Activities For Dalmadors

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Introduction

The Dalmatian and the Labrador are two of the most loved and widely recognized dogs all over the United States and around the world. With this in mind, it's no great surprise that the hybrid breed created from crossing these two gorgeous canines, the Dalmador, is becoming an increasingly popular choice as a family pet.

With their family-friendly temperament, love of life and loving nature, these beautiful dogs make wonderful companions. However, every Dalmador needs plenty of exercise and interaction with their humans to ensure their wellbeing, so it's important to always treat your canine pal with new and exciting activities. Here are three great activities to get your Dalmador's tail wagging.

Designated Digging Zone

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Sunny Day
Free
Easy
30 min
Items needed
Treats
Toys
Section of garden or sandpit
Activity description

Whether burying toys and bones or trying to tunnel to the other side of the world, some Dalmadors just love to dig. And if boredom is a problem for your furry friend, they might use digging as a way to act out — digging up your carefully maintained garden is a surefire way to get attention.

If your dog is digging where you don't want them to, you might want to set up a designated digging zone in your backyard. With a little effort, you should be able to teach your pet to dig in this special spot and leave the rest of your flowers, plants, and shrubs undisturbed.

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Choose your spot
Find somewhere in your yard or garden where you want your dog to dig. This may involve sectioning off a corner of the yard, putting in a sand pit, or even setting aside a dedicated garden bed for dirty paws. Make sure the area has soft, loose dirt or sand, and you might also want to ensure that it's in the shade if you live in a hot area.
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Entice your dog to dig
Once the area is set up, the next step is to encourage your dog to actually dig in the right place. You can do this by burying their favorite toys, treats and even a juicy bone or two just under the surface. This will entice them to dig there and they'll be rewarded with a fun or tasty treat for doing so.
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Keep it interesting
There's always a risk that your dog will return to other areas of the yard to indulge their desire to dig, so burying new toys and treats regularly should help them stay interested in their digging zone. Rewarding them for returning to their dig pit will also help them do the right thing.
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Take a Hike

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Sunny Day
Free
Easy
1 - 2 hrs
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Leash
Water
Activity description

Your Dalmador needs a whole lot of regular exercise each and every day to stay as happy and healthy as possible. While there are plenty of simple ways to help your dog stay fit, it's easy to fall into a rut and just keep doing the same old thing with your pet day in, day out.

If you want to mix things up a bit and get your dog out of their usual routine, take them for a nature hike instead of your usual daily walk. This will not only give your dog a grrr-eat workout, it'll also expose them to new sights and interesting smells to investigate.

Here's how to plan a fun nature hike with your dog.

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Choose your trail
Do some online research to find any dog-friendly parks, forests and nature reserves near you. Check out the trail descriptions to find a route that will be suitable for your canine's (and your own) fitness level, and make sure you know exactly where the trail goes and what sort of scenery you'll encounter along the way.
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Get ready
Before setting out, make sure you have a map and/or cell phone access. If you're heading somewhere remote, make sure someone knows where you're going and when you should be back. Remember to pack plenty of water and trail snacks for your pooch, and ensure that your dog's flea/tick prevention is up to date.
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Go!
Navigate to the start of the trail and get moving. Depending on your energy levels you and your dog might decide to jog or just walk the trail at your own pace. Don't hurry your dog along — give them a chance to investigate any interesting smells or sights they encounter. Finally, remember to monitor your dog for any signs that they're slowing down or need a break. Otherwise, just enjoy exploring the great outdoors with your canine companion.
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Treasure Hunt

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Any Day
Free
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30 min
Items needed
Treats
Activity description

The dog's sense of smell is legendary, and Labradors are employed in a wide range of professions where they're encouraged to put their super-powered sniffing skills to good use. There's also a good chance that your Dalmador is quite a food-oriented pooch who is always on the lookout for their next meal or tasty treat.

If this sounds like your dog, they'll have a whole lot of fun embarking on this paw-some doggy treasure hunt. This activity allows your dog to use their sense of smell, follow a scent trail and put their brain to good use, all of which results in a tasty reward. Here's what you need to do.

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Hide some treats
Depending on the weather, this is an activity you can do either inside or out. The first step is to take your dog away from the treasure hunt area and hide several treats around the space. You'll probably want to use simple hiding spots the first time you do this, but you can quickly choose harder spots once your dog knows what's going on.
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Find the treats
Bring your dog into the room or yard and lead them to one of the treats. Once they've gobbled up this tasty reward, they should start using their nose to sniff out any other morsels that may be hidden nearby. This is a great way to give your bored pooch some mental stimulation, and the promise of a food reward should ensure that they keep searching until all the treats have been found.
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Rally Obedience

With similarities to both obedience and agility, this fun canine sport offers a physical and mental workout that might be the paw-fect fit for your active, intelligent pooch.

Trip to the Beach

Many Dalmadors love swimming and being around the water, so treat your dog with a trip to your nearest dog-friendly beach.

Conclusion

Life with a Dalmador can be pretty hectic, so it's important to always have some paw-some activities you can call on to keep your furry friend entertained. The activities listed here are just a starting point — there are tons more events, adventures, and activities your Dalmador will love, so make sure you're always on the lookout for new ideas.