The beautiful lines of a Dalmatian combined with the fun loving spirit of an English Springer Spaniel is what this fantastic breed is all about. As you may be well aware, Dalmatian Springers are fun loving, active, and very affectionate dogs. They have endless amounts of energy but are also known to curl up with you on the couch to show their adoration. Help your pup get out some of that excess energy by trying one of these fun games designed to suit your Dalmatian Springer's personality.
Springer Spaniels were originally bred to help hunt small game animals. This instinct is well ingrained in the breed and, naturally, this trait has been passed on to Dalmatian Springers as well. While you may see your dogs hunting tendencies come out in subtle ways (maybe they circle their bowl of food to try to sniff out hidden treats), it is there none the less! While you do not need to take your pup hunting in the woods for actual live animals, you can set up some of these easy, fun games to help them get out their need to hunt!
The Springer Spaniel part of your Dalmatian Spaniel is the side where most of your dog's energy stems from. Those Spaniels sure love to go, go, go! Part of the reason is due to their hunting background where they would be trained to "flush" wild animals toward their owners to capture. Now, you do not need to train your dog to chase after animals but you should let your pup have a little time to run and chase other things around. You will find that your Dalmatian Springer is completely happy when they get to run with a purpose (catching a prize!).
While there are a lot of smart dog breeds out there, Dalmatians tend to be one of the brightest. However, they are also known to be extremely independent which can lead toward stubbornness and a dog that is not willing to follow commands. You may experience some of this with your Dalmatian Springer so it is something you should address right away while your dog is young. Focusing on training should not be avoided or taken lightly with this breed. You should try to spend some time with your pup every day working on basic skills or teaching them new tricks. Training can be a lot of fun for both of you and will help you have a well-behaved pup in the future!
Dalmatian Springers are quite calm around new animals (Dalmatians were bred to be horse carriage directors!) so bring them to a dog park, a farm or just around a friend's pet. Exposure to a wide range of animals is always a good thing!
Dalmatian Springers need to move! Bringing them for daily walks and runs is important for their happiness. So grab that leash and collar and head out your door for some beneficial exercise for you and your dog.
If you have a Dalmatian Springer or are considering adopting one, get ready to have a pup who loves to exercise and play. There is so much you can do with your dog that will help them stay happy, healthy and on the move that it is hard to pick which activity to do first! No matter what you choose to do with your Dalmatian Springer, they are sure to love it as they will be doing an activity with you, their favorite person!