A small dog with a big personality, the Cockapoo is one of the first “designer dogs” (mixed breeds) to ever be developed, having been around in the United States since the 1950s. The hybrid of the Cocker Spaniel (either the American or the English one) and Poodle (typically the toy or miniature one), this breed is an intelligent and people-oriented dog. Cockapoos are highly affectionate and are generally accepting of everyone. Their adorable look and infectious passion for life are sure to capture the hearts of everyone they meet. In addition, Cockapoos are easily trainable, low-maintenance and eager to try new things with their owners.
By nature, dogs have a strong sense of smell. In fact, out of all the senses they have, scent is the one that they rely on the most. This is why dogs have an affinity for sniffing on humans or other canines before they start to get comfortable with them. Cockapoos are no different; the breed has a keen sense of smell, thanks in large part to the Cocker Spaniel’s background as a gun dog. An effective activity to utilize the Cockapoo’s impressive scent is through a game of treasure hunt. In this game, you hide an item and have your dog search for it purely through scent. This is a good way to hone your dog’s tracking skills, promote mental stimulation and allow their natural flushing instincts.
Even though it seems like your dog is more than happy to hang out with just you, there are some experiences that only other four-legged buddies can provide. There are many benefits that come in exposing your furbaby to other canines. Being around other dogs is a form of socialization and can help keep any aggressive behavior at bay. Moreover, it gives your dog a chance to act freely and naturally among fellow dogs. This can all be made possible by setting up a playdate. Cockapoos are friendly and outgoing by nature, so they should warm up to others easily.
If you are brainstorming for an activity for your dog that is both physically and mentally stimulating, you should consider retrieval training. As the name suggests, this form of training focuses on your dog’s instinct to chase after, retrieve and return a certain item. Retrieving skills is not only entertaining for your pooch, it also instills some practical skills, such as obedience. Furthermore, it also serves an enjoyable form of exercise for your mutt. But, most importantly, it has a positive impact on the relationship between you and your dog. By training your dog to retrieve, you are essentially developing better communication with each other.
Another outdoor activity that you can do with your Cockapoo is shopping. Most pet stores allow customers to bring their dogs with them. When doing some pet shopping, let your pooch choose a new toy or treat from the vast selection of items found in the shop.
Cockapoos are, above all else, meant for companionship. They are cheerful, outgoing and can be quite clingy with their owners. Instead of leaving your pooch at home, why not go out for some drinks instead? More and more breweries are now opening their doors to dog owners and their four-legged friends. Simply look for a dog-friendly brewery near you and have a few rounds while your pooch keeps you company.
The Cockapoo is everything you can possibly expect from a mix of two adorable dogs; this breed highlights the best qualities of both the Cocker Spaniel and the Poodle. Friendly, loving and humorous, Cockapoos can surely bring lots of light and happiness into your life. With the right types of activities and enough love and affection, your furbaby will stay pleased and content.