Activities For Irish Wolfoodles

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Introduction

Irish Wolfoodles, or just Wolfoodles, are a combination of the majestic Irish Wolfhound and the fancy Standard Poodle. Irish Wolfhounds are considered the tallest dog in the world. Despite their imposing height, they are friendly and affectionate. 

Poodles are medium-sized dogs, so combining the two breeds results in a large dog with an interesting textured coat. Wolfhounds have wiry coats, while Poodles have luxurious curly fur. The fur of the Wolfoodle is somewhere in the middle; long, wavy fur that requires regular grooming.

As you can imagine, Wolfoodles need a lot of room and exercise to stay healthy, mentally and physically. Poodles and Irish Wolfhounds are known to be very intelligent, but also very stubborn. That means you will have to be consistent and firm when training, but also kind. 

Be a Tourist in Your Town

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Sunny Day
Free
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1 hr
Items needed
Leash
Harness
"Pet Me" vest
Activity description

Many people live in the same town for years without exploring what their town is all about. If you live in a dog-friendly town or city, bring your pup along to play tourists for a day. Businesses such as wineries, breweries, home improvement shops and boardwalks usually allow leashed dogs to come inside with their owner. 

A big dog like an Irish Wolfoodle is bound to get a lot of stares and questions. If Fido is friendly (which they should be for this activity to succeed), put them in a “Pet Me” vest, so people aren’t intimidated by your pup’s height.

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Find pet-friendly tourist locations
Before you and Fido begin your adventure as tourists, you have to do a bit of research and find local businesses that allow dogs. If your pup doesn’t behave well around people, you can try local State Parks or landmarks, provided dogs are welcome there. Regardless of where you go, be sure to bring along doggie bags to pick up after your pup's "accidents."
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Buy "pet me" vest
The sheer height of an Irish Wolfoodle can be awe-inspiring. If you’re a stranger, it can also be intimidating. If your pup is an outgoing dog that loves pats and attention, consider purchasing a “Pet Me” vest to let new people know that it is okay to approach Fido. On the other hand, if your dog prefers to be left alone, there are vests that warn people to keep their distance or that the dog is shy.
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See the sights
Once you’ve found dog-friendly businesses and a welcoming vest, it’s time to saddle up your Irish Wolfoodle with the proper harness and leash. You’ve hopefully already taught your pup the “sit” and "heel" commands. Big dogs can be difficult to handle and stubborn, so it important to train your dog to obey using positive reinforcement.
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Movie at Home

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Any Day
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2 hrs
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Movie
Couch
Popcorn/Treats
Activity description
Who doesn’t love a nice, quiet evening at home watching a movie? It might be hard to believe that such a large dog as an Irish Wolfoodle would be happy to stay at home, but they are a breed that is happiest when they are snuggling with their family.

Give your pup plenty of exercise during the day with a couple of rounds of fetch and there is a good chance your pup will sleep during the movie night, but you can’t beat the companionship of a warm dog.

You might want to skip the movie Marley & Me (or any movie where the dog doesn't make it), though, if you're prone to getting emotional over sad endings, or Fido is going to worry about you instead of feel loving and relaxed.

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Pick a movie
The most important part of movie night is picking a movie. Since you’re watching with Fido, pick a movie with or about dogs! Tread cautiously - many movies with dogs in them don’t have a happy ending for the dog. The movie is more for you than for your pup, of course. Your pooch will most likely snooze through the majority of it.
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Cozy up under a blanket
Cuddle up under a blanket on the couch with your pup. If you don’t let your dog on the couch, bring their dog bed near you. Wolfoodles love being close to their families and involved in any activity the humans are doing. Irish Wolfoodles have soft fur and petting them will help you relax and unwind. Fido won’t be complaining about all the extra attention.
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Don't forget the popcorn!
What’s a movie without popcorn? Fido might have to find out because while a little popcorn is okay for dogs, there are a few potential dangers. For one, the popcorn can add a lot of unhealthy salt and fat to your pooch’s diet. The unpopped kernels can cause a dog’s teeth to break. Overall, a few pieces won’t harm your pup, but instead, make some homemade dog “pupcorn” using dried kibble.
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Short Walk

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Sunny Day
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20 min
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Leash
Harness
water bowl
Activity description

Despite their giant stature, Wolfoodles don’t need as much exercise as their size would imply. Furthermore, they can’t be out in the elements (especially heat) for long periods of time. If you want an activity that will give your pup some exercise and fresh air, a brisk 20-minute walk will suffice.

You’ve heard the saying, “the best things in life are free.” Well, so are walks! It should be a breeze because you’ve been training your dog to walk nicely on a leash since they were a not-very-small-pup, right? If not, good luck walking your mini-horse.

Keep in mind that your dog's instincts are as a hunter, so watch out of small animals they might see as prey.

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Put a harness on your pup
With a dog as large as an Irish Wolfoodle, harnesses work better than regular collars because it gives you more control. You can also get a harness that says whether your dog is friendly or if people should look but not touch. Given the rarity of the breed, anyone you encounter will probably have questions about Fido.
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Switch it up
While dogs are usually always happy, they can also get bored easily. For that reason, you should change up your walking route every now and then, if you live in a safe neighborhood to do so. Change will do your pup good. The grass is always greener. Or yellower, once Fido walks by it.
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Hydrate!
If you’re going on a walk, regardless of time or distance, you should bring along water for you and your pup. Irish Wolfoodles can’t tolerate being in the hot weather for too long and they might get dehydrated before you can make it back home. It’s not like you can carry your pup the rest of the way, given that they weigh as much as a small horse.
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Doggy Sleepover

If you have friends or relatives who have dogs, have them bring the all the pups over for a doggy sleepover. It is a great way to socialize your Wolfoodle while giving them the exercise they need. Close supervision of the dogs is necessary to smooth things over if they get too overzealous.

Therapy Dog

Gentle giants, Irish Wolfoodles make pawfect therapy dogs. Their loving and affectionate nature, along with their size, provides immense comfort and joy to anyone who crosses their path. The first step is to find a local class that trains therapy dogs. Once training is complete and a certificate is earned, contact local hospitals, colleges or offices that might have a place for Fido.

Conclusion

Irish Wolfoodles are dogs who love being indoors with their people. They shouldn’t be left alone or outside for long periods of time. They generally get along well with new people and other dogs. However, they need to be taught socialization skills, not to jump, and other basic commands.

These training sessions will go easier if your pup is well-exercised before the training. A brisk walk or a longer walk touring your town’s tourist attractions are two activities that will tire Fido out so the two of you can enjoy cuddling up at home and watching a movie. Woolfoodles love to cuddle.