Activities For Cockeranians

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Introduction

The Cockeranian is a hybrid breed created by crossing the English Cocker Spaniel with the Pomeranian. Known for their feisty personalities, fabulous looks, and loyal nature, these lovable pooches make a wonderful pet for the right owner.

However, as any Cockeranian owner will be happy to tell you, these dogs do have some special ownership requirements. Not only are socialization and basic obedience training essential (as they are for any dog), but Cockeranians are high-energy pooches that need plenty of regular exercise and activity to stay happy.

If you're looking for ways to entertain your furry friend, check out this list of paw-some activities for Cockeranians.

Puppy Playdate

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Any Day
Free
Easy
30 - 60 min
Items needed
Leash
Treats
Activity description

Proper socialization is crucial for every puppy. It ensures that they grow up into well-behaved dogs that know how to act and behave in a wide variety of situations and circumstances.

While they're a friendly and lovable breed, Cockeranians can be a little too protective of their owners at times. With this in mind, it's important to safely expose them to positive experiences across a wide range of scenarios, so that they won't have a fearful or anxious response if they encounter those same scenarios later in life.

A grrr-eat way to teach your puppy how to play nice with other dogs is to treat them to a puppy playdate.

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Plan your playdate
The first thing you need to do is check with your vet to make sure your pup is fully vaccinated and ready to get out there and mingle. Next, contact a friend or two who owns a dog and see if they'd be interested in a puppy playdate. Choose your pet's playmates carefully -- for example, setting your Cockeranian up for a play session with a big, boisterous, and poorly socialized dog could end in tears.
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Meet and greet
You can either meet at your local dog park or invite the other pooch and their owner over to your place. If it's the first time the dogs have met, introduce them slowly and with both dogs on a leash. Reward them for calm and friendly behavior and give them both a chance to adapt to the other dog's presence.
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Have some fun
Then it's time to let your pet and their furry friend have some fun and simply enjoy being dogs together. It's wonderful to watch your pet socialize with other dogs, and your pooch should have a whale of a time. Just make sure you watch them for any signs of one dog not playing nice, and call your dog back to you if a time-out is required.
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Obstacle Course

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Rainy Day
Free
Normal
30 min
Items needed
Furniture
Cushions
Any other obstacles you can find
Treats
Activity description

It's cold and pouring rain outside, and you and your Cockeranian are looking out the window wistfully. Your pet is full of pent-up energy and desperate for some exercise, so you need a fun activity you can do without venturing out into the elements.

An indoor doggy obstacle course is the paw-fect solution. Think of it as creating your pet's very own agility course right here at home -- they get plenty of exercise and mental stimulation, and you get an entertaining spectacle as well as a tired and happy pooch.

Here's how to set up an indoor obstacle course for your Cockeranian.

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Create your course
Find a safe and spacious area in your home where you can set up a course -- most likely a hallway or living room. You can then grab anything that could serve as an obstacle for your pet to jump over, crawl under or through, or weave around. Furniture, toys, cushions, containers -- whatever you can find around the house.
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Train your dog
If your dog has tried agility before, they should catch on quickly. If they haven't, you'll need to lead them through the course a few times and reward them along the way until they get the hang of it. Before too long, your pooch should be able to tackle the course without requiring assistance from you every step of the way.
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Trip to the Groomer

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Any Day
Moderate
Easy
1 - 2 hrs
Items needed
Leash
Wallet
Activity description

Your Cockeranian's gorgeous coat isn't going to stay spectacular all by itself. Regular grooming is essential to keep the coat looking good, remove any tangles, and prevent any skin conditions from developing.

There are plenty of grooming techniques you can do at home (and it's an excellent way to spend time with your pet), but sometimes you just need a professional to get the job done properly.

When that time arrives, having a professional dog groomer to call on is a huge relief. Professional groomers know proper canine coat care inside and out, and a trip to the groomer will quickly have your dog looking and feeling like a movie star.

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Find a groomer
The right groomer needs to be someone your pet feels comfortable with. They should also have clean facilities and offer all the grooming services you want at a reasonable price. Check out some online reviews from previous customers to find out which pet grooming salons near you come highly recommended.
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Book your pet in
Find a suitable time to book your pooch in for a grooming session. Cockeranians need regular brushing, trimming, washing, nail clipping, and more. Your groomer can advise you on exactly what services your pet needs to look grrr-eat and stay as healthy as possible.
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Let your pet get pampered
Now all you have to do is drop your pet off and let the groomer do their thing. If it's their first visit, a few rewards and plenty of praise from you should help your dog feel at home in their surroundings. You can then pick your pet up at the appointed time, take them home, and start worrying about how long it'll take them to find a muddy puddle or something smelly to roll in!
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Long Walk

It's a pretty obvious activity for any dog owner to share with their pooch, but the high energy levels of Cockeranians mean they'll love taking a long walk with you and exploring new territory.

Tug of War

Cockeranians are spunky, mischievous dogs, so don't be surprised if your pooch loves a friendly game of tug of war using their favorite chew toy.

Conclusion

If you're willing to put in some hard work and give your Cockeranian all the attention, activity, and TLC they need, they will make a loyal and loving family pet. And the effort required is well worth it -- these mischievous little canines will keep you on your toes, make you laugh every day, and be a devoted companion for life.