Activities For Pit Heelers

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Introduction

A modern designer dog, the Pit Heeler is a cross between the American Pit Bull Terrier and a Blue Heeler. While the hybrid is relatively new, we can consider the qualities of the parent breeds to get an idea of how to best meet the activity needs of the Pit Heeler. It is likely that a Pit Heeler will have a lot of energy and need a large amount of daily exercise to maintain their fitness and emotional well-being. Fortunately, Pit Heelers tend to enjoy a variety of activities, meaning that there is no shortage of ways that you and your Pit Heeler can spend time together, not only meaning their activity needs, but developing a strong bond with one another!

Long Hike

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Any Day
Free
Normal
2 hrs
Items needed
Leash
Waste Bags
Treats
Water and Bowl
Activity description
It is very likely that your Pit Heeler has a lot of energy. That being said, to keep them healthy and out of trouble, you will want to be sure that they have 45 to 60 minutes of activity per day at a minimum. Going for a hike or a walk is a fun and easy way to make sure your pup gets the activity that they need, while also allowing the two of you to enjoy quality time together. Choose a hike or walk that best meets the fitness abilities of you and your pup and the two of you can take in the fresh air and some solitude with no cost but tons of benefit!
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Where to hike
First, you will want to decide where you and your Pit Heeler will hike or walk. This can be as simple as strolling around your neighborhood, to driving a few hours to hike in the wilderness. While considering where to go, you will want to keep a few things in mind. Consider the fitness level of you and your dog, how much time you have for the activity, the weather and how far you want to drive. You can do different walks or hikes as you please, keeping things interesting for you and your pup.
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Pack accordingly
When going on a walk or hike with your Pit Heeler, there are a few things you will want to be sure to have along. There are the basics, like a leash, waste bags, water and treats, that you will likely want to have along regardless of how long you plan to walk for. Should you plan to go for a long hike in the wilderness, consider bringing some additional items, like a first aid kit and a compass or GPS.
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Head on out
Once you have everything you need, you and your Pit Heeler are ready to head off. Either head on down the street or hop in the car to get to your destination. Be sure to have your pup on-leash during your walk to ensure their safety. If you are taking a hike in the wilderness, look for information regarding whether your dog is able to be off-leash on the particular trail. Allow your pup to stop and smell the flowers (grass, trees, dirt) as that is part of their fun. Offer your pup water regularly throughout you walk so that you can be sure that they remain hydrated. Your Pit Heeler will appreciate the activity as well as the special time with their person!
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River or Lake Swim

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Hot Day
Cheap
Easy
1 hr
Items needed
Ball or Stick
Treats
Canine Life Jacket
Towel
Activity description
Many Pit Heelers love the water and enjoy going for a swim. When the weather is warm and an hour or two hiking in the heat does not sound appealing, swimming may be the way to go. Your pup can swim with you in a river or a lake and you can also engage in a game of fetch that involves the water, where you throw an item in the water and your pup swims to it and brings it back. Finding the best location is all you need to do and other than the price of gas for the car drive there, you are home free! You and your dog can keep cool, get some exercise and be together!
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River or lake
If you think your pup would like some water time, or you want to give lake fun a try, you choose a water source to visit that is close to home. If your dog has never experienced water, a lake may be the way to start, while if your pup has proven to be comfortable in water, either a lake or a river are great options. Consider how far you want to drive when choosing where to go, as well as the quality of the water and if a river, how fast the current is.
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Towels and more
When packing, bring a towel or two as it is likely that one (or both of you) will be getting wet. If your dog does not have experience in the water, a canine life jacket may help you gain a piece of mind, at least until you can assess the swimming ability that your pup has. Bring along a ball for a game of fetch if you choose. Any other items that you decide to bring will depend on where you are going. For example, if visiting a lake, you can bring a large tube or raft for you and your canine companion to float in. Your dog may even enjoy pulling you in the raft back to shore!
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Water exploration
Now that you know where you are going and have what you need, you are ready to have some fun with your pup. Upon arriving at the river or lake, give your Pit Heeler the opportunity to explore the water on their own. If they have not had much water experience, it is fun to watch them check it out and become more comfortable. Some pups just run right in, while others are more slow and deliberate. It is likely that your Pit Heeler will soon be frolicking in the water and going for a swim. Once you see that they are comfortable, you can engage them in a game if you choose, by throwing a ball or a stick into the water.
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Agility Introduction

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Any Day
Moderate
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1 hr
Items needed
Hula Hoop
PVC Pipe
Orange Safety Cones
Kiddie Tunnel
Treats
Activity description
The Pit Heeler is typically a very intelligent breed; this means that they need activities that are both physically and mentally challenging for them. Agility activities are a perfect way to meet these needs for your Pit Heeler. If your pup is new to agility activities, choose a few to start. Once your Pit Heeler gets the hang of a few of these activities, you can link them together to create a personalized agility course. Home-based agility courses are very inexpensive to build and are an excellent way for you and your pup to spend quality time together enjoying a shared experience any day of the week in all types of weather!
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Where to start
The first thing to do if you are looking to try agility with your Pit Heeler is to choose a few obstacles to get started with. The internet will offer plenty of information on different activities that you and your pup can work on together. When choosing whether to work on jumps or balance, consider the strengths of your dog and choose activities that play to those strengths. This will allow your dog to gain confidence as they start in a way that will likely be easier for them.
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Gather what you need
Once you have decided on which activities you would like to work on, you will want to acquire the items that you need to set up each one. Let's say, for example, that you want to set up a weaving course for your dog. You can use orange safety cones or PVC pipes to set up obstacles for your pup to weave in and out of. If you want to create jumps for your pup, you can use a hula hoop (start by placing it on the ground for your pup to walk through and then slowly raise it up). A little online research will be able to provide you with great ideas on what to use to set up different activities.
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Create the course
Start with one activity and start simple. After all, you want to help your pup gain confidence. As your Pit Heeler demonstrates that they can handle a low jump, for example, reward them with a treat and increase the height of the jump. You can keep increasing the height of the jump as your pup gets the hang of it. Follow this idea for several different activities. Once your dog has the hang of a few agility activities, link a few together and create an agility course for them. Continue training your pup on new activities to keep things interesting for them (and you).
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Puzzle Toys

Puzzle toys are very adequate for providing mental and physical stimulation for your pup, something that they will need. There are many types of puzzle toys, made either of hard plastic or rubber, that can be filled with kibble, treats or something sticky and yummy. Hand your dog a puzzle treat filled with something to eat and they will be very motivated to figure out how to get the food out! Sit back, relax and enjoy watching your pup work through the puzzle, attempting to manipulate it just right, and earn the reward that they have been seeking.

Hide And Seek

An active pup like a Pit Heeler will enjoy playing some rounds of hide and seek. This simple game can be a lot of fun for you and your pet. If your dog struggles with the concept of "stay" that is something you can work on first, or you can have a friend hold on to your pup's collar while you go and hide. Once you are hidden, call for your dog and have them track you down. Reward them with a treat and play again. As your dog masters the game you can increase the challenge by having them find multiple people and even favorite objects.

Try Bikejoring

If your Pit Heeler likes to run, and you don't, then bikejoring may be the perfect activity for you to do together. You can connect your pup to your bike and they can run while pulling you along. This activity can be challenging and it is good to go into it knowing that it will take time to get the hang of. Be sure to wear a helmet and safety equipment as it is likely you will have some spills. Since you and your pup will be learning together, this is a great way for the two of you to bond with one another!

Conclusion

Your Pit Heeler will likely have a lot of energy and require a great deal of activity. Fortunately, you will find that there are many things to do that your pup will enjoy and that will provide the opportunity for you to spend quality time together. It is important that your pup's physical and mental activity needs are met, meaning that it is good to mix up the activities that you do in order to be sure that they get what it is that they need. All of the time that you spend together will be beneficial for further developing your relationship with your pup!