Activities For Jack-A-Poos

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Introduction

Jack-A-Poos are the affectionate mashup of the Jack Russell Terrier and either the Toy or Miniature Poodle. This spunky hybrid is known for their curiosity, intelligence, and stubborn nature. The Jack-A-Poo is super receptive to training, though when they go unstimulated, they sometimes let their mischievousness get the best of them. 

Jack Russell Terriers can be quite a handful for inexperienced dog owners, but the poodle lineage brings some balance to the hyperactive prey-driven Jack Russell. Both Poodles and Jack Russell Terriers descend from hunting dogs, with the Poodle trained for waterfowl retrieval and the Jack Russell bred to hunt foxes and rats. Keeping this clever breed busy will take some creativity and effort, but we've come up with plenty of activities to get you started! 

Camping

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Sunny Day
Moderate
Easy
1 - 3 days
Items needed
Food storage box
Leash
Tarp
Comb
Waste bags
Activity description
Camping is a furrific way for humans and pets to tune out of their mundane routine and tune in to nature. Spending some time in the wilderness is also a great way to stimulate your Jack-A-Poo both mentally and physically. Besides enjoying your buddy's company, you can try some fun outdoorsy activities like swimming, hiking, and canoeing. It's never a bad idea to create an activity itinerary ahead of time; this way, you can pack accordingly. Many parks require that doggos stay on a leash during their visit, so make sure you brush up on the pet rules before you decide to go off-leash exploring.
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Set up camp
Lay a plastic tarp down in your dog’s sleeping quarters; this will help keep your dog warmer in the winter months and keep their tummy free from bugs in the summer. A comb will help you to remove any debris or creepy-crawlies that may attach to your pup’s fur while exploring. Keep food in an animal-proof storage box so you don't unintentionally lure unwanted critters to your tent! It's equally crucial that you keep trash in smell-proof containers -- wildlife doesn't have a preference between spoiled and fresh food!
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Plan your trip
When planning a camping trip with your pooch, you should do plenty of research to find the dog-friendliest locations pawssible. For example, most state parks are dog-friendly, but in some of these, canines are not allowed to walk the trails, hang out on the beach, or swim in the lakes. Try to pick a park or campground that won’t exclude Fido from certain activities.
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Try a Sandbox

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Sunny Day
Expensive
Normal
1 - 3 hrs
Items needed
Sandbox
50-100 lbs of play sand
Activity description

Many Jack-A-Poos enjoy the age-old tradition of digging up their parent's yard. While this is an exciting prospect for pooches, it can be quite disconcerting to their owners. One solution to this is to create a designated digging space for your little excavator. For most owners, the most efficient way to do this is to invest in a sandbox. The price range for sandboxes varies quite a bit, but you should be able to score one to suit your little digger's needs for under 50 bucks. Sand is usually inexpensive.

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Buy a sandbox
You’ll want a heavy duty plastic sandbox -- teething puppies find wooden styles irresistible for chewing, and you don’t want that. You can make a sandbox if you feel like getting crafty, but it probably won’t be any cheaper than buying a pre-made box unless you already have the materials lying around.
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Hide some dry treats and toys!
Encourage your dog to dig in their new sandbox by hiding some tasty dry treats (think biscuits, bones, and chews) or some sturdy toys that won’t gather too much sand. Your dog will have a blast digging for hidden treasures! Those of you who don’t plan to hide edible goodies can dampen the sand to make it more exciting to dig in -- this way, your dog can remove more sand at once!
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Bubble Paw-ty

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Any Day
Cheap
Easy
30 min
Items needed
Bubble wands
Shallow baking dish
Bubble machine
Dog-safe bubble solution
Activity description

Don't blow Fido's weekend plans with a lame regular paw-ty. We're gonna give you the low down on how to throw an unbelievably pawesome bubble party!  Not only are bubble paw-ties fun for the whole family, but they're also an inexpensive option for budget-conscious packs. Bubbles are an excellent sensory learning experience for dogs and children since they can chase them, bite them, and attempt to catch them! Don't worry if your pet eats a few bubbles; the bubble solution is completely non-toxic to doggos and kiddos! Grab your camera phone and whip out that bottle of bubbly stuff -- you're gonna want to record this!

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Buy the supplies
For this activity, you’ll need several different types of bubble wands for variety and bubble solution. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can invest in a bubble machine or bubble gun to double the bubble fun! Some bubble liquids marketed towards dogs have unique scents like bacon, peanut butter, and cheese! Pick up a bottle of these tasty suds to up your owner XP by 1000 points (at least).
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Set up the area
Certain bubble wands and machines work best if they are dipped in a thin layer of solution that is spread out over a large surface area. For these, consider using a disposable pie pan, glass baking dish, or some other kind of large shallow pan. Although fun, bubbles are also wet, sticky, and leave your floor rather gross. Minimize the mess by laying down a tarp if you plan to do this activity inside.
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Have a Picnic

Pack up some dog-safe snacks and head to your favorite scenic spot for a refreshing fur-venture. Keep the picnic basket healthy for people and poochies by tossing in carrot sticks, string cheese, and fruit salad (made with blueberries, bananas, apples, and strawberries). Want something more substantial? Toss in some pup-safe sandwiches like peanut butter and banana, egg salad (sans the onion), or chicken salad (again, no onion).

Try a Boomerang

Is Fido growing tired of Frisbee toss? Spice things up by investing in a doggy boomerang! There are tons of different types of doggy boomerangs, including models that float and ones with plushy stuffing. While these won't circle back to you like a wooden boomerang, they will travel much farther than your standard frisbee.

Conclusion

Jack-A-Poos are highly adaptable dogs who love to please and entertain their owners. While this breed is known to be energetic, regular exercise and obedience training can help channel their energy in a constructive manner. One thing is for sure -- your Jack-A-Poo's favorite activity will be anything that involves YOU!