Activities For Petite Labradoodles

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Introduction

Petite Labradoodles are a hybrid breed that's elegant in appearance and small in size. This hybrid is a mix of three parent breeds, the well-known Labrador Retriever bred with a Cocker Spaniel that has been crossed with a poodle. The mix of breeds makes for an intelligent, attractive and agile companion with qualities any pet owner would crave.

The first parent breed is the well-known family dog, the Labrador Retriever. The retriever is a loving and loyal dog, recognized for their calm and friendly personality. With a soft, long coat and medium build, the retriever's ideal time to exercise is when the weather is cool. The Cocker Spaniel is an intelligent dog breed known for their working mentality a noticeably long ears. Likewise, the miniature or toy poodle gives the offspring traits of being a playful and cuddly companion. Finding ways to keep this active breed occupied will make for one happy pup!

Showing Competitions

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2 - 4 hrs
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Competitive dog showings are loud and entertaining venues for pups and spectators, though they can also be taken quite seriously. In the dog world, competitive showings began with only purebred dogs. In these shows, dogs are judged against breed standards. Now, however, mixed-breed dog shows are becoming increasingly popular throughout the country.

Mixed-breed dogs shows differ from purebred shows because dogs are not judged against breed standards; rather, they compete in categories based on size. They are then judged by their overall temperament, appearance, physical characteristics such as overall condition, shape, color, and coat, among other criteria. Petite Labradoodles are "pawfect" candidates for dog shows as they're gifted with an adorable appearance while being gracefully agile in nature. Entrance fees and training are some costs associated with dog shows.

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Learn how dogs are judged
Become familiar with the categories that are being judged in the specific mixed-breed showing competition you plan to have your Petite Labradoodle participate in. This will allow you to adequately prepare for the competition. Categories are organized by size and include overall physical condition, color, coat quality, temperament, obedience, and shape, just to name a few. Learn about the criteria judges are using to score your pooch to maximize their chance of winning!
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Prepping your pooch
Once you know what your pup is going to be judged on, you can begin working to achieve goals for your Petite Labradoodle. Maybe you want to improve their physical appearance by doubling up your exercise routines or visiting the dog spa together. Obedience is another important component of showings, so training prior to the competition is necessary.
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Entering a competition
Once you feel your Petite Labradoodle is ready to compete, you can look for "oppawtunities" to enter competitions. Hopefully, you've been collaborating with a facility already to learn about their specific rules and regulations. Inquire about any fees, register, and prepare for a fun weekend away with your pooch when the competition arrives.
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Agility Training

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1 hr
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Agility training is "pawfect" for the Petite Labradoodles as their small size makes them quick and agile. There are hundreds of agility courses throughout the country, making it easy to access this sport.

After you locate a facility that's convenient for you, begin by introducing the different obstacles to your pup one at a time. This will allow you to determine which obstacles appeal to your pup. Scheduled classes and lessons are one option, as well as obtaining memberships where you have access to the courses during specific time frames. Choose what's best for you. After becoming an expert at obstacles, you may even consider entering your Petite Labradoodle in a competition to showcase their skills. 

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Find a course
When you’re looking for an agility course, keep in mind the type of experience you’re seeking. You may want to consider beginning with guided classes where you can learn to become a better handler with your pup. These courses will teach you how to earn your pup's trust and lead them successfully through the course.
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Getting lots of practice
One other factor to consider when searching for the “pawfect” fit in a facility is if it has some form of “open course” time. This is a time where members can use the obstacle course during the regulated hours to practice at their own convenience. Cost is another factor to consider. If you’re not ready to join a facility, try creating your own at-home course for your Petite Labradoodle.
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Exploring different obstacles
There's a variety of ways to test your pup's agility by exploring the different obstacles at your facility. Some common obstacles include: A-frames, which is a "V" like structure your pup runs up, then down; weave poles, which test their ability to maneuver through a series of poles spaced close together; tunnels to run through, and, of course, jumping obstacles. Jumping obstacles have various height requirements for dogs of different sizes.
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Power Walking

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Free
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15 - 30 min
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Speed up your traditional walk by experimenting with power walking with your Petite Labradoodle. Speed walking, also known as power walking, differs from the traditional walk as it allows no time for breaks during the walk. This means no bathroom breaks, except before or after the walk, and definitely no time to sniff or socialize.

When you power walk, you predetermine the pace at which you'll walk, which must be quicker than with a traditional walk, as well as the distance you want to travel. Power walks have many benefits for your Petite Labradoodle including preventing boredom and destructive behaviors by tiring out your pup and helping to strengthen their muscles. Power walks have similar benefits for owners, which is why this activity is a "grrreat" way to spend time together.

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Choosing your course
Like any traditional dog walk, it's a good idea to decide upon a course before heading out on your speed walk. Your walking route could be shorter than a regular walk because a faster speed will exert more of your Petite Labradoodle's energy. Knowing your route will prevent any stops in your walk, which you should avoid for a true power walk.
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Practicing leash manners
Having good leash manners is one necessary ingredient for this activity to be successful. If your pup is one that tends to pull, gets distracted by other dogs, or stops to sniff often, you will need to practice walking without breaks before adding in the speed factor.
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Speeding up the walk
Once your pup can manage a well-mannered walk following your lead, it's time for you to add in the element of increased speed. Speeding up the walk will get your pooch's heart pumping. Keep your pup right at your side at all times to avoid stops. Have fun with your speed walks, and like a normal walk, be sure to include them regularly in your weekly exercise routine.
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Hide-and-Seek

Hide-and-seek is easy and will appeal to the Cocker Spaniel side of your Petite Labradoodle. Hide-and-seek only requires your pooch to stay while you find a hiding spot. When you call out your "find" command, your pup then uses their nose to seek you out. Repeat the activity to maximize their enjoyment!

Grooming

Grooming your Petite Labradoodle is one activity you can combine with showing to keep them looking and feeling their best. Grooming can be done at home to add a bonding aspect to the experience.

Conclusion

There are endless activities for you to enjoy with your Petite Labradoodle. If you're new to the dog world, check out showing competitions and determine if this is something that interests you. Not only can you spend time together, but your pup can be recognized for their strengths.

Agility course training exercises the body and mind and can also lead you to the world of competing. For day-to-day exercise, power walks are one way to build muscles while also improving your Petite Labradoodle's endurance. Hide-and-seek also works your pup's body and mind, and it can be done anytime and anywhere! If you plan to compete in dog shows, consider at-home spa days to help prep for your pup's big day. Overall, jump in and get active with your Petite Labradoodle to improve their overall quality of life!