Activities For Cocker Westies

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Introduction

An adorable cross between the Cocker Spaniel and the West Highland White Terrier, the Cocker Westie is a hybrid breed with a lot of love to share. Affectionate and curious, these dogs get along well with people of ages and typically make wonderful family pets.

However, as an owner, you'll need to be prepared to plan plenty of activities to keep your dog busy. Cocker Westies need exercise for their bodies and mental challenges for their clever minds, and also need to be given the chance to spend plenty of time bonding with their humans. 

With this in mind, here are a few activities to help you entertain and amuse your gorgeous pooch.

Go Fishing

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Sunny Day
Cheap
Easy
2 hrs
Items needed
Fishing gear
Treats
Water bowl
Activity description
Are you a keen angler? Do you love the relaxation and challenge that fishing provides?

If so, why not get your Cocker Westie to join you as your furry fishing companion? Whether you're just casting a line from the shore or heading out on a boat, your pooch will make the most pleasant of companions on your angling adventure.

There will be plenty of new sights, sounds and smells for your canine pal to investigate, and they'll love the opportunity to go on a fun outing with you. Best of all, even if nothing's biting, having your dog by your side will make the whole adventure worthwhile.

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Plan your day
The first thing you need to do is decide where and how you'll be going fishing. Will you be on a dock or pier, casting from the shore, or in a boat? Will your pet need a life jacket? Then you'll need to make sure all your fishing tackle is in good working order, and that you've got a few treats and plenty of water for your canine companion.
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See what's biting
All that's left to do now is enjoy the peace and serenity of fishing, with the added benefit of sharing it with your canine pal. Whether on a boat or on the shore, there will be plenty of interesting sights and experiences for your dog to enjoy. Just make sure their curious nature doesn't cause them to get tangled up with any fishing lines and hooks, or to make off with your bait!
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Charity Dog Walk

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Any Day
Moderate
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1 hr
Items needed
Leash
Waste bags
Activity description

Walking your dog is a wonderful way to give your pooch some much-needed exercise and mental stimulation. But walking your pooch with hundreds or even thousands of other dog lovers and their furry friends to raise money for a good cause -- well, that takes your humble daily exercise to a whole new level. 

On any given weekend in towns and cities right around the country, tons of deserving charities hold fundraising dog walks designed to drum up essential financial support. These walks are a paw-some way to raise money for those who need it, get some exercise, do some socializing and spend some quality time with your dog.

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Find an event
Check out events calendars to find a doggy fundraising walk near you. These events are commonly held for animal welfare organizations and charities, but groups across a wide range of fields are also hosting dog walks as a way to raise funds. So find a suitable event, register your dog, and get ready for a day of fun.
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Pound the pavement
When the big day arrives, head to the starting point and make sure you have all the supplies your dog needs (leash, treats, water etc.) for a safe walk. You and your dog can then navigate the route at your own pace, enjoying the chance to meet plenty of other dog lovers and their furry friends along the way. Once you're finished, there will often be plenty of fun, games, live entertainment and giveaways for you and your pooch to experience, so you could potentially turn a short walk into an entire day out.
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Dog Days at the Stadium

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Sunny Day
Cheap
Easy
2 - 3 hrs
Items needed
Leash
Treats
Activity description

Love watching live sport almost as much as you love spending time with your Cocker Westie? Recent years have seen the emergence of a wonderful trend for sports-loving dog owners -- teams putting on special "dog days" where you're allowed to take your pooch along to watch a game with you. 

This is not only a clever way for sporting franchises to boost crowd numbers, but it's also a paw-some excuse to get out and about with your furry friend. There are usually plenty of treats and special offers (like doggy bags) on offer for the pooches that attend, and it's also a good opportunity for you and your pet to do a little socializing.

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Get your tickets
Do some online research to find out which local sporting teams offer special "dog days". From baseball to hockey, teams across a wide range of sports and at various levels of competition offer one or more of these days a year. So find out when the next pooch-friendly game is and book tickets for you and your canine pal.
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Go to the game
Make sure you read the fine print to find out what sort of dog-friendly entertainment is on offer. For example, there may be a free doggy gift bag for the first X dogs to attend, or there may be special doggy play zones, parades, giveaways, dog sports demonstrations and more. You'll want to get there early so you don't miss any of the fun.
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Enjoy!
Watching some live sport with your canine pal right by your side -- what could possibly be better than that? Your dog will love joining you on a fun and interesting outing, and simply taking them to the stadium will provide them with a whole lot of mental stimulation and excitement. It's also a grrr-eat way to socialize with other dog lovers and their pets, all while enjoying the action out on the field.
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Stand-up Paddleboarding

If your Cocker Westie loves the water almost as much as they love spending time with you, take them with you on a stand-up paddleboarding adventure.

Camping

Want to enjoy a relaxing getaway in the great outdoors with your canine pal? Find a pet-friendly campground and plan a camping weekend.

Conclusion

No matter what type of dog you own, it's always important to include a little variety in their life. New games, outings, adventures and experiences will make each and every day different and exciting for your Cocker Westie, not to mention give you an excuse to spend a whole lot of time playing with your canine pal. The activities listed here are just a few examples of the myriad games your pet will enjoy, so keep searching for fun and easy ways to spoil your dog.