Activities For Giant Schnoodles

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Introduction

The Giant Schnoodle is a hybrid dog. The parent breeds are the Giant Schnauzer and the Poodle. This family companion is happiest when spending time with loved ones. This furry companion loves to join you for long hikes outdoors, and the dog is adaptable to almost any game you wish to engage them in. This large, lovable pup will need at least one lengthy exercise session per day. Without proper activity, the Giant Schnoodle is apt to find themselves in the midst of creating mayhem. This breed can withstand rather rigorous exercise sessions; however, due to the fact that this is a giant breed, exercise until the pooch's first birthday should be of minimal impact.

First Year Cautions

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30 min
Items needed
treats
Activity description
Your Giant Schnoodle is, well, a large breed dog. This means that caution should be used when engaging the dog in physical activity prior to the end of their first year. While all dogs have growth plates, larger dogs tend to see the most injury should their owners be unaware of their special exercise requirements. Large dogs should never experience any kind of exercise that could be considered high-impact. This means you must take a proactive approach to ensuring the Giant Schnoodle does not engage in jumping, any running that can't be considered leisurely, and when playing fetch, roll the ball and encourage your pooch to refrain from really scrambling for the ball.
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Walking
Walking is an excellent idea for a growing Giant Schnoodle. However, even this activity should not take place in an area other than your backyard until your dog has had all vaccinations and any necessary booster shots. Once the dog has passed the four month mark, you can begin walking them outside. Take your time. You may also want to break up walking sessions into small, fifteen-minute strolls. Low-impact is key.
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Kibble trails
Kibble trials are a great way to get your pup some activity - both mentally and physically. This is also a great activity that you can set up indoors, rain or shine, before the dog is one year of age. Set up a trail in the kitchen and allow Fido to gobble up their reward. Make a trail leading into the dog's kennel. You could also move this activity outside during pleasant weather.
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Where you exercise is important
It is very important that your pup's exercise is low-impact. At this time, the sidewalk in your neighborhood is not likely to be conducive to a low-impact workout. Walking on a grassy area outside is your best option for low-impact walking. Some dog parks have an area perfect for walking a young dog. The city park is also a good option for safe, grassy areas in which to walk Fido.
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Nature Time

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Sunny Day
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Easy
45 min
Items needed
favorite toy
treats
leash
Activity description
With giant breeds, exercise outdoors is almost mandatory. A giant dog needs plenty of room to stretch out and walk or run. The sheer size of a giant breed dog prohibits proper activity indoors. Once the Giant Schnoodle has reached one year of age, you can move outdoors for physical activity without worrying that the vaccines are not in effect. The Giant Schnoodle is a highly intelligent dog, and any game that you can provide which also stimulates the mind of your furry friend will ensure health and happiness. Engage the Giant Schnoodle in a game of tag; you can also create your own obstacle course which will provide mental and physical stimulation.
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Play a game of tag
This game is perfect for providing activity for both you and your pooch. Run up to your Giant Schnoodle and "tag" them, just as you would have with a human companion. Turn and sprint, encouraging your Giant Schnoodle to chase you. Allow your furry friend to "catch" you on occasion, and then you can reverse the chase.
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Create an obstacle course
Simple items around the house can provide you with a great obstacle course for your Giant Schnoodle. Take a couple of deck chairs and an old broom and make a jumping obstacle. With some training, you can persuade your dog to crawl under this obstacle as well. Are you a little handy? Make a set of agility poles using PVC pipe (instructions can be found online).
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The dog park
A large dog needs room to play. The dog park is an excellent place to do just that. If you have access to a dog park that is enclosed, you can allow Fido off the leash where they can run and play as they wish. Some dog parks also have obstacle courses which you can walk your Giant Schnoodle through. You can also utilize the walking track available at the dog park for a change in sights and smells.
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Awesome Adventures

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Sunny Day
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Normal
30 - 60 min
Items needed
bottled water
wax specially made for dog's feet
treats
Activity description
The Giant Schnoodle will enjoy any type of exercise that you provide for them, but any time you can make physical activity more interesting, you prevent boredom and possible mischief. Walking is one of the chief activities that is recommended for the Giant Schnoodle. What better way to make a leisurely stroll more interesting than to turn a walk into a hike around a waterfall or a mountainous area. Some areas also host mini-marathons in which Fido can join you (hint - this should wait until the dog is at least a couple of years old and all growth plates have taken their permanent place in the joints). You may also consider a trip to the beach for a brief jaunt of exercise.
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Be prepared
Should you decide to go hiking with your Giant Schnoodle, you should be prepared. First, really study the place you have in mind to go hiking. If you are hiking in a national or state park area, for instance, check their regulations. Be sure that your dog is physically prepared to take a mile (or longer) hike. Know the weather for the day, and dress accordingly - this includes your dog, too!
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Pack a bag
Both you and your dog should take a backpack. Inside, carry extra water and a first aid kit - one for each of you. You might want to include a specially made wax for your pup's paws. Bandaids and splints are also good first-aid items to include in your backpack. Also, include a rain jacket for both you and Fido. Be sure that you have a cell phone that is fully charged, just in case you need to call for assistance.
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Mini-marathon
As stated previously, many cities have pet-friendly mini-marathons or swim meets. Grab your Giant Schnoodle and join in the fun! While participating in these pet-friendly events, you will have a great time meeting other dog parents. This will also provide your furry friend with plenty of opportunities for socialization. You both may walk away with new friends.
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Obstacle Course

Do you have access to a dog park? Take advantage of the obstacle courses on site. You might begin by walking them through on a leash for the first time until they can complete the course on their own.

Swimming

Swimming is a great activity for any age Giant Schnoodle. However, keep in mind that young pups must be trained to swim properly just as they must be trained to do other tasks. Grab a swim vest and join them in the pool for a lesson. Fido will be swimming on their own in no time.

Conclusion

The Giant Schnoodle is a sweet companion who will enjoy accompanying you on a number of outdoor adventures. In addition, this giant breed will also be a happy indoor dog - however, they must have ample exercise. Wait for a full year before taking on any really difficult physical activity. After, your Giant Schnoodle will join you most anywhere for fun.