The Golden Irish is a delightful hybrid breed, combining the well-known and adored Golden Retriever with the energetic Irish Setter. Though the Irish Setter is not as recognizable of a breed as the Golden Retriever, this pooch is known for its hunting abilities, high energy, and stamina as well as its devotion to pleasing its owner. With an exceptionally enthusiastic and upbeat personality, the Irish Setter needs vigorous exercise daily, or else they can become bored and rambunctious. Golden Retrievers, on the other hand, have a calmer demeanor, especially when exercised daily and stimulated both physically and mentally. Known to be a friendly companion, The Golden Retriever is obedient and devoted to their family.
These two breeds combined make for an eager outdoor enthusiast that's friendly towards others and always looking for ways to exert their energy! Which brings us to some suggestions for activities that can be used to enhance your experience with your Golden Irish.
One fun way to keep your pup mentally stimulated on days you're trapped indoors includes teaching them how to tidy up their own toys! Start by selecting a basket or bin, and show your pooch that it's where their toys belong. After using simple conditioning techniques, your pooch can learn to "tidy up" on demand, keeping them occupied and mentally stimulated throughout the activity. Depending on the number of toys your pup has, this activity can take them quite a while and requires them to use both their locating skills as well as exert physical energy by searching your home for their precious treasures.
The cost is minimal if you already have toys and some kind of storage container. The activity can be done indoors, making it "paw-fect" for rainy days. You can also modify the activity and bring it the backyard as well, keeping your yard tidy and pup active.
Frisbee takes the game of fetch to a whole new level. After your Golden Irish masters the art of catching and returning, you can introduce the frisbee to up the ante. With enough patience and practice, your dog will be able to anticipate the frisbee and catch it in mid-air!
Frisbee should ideally be played outdoors in a large open space. Though it's best to play on a warm, sunny day, this game can be enjoyed in any weather.
Urban sledding is a new sensation that requires your pup to pull some form of weighted sled. Ideally, whatever sled they are using needs to have wheels, unless you plan to complete the activity in the snow. In that case, a toboggan or wooden sled would also suffice. The activity is easy to modify and requires physical exertion, which is "paw-fect" for the high energy level of Golden Irishs.
The only costs required involve getting a sled and harness, if you don't have these materials already. Using household objects, such as books in a bag to add weight to the sled, is one cost-efficient alternative to weights.
The Golden Irish is a remarkable blend of the gently obedient Golden Retriever and game-driven Irish Setter. The combination of breeds makes for a friendly, high-energy companion in need of constant stimulation to avoid boredom and unwanted habits (such as chewing or destructive behaviors). Engaging your pooch in physical activities that require lots of energy is the best way to exercise. Frisbee, urban sledding, daily walks, and swimming are only some ideas to get you started. Mental stimulation is also key, so couple physical activities with those meant to challenge your Golden Irish’s thinking, such a toy tidy up or puzzle toys. Be patient, enjoy your experience, and remember, a happy Golden Irish is one that’s exhausted and stimulated!