Activities For Cockaliers

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Introduction

Famous for their cute looks and sweet, affectionate temperaments, Cavalier King Charles Spaniels and Cocker Spaniels have long been two of the most popular breeds around. Happily, the breed produced by crossing these two gorgeous canines, the Cockalier, is just as pleasurable to own as its parent breeds. 

Cockaliers make excellent family dogs. Not only do they love being around children and people of all ages, but they have an innate desire to please. This makes them easily trainable and ensures that they grow into very well-behaved family members.

These loyal dogs also need regular exercise for both body and mind, so let's take a closer look at some of the top activities you can share with your cute Cockalier.

Training

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Any Day
Free
Easy
20 min
Items needed
Treats
Activity description

Basic obedience training is essential for any dog. It ensures that your pooch will come to you when called, will greet strangers politely, and will generally be a whole lot easier to live with.

However, training sessions also provide the paw-fect excuse for you and your fur-kid to spend a whole lot of quality time together. Cockaliers are incredibly eager to please their owners and will love the opportunity to simply have fun with you.

The trick is to take it one step at a time. If you start out with the basics (like "sit") and gradually move up to more advanced skills, you'll be setting your pet up for success.

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Start slowly
Don't expect your Cockalier to start displaying Lassie-like skills straight away. Start with basic commands like "sit", "come", and "stay", and reward your pooch whenever they do the right thing. Patience and repetition are key factors here, so take your time and try to keep your training sessions as fun as possible.
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Aim high
Once your dog has mastered the basics you can move on to teaching something a little more advanced. "Heel" is often a tricky command to teach -- reward your dog for walking on a loose leash and not pulling -- but your arms will thank you in the long run. And if you're trying to teach complicated tricks or behaviors, try breaking them down into individual skills which can then be put together as a whole.
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Practice, practice, practice
Regular training sessions will ensure that the things you teach your dog actually stick. One or even two short training sessions a day will help your dog's mind stay sharp and will also ensure that they don't get too bored or frustrated. By making training fun and part of your daily routine, you'll be doing your pet a huge favor.
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Brunch

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Sunny Day
Moderate
Easy
30 - 60 min
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Your wallet
Leash
Water bowl
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Fancy a coffee or maybe a full-scale brunch but don't want to leave your furry friend at home all alone? Why not take them with you for a special treat?

Depending on where you live, you might be lucky enough to have a dog-friendly cafe nearby that even has a special menu with a host of dishes for your hungry pet. If not, try to find a cafe with outdoor seating where your dog will be more than welcome to join you while you sit down for a hot drink or maybe a cheeky snack. Many places will even put out a water bowl for your pooch, but make sure you come prepared just in case.

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Choose your venue
You might be licking your lips in anticipation of tucking in to a gourmet treat, but before you can do that, you'll need to do a spot of research. Find dog-friendly cafes near you and check out some online reviews from other pet owners to find out just how dog-friendly they are. Depending on the day, you might need to book ahead.
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Get set up
Find yourself the paw-fect table with plenty of room for your pooch to spread out without disturbing anyone else. Make sure they can easily get a drink of water when needed and that they're not in the way at all. Then you can start perusing the menu and find something to eat (and something you can break some scraps off to share with your dog, of course!).
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Treat yourself
What could possibly be better than enjoying a relaxing brunch with your canine companion by your side? Not a whole lot, so just sit back, relax and enjoy yourself. Remember to make sure your dog is well-fed and doesn't need to answer nature's call. And if they start showing signs that they're ready to leave and go exploring, don't expect them to sit still for much longer.
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Lure Coursing

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Sunny Day
Cheap
Normal
30 min
Items needed
Items supplied by your local dog sports club
Activity description

Cockaliers are descended from hunting breeds, so it's pretty common for these cute canines to have quite a strong prey drive. You might have noticed this in the past when you've let your dog off-leash only for them to immediately race off after a bird or some other small animal.

The trick is to find a way for your dog to indulge their natural hunting instincts without the danger of them running off or hurting any wild animals. This is where the sport of lure coursing comes in. It's fast, fun, and wonderful to watch, so here's what you need to do to get started.

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Find a club
Get online and search for any doggy sports clubs near you that offer lure coursing. Once you find one, head along to their next meeting or demonstration to find out what the sport is all about and maybe give your dog a chance to give it a try. Chances are your Cockalier will fall in love with lure coursing straight away.
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Get moving
Rather than chasing a real live animal, dogs chase a mechanized lure that moves around a huge course. It's truly spectacular to watch your dog tearing across an open space, zig-zagging this way and that as they try to catch their "prey". Not only will it tire your dog out, it'll also put a grin on their face from ear to ear.
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Trip to the Beach

If you live near the coast, get your Cockalier down to the nearest dog-friendly beach. They'll love experiencing all the new sights, sounds, and smells, not to mention splashing in the water (if it's not too cold!).

Picnic

If you want to enjoy some fun, fresh air, and tasty food with your pet, treat them to a picnic in your local park. Your Cockalier will love playing games, eating a delicious snack or two, and then just enjoying some cuddle time.

Conclusion

Adding a Cockalier to your family could be the best decision you ever make. These are real "people" dogs that can get along with just about anyone, but you'll need to make sure you're willing and able to be the paw-fect owner for your pooch. But if you're happy to involve your pet in everything that happens around the home as well as give them all the exercise and TLC they need, you and your pooch will be inseparable.