Activities For Goldendales

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Introduction

What do you get when you cross the sweet-natured and friendly Golden Retriever with the independent and adorable Airedale Terrier? You get a breed known as the Goldendale, of course. A loving and affectionate family pet, the Goldendale is also tremendously loyal and can be quite protective of its human family.

Goldendales can have a stubborn streak, so regular and consistent training is a must, while daily exercise is also essential to ensure that your energetic pooch stays healthy.

All in all, Goldendales are dogs that like to be kept busy, so if you're looking for some fun activities your Goldendale will enjoy, here are a few of the best.

Hill Climb

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Sunny Day
Free
Hard
30 min
Items needed
Leash
Water
Activity description

Goldendales are typically energetic canines that love to stay active. If you're looking for a way to give your furry friend a tough workout, this is the activity for you.

If you've ever done hill running and descending before, you'll be well aware of the cardio and physical challenge it provides — even for the fittest of people. It's a paw-some way to get your dog's heart rate up as well and will help to strengthen several important muscle groups.

Just make sure that you check with your vet to find out whether it's a suitable activity for your dog, and never attempt a hill climb in extreme or hot weather.

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Choose your hill
The first step is finding the pawfect spot for your doggy workout. If you don't know of anywhere already, do a little online research to find any suitable hill or stair climbing spots in your local area. Or if you've got a friend who's a bit of a fitness freak, ask them whether there's anywhere they recommend.
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Go up, come down
It doesn't take a rocket scientist to work out what to do next. With your dog on a leash beside you, run up the hill and then come back down. You can always walk up and down if you're looking for a gentler workout — the steep slope will ensure that you're still working pretty hard.
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Repeat
All that's left to do now is to keep going until you or your pet have had enough. It's essential that you monitor your pooch for any signs that they may be struggling or slowing down. Don't push them too hard and make sure to give them regular breaks. Also, remember to bring plenty of water with you so you can both stay hydrated. When you're done, collapse in a sweaty heap and get ready to wake up tomorrow with aching muscles!
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Digging Destination

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Sunny Day
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Easy
30 min
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Bones
Toys
Treats
Activity description

Is your Goldendale a digger? Do they love nothing more than giving your perfectly manicured garden a little bit of canine landscaping?

Digging is a natural behavior for dogs, so rather than getting angry at them or continually replanting your petunias, you might want to try redirecting their passion for digging somewhere else.

Specifically, you can set up a designated digging destination in your yard where your dog can dig as much as they want. That way, your dog gets to dig holes and bury treasure to their heart's content, while the rest of your garden stays in pristine condition. Here's what you need to do.

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Set up a digging zone
Where you let your dog dig is up to you. You could have an unused garden bed which is perfect for busy paws, or you might even want to set up a designated sandpit for your canine pal. If you live somewhere prone to hot weather, setting this zone up in a shaded area is also a good idea.
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Get digging
Now it's time to encourage your dog to dig in this designated spot. You can do this by rewarding your dog for doing the right thing, but also by making it a place your dog wants to spend time. You can bury bones there, move their favorite toys there, add in a doggy pool and generally make it as inviting as possible. By encouraging your dog to use this whenever they feel the need to get their paws dirty, you'll be doing your garden a big favor.
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Attend a festival

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Sunny Day
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2 hrs
Items needed
Leash
Treats
Water
Waste bags
Activity description
If you and your pet are getting tired of your usual everyday outings, the arrival of festival season during the warmer months can be very welcome indeed. Outdoor festivals offer the pawfect opportunity for you and your canine companion to get some fresh air, sample new food, experience different cultures, listen to music, meet new people, and generally have a ridiculously good time. Even better, there are plenty of festivals where you don't have to pay a cent to join in the fun, so here's how you and your fur-kid can enjoy a grrr-eat day out at a fabulous festival.
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Choose a festival
Check out a festivals and events calendar for your hometown or city to see what's coming up in the months ahead. From food and culture to arts, crafts, music and even pets, you'll hopefully have an extensive range of festivals to choose from. Just make sure the event you choose is pet-friendly before taking your pooch along.
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Join in the fun
All that's left to do now is grab your dog and get ready to have a good time. Whether you're sampling gourmet delights, watching fun demonstrations, listening to live music or just watching a parade, you should find heaps to enjoy. Just remember to give your pet plenty of water throughout the day, take treats to reward good behavior, and make sure your furry friend is on their best behavior.
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More Fun Ideas...

Go for a Bike Ride

Looking for a way to help your Goldendale burn off some excess energy? You could go for a bike ride and let your pooch trot along beside you on a leash. But be careful — riding with a dog on a leash takes some practice!

Weekend Away

No vacation would be complete without your canine pal, so why not treat your dog to their ultimate weekend away? Book yourself a room at a pet-friendly hotel or bed & breakfast, load your dog into the car, and enjoy a weekend exploring new surroundings.

Conclusion

Regular exercise, mental stimulation, and plenty of quality time with their humans are the key things every Goldendale needs to enjoy a happy life. A content Goldendale makes a loyal and devoted companion, so providing ample outlets for their energy is a crucial role for any owner. And with activities like these at your disposal, you'll be able to keep your pet entertained and amused 24/7.