtling off after the Frisbee.
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Play it again
You know your dog is going to want to play again and again. Don't overdo this game on a hot day, as your dog could overheat. Make them rest between sets and have a drink of water available for them. When you finish the game, put the Frisbee away in a bag so your dog knows the game is over, and praise them up for all their good work!
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Shopping and Socializing

Just because you are going grocery shopping doesn't mean you have to leave your dog at home. They will love the car ride to the shops, and will happily follow you around and will wait patiently outside while you shop. This seemingly trivial activity is actually really good socializing for your dog. They get to meet and greet other dogs and people. It also tests their obedience skills to sit and wait quietly. Give them a lot of praise for their good behavior.

Hill Walk

While it is easy to take the simple route and do a flat road walk, try to vary the grades of your walking. For instance, source out a good solid hill that will give you and your dog a good workout. Puffing and panting your way to the top of the hill provides a source of energy expenditure for you both. The idea is to really work your little Cadoodle so that they burn off their excess energy. Less energy means less getting into mischief. Make a note of any other hills or steep grades that you can utilize to keep your dog (and yourself) fit. Alternate your flat walks with a steep one every second or third day.

Library Excursion

Although it is doubtful that your dog can go into the library with you, they will enjoy the walk there and back. Strap on their backpack and they can even help you carry your books home. You can detour on the way there via the local park for a game of fetch. Give them a good game to wear them out a bit so that they are only too happy to sit quietly outside while you browse the library. Then give your dog a reward for being so good before walking home again.

Conclusion

A busy dog is a happy dog, with no time left for getting into mischief. A willing dog can learn many things given patience and kindness, not to mention a tasty treat or two as a reward for their efforts. Whether just spending a rainy afternoon curled up with your dog while watching a favorite movie, or a day out exploring a wilderness track with your pup trekking along beside you, time spent with your dog is well spent. Whenever you are doing a task, ask yourself how you can include your dog. They can be a companion when you are out collecting money for charities, they can join in Halloween and will probably win more treats than you and your friends, or they will happily join you in some water fun. With their tail a-wagging and tongue lolling out from a huge happy grin, you will know your dog is having fun in the most pawsitive way.