Activities For Doberman Greyhounds

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Introduction

Nothing is sleeker than a Doberman Pinscher. Nothing, that is, except a Doberman Greyhound! This hybrid cross between Doberman Pinscher and Greyhound demands lots of attention — and they can move shockingly fast, so be prepared to stay on your toes when you welcome them into your family.

With any hybrid breed, you never can be sure which side of the gene pool your pup will favor, meaning it's hard to say whether they will have a high prey drive or need 5 walks a day. We're just kidding, it's probably more like 3 — Dobes are notorious for demanding their outside time. 

No matter what way your pooch leans, the activities we've rounded up below for Doberman Greyhounds are sure to equate to good times shared by both of you! 

Agility Courses

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Any Day
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1 hr
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Tires
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Ramps
Activity description

The Doberman Greyhound is made up of two doggo breeds that just love a challenge. It's highly likely that your woofer will absolutely go bananas for some time racing around the agility track. Greyhounds like to move and Dobermans love to learn, making the task of an agility course the exact kind of stimulation that your barky pal craves!

Further still, you can use or build different courses over time to make a fresh trial for your problem-solving pupper. Leading your dog through agility courses creates the perfect setting for building trust between human and canine.

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Decide on a course
There are many different agility classes for dogs available in most communities. For the avid DIY-er, there are also kits you can purchase that will have you with a backyard set-up in no time. If you are a beginner in agility, we highly suggest that you enroll in classes to help both you and your fur-baby learn the ropes.
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Practice
The first time your four-legged friend goes through the obstacles, things may not go so smoothly. Over time, if you put the work in, you'll start to see your furry buddy improve, and the two of you will feel like an unstoppable team. To catch on to new tasks, your pup should be completing the training a few times a week. Any less, and they may start to get a little rusty with their moves.
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Compete
Once the two of you are agility masters, you may want to look at entering into a competition held in your region. While it may feel a bit intimidating, the process is very rewarding and can even offer cool prizes for winners! You could also end up meeting like-minded owner/pooch duos that turn into lifelong friends.
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Outside Runs

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30 - 60 min
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Activity description

Dobermans and Greyhounds have at least one thing in common — they are both crazy about running! While the Greyhound takes the cake when it comes to speed, you'll be hard pressed to find a breed with more energy to run long distances than the Doberman Pinscher. 

Having a love of running on both sides means that it's very likely your pupper will see going for a run as the ultimate reward! Running with your doggo equates to a strengthened bond between dog and person — not to mention it keeps you both in great shape! Remember to go easy when the weather is hot, but, in most cases, you'll find this mixed breed will still be running circles around you!

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Perfect leash manners
Before ramping up your speeds, you'll want to make sure that your canine pal is well-behaved on-leash. Go for a short walk, making your pupper heel at your side the whole way. Brush up their "sit", "stay", and "come" commands, so that when you're traveling fast, they will respond quickly when needed.
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Plot a course
Whether you're planning to dash through suburbs or you're heading out into the bush, pull out a map and figure out where exactly you're going to go. This way, you'll only have to worry about how the run is going — instead of where it's going! Also, by tracking your course on a map, you can see exactly how many miles you and your woofer are trekking.
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Don't push it
For the best run with your barky buddy, make sure you are very in tune with how they are coping along the way. Do not push your pooch if they begin to slow down — this could lead to exhaustion, heat stroke, or other injuries. Most times, your Doberman Greyhound will be able to outrun you without any effort at all, so if they falter for any reason, take them seriously!
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Tracking Games

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Cheap
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40 min
Items needed
Treats
Toys
Activity description

Greyhounds actually belong to a group of dogs that are used to hunt small and speedy prey. These dogs are called "sight hounds," and they've inherited a strong prey drive to be able to complete their hunting tasks.

Dobermans, on the other hand, were not bred to hunt, but they were developed to be excellent, highly intelligent problem solvers. The Dobe is always up for a mental challenge of any kind and needs these trials to feel mentally stimulated.

Cue the tracking game, where both prey drive and mental powers will be catered to, leading to one happy pupper! You'll be amazed as you sit back and watch your canine pal show off the amazing talents it was bred to possess. 

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Stash some treats
Using your furry friend's favorite dog treats, go around your home when they are out in the backyard and hide the yummy goods in sneaky spots. Once your pooch comes inside, see if their nose begins to twitch. If they don't take off on their own, you can give them hints to where the first couple of treats are.
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Grab a toy
Find or purchase a dog toy that resembles a small animal (think fluffy squirrels or squeaky rabbits). Once again, out of your doggo's sight, rub the toy over with a dog treat, until it holds a bit of the treat's scent. There is no need to go too crazy with this, as your woofer will be able to detect even minor scent traces of the food.
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Hide the toy
When your pupper is not at your side, stick the toy in a clever hiding spot. Either command them to find the toy, if they already know it by name, or initiate a command each time you hide the treats. By using the same phrase, all you'll have to do is say "find it" (or whatever you choose) and your fur-baby will know it's game-on! Reward them like crazy when they discover the treat-scented toy.
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Lure Coursing

If your woofer leans more towards their Greyhound roots, there will be few things out there that they take to more than lure coursing! This activity plays on their desire to chase and features a moving lure that is dragged across a flat plain. The dog must chase it as fast as they can, and they often compete with other sight hounds in the chase.

Obedience Classes

We highly recommend that all dogs with any Doberman in them whatsoever attend thorough obedience classes. This breed thrives on challenges and loves to learn. They will feel extremely rewarded in a class setting, and it will allow you, the owner, to cultivate the loyalty that this breed is known for.

Conclusion

After reading all about this unique breed, one thing should be perfectly clear — the Doberman Greyhound needs to move! Engage in activities that burn energy and stimulate thinking to make this pupper as happy as they can be. 

You'll know how your pooch feels about their new tasks, as they will likely come to develop a strict routine for outings. And don't think you can skip out on appointments, either. Your woofer will likely demand activities with a bark, a paw, or they might just stick their head in front of yours until you oblige!