Activities For English Sprointers

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Introduction

The English Sprointer is a new designer breed that's the result of crossing an English Springer Spaniel with an English Pointer. This pooch comes from two hunting lines and will likely have lots of energy to burn. They're affectionate and intelligent animals that blend well with active families or individuals. Although wary of strangers at times, your pup will be loyal to you and their pack. Give them at least one to two hours of daily exercise to keep them fit and happy. A bored Sprointer can become anxious or get into trouble. They'll thrive if they can participate in a variety of outdoor activities.

Flyball

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Any Day
Moderate
Normal
30 - 60 min
Items needed
hurdles
ball
treats
spring loaded box
Activity description
Flyball lets your pooch engage their hunting instinct as they get their exercise. This activity involves running, jumping, and retrieving. Your furry pal will race across a field of hurdles to press a lever on a spring-loaded box. The container then releases a tennis ball that Fido has to retrieve. Once they secure the toy in their mouth, your pal will dash back to the finish line. If you choose to compete, you'll be part of a team with other dogs and their owners. That way, you can add socializing to the physical and mental stimulation that this exciting sport provides to your pooch.
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Teach flyball
Before getting started, attend a flyball competition to see what's involved. Then, look for a group that can help you with training. The best way for Fido to learn the sport is to teach the steps of the race starting from the finish line. As part of the process, your pal needs to know how to turn off the box, catch the ball in mid-air, and pass other dogs.
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Compete
After you complete the training process, you'll need to find other dogs and owners that need a teammate. The best place to locate partners is in a local flyball group. Spend time socializing your pups, practicing together, and building a race strategy. Then you'll be ready to compete with your group.
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Lure Coursing

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Sunny Day
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Easy
40 - 60 min
Items needed
leash
Activity description

For a sporting dog like the English Sprointer, lure coursing is a puptastic way to burn off some energy. In this sport, your pooch chases an artificial decoy that's attached to a mechanized pulley and wire system Fido will enjoy running after the item as it darts around a large field. This activity offers your fur-baby a mental and physical workout, and it lets them follow their instincts. Add a social aspect to the fun by finding a local club where your special pal can compete against other canines. You can also set up a lure course in your back yard if you prefer.

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Check it out
To get started with lure coursing, test your pup's interest at home. Do this by tying a furry object, like an animal skin or fleece, to a horse whip. Drag the decoy along the ground and observe your pal's response. If they chase the item, visit an event and learn what's involved in the sport.
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Try it out
After you see how the sport works, get Fido involved. Set up a time for your pup to run the course alone. That way, they'll get a taste for the chase. Once your pooch has a chance to run after the lure, they'll be ready to join the pack. Check with local groups for events or competitions.
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Running

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Any Day
Free
Easy
30 - 45 min
Items needed
water
waste bags
leash or harness
Activity description

This pooch is usually athletic and has plenty of stamina. Why not include your four-footed friend when you go running? That way you and your furry pal will have bonding time and get in a good workout at the same time. You'll want your pup to be at least a year old so that their body and musculature is mature. In the meantime, teach them commands like heel, come, and stay.  Before you begin your roadwork, take Fido to the vet for a checkup. When your special pal has a green light, you'll want a leash or harness and maybe a reflective collar or vest.

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Preparation
Before you start a running program with Fido, make some advanced preparations. Teach your pal beginner's obedience and show them how to drink from your water bottle. Scope out one or more paths that are dog-friendly. Try to select courses that keep your pooch off of paved roads and other hard surfaces.
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Running
Before each run, take time to warm up. This action will help both you and your pal avoid injury. Depending on your pup's conditioning, take it slow. Start with short outings and build your distance over time. Monitor your pooch as you run for signs of fatigue. Take breaks or shorten your course as needed.
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More Fun Ideas...

Frisbee

Take your pup to a dog-friendly park and toss a frisbee for them. Once they learn how to catch the flying disc in the air, they'll enjoy streaking down the field after it.

Water Retrieving

Combine two of a sporting dog's favorite activities for a refreshing time at the lake or beach. Bring a water toy and spend an hour or so casting it into the water for Fido. Your pooch will pawsitively love splashing and swimming after the toy.

Conclusion

When you combine the personality of an English Springer Spaniel with that of an English Pointer, you'll have a faithful, energetic companion. This pooch will thrive with an owner that can offer plenty of activity and outdoor adventures. They also tend to blend well with other pups but may view smaller pets as their quarry.