Activities For English Coonoodles

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Introduction

Known for their affectionate nature toward their families, English Coonoodles are a mix between English Coonhounds and Poodles. These medium-build pups tend to weigh between 40 and 65 pounds. The Poodle in them stands out predominantly in their physical features, although they don't usually have the shaggy coat and their face looks more similar to the Coonhound. But when it comes to their personality, they are hyper all the way!

Coonoodles love to hunt and play "ruff". They're usually happiest when they're running and frolicking in wide-open spaces. While these types of canines can be loving and sweet with their human family members, they are also protective of them and may not like other people or animals near them. This is important to keep in mind when searching for activities to enjoy with your English Coonoodle.

Paddleboarding

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Sunny Day
Free
Hard
1 hr
Items needed
Paddleboard
Doggy life vest
Towel
Activity description

English Coonoodles are happiest when they're allowed to be active and protect their human at the same time. What better way to do this than to teach your pup to stand-up paddleboard? 

It sounds like the opposite of active — you and your dog standing still on a board floating on the water — but it's actually some of the best exercise you both can do! The strength and stability that is required to stand-up paddleboard works almost all of your — and Fido's — muscles. And while Fido is on the alert for any potential danger, they'll be in dog heaven keeping you safe from any fish or bug that dares to come your way!

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Find a body of water
Do you want to take your furry family member to paddleboard with you on a lake or in the ocean? The first step is to decide which pet-friendly place you want to head to! When researching, make sure dogs are allowed in the water at your chosen location.
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Bring your paddleboard and life vest
Load up your gear in your car or truck, or find a place that rents paddleboards. Some places charge extra if your pet is going to be working out with you, so check in advance. Make sure your doggy life vest fits Fido snugly — but not too tight — before you get to your destination!
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Stand up and paddleboard
If you've never done this sport before, you should expect to flip over a few times before you can confidently head out on the water. Try it out a few times in the shallow end and be sure Fido is okay with the activity before you take them out into the deep water. Once you both can stand up on your board consistently, have fun and enjoy the day!
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Hiking a National Park

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Any Day
Cheap
Normal
2 hrs
Items needed
Leash
Harness
Water dish
Waste bags
Activity description

Your pup's energy likely can outlast your own, but instead of letting Fido run free while you watch from a distance, clip a leash on their harness and load up to hike your nearest national park. Most parks allow pets as long as they are on a leash that does not exceed 6 feet in length (a policy intended to keep your pets safe and the animals in the park and other resources safe as well).

When you bring your energetic buddy to these national parks, remember to follow basic etiquette rules to ensure the park continues to allow everyone's furred family members. Also, if it's too hot for you, it's too hot for Fido, so although this is an "any weather" activity, use your best judgment, and be sure you and your pets stay hydrated.

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Choose a park
Do your research ahead of time and choose a park that is pet-friendly. One of the biggest disappointments for pet owners is getting to their destination and finding out that their dogs are not allowed. Choose a park near the area you want to hike and do your research to be sure Fido is allowed. Double-check the pet rules and restrictions for that particular park, and also check for any entrance or parking fees at the park.
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Load up your gear
Make sure you have everything you need for the length of your stay. If you're planning on making it a day hike, pack plenty of salty snacks, water, and treats and water for Fido. Keep the weather in mind and plan accordingly for the extreme heat, cold, or precipitation.
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Follow the trail maps
Most national parks have trail maps available for free to their visitors. Be sure to grab one, even if you don't intend on using it. If you end up lost on a trail, it may come in handy! It's not wise to rely on GPS or cell phone service, especially if you're hiking in remote wilderness.
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Play Indoor Hunting Games

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Any Day
Free
Easy
1 hr
Items needed
Treats
Miscellaneous items around the house
A timer
Activity description

English Coonoodles love to hunt and use their nose to sniff out rewards, but not everyone wants a hunting dog. If you're not keen on letting your sweet pup chase wild animals, let them use their sniffer inside to hone in on treats instead of heading outside to a potentially dangerous environment.

Hiding their favorite treats in plain sight or underneath items in each room lets your Coonoodle use their talents and skills while still staying safely in your home, and it tires out these energetic pups at the same time!

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Gather some treats
The treats you use don't have to pricey store-bought dog treats. Try healthy alternatives, like carrots, and chop them up into bite-sized pieces that are easy to swallow. You don't have to make this a sneaky action, though. Let Fido know you have treats ready and let the anticipation build!
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Find places to hide the treats
While you are getting started, be sure your pet watches you set the treats in visible places, but make sure they don't head for them until you give them the okay. Choose a cue for them to know it's time to find the treats and watch them go! This step is all about the proper initial training so that you can make it more challenging once they know their cues.
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Kick it up with a timer
Once they know their cues and what the game is, you can increase the challenge by letting them stay in another room while you hide the treats where they can use their sniffer to find them. Use a timer to see how fast your smart pup can find all of the treats, and keep playing the game to see if they can beat their high score. They won't know what they did, but they'll love the excitement you show when they do it!
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More Fun Ideas...

Create an Obstacle Course

This can be indoors or outdoors, but if you use materials you have around the house to create an obstacle course for Fido, you can help them run off that excess energy! Find ways to create jumping, weaving, and crawling obstacles that challenge your pup's mental and physical stamina, and you'll be just as entertained as they are!

Play "Clean Up"

You may be surprised to know that one of your pup's favorite games will actually be "Clean Up My Toys". If you teach Fido to store all of their toys in the toy bin and make it a fun routine every night, you might just find that your Coonoodle cleans up better than a toddler does!

Conclusion

An English Coonoodle is an energetic, fun pet to have, but you have to know how to keep them engaged and entertained or you may be asking for trouble when your back is turned! Use these cheap and simple ways to help you keep your English Coonoodle busy and active, and even have some fun and exercise yourself at the same time!