Activities For Cavadors

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Introduction

A mix between the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and the Labrador Retriever, the Cavador is a sweet and gentle breed that thrives on human companionship. Not a breed to simply be left in the backyard and forgotten about, Cavadors need to be involved in everything that's going on at home. And once you make one of these gorgeous canines part of your family, you'll be rewarded with a loving, loyal, and devoted fur-kid.

Easy to train and full of energy, Cavadors also need plenty of exercise and mental stimulation to keep them healthy and ensure good general wellbeing. So if you're looking for ways to entertain, amuse, and tire out your Cavador, check out these pet-acular activities.

Road Trip

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Sunny Day
Cheap
Easy
30 min
Items needed
Car
Safety harness
Activity description

It's a sunny day, birds are singing, and conditions are perfect to get outside and explore the world. So why not take your Cavador for a car ride? Your dog will love exploring all the new sights and smells they come across on your journey, while the chance to just enjoy your company and maybe bark along to a couple of tunes on the radio will also be appreciated.

You can just go for an aimless cruise to see what you can see, or you can head out with a particular destination in mind -- the beach perhaps, or maybe your local dog park. Here's what you need to do.

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Safety first
Make sure you have a harness you can use to safely secure your dog in the back seat of your car. You'll probably also want a blanket to ensure that you don't end up with dog hair all over the seat, while plenty of fresh water is also a must for any successful car ride.
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Hit the road
Strap your dog in, wind the windows down, and head out on the open road. Where you go after that is entirely up to you -- a lazy drive on a winding country road can be very relaxing, while some dogs will love traveling through "muttropolitan" areas to marvel at all the activity going on. Whether you have a destination in mind or not, remember to take it slow and enjoy some one-on-one time with your pet.
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Scavenger Hunt

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Any Day
Cheap
Easy
30 min
Items needed
Treats
Activity description

Cavadors have a powerful sense of smell and a strong prey drive. You've probably noticed this when your dog has completely ignored you after discovering an interesting scent they need to investigate, or after they've set off in hot pursuit of a seagull or some other small creature.

One easy way to put your dog's natural instincts to good use is to set up a scavenger hunt for them at home. This can be done inside or outside, depending on the weather, and also offers a rewarding mental challenge for your canine companion. Here's what you need to do to get started.

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The basics
You probably won't need to do too much to encourage your food-oriented Cavador to go hunting for treats, but it might take them a little while to get used to the idea of finding hidden treats. Start by encouraging your dog to sniff out treats in simple hiding places -- once they've got the hang of following their nose, you can set up a full-blown scavenger hunt.
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Let the hunt begin
When your dog is outside or in another part of the house, hide a handful of treats around a particular room or area of your home. You can then bring your dog into the room and encourage them to sniff out the hidden treasure. This gives them the paw-fect opportunity to put their amazing nose to good work, and the tasty reward at the end makes it well worth the effort.
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Day at the Dog Park

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Sunny Day
Free
Easy
1 hr
Items needed
Leash
Water
Waste Bags
Activity description

While Cavadors love being with you, they also enjoy spending time with other dogs. With this in mind, regular trips to an off-leash dog park will be one of your pet's favorite activities.

For growing pups, dog parks can play a crucial role in socializing your pet and teaching them how to interact with other dogs. Once they're an adult, the dog park is the place where they can enjoy some off-leash fun and games with other canines.

Your dog will relish the opportunity to run, wrestle, sniff, bark, and play with a whole lot of other pooches, so here's how to plan the paw-fect dog park visit.

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Choose your park
Do some research to find some off-leash dog parks near you. Once you've found some suitable options, which one you choose to visit is up to you. For example, you might like to go to a park with separate play areas for small and large breeds. Alternatively, you might choose a quieter park over a busy one because the atmosphere is a little more relaxed and there will be more space for your dog to roam.
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Pack the essentials
There are a few items you'll need to take with you. A leash is essential to get your dog into the park and also settle them down if you need to remove them from a tense situation. Treats can be used to reward your dog for good behavior, not to mention lure them back to you when it's time to go home. (However, not all dog parks allow treats to be brought in, so check ahead of time.) And don't forget to bring some water with you -- while most dog parks will have their own supply, it's better to be safe than sorry.
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Have fun!
Now it's time to let your dog loose and watch them enjoy themselves. There's nothing like a wagging tail and a big doggy grin to put a smile on your own face, so give your dog the freedom to have plenty of fun with their new doggy friends. Just make sure you recognize the signs of play getting a little out of hand and remove your dog from the situation if needed.
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Obedience Training

Basic training is essential for any dog and is an activity your eager-to-please Cavador will love. Obedience training will teach your dog the basics of how to behave, plus give them a welcome mental challenge and a chance to spend time with you.

Grooming

Regular grooming will keep your dog's coat free of tangles and looking great. Brushing your Cavador's coat a couple of times a week not only has health benefits for them, but it can also be a relaxing bonding experience for the two of you to share.

Conclusion

Whichever activities you choose to enjoy with your Cavador, the main thing is that your pooch gets to spend plenty of quality time with you. It can't be stressed enough just how important human interaction and companionship is to your four-legged friend, so make sure you give your dog all the love and attention they need. Best of all, they'll return all the affection you give them -- with interest!