Activities For Petite Goldendoodles

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Introduction

The Petite Goldendoodle is a hybrid breed that combines a Golden Retriever with a Cocker Spaniel in addition to a miniature poodle. Typically, a Golden Retriever is first crossed with a Cocker Spaniel; then the resulting offspring is cross-bred with a miniature poodle. The three parent breeds each come with their own unique characteristics, making for a distinct combination of traits in the Petite Goldendoodle.

The familiar Golden Retriever breed is known for its friendly, obedient, and calm nature. Likewise, the Cocker Spaniel is known for its amiable and sensitive nature, while always striving to please its owner. The cross with the miniature poodle is not only responsible for making this breed smaller, but it also gives its fur a hypoallergenic quality while also decreasing shedding. The result is a cheerfully intelligent and affectionate pet ready for both mental and physical challenges. Though tiny in size, this breed is bold in personality, which is why having a variety of activities to keep them stimulated is always a "grrreat" idea!

Camping with Your Petite Goldendoodle

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Sunny Day
Moderate
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1 - 7 days
Items needed
Camping Equipment
Leash
Dog Food
Water
Dog Treats
Activity description

Camping with your Petite Goldendoodle is an exciting way to discover all the outdoors have to "offur". If you decide to camp, you have the option of partaking in various outdoor activities, including hiking, swimming, nature watching, and so much more.

Depending on where you camp, policies regarding dogs may vary. Petite Goldendoodles are friendly in nature and aren't a breed that is commonly banned from campgrounds that do have restrictions. Some campgrounds come with dog fees that can range from a few dollars a day to a onetime fee, whereas others are free. This information is typically available on the campground website.

Many campgrounds have dog designated areas and attractions that either welcome or prohibit their participation. Explore your options before setting out, but be prepared for an outdoor adventure if you're looking to camp with your Petite Goldendoodle!

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Finding a campground
Finding a campground is as simple as using a search engine and locating what's close and convenient to you. Many campgrounds in America are dog-friendly and offer campers access to dog-friendly attractions such as dog parks and hiking trails. Determine what you and your pup are looking for and pick the campground that's most suitable for your needs!
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Packing your supplies
When it comes to packing, be thorough if you plan to be outdoors for a long period of time. Many modern campgrounds come with stores where you can purchase camping necessities such as firewood and food. Others have laundry facilities, so packing light could be option. See what your destination has to offer before making your list and beginning your packing.
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Planning your activities
Determining what you and your Petite Goldendoodle plan to do before setting off is a good way to guarantee you make the best of your time together. An itinerary can include a variety of activities, depending on your interests. Look for hiking trails, dog parks, and swimming opportunities, as these are common at or near most campgrounds.
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Exploring the Water

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Sunny Day
Cheap
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1 - 2 hrs
Items needed
Towel
Water Toys
Leash
Drinking water
Activity description

Most dogs love the water, and Petite Goldendoodles are no exception. That’s why finding a way to explore it with your Petite Goldendoodle is a phenomenal idea. Visiting the beach isn’t the only way you can discover the deep blue playground -- you may also have the option to explore it by boat or via other water activities such as fishing or water sports. For some, swimming with your Petite Goldendoodle can be done in your own backyard!

Depending on how you choose to explore the water, the price of the activity may vary. The beach is best to visit in the summer and spring, when the water is warm. Boating can be done rain or shine, but to be safe, monitor the weather conditions and consider packing a life jacket for your pooch.

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Selecting an activity
Each Petite Goldedoodle has their own unique personality, which is why you should consider their preferences and temperament when choosing an activity. Suitability and accessibility is key. If your pup has never been in the water before, you may want to try walking the shallow shores on a river bank or beach before hopping in and swimming. If it’s their first time in a boat, let them explore the vehicle with all their senses before having them get on board. This will help develop trust during the initial introduction process.
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Gathering the necessities
Before you hit the waves, be sure you have everything you need. Towels, toys, life jackets -- depending on your activity, the items will vary. A standard beach visit only requires a leash and towel. Boating, on the other hand, would require access to a marina as well as a boat.
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Discovering the water together
It’s always fun to let your pooch swim or play in whatever water setting you have provided them with, but it's even more ideal if you participate in the activity with them. Jump on in and have fun! Because your Petite Goldendoodle is a miniature pup, it’s best to stay in shallow water for their comfort, no matter the activity. If you are boating and exploring deep water, always be by your pup’s side. Dog life jackets are available and an option for beginner pups and those with less stamina!
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Building an Obstacle Course

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Any Day
Moderate
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1 - 2 hrs
Items needed
Various household items
A-Frame
Weave Bars
Jumps
Tunnels
Activity description

Creating an obstacle course is an exciting way to challenge your Petite Goldendoodle both mentally and physically, which is exactly what this breed needs. With a high intelligence level and moderate energy level, these pups crave to learn and follow instructions, as they have a playful yet obedient temperament.

The first thing you need to do when it comes to the course is pick the location and materials. As this breed of dog has an average height ranging between 10 and 24 inches, the sizes of the obstacles will need to be rather small or short. Get creative and search your home before heading to the hardware store to avoid incurring high costs. When it comes to the location, this can also be smaller in size than a typical agility course. Be sure you have enough room for multiple obstacles. Be prepared to also practice patience when first teaching the course to your beloved petite pooch. 

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Gathering the materials
Begin by deciding what type of obstacles you would like to include in your course. Explore agility courses online through videos and photos to learn about different obstacles. Weave poles are fun for pups with quick feet. A-frames are easy to build and add a hill-like activity to the course. Jumps and tunnels are the most common obstacles, though there are many fun ways to enhance these rather basic tasks. Gather your supplies with your pup at your side to keep them engaged and stimulated throughout the course.
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Picking the pawfect location
For the location, think backyard or basement. If you don’t have either, this activity may be difficult for you to complete. You need a large enough space so your pooch has room to run and build momentum for obstacles like jumps and the A-frame. Sketch out your course and use a measuring tape to find the dimensions of your space before you begin building. This can also be done with your pup wagging along with you, making it a team effort.
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Building the course together
After you've decided on the layout of the course and your obstacles, build it with your pup! Have them test each obstacle as you go to ensure the height requirements are right for their size. This can be an engaging way for them to familiarize themselves with the course, and it will allow for time to bond!
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Learning & mastering the course
Learning the course is even more fun than building it! Reap the rewards of your hard work by watching your Petite Goldendoodle learn each obstacle -- with your guidance, of course. This will take some time, treats, and temper management. Don’t get discouraged if your pup doesn’t appear interested in a task right away; it’s likely that, once they become familiar with it, they will enjoy what it has to “offur.” Walk your pup through each obstacle slowly while keeping them on leash. Once they understand the task, introduce commands and take them off-leash. Using positive reinforcement (physical rewards like toys, treats and praise) will encourage repetition of the behavior.
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Digging Zone

When creating your new garden and revamping your backyard, be sure to include a "digging zone" for your pooch. Here, they can dig at free will, or you can play brain games such as backyard hide and seek, digger edition! Introduce the dig zone and parameters and ensure your pooch understands it before beginning the big dig! 

Gardening

We all know dogs have a long history of making gardens their own space -- that is, they have a tendency to dig and explore. That's why creating a garden using deterrent techniques such as dense planting and border control can result in the two of you enjoying the space together. While doing so, you also create spaces and paths just for your pup, so they have room to roam without disrupting the plants. Keep them by your side during this activity!

Conclusion

The Petite Goldendoodle is an adorable, playful, and loyal companion that's miniature in size but big in personality. With parent breeds known for their welcoming traits and personalities, this hybrid dog breed is a "pawsitive" addition to any family type or household. With a moderate energy level easy to satisfy with a few activities daily, this pup is a companion that's easy to care for. 

With a friendly personality inherited from the Golden Retriever and an intelligent nature courtesy of their Cocker Spaniel parent, coupled with the hypoallergenic and fluffy coat of a miniature poodle, this pet is every dog lover's dream. Though it's small in stature, it loves physical activity through a variety of games and activities. Gardening and digging provide the mental stimulation which this inquisitive breed craves. Finally, camping is an ideal way to combine mental and physical activation as it exposes your pooch to diverse activities in the beautiful outdoors! Grab your Petite Goldendoodle and spice up your day-to-day routines with some new and exciting activities!