Activities For Newfypoos

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Introduction

Newfypoos are a cross between a Newfoundland and a Poodle, resulting in a pup with the curly fur of a Poodle and the adorable face of a Newfie! They can be an unpredictable size -- large like a Newfie or medium-sized like a Poodle. Their personality will be ultra intelligent, as both parent breeds are very smart and driven.

Your pup might inherit the more active gene of the Poodle. Yep, Poodles are more active than giant Newfoundlands! Newfies are goofy, patient dogs who prefer to be indoors with their family just as much as they enjoy outdoor activities, but you should still be prepared to spend at least an hour exercising your Newfypoo.

Weighted Vest Walking

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Any Day
Cheap
Easy
30 min
Items needed
Weighted Vest
Treats
Park
Activity description

Weighted walking involves putting a weighted vest or a backpack with weight on your pup and taking them for a walk. Newfypoos love to work, and this will make them feel like they are doing a job, when they are really getting healthy exercise.

Newfypoos love any type of weather, so this activity can be done rain or shine. But given your pup’s thick fur, mornings and evenings are better during hot weather. Dog backpacks and weighted vests can be purchased at any local pet store.

Keep in mind that a half-hour walk feels more like an hour-long walk for your pup with the weights, so start the activity with minimal weights and add as your pup’s muscles strengthen.

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Buy vest or backpack
Before you start weighted walking with your pup, you need to decide if a weighted vest or backpack with weights would be best for your dog. Both give your pup a sense of purpose and responsibility, but it's your responsibility not to work your dog too hard. If Fido isn’t a fan of the weighted backpack, you can use water bottles as a substitute for the weights.
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Start slow
Once you’ve purchased the vest or backpack, try it out on the dog for 5 to 10 minutes to see how Fido likes it. They may be confused or may immediately take to the weight. Start with a low amount of weighted items in the backpack, totalling no more than 10% of their body weight. The vests can have weights added to it or removed.
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Add weights
Once your dog has gotten comfy with the vest (or backpack), you can add more weights or even go on a hike. But it’s important to increase the weights slowly over time instead of all at once. Given that your Newfypoo has a lot of fur, be sure to keep water and a water bowl in the backpack.
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Pet Parade

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

The only thing better than regular parades are dog parades. Bigger cities such as NYC often have dog parades for holidays. Halloween dog parades are a huge hit and many smaller pet stores have pet costume contests.

If you want your dog to the walk in the parade, contact the parade’s organizer. Maybe your pup will be the Grand Marshall! If your pup isn’t ready for their big debut, you can always stand on the sidelines and watch the parade go by with Fido in costume.

Parades happen mostly during warmer months, so make sure your pup can handle the heat. Bring water and a collapsible water dish.

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Find parade
Finding a parade is easy, as most towns have them for every holiday or festival. Finding one that is dog-friendly might be harder. However, one look at your Newfypoo’s cute face will win the organizers over. You also need to make sure your dog is socialized and won’t freak out around so many people.
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Spectator or participant?
No one knows your pup better than you do. You know if they will be happier at the center of attention or off on the sidelines. Of course, a cute, fluffy pup like a Newfypoo will get a lot of attention either way. But some dogs just aren’t good with crowds or noise. If the parade ends with fireworks, you have to consider if it’s safe to bring Fido.
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Dress up for theme
What’s the fun of going to a parade with Fido if you don’t dress them up? Dressing up doesn’t necessarily mean dog clothes, which might not be good for your dog in the warm weather, but you can use hats or glasses. Be creative. Let your imagination run dog wild!
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Boat Ride & Swim Adventure

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Sunny Day
Cheap
Easy
30 min
Items needed
Life Vest
Ball
Activity description

For the most part, Newfoundlands love to be in the water. They are great swimmers, despite their large size. Due to their heritage, there is a strong chance that your Newfypoo will love water, too.

Taking your pup on a boat and letting them swim is something Fido would enjoy, as Newfypoos like to be involved in the action and spending most of their time with the "pack." Boats are usually taken out in sunny, warm weather. The life vest is the only real expense unless you need to rent a boat for the day. Your pup will love the fun in the sun!
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Buy a dog life vest
Before you take your pup swimming, boating or on any water activity, you need to buy them a life vest. You might think your dog is a stronger swimmer than an Olympic athelete, but your dog can easily become tired or panic in the middle of swimming. Not having a life vest puts both your life and your dog’s life in danger.
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Boat options
If you are renting a boat for the day, you have a ton of options. You can rent a speedboat, a sailboat, a rowboat, or even a kayak, if the company allows dogs in them and your Newfypoo can fit. But before you leave the shore, make sure Fido has a life vest on and does not try to jump into the water until you give the okay.
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Bring toys
If everything with your pup is going… well, swimmingly, you can add to the fun by bringing toys for your dog to retrieve from the water. Your dog might already be worn out from the excitement of a boat ride and swim. But if they aren’t, throw a ball into the water and enjoy a game of water fetch. Many pet stores sell floating dog toys.
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Tracking

Your Newfypoo's history is full of dogs who tracked for hunters or farmers. Going to a class will help your pup hone this natural instinct. You can even sign your dog up as a search and rescue volunteer after training is complete, or just track for fun. Give treats and praise to help train your dog to track.

Attend a Newfy Gathering

Yes, this is an actual thing, where owners of Newfoundlands gather in parks so their dogs can play together. It’s called Newfapalooza. Yes, your pup is a Newfie/Poodle cross, but their bloodline still dates back to the original Newfoundlands. Check your local bulletin boards to see if there is a gathering where you live.

Conclusion

You want your Newfypoo to be socialized with both dogs and other people. Attending a Newfie gathering and pet parades are great ways to introduce your dog and work on their manners.

Newfypoos have double the working dog ancestry, as both Poodles and Newfoundlands were used in tracking and other jobs. You can take your Newfypoo to a tracking class or work with them yourself. Weighted walking is a great exercise for your pup. Newfies actually shouldn’t jump up too much or they can hurt their hips. Swimming is relaxing and a favorite activity of Newfoundlands.