The German Wirehaired Sprointer is a hybrid dog that combines the English Springer Spaniel with the well-known German Wirehaired Pointer. The combination of pups results in a muscular, medium-sized pooch that is commonly referred to as the Sprointer for short. The Sprointer requires regular exercise to maintain their muscular build and good health.
This need for physical endurance is a result of both parent breeds as they are both sporting dogs. The German Wirehaired Sprointer requires a minimum of an hour of physical exertion, as they were bred to hunt. German Wirehaired Sprointers tend to have an independent personality that can be characterized by a protective and stubborn nature. The English Springer Spaniel also needs both mental and physical stimulation daily, and they too come from a long line of hunters. They're energetic and cheerful and look forward to outdoor exploration. With these characteristics combined, the Sprointer is a busy, active and loving companion who needs plenty of stimulation to avoid unwanted behaviors.
Both parent breeds of the German Wirehaired Sprointer are active, intelligent and agile. That's why building an at-home agility course for them to use is a "pawfect" way to keep your pup active.
To build a course, you will need supplies and tools. A drill, power saw, PVC piping and 2x4 pieces of wood can go a long way for a do-it-yourself agility course. Piping can be used for jump obstacles, weave poles and for making tracks. Having wooden planks and large beams will come in handy for an A-frame or ramp. Depending on the space you have for your course, you may select just a few obstacles to get started. Once you build your course, you can train your pup how to master each obstacle by using 30 to 60-minute sessions. After learning the obstacles, they can explore the course daily for exercise.
Weighted walks are one way to intensify your regular day-to-day walks with your Sprointer. Like a standard walk, you will need a leash and waste bags, with the addition of a weighted vest or backpack. Weighted vests and backpacks can be purchased online or in person at a local pet shop.
Vests range in size and weight and fit dogs based on their own size and weight. A good rule of thumb is picking a weight that ranges between 10 to 12 percent of your dog's body weight. Typically for medium-sized dogs, this ranges between 5 to 7 pounds. You can purchase a vest with a set weight or opt for a backpack so you can adjust the weight inside. A backpack is recommended if you plan to build on your Sprointer's endurance. After acquiring your supplies, get started exploring weighted walks.
In addition to using an agility course and taking weighted walks to get your German Wirehaired Sprointer moving, you could also incorporate a series of running games into your activity schedule. Running games can challenge both the body and mind, depending on the activity.
Little equipment is required for the following three activities -- stair drills, hill drills, and fetching games. Aside from the stairs and hills themselves, the only thing you will need is an object to throw. Running games are effective at wearing out your Sprointer, and they're cheap and easy to do. Try out all three running activities and see which your Sprointer enjoys the most. Vary your session lengths, but remember not to overexert your pup. Sessions that range between 15 to 45 minutes will suffice in getting your pup's heart rate up!
German Wirehaired Sprointers are medium-sized pups with an abundance of energy. With a hunting instinct inherited from both parent breeds, the Sprointer needs regular "oppawtunities" to exert their excess energy each day! To meet this need, simply fill their exercise schedule with activities that work both your Sprointer's body and mind.
For starters, build an agility course in your own backyard so you can challenge your Sprointer with obstacle training. Take them for daily walks, and intensify their walk by adding a weighted backpack or vest. You will also want to give them ample opportunities to let out their energy through running, such as by completing stair drills, hill drills or playing different variations of fetch. If you're interested in visiting the water, try out dock diving. Finally, be sure to include chances for your pup to build relationships with other dogs through socialization activities. Without a doubt, Sprointers are loving and active companions who need an active handler to keep them satisfied!