Activities For Petite Golden Retrievers

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Introduction

Take your average, everyday lovable Golden Retriever, somehow get your hands on a shrink ray, and then zap a Goldie with it. What you'll get is a Petite Golden Retriever. Petite Golden Retrievers, also known as Miniature Golden Retrievers, are just as fun and endearing as their regular sized counterparts, but they come in a more compact size (due to being mixed with the smaller Cavalier King Charles Spaniel) which makes them great companions for dog owners who'd like to care for a Golden Retriever but don't have the space needed to adequately do so. Petite Golden Retrievers don't require as much physical activity as average sized Golden Retrievers either. Nevertheless, they'll still need some time to play and get their exercise in for the day. Here are a few ideas as to how you and your Petite Goldie can bond and stay in shape.

New Dog, Old Tricks

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Any Day
Free
Normal
30 min
Items needed
Dog Treats
Activity description
Petite Golden Retrievers are one of those dog breeds that respond very well to trick training; due to their extroverted nature, they love being in the spotlight and revel at the opportunity to learn a new way to gain everybody's attention within their vicinity. That's why we fervently recommend that you begin attempting to teach your Petite Golden Retriever some tricks as soon as you feel that your dog can retain the info you'll be giving them. We suggest keeping the tricks relatively simple early on and then moving on to more advanced tricks after your Petite Goldie has got the basics down pat.
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Principles of trick training
There are really only a few core concepts that you'll need to keep in mind during trick training: attention, repetition, and reward. You'll need your dog's undivided attention in order to teach them a new trick. You'll then need them to repeat the trick a number of times in order to confirm that they've got it down. And then you'll want to reward them with praise and a treat when they make progress.
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The basics
When teaching your dog any trick or command, the first step is to get their attention by holding a treat in front of their face. Your Petite Goldie's eyes will become glued to the treat, which when you'll hold the treat above their head until they've assumed a sitting position. From there, you'll need to move the treat in a certain direction while issuing a command so that your dog can sit, stay, or lay down on command.
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Advanced tricks
Tricks like rolling over, giving a paw, and retrieving specific items on command are what you'd consider to be advanced. After your dog has gotten the basics of this activity down, we recommend you try teaching them an advanced trick or two. They are completely capable and open to learning a challenging trick.
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Dog Limbo

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Any Day
Cheap
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15 to 20 min
Items needed
Limbo Stick
Limbo Rack
Broom and Chairs
Activity description
Your Petite Goldie is sure to love limbo; this age old party game typically involves human players quite literally bending over backwards in order to pass under a suspend limbo stick without touching it. After every successful pass, the bar is lowered to provide an added challenge to anyone who hasn't been eliminated from the game yet. Players continue on in this way until only one player is left standing. Dog limbo is very similar to the game we've just described, only your pup will be crouching down on all fours while attempting to get under the bar. It might take your dog some time to fully understand this activity but they'll love it once they get the hang of it.
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Safety always comes first
There are quite a few ways you can set up a limbo game; you can buy a pre-built limbo set from your local party store or you can get a few chairs and a broom in order to take the DIY route. Either way, you'll want to make sure that the limbo bar and broom and chairs are secure before you and your dog play to avoid any unexpected surprises.
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How low can you go?
To get your dog to go under the limbo bar, you'll need to get on the other side of the bar and encourage your dog to pass underneath it. Your dog may very well jump over the bar the first few times, you might need to get into a prone position and crawl underneath the bar yourself in order to demonstrate.
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Dog Show Training

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Any Day
Moderate
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1 hr
Items needed
Dog Leash
Dog Treats
Activity description
Petite Golden Retrievers are one of those breeds that were essentially born to excel in this kind of activity. Dog shows, also known as conformation shows, are events where dogs and dog owners can showcase the various skills and personality traits that make a particular dog so endearing to a wide audience. Petite Golden Retrievers are naturally extroverted dogs who love being the center of attention as is. Coupled with their innate cuteness and unique pedigrees, we feel that Petite Golden Retrievers can truly shine at dog shows once they're given the proper guidance. Here are a few tips to help you and your dog get ready to attempt this activity.
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Choosing a method
There are quite a few ways one can help their dog get ready for a dog show; you can either look up nearby professional dog show trainers in your vicinity in order to figure out which trainer will suit your dogs needs or you can go the DIY method and train your dog for a show on your own.
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Seeing things through
We listed this as the toughest activity in this guide for good reason; dogs shows demand a lot of effort and commitment from both a dog and their owner. We believe that giving it your all and doing your best are more important than trophies or accolades, but we also feel that you and your dog can only do so by fully focusing on training for a show and doing your best when you and your dog get there.
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Ring Stacking

Petite Golden Retrievers enjoy engaging in activities that workout them out physically, they'll also need to be introduced to a number of activities that work them out mentally to keep them sharp between the ears. Ring stacking activities are a good start, as they're very easy to pick up yet hard to put down because they're just so fun!

Dog Park Day

Petite Golden Retrievers tend to be very social dogs no matter what their pedigree. They prefer not to be left alone for long stretches of time and will try to follow you wherever you go (just like Mary's little lamb.) To help your dog get the socialization time they need, bring them to a dog park; there they can mingle with fellow furry critters of all shapes and sizes to their heart's content.

Conclusion

Petite Golden Retrievers are truly fascinating breeds. Petite Golden Retrievers have a predilection for activities that puzzle their minds and prompt them to think outside of the box. They also prefer activities that involve a lot of physical movement. Keep them busy and on the go and you will have a contented pup!