Activities For Golden Boxers

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Introduction

Bringing together two of the best dog breeds – the loving and gentle Golden Retriever and the playful and humorous Boxer – the Golden Boxer is an adorable and wonderful designer dog that makes for a great family pet. This hybrid is a calm, sociable and compassionate dog that loves to be involved in any family activity. The reason for this is because both the parent breeds of this dog thrive on companionship from humans, which means they don’t like being left behind. If you are looking for a designer dog is devoted, affectionate and friendly, then the Golden Boxer might be the one you want. 

Celebrate Halloween

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Any Day
Cheap
Easy
12 hrs
Items needed
Costume
Activity description

Halloween is one of the most fun holidays of the year and one that is observed practically all over the country. Held every 31st of October, this holiday is usually celebrated by dressing up in costumes (usually horror and scary themes) and doing the “trick-or-treat” tradition. Other related activities involved with the holiday are carving of pumpkins, attending costume parties, going to haunted attractions and sharing scary stories. For dog owners, Halloween is the perfect holiday to dress up their furry friends in some amusing costumes. You can even join some Halloween events around your area which are typically free or of very low cost. However, you have to make sure that it is a dog-friendly event and that you follow the rules.

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Buy a costume for your dog
To make the Halloween special for your Golden Boxer, you need to find the perfect costume. Most pet shops offer a variety of ready-made costumes to choose from, especially when Halloween is approaching. In case you have a certain costume in mind that you want, you can look for a tailor that can create the one you want. Make sure that your pup's costume is comfortable and does not restrict them in any way.
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Go trick-or-treating
When your dog is all dressed up for the festivities, put them on a leash and start going door-to-door for some trick-or-treat fun. It will be fun to bump into friends, strangers and even fellow canines while walking around the neighborhood. Those giving away candies might even throw in an extra treat for your pooch!
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Canoeing

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Sunny Day
Moderate
Normal
1 hr
Items needed
Doggy Life Vest
Paddle
Canoe
Activity description

Canoeing out into the water is one of the most exciting activities that one can engage in. Aside from the peace and quiet that you will get while in the middle of a lake or river, you also get to enjoy some nice views and get a good workout in. This experience can be made even more magical when you take your favorite furry friend with you for the ride. Golden Boxers can be a good fit for this activity, especially if they take from their Golden Retriever parent, a breed that is known to enjoy being in the water. Of no cost if you already own a canoe and canoeing gear, this activity is best done on a nice day. 

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Get the right gear
Before you go on your canoeing trip, you need to buy the proper gear not just for you but also for your four-legged friend. You would want to buy a flotation device for your pooch for safety reasons. You may also get a waterproof bed where your dog can lie in while inside the canoe. For the canoe that you will use, you need to buy or rent one that is large enough to comfortably and securely carry you and your Golden Boxer in the water.
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Canine canoe training
Before getting into the water, you first have to train your dog to get and stay in the canoe. This is particularly important if it’s your dog’s first time to go canoeing and they haven’t encountered a canoe ever. You can put your dog’s favorite bed, treat or toy inside the canoe to encourage them to jump in. Then command them to stay. Repeat this regularly over the next couple of days until your dog can comfortably go in and stay in the canoe. As well, if they need familiarization with the doggy vest, have them wear it a few minutes a day in the weeks leading up to the event.
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Start canoeing
When you feel like your dog is ready for the actual thing, head out to the nearest lake or river. Check the water and make sure it is calm and flat; you wouldn’t want some crazy waves to cause your boat to capsize. Put the doggy life vest on your pooch and encourage them to get in the canoe. Then, carefully push the canoe into the water and get in. Once your dog is calm and composed, you can start paddling further out and enjoy the lovely day canoeing.
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Creative Painting

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Any Day
Cheap
Easy
15 - 30 min
Items needed
Canvas or cloth
Non-toxic paint
Newspaper
Activity description

Every human has a creative side waiting to be unleashed. If you are a fan of the arts or just want to channel your inner Picasso, why not set an entire day for you and your pooch to do some artwork? Doing some “painting” together can be a fun, bonding moment between you and your best bud. At the same time, your dog gets to create a one-of-a-kind artwork that you can keep and treasure for life. Even though this activity is low-budget and takes minimal effort, it is one that can truly strengthen the bond and communication between you two. 

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Buy the needed materials
To start with your artsy-fartsy day, you first need to purchase some materials. You will need a blank canvas or poster board where you and your dog can paint. A plain white cloth will also do. As for the paint, you need to find a special, non-toxic and pet-safe paint that can be easily washed off. Some ingredients that you have to look out for are henna, xylitol or benzoyl alcohol.
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Start painting
Once you have all the materials needed, find a space where you can start painting. Cover the floor with newspaper to protect it from the paint. Lay out the canvas or cloth to be painted on and carefully dip your dog’s paws into the paint. Then, allow your pooch to get creative and work on their masterpiece. Once finished, wipe off the paint of their paws right away. You may even choose to give your dog a bath after the painting session to cap off your bonding day.
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Beach Trip

The beach is the perfect spot to swim, play and just relax. This is why a lot of dog lovers bring their pooch to the beach during their time off. Look for a dog-friendly beach in your area and spend the day having some fun together. 

Make "Pupsicles"

Everyone likes to enjoy a sweet treat every now and then, even dogs! Spend a hot summer day in the kitchen making some “pupsicles” for your pooch. Just research on easy-to-make recipes online and get whipping!

Conclusion

The Golden Boxer is a fun-loving dog breed that can bring joy to the lives of any dog owner. Since this breed particularly flourishes on human companionship, you should try and engage in activities that allow your dog to be totally involved. Golden Boxers do not like being left behind and should always be regarded as a member of the family.