Activities For Golden Rottie Retrievers

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Introduction

The adoption of a Golden Rottie Retriever is a big step. Congratulations! A robust combination of the sturdy Rottweiler and the gorgeous Golden Retriever, this hybrid mix is a canine full of energy and enthusiasm for life. It’s best to harness that gusto with regular daily exercise because despite their best intention to behave, the Golden Rottie Retriever can cause a bit of havoc if left to get bored and unstimulated. These friendly dogs are keen to be on the go, so take advantage of the fact and make them your constant companion. The Golden Rottie Retriever can be overprotective and wary of strangers; taking them on outings often in order to socialize them is the best thing you can do to curb this behavior.

Stair Climbing

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Any Day
Free
Hard
30 min
Items needed
Leash
Water
waste bags
Activity description

The Golden Rottie Retriever thrives on activity and movement. Both parent breeds are known for their energetic personality and need for speed. A dog who will push the boundaries if allowed to, this busy canine will push your buttons when they can especially if they have been left to their own devices once too often. Make your pup move on a daily basis and all will be well! If the weather is inclement, play this free and easy game inside. If the weather suits an outdoor excursion, then all the better. Pack up a water bottle and some waste bags and head to the soccer field, park, running track or building with steps. This game involves stairs and lots of them - that is all the additional equipment you will need.

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Vet check up
One may think that a vet checkup is going to the extreme but in fact, stair climbing can be a pretty strenuous activity for both man and canine. Working the back, hips, shoulders, and legs, a vigorous run up the stairs (and the Golden Rottie Retriever will make sure it is done with vigor) will give the body and heart a workout. Let your veterinarian know that you are beginning some intensive exercise sessions with your dog and they will do a health check in order to give you the go ahead.
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Going up
The height of the stairs will have an impact on the intensity of the workout, so keep that in mind. When first starting out with this activity, choose a venue where the stairs are of minimal height - not so low that it presents a tripping hazard but low enough to keep the intensity and effort low. After several sessions of climbing the stairs over a period of weeks, you and your dog will be ready to move on to deeper steps.
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Going down
Going down a set of stairs can also present an agility and coordination-packed challenge. The quadriceps of both you and your climbing buddy will experience contraction and thus, a good exercise drill. A few months into the training, consider putting a light backpack on your dog. Be cautious at all times, staying aware of your pet’s stance and breathing. Look for fatigue and watch your Golden Rottle Retriever's range of movement. You never want to overdo it and chance injury. Hydrate often as well!
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Backpack Workout

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Any Day
Free
Normal
30 min
Items needed
Leash
Weighted Backpack
Water
waste bags
Activity description
Both the Golden Retriever and the Rottweiler parents come from working origins. The Golden, a waterfowl retriever extraordinaire, was fined tuned through years of breeding - dogs like the Red Setter, Tweed Water Spaniel and Flat-coated Retriever were added into the mix in the early days of development in order to produce a dog who could work well on land and in water. The Rottweiler parent was strictly a working dog in their early days; in fact, they would haul carts of meat for the butcher. Before that, they were employed as herding dogs and guardians. With origins like these, you can see that your Golden Rottweiler Retriever will thrive when given a job to do. Put them to work carrying a backpack and they will love the physicality of it.
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The perfect pack
In order to make this activity work and be something that your dog loves to do, you have to purchase the right pack for the job. It must fit well. Enlist the aid of qualified personnel at the pet supply store and look for a pack that is lightweight and lined with a material like a soft fleece, providing comfort for your Golden Rottweiler Retriever’s back. A pack that breathes is a must as is one that does not move and cause chafing.
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The workout
Your pup will feel like they have a purpose every time you strap on the pack. They can wear it during most activities. Have them wear it when you take them running at the beach, while hiking or when climbing stairs. Put a very light amount of weight in the pack to begin, gradually adding weight as your dog grows stronger.
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Running

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Any Day
Free
Hard
15 - 45 min
Items needed
Leash
Water
Waste Bags
Activity description

Every dog loves to run. The Golden Rottie Retriever, in particular, thrives on movement and the ability to be active. If you are an avid runner or would like to become one, you have the perfect partner in the Golden Rottie. Take your pup with you and work on your stamina (both yours and your pup’s) and build the muscles in the legs. Hit the trails running for a cardiovascular workout that can’t be beaten. Of no cost to you, this activity can be enjoyed rain or shine, although a cool, sunny day is the optimal time to go. Run to the dog park, fit in a socialization session for your dog and run back home. While running provides an exercise requirement, getting along with other canines is an important part of your buddy’s emotional development.

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Safety measures
Hard surfaces can be dangerous for your pup. The heat of the pavement and the risk of rocks and glass are hazards to watch out for when on the street or sidewalk. A dirt running track may be easier on the body as will a grassy field, although you have to watch out for uneven terrain in that case. Hydrate often and watch for overexertion or overheating in your dog. As with any sport, advance in stages; build up to longer runs gradually.
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Type of run
Do you and your dog run at the same pace? This can be a challenge at first but as you and your running companion become familiar with each other, the matching of the pace will come. Keep the run interesting by jogging for a bit, then speed walking, and occasionally throwing in a sprint or two.
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Cool down
All types of conditioning require a cool down. Gradually lessen the pace to a fast walk and by the time you reach home, you can be moving at a walking pace. Your Golden Rottie will appreciate the opportunity to investigate scents along the way home. Once you reach home, do a bit of stretching yourself and help your dog out by gently manipulating their legs into a straight position, bending them gently and then stretching them again.
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Puzzle Toy

Your buddy is a very intelligent dog. Allow them to use their keen senses by purchasing or making a puzzle toy for them to solve. Research online or hit the nearest pet supply store for a brain buster for your dog.

Meet and Greet

The Golden Rottie Retriever is known to be very affectionate and social. However, there can be some dog aggression tendencies so best to nip that in the bud early. Along with obedience classes, you should provide for your dog the chance to meet and interact with dogs on a regular basis.

Conclusion

The Golden Rottie Retriever is an all-around amazing companion. They are up for just about any activity, including swimming, agility, and obedience classes. In reality, they just want to be wherever you are. Take them with you on errands, hikes, runs, and to the dog park. Stimulate their mind daily. Doing so will keep them from becoming bored and frustrated due to lack of stimulation.