Activities For Great Danoodles

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Introduction

With their impressive size and loving personalities, Great Danes are one of the most easily recognizable dog breeds in the world. With their gorgeous coat (and occasionally outrageous haircuts), Poodles are not too far behind.

Cross these two iconic breeds together and you get the Great Danoodle, an affectionate, gentle and adorable family pet. These big dogs thrive on human company and are quite intelligent, and their number-one goal in life is pleasing their owner. They also have moderate daily exercise requirements, so it's important to get outside regularly and give your Great Danoodle a chance to stay active.

If you're looking for fun and easy activities to share with your Great Danoodle, here are three of the best.

Obedience Training

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Any Day
Free
Easy
10 mins
Items needed
Treats
Toys
Activity description

Great Danoodles are big dogs, so it's important for you to be able to control your pooch in a variety of situations. This is where regular obedience training comes in. By teaching your pooch all the essentials of good behavior — from basics like sitting and staying to more advanced skills like coming when called — you'll help your pet become a fine, upstanding citizen of the canine world.

Great Danoodles are known for being intelligent and very eager to please their owner, so your pooch should be a willing participant in all training sessions. With patient guidance from you and plenty of repetition, your pet will soon become your best-behaved family member.

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Choose a reward
Positive reinforcement training is the best way to teach desired behaviors to your dog. By learning to associate performing certain skills with receiving something wonderful, your dog will want to reproduce those skills for you whenever you ask for them. Work out what reward your dog values most — a treat, play time or heaps of cuddles and praise — and use it throughout your training sessions when you want to reward your pooch.
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Take it one step at a time
Start with basic behaviors like sit, stay, and drop. Once your dog has these mastered, you can move on to things like coming when called, walking beside you on a leash and greeting new people politely. It often helps to break each skill down into individual steps, rewarding your dog as they successfully perform each step. You can then scale back the treats as your dog gets the hang of each trick.
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Make it fun
To stop your dog from becoming bored, keep each training session short and sweet. Try to end on a positive note and don't be stingy with the rewards. Finally, always remain patient and never get angry with your dog — all this will do is confuse them. Obedience training is a fun and rewarding way to spend time with your Great Danoodle, so make sure you enjoy every second.
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Picnic With Your Pooch

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Sunny Day
Cheap
Easy
1 - 2 hrs
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Food (for you and your dog)
Water
Picnic blanket
Tennis ball
Activity description

If you're looking for an easy way to enjoy some one-on-one time with your furry friend in the great outdoors, why not plan a pet-friendly picnic? Great Danoodles thrive on human companionship and interaction, so your canine pal will love lazing about in the sun with you. Throw in the opportunity to get a bit of exercise, smell some new smells and enjoy a tasty lunch as well and you've got something pretty close to your Great Danoodle's idea of a paw-fect day out.

So pack yourself a picnic hamper, grab your picnic blanket, and get ready for some fun in the sun!

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Plan your picnic
Where will you go? What will you do when you get there? What will you eat? The answer to the first question will depend on where you live and the picnic spots within easy driving distance of your house. Look for somewhere with plenty of open, grassy space, shade if the weather is hot, and maybe even an off-leash dog park if possible. Pack balls, frisbees, and other toys to keep your pooch entertained, and remember to pack a nutritious lunch for all human and canine guests.
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Enjoy!
The grrr-eat thing about picnics is that you can enjoy them at your own pace. Your dog might want to kick things off with some fun and frantic play time — a game of fetch or catch, chasing the birds or just horsing around — or they might prefer to take things a little slower and just spread out in the sun. You and your pet can then spoil yourselves with a tasty lunch and just enjoy each other's company.
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Nature Walk

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Sunny Day
Free
Easy
1 hr
Items needed
Leash
Water
Activity description

Want to get away from the daily grind for a little while? Want to give your dog a chance to stretch their legs that isn't a cramped dog park or crowded sidewalk? You'll love treating your Great Danoodle to a spot of nature exploration.

This involves finding a park, forest, or just any area of green space within easy walking or driving distance of your home. You can then plan a nature hike or just a leisurely stroll so your dog can enjoy the fresh air, experience new sights and smells, and get some exercise.

This activity offers both physical exercise and mental stimulation for your pet, so get out there and enjoy it.

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Find a park
Where do you go when you want to get back to nature? Look for a park, lake, creek, forest or other natural space near you where your dog will have a chance to experience something different to their everyday. Hopefully there will be marked trails you and your dog can stroll along together, giving your dog a chance to explore their surrounds.
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Go forth and explore
This isn't about working up a sweat or setting a cracking pace, but about taking some time to stop and smell the roses. So head out on your chosen trail and let your dog set the pace. If they want to stop and sniff something, let them. If they want to investigate something off the side of the trail, don't stop them (provided it's safe to do so and you're allowed off the trail). Remember to keep an eye out for any hazards such as poison ivy, but otherwise just relax and let your dog experience all the new sights, sounds and smells they can manage.
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Walking

A walk can be a great way for you to decompress after a tough day, and for your dog to get plenty of exercise and mental stimulation. Daily walks are important for Great Danoodles and are one of the simplest ways for you and your pet to have fun together.

Agility

Got a Great Danoodle who loves running, jumping, and impressing you? The sport of agility might be a paw-fect fit — it basically involves teaching your dog to navigate an obstacle course and is an excellent way for you and your pet to stay active.

Treasure Hunt

Spoil your Great Danoodle by hiding their favorite treats around the house or yard and encouraging them to find them. They get the reward of a tasty snack and you get a game you can play either inside or out.

Conclusion

You should now have a few paw-some ideas of how to keep your Great Danoodle entertained and stimulated day in, day out. That said, we've really only scratched the surface — there are heaps of other simple activities your pet will adore, so keep on researching and looking for new ideas.

Whatever you're planning, just remember that these lovable pooches love nothing more than pleasing you. Give them a chance to do just that and they'll tackle each day with a wagging tail and a big, cheeky grin!