Activities For Doberdors

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Introduction

We've talked about quite a few hybrid dogs whose parents seem to be polar opposites, but we think that the Doberdor's parents take the cake in this regard; Doberdors result from mixing Doberman Pinschers with Labrador Retrievers. Despite Doberman Pinschers and Labrador Retrievers having an incredibly poignant night and day dynamic to them, Doberdors are actually very well rounded dogs. We figure that the contrasting qualities of their parents were sort of balanced out in this dog's DNA, as they're very even tempered pets who can participate a number of activities that both of their parents can - brain games, canine musical freestyle, and hiking just to name a few.

Brain Games

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Any Day
Cheap
Easy
30 - 45 min
Items needed
Dog Puzzles
Dog Treats
Cups
Activity description
Doberman Pinschers and Labrador Retrievers are two of the brainiest dog breeds out there, so it might not come as a surprise to learn that Doberdors have a knack for activities that will stimulate their minds as well as their muscles. Enter brain games; the term is a catch all for any activities that encourage your pet to use their brain to overcome them. Dog puzzles and dog treat toys would definitely fit into this category as well as a few human games like the ever popular "shell game." Most brain games can either be bought at a low price or can even be played using makeshift items lying around the house.
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Where to start
With all of the many types of activities that fit the brain game bill, it can be overwhelming for a pet parent to figure out where to start. We suggest starting off with some of the more intuitive brain games; get your hands on some dog treat toys and some dog puzzles and let your dog start there before moving on to the tougher activities like the shell game.
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Get familiar
Dog puzzles and dog treat toys are very similar in a lot of ways; both pieces of pet equipment encourage your pet to use their brains and their teeth to get a delicious treat that you'll need to have placed inside. Every dog puzzle and toy is different, so spend some time getting familiar with your dog's new toys before you let them take a crack at it.
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The shell game
Doberdors are a very clever and curious breed by nature, so they'll be eager to try their paws at this one. The shell game (sometimes referred to as the cup game) is a two player activity where one player gets three shells or cups, hides a treat underneath one of them, shuffles the cup around, and then prompts the other player to guess which cup the treat it under. Your Doberdor may not always guess correctly starting out but given enough time, they'll get the hang of this brain game.
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Canine Musical Freestlye

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Any Day
Cheap
Normal
45 - 60 min
Items needed
Music Players
Dog Treats
Water
Activity description
Canine musical freestyle is a relatively new activity, having only become popular back in 1989. This activity encourages both man and dog to get footloose and fancy free as the two will be creating a dance routine set to a particular piece of music. Canine musical freestyle incorporates a lot of elements from obedience training, with heeling serving as the connective cornerstone between obedience training and canine musical freestyles. Given that Doberdors are such intelligent pups by nature, yours will likely be able to get the hang of this unconventional activity in no time at all if you two practice consistently together.
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Canine musical freestyle basics
Heeling is really the most important aspect of this activity; your Doberdor will need to be able to walk by both your sides before you try to implement a grand design. As heeling is a basic component of obedience training, it won't be too long before your dog gets the hang of this part of the activity. Once your Doberdog is able to walk at either of your sides, then you'll be ready for the next couple of steps.
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Freestyle heeling
The freestyle part of canine musical freestyle is more related to the pet parent than the pet; the idea here is that you're going to heel your dog while you dance to music. You don't have to start break dancing or anything like that, just do a little jig while you heel your dog to either of your sides. After you begin to get the hang of freestyle heeling, then feel free to get more creative with your dance moves.
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Musical heeling
This part of the activity refers to a dog's ability to perform certain tricks in accordance to certain musical cues. Pick a song that you think that you and your Doberdor will really dig and then teach your dog to sit, stay, or jump at certain parts of the song. You can teach your dog to do much more intricate tricks in the future, but for now, focus on those three basic tricks.
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Hiking

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Any Day
Moderate
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60 - 90 min
Items needed
Backpack
First Aid Kit
Doggy Waste Bags
Food and Water
Activity description
You'll be setting a course for the Great Outdoors for this activity; we're pretty sure most of you are somewhat familiar with the idea of hiking, and that many of you may even be avid hikers already, but we're not sure how many of you have gone out hiking with your dog at this point. Hiking with your Doberdor is a great way for the two of you to bond while also providing the both of you with a very scenic view of your environment. Most cities have plenty of hiking trails within their limits and there are likely many more outside of them, so all you really need to do is plan your trip and hit the road.
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Plan properly
Here's where most of the hard decisions will be made; when and where you hike, what you'll bring, and how long you'll be out on the trail will all be decided by you, so take your time and don't rush. There's no shame in looking up a few local hiking trails and seeing what other hikers think of the trail you're interested in, so definitely use every resource you have to plan the perfect trek.
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Hiking do's and don'ts
Hiking is probably the most intuitive activity that we've listed in this guide, so there isn't much set up needed before you and your dog get started. We're more concerned about what the two of you do or don't do while you're actually hiking; so stick together at all times and stay within arms' reach. Don't stray away too far from the trail. Do set out on your hike earlier in the day. Don't go hiking past the time that the sun goes down. Let others know of your plans and expected return.
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Scent Training

Scent training refers to a family of activities that are meant to help your puppy sniff out various persons, places, or things using only their sense of smell alone. A few examples of scent training activities are scented fetch and scented hide and seek. You won't need to get any specialized pieces of equipment either; most household items will do just fine for this activity.

Active Frisbee

This activity is a great way for you and your dog to work up quite a sweat and have tons of fun while doing it! Active frisbee is a modified version of this age old game in which you'll be doing push ups, sit ups, jumping jacks, and other low intensity exercises while your dog chases after a frisbee that you've just tossed.

Conclusion

We hope that we've been able to convince you that Doberdors are amazing breeds that'd make great additions to any family based on the wide range of activities they can try out. You'll never have a dull moment with a Doberdor by your side, so we definitely think you should adopt one of these pups if you're looking for a dog that's friendly, loyal, and just as adventurous as you are. Doberdors are truly a credit to designer dog breeds as a whole, as well as both of their parent breeds.