Activities For Dalmadoodles

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Introduction

A hybrid breed created by crossing the gorgeous Dalmatian and the athletic and oh-so-smart Poodle, the Dalmadoodle is one very distinctive dog. They're also well known for their loyal and loving personality, and for their desire to spend as much time with its human companions as possible.

However, Dalmadoodles are not couch potatoes or dogs that can just be left to their own devices all day long. Instead, these are energetic dogs that are always on the go, and that need to be given mental challenges so they don't suffer from boredom.

As an owner, you'll need to come up with a host of paw-some activities to keep your pet entertained and in paw-fect shape. Here are a few fun activities your Dalmadoodle should love.

Agility at Home

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Any Day
Free
Normal
30 min
Items needed
Furniture
Cushions
Household items
Specialist agility equipment
Activity description

One of the best things about most dog sports is that they not only let your dog run off their pent-up energy, but they also provide excellent mental stimulation. Agility is a perfect example. This obstacle course-based sport gives your dog a wonderful workout, provides them with a mental challenge, and also gives them a chance to form a strong bond with you.

However, if you can't wait until your local agility club's next competition, why not set up an agility course for your dog at home? While it may not offer quite the same experience as an official course, it'll offer a grrr-eat outlet for your dog's excess energy and help them hone their skills. Here's what you'll need to do.

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Pick a spot
The first step is to decide where you'll be setting up your dog-friendly obstacle course. The size of your house and the weather conditions will no doubt influence your decision, but this is an activity that can be enjoyed indoors or out. Make sure there's ample space for your dog to complete the course without encountering any unnecessary hazards.
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Build your course
You can invest in some specialist doggy sports equipment if you want, or you can channel your inner MacGyver and build your agility course using whatever you can find around the home. Stools, cushions, ironing boards, dog toys — you name it. Just make sure to move anything breakable well out of the way.
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Go!
Take your dog through the course slowly to show them what they need to do. Reward them with a treat when they successfully clear each obstacle, and once they know the route, let them tackle the course on their own. When your dog has mastered the course and needs a new challenge, set up a new one in another area of the house or yard.
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Renovate Your Dog's Space

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Any Day
Cheap
Easy
1 hr
Items needed
Bed
Bedding
Toys
Doggy accessories
Activity description

There's nothing quite like a quick renovation project to make any room in your home feel like a new space. If you're looking for a way to surprise and spoil your Dalmadoodle, you might want to give their special space in the home a gorgeous makeover.

Depending on where your dog sleeps, this might mean making over an entire room or just sprucing up your pet's little corner of the living room. The main aim is to make the space as comfortable and luxurious as possible for your furry friend so they can retreat there whenever they need some quiet time. You can make a few simple changes or give the space a drastic overhaul — it's up to you.

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Plan your project
It's a good idea to have a rough idea of what you want to achieve before you get started. Are you creating a quiet and peaceful spot or something a little more fun and playful? Will you be re-using any items in the current space or splurging on all-new products? Do you have a budget? Answering these questions will help you work out what you need to do.
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Get to work
This is where you can get as creative as you want. You could give the area a fresh coat of paint, hang curtains to give your dog some privacy, put some doggy pictures on the wall, add a toy box for your pet's favorite toys — it really is up to you. A new, uber-comfortable bed will also be well received, but some familiar-smelling bedding may be needed to help your pet feel at home in their new space.
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Surprise your dog
Introduce your dog to their new space and see how they like it. You can use treats to encourage them to explore their surroundings and settle in, and hopefully they'll feel comfortable right away. If not, give them time to adjust and get used to their new special space.
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Gardening

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Sunny Day
Free
Easy
1 hr
Items needed
Gardening equipment
Dog toys
Activity description

Spending time in the garden can be one of life's great pleasures — particularly when you've got your canine companion by your side. If you're a keen gardener or you're just looking to make your yard look a little more attractive, involving your dog in your gardening exploits will make them all the more enjoyable.

This is a paw-some way for you and your pet to spend some quiet time in each other's company. You can sit back and enjoy the sunshine together, or maybe find a way to incorporate a few dog-friendly games into your day spent outdoors. Either way, you and your Dalmadoodle should have a wonderful time.

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Prepare your dog (and your garden)
Before venturing out into the garden with your furry friend, it's important that your dog knows and responds to a few basic commands — so you can feel confident that they'll stop digging up your hydrangeas if you ask them to. It's also essential that you know what plants are in your garden and whether there are any that may be toxic to dogs — if there are, keep your pooch well away.
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Get to work
Now it's time to invite your dog to join you while you dig, plant, prune and potter. Some dogs will be happy just resting at your feet and being near you, but others will want to have their nose right in the center of the action. If your pooch is getting a bit too adventurous with their gardening activities, you might want to divert their attention with a few games interspersed between gardening jobs. Alternatively, you might want to set aside a separate area of the garden where your dog can dig and just let them go nuts!
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Ride a Bike

If you can't keep up with your furry friend on a run, you might want to ride a bike with your leashed pooch by your side. This will let your pooch get more exercise but still spend lots of time with you.

Rally Obedience

A fun and challenging doggy sport that features elements of agility and obedience, rally obedience will give your Dalmadoodle a paw-some physical and mental workout.

Conclusion

When you welcome a Dalmadoodle into your family, each day is filled with excitement, adventure and companionship. These lovable dogs will always keep you on your toes and bring plenty of fun and laughter into your life. And if you're committed to always finding new and interesting activities for your Dalmadoodle to try, you'll have one very happy and excited pooch on your hands.