Activities For Goldenshires

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Introduction

A hybrid breed with the Golden Retriever and the Yorkshire Terrier as parents, the Goldenshire is an energetic and loving family pet. Small in size but with a big personality, the Goldenshire is a spirited breed with an infectious love of life. Alert and inquisitive, these lovable dogs will happily give anything a try and tackle whatever obstacles life throws in their way.

As you can imagine with such an active and adventurous breed, regular exercise and plenty of mental stimulation are essential to ensure that your pet is happy and well-behaved. So if you're looking for activities your gorgeous Goldenshire will love, here are a few of the best.

Dock Diving

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Sunny Day
Cheap
Easy
1 hr
Items needed
Toy or ball
Activity description

Does your dog love the water? Are they obsessed with tennis balls or a particular toy?

If you answered yes to these two questions, the sport of dock diving might be the paw-fect choice for your dog. The basic premise of dock diving is simple: you and your dog stand on a dock and you throw a toy or ball out over the water. Your dog runs and leaps off the dock in pursuit of the toy, landing in the water with an almighty splash and then wrapping their jaws around the toy. The aim is to jump as high or as far as possible, and it's wonderful fun for canine competitors and human spectators. Here's how it works.

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Find a dock
While this is a sport you can practice on any dock or jetty next to a safe body of water, competitive dock diving takes place in special pools designed for that exact purpose. Do some online research to find out whether there are any dock diving facilities or clubs near you, then organize a time to give your pet a taste of what the sport has to offer.
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Make a splash
For dogs that love the water and are obsessed with balls/toys, this sport will come completely naturally. For other pets that may be a little uncertain of the water, you may need to use some treats as encouragement to help them gradually get used to the idea of jumping into the water. Just make sure not to force them to do something they're uncomfortable with. And when your dog does leap into the water to retrieve their ball or toy, make sure you reward them with plenty of praise and a long play session.
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Puppy Party

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Sunny Day
Cheap
Easy
1 - 2 hrs
Items needed
Food
Treats
Toys
Activity description

You probably don't need an excuse to spoil your canine pal, but if you do, there's no better reason than because it's their birthday. Birthday parties are a common occurrence for people, so why shouldn't it be the same for dogs as well?

If you'd like to treat your dog on their special day, invite their best canine friends over for a doggy birthday party. Not only will this provide a great opportunity for your pet (and you) to do some socializing, it'll also be grrr-eat fun for everyone involved and should help your dog get plenty of exercise.

And who knows — your guests might even bring some paw-some presents!

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Plan your party
Take some time to think of the other dogs your pooch gets along well with. When you've got your guest list sorted, send out the invites. Then it's time to worry about the entertainment (get out all your dog's toys and think of some fun games, like musical chairs) and the decorations, and don't forget to bake a dog-friendly birthday cake for all the four-legged partygoers to enjoy.
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Enjoy!
Whether you're hosting the party at your house or at a local dog park, the day is all about having fun. So let the dogs run, play, wrestle and sniff as much as they want, spoil them all with a treat or two and plenty of cake, and take some time to enjoy chatting with other like-minded dog owners. Last of all, don't forget to give each guest a doggy bag to take home with them as a memento of the day.
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Afternoon Drive

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Any Day
Cheap
Easy
1 hr
Items needed
Car
Leash and safety harness
Water
Activity description

Wanna go for a ride? You can bet your Goldenshire's answer will be a resounding yes, so why not load your furry friend into the car and head out for a leisurely cruise? With the windows down and fascinating new smells and sights appearing around every bend, your pooch will love the mental stimulation this activity offers.

Even better, going for a car ride means lots of one-on-one time with their human, so your pet should be a perfect passenger no matter where you go.

If you and your Goldenshire want to go exploring in comfort, here's what you need to do.
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Decide where to go
Whether you have a specific destination in mind, or whether you just plan on hitting the road and seeing where the mood takes you, today is the perfect day to take a different route. Rather than driving down the same old roads you take every day, your pooch will appreciate the chance to take in some different sights.
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Make some stops
If the weather is fine, break your trip up with a pit stop here and there. You could go to the park, hit up a new off-leash area, stop in at a dog-friendly cafe or maybe even meet up with friends. This way you can give your dog a chance to stretch their legs and turn a lazy drive into a big and exciting adventure.
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Hit the Beach

If you're searching for a summertime activity your water-loving pooch will enjoy, find a new dog-friendly beach to visit. Interesting smells, sand between the paws and the chance to splash and play in the water — what more could a dog want?

Fly a Kite

Take a trip to the park with your Goldenshire to enjoy some fresh air, get some exercise and maybe fly a kite. Your pet might even like chasing that strange object in the sky and barking at it to stay away.

Conclusion

Goldenshires aren't couch potatoes who just want to laze the day away in the sun. These are spunky and energetic canines who love going on adventures, trying new things and spending as much time with their family as possible. And if you can find activities that tap into all of your pet's favorite pastimes, your Goldenshire will be one very happy four-legged family member.