Activities For German Australian Shepherds

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Introduction

If you have a few hours a day to invest in your pooch and you're seeking a larger dog, the German Australian Shepherd might just be the pawfect choice. This designer breed is a mix of the German Shepherd and the Australian Shepherd. Both parents are working dogs with plenty of energy, and you can expect the same from their offspring. Once you earn their trust, these pups will be dedicated and protective. You'll want to socialize and train these social and highly intelligent dogs early for the best results. Offer them lots of activity and mental stimulation to keep them from becoming bored or destructive.

Dog Park

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Any Day
Cheap
Easy
1 - 2 hrs
Items needed
waste bags
toys
leash
Activity description
As long as your pooch gets along well with other dogs, take them to an off-leash bark park for some exercise. These pooches need time and room to run and burn off some energy. Let them play with other canines to give them a good workout. Bring a ball or frisbee with you in case there's no one there to romp with Fido. They'll enjoy a rousing game of fetch if it's just the two of you.
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Get ready
Research dog parks near your home. If there's more than one option, pick the one that best suits your needs. Find out if there's a daily fee or annual membership required to use the facility. Learn about any rules and expectations before you go with your four-footed pal.
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Get set
Get your car ready by spreading a seat cover or blanket for your pup. Pack some waste bags and grab the leash. Depending on the park, you may or may not need to bring some water and a bowl to refresh your special pal. If it's likely to be muddy or there's water on the property, you may want to bring a towel.
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Go
Load your fur-baby in the car and drive to the park. Most facilities want you to bring your pooch to the gate on-leash and release them once inside the fenced area. Stay with your pal and let them romp in the enclosure. If other dogs are present, watch to make sure your pup plays nice and has fun.
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Frisbee

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Any Day
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Normal
1 hr
Items needed
water
frisbee
Activity description
German Australian Shepherds love to run. By playing frisbee, you can help your canine companion stretch their legs. There will be a little bit of training necessary at the outset as you teach your pup how to catch the toy.  Start with short tosses and build up from there. Once they have the trick down, you'll be able to play for an hour or more. Make sure you have a disc made to hold up to strong jaws. Bring plenty of water with you for your fur-baby. Although warm sunny weather is ideal, you can enjoy this activity in all kinds of weather.
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Prepare
You'll need to find a large field or park that allows dogs off-leash. Get a frisbee that you can use for the retrieving exercise. Pack water and a dish so that you can take breaks when your pal needs to recharge. Leash your dog and walk or drive to the play area.
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Play frisbee
Once you get to the area, let your pup off their leash. It's best to start with a few short throws for some warm-ups before you go long. Enjoy playing with your furry pal, and pay attention to the temperature and weather, offering rest and water breaks as often as needed.
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Jogging

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Any Day
Free
Normal
30 - 60 mins
Items needed
waste bags
water
leash
Activity description
As an active large breed, the German Australian Shepherd requires consistent aerobic exercise. If you're a runner, take your furry pal along on your route. That way, they'll get a workout with you and use up some of their spare energy. Make sure your pup is in reasonable shape before you start. Consider their age and condition when you decide the distance and difficulty of your route. Start with shorter outings at first and build up when your pooch is ready to add some miles. You can do this activity rain or shine. Carry waste bags to scoop Spot's poop and bring water for break times.
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Get a check-up
Before starting a jogging regimen with your pooch, consult with your veterinarian. Confirm that your pup is in proper condition and doesn't have any signs of hip dysplasia, heart arrhythmia, or other health concerns associated with the breed. The vet may also provide you with guidelines regarding an appropriate distance or duration for your furry pal.
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Set a course
Once you know that your four-footed friend has clearance to start running with you, you can plan a route. Decide if you want a level course or one with some hills. Check out the terrain beforehand so that you don't encounter any surprises along the way. Map out your path to fit your distance parameters.
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Hit the road
Once you have your route planned, it's time to get going. Strap on your water bottle, stick some waste bags in your pocket, and leash up your pup. Walk or drive to your starting point and enjoy your run. Don't forget to do some warm-ups and to stretch!
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Round Robin Recall

A fun, family activity for your pup is round robin recall. You and other members of the gang will take turns calling Spot and rewarding them for their obedience. As your pooch gets better at the game, you can put more distance between the participants. This fun event provides exercise and a training refresher for your furry pal.

Hiking

There may be parks or trails near your home where you and your special pal can go for a hike together. Find a pathway that offers scenery or terrain that can entertain both of you. Know the area and plan appropriate footwear and gear for your outing. If you're hiking in a remote area, make sure someone knows your whereabouts, and consider bringing a physical trail map.

Conclusion

With proper training and activity, the German Australian Shepherd can be a fun addition to the right family. Be aware that this loyal pooch needs attention and stimulation or they might get into mischief. Once you build a rapport and establish firm boundaries with them, they'll be a devoted companion and a puptacular watchdog.