Activities For Cavapoms

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Introduction

Playful, cute, and full of personality, the Cavapom is a cross between the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and the Pomeranian. With these two breeds as parents, it's no surprise that the Cavapom is such an affectionate pooch, and one that loves nothing better than spending time with its humans.

Known for their intelligence and trainability, Cavapoms can excel at a wide range of activities. And while their exercise requirements are reasonably modest, they still need to be given a daily chance to stretch their legs and get their heart rate up.

If you're looking for some fun and challenging activities your Cavapom will enjoy, check out these paw-tastic ideas.

Flyball

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Sunny Day
Cheap
Normal
1 hr
Items needed
Ball
Hurdles
Flyball box
Treats
Water
Activity description

While they may not be the type of dog that's happy to run for miles and miles, Cavapoms are definitely energetic canines that are willing to give just about anything a try. If your playful pet is always on the go and you're looking to find a way to help them burn off some excess energy, the sport of flyball may well be paw-fect.

This hectic canine sport is basically a relay race between two teams of four dogs. One at a time, each dog leaves the start/finish line and leaps over four hurdles, before using their paws to release a tennis ball from a specially designed box. They must then carry the ball back over the hurdles to the start/finish line, and the first team to have all dogs complete the course wins.

Here's how to get started in flyball.

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Find a club
Check out dog sports and flyball clubs near you to find one that's suitable, and head along to their next meeting or try-out day. You'll then be able to see flyball in action and give your dog a chance to see what it's like. Other club members will be able to run you through the basics of training a flyball dog and how to set your pet up for success. And if you're worried your dog might be too small for flyball, don't be -- the height of the hurdles is set based on the height of the smallest dog in each team.
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Training your pet
Training your dog to play flyball takes some time and patience. You'll need to start by leading your dog through the course on a leash and rewarding them regularly. Releasing the ball from the flyball box will also take a bit of getting used to, but your dog should gradually get the hang of all the individual skills needed to put together a successful run. And with plenty of practice and positive reinforcement, your pooch will get faster all the time -- and have a grrr-eat time doing so.
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Tug of War

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Any Day
Free
Easy
10 min
Items needed
Chew toy
Activity description

Sometimes the best games to play with your dog are the simplest ones, such as a quick game of tug of war. It's quick and easy to play, it doesn't cost anything, and you can just use one of your dog's favorite toys you find lying around the house.

If your Cavapom is full of beans or just in a playful mood, spending 10 minutes locked in this fun game will tire them out and put smiles on both of your faces. It can even be a bit of a workout for you as well, so here's what you need to do to play this simplest of doggy games.

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Pick a toy
Find a soft toy or perhaps a rope chew toy and throw it for your dog to fetch. Sometimes they'll bring it back to you and drop it at your feet, but other times they'll be reluctant to relinquish the toy straight away. This is when you can initiate a fun game of tug of war by grabbing hold of the other end and gently starting to pull.
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Go to war
If your dog is in the mood to play, they will start pulling against you and trying to yank the toy out of your grasp. It's pretty cute when they dig their paws in and get that determined look on their face, and it's grrr-eat fun to let them lead you back and forth as you do battle. Just make sure the game never goes too far, and that you can get your dog to let go of the toy and sit calmly whenever you want the game to end.
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Walk in the Park

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Sunny Day
Free
Easy
30 - 60 min
Items needed
Leash
Treats
Waste bags
Water
Activity description

A daily walk should form a part of your Cavapom's regular exercise routine and is essential for their physical and mental wellbeing. However, while your dog will always enjoy a daily stroll around your neighborhood, sometimes it's good to mix things up a little bit and let them explore somewhere new.

This is where it's good to find a nearby park with one or more dog-friendly walking trails. Getting your dog out into nature gives them a chance to experience different sights, sounds, and smells, providing some much-needed mental stimulation along with all the benefits of physical exercise.

Here's how to shake up your Cavapom's walking routine and treat them to a walk in the park.

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Find a park
Do some online research to find some dog-friendly walking spots near you. Look for somewhere your dog can experience surroundings a little different to what they experience every day -- a trail through the woods, a path around a duck pond or anything that will let you explore nature. Make sure dogs are allowed in the park before you visit.
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Go for a walk
Now it's time to head to the park, find your trail, and get moving. Let your dog set the pace and lead the way, and let them stop and sniff anything interesting they come across. This is a paw-some way to provide some mental stimulation for your dog as they explore the different sights and smells of the new terrain. It's also an ideal way to bond with your pet, so why not just take your time and enjoy every second?
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Cuddle Time

Cavapoms are excellent snugglers, so make sure to set aside a bit of time whenever you can just to cuddle up with your pooch and spoil them with lots of pats and attention.

Hide and Seek

When your dog is out of the room, sneak into a hiding spot and wait for them to come looking for you. Reward them with a treat and plenty of praise when they do.

Conclusion

No matter where you are or what you're doing, your Cavapom wants to be right by your side. If you can find some activities the two of you can enjoy together, you'll have a happy and content pooch and you'll quickly form an unbreakable bond. So why not try one or more of the activities on this list today? Your Cavapom will love you all the more for it!