Activities For Dachsadors

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Introduction

The hybrid breed created from the fun-loving Labrador and the oh-so-cute Dachshund is known by many names -- including Doxidor, Weinerdor, or just Dachshund-Lab Mix -- but it's perhaps best known as the Dachsador. Full of energy and eager to please, Dachsadors make wonderful companions for the right owners.

They're generally outgoing and will happily tackle just about anything life throws at them, which means they're quite versatile pets. However, they will need a good deal of regular exercise to prevent excess energy turning to boredom, while training is also essential to overcome a slight stubborn streak.

The good news is that there's no shortage of activities your Dachsador will enjoy, so here are a few of the best.

Fetch (With a Twist)

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Sunny Day
Free
Hard
30 min
Items needed
Dog toys
Treats
Activity description

Everyone knows the classic game of fetch, and it's a great boredom buster for any energetic Dachsador. But this activity takes this fairly simpleĀ game and cranks the difficulty level up to 11.

Rather than just fetching any old ball, toy, or stick, this game involves teaching your dog to fetch a specific toy. That's right -- the aim is to teach your dog the names of several different toys so they can fetch a specific toy on command. Not only will this provide plenty of mental stimulation for your pooch, butĀ it's an excellent way to impress your family and friends. Here's what you need to do.

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Teach toy names
The first step is teaching your dog the names of all their different toys -- for example, "rope", "mouse", "squeaker", "Mr. Fluffy", etc. This can be a time-consuming process as you'll need to point at each toy and repeat its name over and over again. Letting your dog play with the toy from time to time will also help them learn the different names.
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Fetch!
You can now ask your pet to fetch a specific toy. Once you've spread out all the toys in your yard or at the park, ask them to fetch the toy of your choice. If they bring the right one to you, reward them with a treat, some play time and plenty of praise. If they select the wrong toy, throw it back and ask them to try again. When your dog can fetch the right toy with ease, you'll be able to make all your friends jealous of your ridiculously clever pet.
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Find the Treat

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Any Day
Cheap
Normal
15 min
Items needed
Treats
Cups or cardboard boxes
Activity description

The Labrador is famous for its love of food, so it's no great surprise that many devoted Dachsadors are also strongly food motivated. In fact, your pooch might be willing to do just about anything for a tasty treat, which is where this game comes in.

The basic idea is to get your dog to use their incredible sense of smell to find a hidden treat. This offers mental stimulation and a delicious reward for your furry friend, and the best part is that you can play it inside or out. Here's how to play this challenging game with your Dachsador.

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Hide the treat
Have your dog sit in front of you and then show them a treat. Let them watch you putting the toy under an overturned plastic or styrofoam cup, or maybe under a cardboard box. Then tell your dog to find the treat, and watch them nudge the cup or box out of the way to get to the food.
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Make it harder
Once your dog understands the basic premise, it's time to up the difficulty level for more of a challenge. You can introduce extra cups or boxes into the equation and mix them all up in spots around the room. Your dog will then have to use their nose to find the cup or box with the hidden treat.
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Day at the Beach

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Sunny Day
Free
Easy
1 - 2 hrs
Items needed
Towel
Treats
Toys
Leash
Water
Activity description

Labrador Retrievers were originally developed to work on, in, and near the water. Many Dachshunds are also keen swimmers, so there's a pretty good chance that your Dachsador will love getting wet.

With this in mind, why not take your canine companion for a trip to the beach? Provided you live within easy driving distance of an off-leash beach, this is a wonderful way to give your dog exercise, mental stimulation, socialization, and plenty of fresh air. Whether your pooch spends most of their time doggy paddling or just doing some beachcombing, they'll have a paw-some time.

Here's how to plan the perfect beach trip for your Dachsador.

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Plan your visit
Do some online research to find the best dog-friendly beach near you. Check whether there are any off-leash restrictions or any hazards you need to be aware of before you go, and make sure to pack all the essentials (treats, water, a leash, toys and a towel) for your big day.
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Hit the beach
Make your way down onto the sand and let your dog decide what you should do next. Maybe they'd like to play fetch in the water, splash around in the shallows, take a long walk along the sand, or maybe just sniff all the interesting smells along the shoreline. Keep a close eye on your pooch whenever they're in or near the water, but apart from that, all you need to do is relax and enjoy the fresh salty air.
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More Fun Ideas...

Dig It

Set up a sandpit in your backyard where your dog can indulge their desire to dig. They can bury bones and toys in this designated digging spot rather than making a mess of your garden.

Treasure Hunt

Hide treats around the house for your dog to find. They'll get mental stimulation and a delicious reward, and you get a grrr-eat boredom buster.

Conclusion

Your Dachsador's zest for life is quite infectious, so don't be surprised to find yourself trying a wide range of new experiences just to keep your canine pal happy. While training and daily exercise are a must for these gorgeous pooches, it's well worth the effort -- you can rest assured that you'll get just as much love and attention from your Dachsador as you give to them.