Activities For Golden Newfies

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Introduction

If you're the proud owner of a Golden Newfie, you know this giant, loving ball of fur is up for any activity that involves hanging out with the family. You also know that it can sometimes be difficult to find activities for Golden Newfies that speak to both their hardworking, family oriented side and their intelligent energetic side. These big cross-breeds want nothing more to spend all day outside with their families and can develop and an overprotective streak or become anxious and distressed if left by themselves for many hours at a time.  It's important to find activities that make your dog feel like an important part of the family.

Family Frisbee

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Sunny Day
Cheap
Easy
30 min
Items needed
Sturdy Frisbee
Activity description
One of the most fun ways to exercise your dog and get in some quality family time with the kids is to play a game of Family Frisbee. This game plays on your dog's natural retrieving ability and makes sure each member of the family has a chance to interact with your dog and practice giving them commands. This activity is also great practice for your dog to listen to even the smallest member of your family. Throwing the frisbee to the dog and each other is a fun and easy form of family bonding. You can easily do this activity after school or even after dinner on long summer days.
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Teach fetch
Before you get the whole family involved, you'll want to teach your dog how to fetch. Fetch should be one of the most natural activities for Golden Newfies because of their Golden Retriever heritage. Choose a frisbee made for dogs that can't easily be destroyed. First teach your dog to "give" or "release" an object, then teach them "bring it." When you throw the frisbee, you can use these commands if your dog gets confused at first or doesn't naturally bring it to you.
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Bring in the fam
Family Frisbee is a little different than regular frisbee, and it's designed to include each member of the family and help them interact with the dog. Set your family up in an arc or line so each person has plenty of space to throw a frisbee. You can take some time to make sure each person knows how to throw a frisbee. It might be hard or intimidating for younger kids, and they may need extra practice without an excited dog putting pressure on them.
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Play together
When your dog has mastered fetching and your family is all set up, you are ready to start. Place yourself at the front of the line and throw the frisbee. When your Golden Newfie gets it and starts to run back, have the next person in line call to your dog. Your dog needs to give them the frisbee for the next throw. Be patient and have the second person repeat the command. The second person will throw the frisbee and the next person in line will call the dog for their turn until everyone has thrown the frisbee, then start over. When your dog gets this pattern, take turns calling the dog out of order until your dog is tired and happy.
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Bobbing for Apples

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Any Day
Cheap
Normal
15 min
Items needed
Cut up apples
Bucket
Water
Activity description
Bobbing for apples is one of the best activities for Golden Newfies in the fall when you want to include your furry family member in autumn games. We've all tried bobbing for apples at one time in our lives and remember the fun trying to sink out teeth into an apple without our hands. Why not let your Golden Newfie, who probably has an affinity for water and sweet treats? This is also a great game to try with ice cubes during the heat of the summer when your furry friend just needs something to entertain them and cool them off.
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Prepare the game
The night before your apple bobbing event, cut up a few apple slices and freeze them. This will make it easier for your dog, and let the game last longer. Though apples are healthy, you don't want your dog to eat an entire apple in one gulp, seeds and all. Make sure you have a bucket with a wide opening. You don't want the top to be so narrow your dog is nervous to stick his head in it.
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Start bobbing
When you're ready to play, fill your bucket with water and add in the frozen apple slices. You can also add in some ice cubes if your dog really loves this game and wants to keep going after they have eaten their share of apple slices. Lead your dog to the water tub and cheer them on. Encourage them to dive in and get the apples. It may take them a minute or two to understand what is being asked of them. Once they get their first apple, they will surely dive in for more.
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Friendly competition
Bring your children in on the game by setting up a bobbing for apples competition. See who is faster at getting the apple slices, your kids or the dog. You can set them up side by side and let them go, or you can use one tub and time each competitor. Just make sure your dog goes last. No one wants to lose because the dog drool made the apples slippery. This will be fun family memory and tradition for years to come.
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Take a Hike

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Sunny Day
Free
Normal
30 - 60 min
Items needed
Leash
Treats and snacks
Map or hiking book
Doggy waste bags
Activity description
Golden Newfies love to adventure and explore outside, and one of their favorite things to do is go on a leisurely hike with you. This laid-back dog is a perfect companion for people who love to hike on the weekends. These dogs aren't the super energetic kind, so they don't need to run for miles, but they are happy walking by your side and stopping every so often to smell a flower or admire the scenery. Hiking with your dog will help them maintain a healthy weight and protect their joints and bones when they get older. It's the perfect activity for both of you.
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Find a hike
Take some time to research popular hikes near your home. You want to find a trail that matches your ability and your dog's activity level. Keep in mind the time of year as well. Your big furry hiking buddy will be very hot during the summer months, so take some time to look for hikes that follow streams or are shaded so they can cool off anytime they are getting hot. You also don't want to choose trails that are too long or difficult for you or your pup.
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Be prepared
Before you hit the trail, you want to make sure you pack a bag with some trail essentials. Along with a leash for your dog, you're going to need a water bowl and extra water as well as snacks or treats to keep their energy up. You can pack this alongside your trail essentials and snacks, or you can purchase a dog backpack and let your Golden Newfie carry their own things. This can be a fun novelty for anyone you see on the trail.
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Go hike!
When you know where you're headed and your bags are packed, you're ready to hit the trail. While you're hiking, be certain to follow all hiking etiquette rules. Pull over to the side of the trail to let people pass and have your dog sit by your side. Never let them run up to other people or bark. Their size can be intimidating to other hikers. Enjoy the trail and stop often for water breaks, pictures, and to take in the scenery.
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More Fun Ideas...

Get a Pup-chino

On easy weekend days, head to your local doggy cafe and pick up a pup-chino for your dog and a coffee for yourself. You can walk to a nearby park and enjoy people watching while you sip your drinks.

Movie Night

Your dog loves to be the center of family activities, so why not set up a fun movie night? You can pop popcorn (and serve pup-corn to your dog) and enjoy your favorite dog movie.

Conclusion

Finding activities for Golden Newfies doesn't have to be hard at all. Their desire to be outside playing with their families or humans makes any activity you do the perfect fit. From hiking to picnics and movie nights, your furry buddy is always up for fun. In fact, they crave human interaction so if you have to be gone for long periods of time during the day, you can always hire a dog walker to make sure they aren't lonely. When you get home they will still be there waiting for a walk or a game of frisbee.