Activities For English Spanadors

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Introduction

The English Spanador is a newer designer breed that's a cross between the English Cocker Spaniel and the Labrador Retriever. Because both parents are sporting dogs, you can expect this lovable pup to have lots of energy. Make sure you provide daily exercise and outside time to keep them content. Regular activity will help prevent your Spanador from becoming bored and getting into mischief. They tend to be very affectionate, easy to train, and loyal to their family.

Leashed Walk

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Any Day
Free
Easy
30 - 60 min
Items needed
leash
waste bags
water bottle
Activity description
Daily walks are ideal for English Spanadors. As hunting dogs, they love to get outside and explore. Taking a stroll with your furry pal provides bonding time and exercise for both of you. A word of caution: this breed is prone to overexercise, particularly when they're puppies. It's important to start with shorter outings when your pooch is young and build up to longer treks over time as their muscles develop. Let them have a rest day a few times a week. Walking with your special pal is an activity that you can enjoy rain or shine, year round. All you need is a leash, waste bags, and water for longer outings.
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Get ready
Before you set out, collect your supplies and determine your route. Make sure you have a good walking leash for your fur-baby. You may also choose to invest in a harness or slip lead for added control. Decide where and how far your trip will be. Check your supply of waste bags and grab a water bottle for refreshment.
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Start walking
When you have everything in order, hook up the leash and get started. Enjoy the fresh air with your furry pal as you follow your course. Consider changing your path from time to time to provide variety in the scenery. Pay attention to your fur-baby and offer water breaks when they need it.
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Fetch

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Any Day
Cheap
Easy
20 - 30 min
Items needed
ball or other toy
treats
Activity description
Playing fetch is an activity that you can enjoy inside or outdoors. However, your furry pal will probably enjoy this game in the back yard more than in the living room. Depending on your tolerance level for repetition, you and your pup can play this for several minutes to an hour or more. With their hunting-dog parentage, most Spanadors have a natural love of retrieving items for their masters. In addition to providing time for bonding and exercise, you'll be able to work on obedience commands like stay, wait, come, and drop. Pick a toy that your pooch loves to increase their interest in the game.
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Prepare
When you're planning to play a game of fetch with your pup, pick a toy they'll want to retrieve. Balls or training dummies work well. You can also use a stick or squeaky toy. The other thing you'll need to do is decide where to do this activity. A fenced yard is ideal, but you can use any open space that's big enough to throw the toy.
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Play fetch
Once you have the toy and a location, get going. If the game is new to your furry friend, start by getting them interested in the item that you'll be throwing. Use a few short tosses at first to warm up your pal. Once they have the idea, you can chuck the toy further away to let your pup do a little running. Continue as long as you're both enjoying the game.
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Swimming

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Hot Day
Cheap
Easy
30 - 60 min
Items needed
towel
toy
leash
Activity description
Both parents of the English Spanador mix tend to enjoy the water. Because of this heritage, swimming should be an enjoyable warm weather activity for you and your four-footed friend. Whether you head to a dog-friendly beach, take your pooch to a creek, find a pond, or set up a pool in the back yard, Spot will benefit from the low-impact aerobic exercise. When you're choosing a venue, make sure that the area allows dogs to join you in the water. You can bring a floating toy with you to play with your pooch. Be sure to cover your car seat if you have to drive to the swimming hole.
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Pick a venue
Depending on where you live, you may have access to a dog beach or other swimming area that allows your pooch to accompany you in the water. Look for dog-friendly parks or preserves with a pond or creek. Another option is to set up a swimming pool in your yard that Fido can use.
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Pack your gear
When you know where you're going, you can get your stuff ready. Cover your car seats with towels or blankets if you need to drive to the swimming area. Bring enough towels to dry yourself and your special pal. A leash is also a must, especially if you're visiting a popular swimming hole. Don't forget to pack a fun water toy!
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Go swimming
Once you're loaded up, head to your destination and get in the water. It shouldn't take much coaxing to get your four-footed friend to join you. If you're at a beach or lake, spend time splashing by the shore before heading to deeper water. You and your pal are sure to have a ball!
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Dog Park

Spanadors are very social dogs. They'll love having an opportunity to play off-leash with other four-footed friends. If you have a bark park in your area, plan a play date for your pooch. Remember to research any facility rules to find out if there's a daily use fee or annual membership requirement.

Agility

As an athletic, high-energy dog, the English Spanador is an excellent candidate for agility. This activity can be expensive if you intend to compete in trials. However, you could also build an obstacle course at home and use it to run your pup through their paces. The American Kennel Club has resources for getting started and for equipment specifications.

Conclusion

These dogs are a pawtastic fit for families with children or with other pets. They're energetic and affectionate and need companionship and at least an hour of exercise every day. When you offer them a variety of fun activities and lots of love, you'll have a loyal addition to your household.