Activities For Pomapoos

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Introduction

Pomapoos are hybrids of both Pomeranians and Poodles. Generally, Miniature Poodles are in the mix to keep the dogs small. These dogs are often smart and energetic, without being overly hyper. Usually, these dogs are pretty laid back, but they do need to get a good amount of exercise to stay happy and healthy. Just keep in mind that Pomapoos probably aren't going to be up for running miles around town with you or biking through the city. Since they are small, they won't need nearly the exercise that many larger breeds need. They make great apartment dogs as well.

Swim Time

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Hot Day
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30 - 60 min
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Life Jacket
Water Toys
Activity description
One fun summer activity for you and Pomapoo is swimming! If you have never taken your dog swimming before, this can be a little challenging, but most dogs are either good natural swimmers, or they can be taught to swim fairly easily. While most dogs are naturals, it is always a good idea to start out with a life jacket on your dog. Make sure that you purchase a life jacket that fits your dog well. You will also want to make sure that it is hot outside, because you don't want your pooch to get too cold while you are playing in the water.
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Test the waters
If your dog hasn't ever been exposed to large bodies of water or swimming, you need to make sure that you are introducing them to the water in the safest way possible. You also need to be considerate of how your dog feels about water. If your dog appears nervous, be careful with how you proceed. You don't want to instill a fear of water in your Pomapoo! Always use a life jacket on your pooch the first few times they are in the water to make sure that they don't panic. You may also need to help teach your pooch to swim, because it doesn't come naturally to all dogs. Stay by your pup's side as they learn and build confidence.
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Splash about
When your dog is more comfortable in the water, you can start including water toys into your swimming time. Playing fetch in the water with your Pomapoo can be a lot of fun. You might also love just swimming around with your pooch. Be on the lookout for "dog days" at local pools and water parks at the end of summer! These are days that pools allow dogs to swim in the pool before they drain the water for the season. These outings can be a lot of fun, and your Pomapoo will love swimming with other dogs!
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Play Chase

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Sunny Day
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20 min
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Treats
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Even though they aren't big dogs, Pomapoos can be pretty speedy. One fun way to get your pooch some exercise that is sure to tire them out is to play chase. You can play a couple of different ways. First, if your dog is a chaser, just start running around your yard or house. Your little Pomapoo is bound to start following you. Let them catch you on occasion to keep them interested in the game. The other option is to be the chaser yourself. Motivate your Pomapoo to run by chasing them around your yard. You can influence them with treats if you want or need to. On a sunny day, head out to the yard for fun!
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Warm-up
You might want to spend a few minutes preparing yourself and your dog for your game of chase. For humans, light stretching is always a good idea. Make sure that your Pomapoo is well-hydrated and keep water available during playtime. If your dog seems to need a water break, stop the game to allow them to get a drink.
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Run and chase
You should decide how to play this game based on how your dog likes to play. You can either start by chasing your dog around the yard or house (if you have the room) to get your Pomapoo moving. If your dog would rather chase you, all you need to do is start running, and your dog will follow suit. You can also call your dog to make sure that you have their attention.
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Interactive Toys

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Any Day
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30 min
Items needed
Interactive Toys
Treats
Activity description
Poodles are known for being highly intelligent, and a lot of that intelligence can be passed on to Pomapoos. For this reason, we love the idea of using interactive toys with Pomapoos. These toys challenge your dog to complete tasks for a small reward in the form of a treat. There are a few different varieties of interactive toys, but we love puzzle toys and treat dispensing ball toys. Both of these kinds of toys are great for pet owners that don't have a lot of extra time to give their dog exercise but also want to provide both physical and mental stimulation for their pet.
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Toy selection
There are so many different kinds of interactive toys that you are bound to find something that will keep your Pomapoo entertained for extended periods of time. Since Pomapoos are often very smart (they get it from the Poodle side!), you might want to consider more complex toys like puzzles that require your dog to do a bunch of different tasks for treat rewards. If you think that your dog will struggle with something that complicated, you can also buy interactive treat dispensing toys that just need to be nudged to release toys.
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Fill it up
Interactive toys are ideal for times when you are too busy to play with your dog. Instead, you just need to fill the toy up with treats and let your dog figure it out on their own. The mental stimulation is great for your pooch. The first time you introduce an interactive toy to your Pomapoo, you will want to supervise the playtime. Make sure that they aren't chewing or swallowing any pieces that could be a choking hazard. Additionally, you will be there to help them if they can't quite figure it out on their own.
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Fetch

Pomapoos are small enough that a game of indoor or backyard fetch is enough exercise for them. Break out your pup's favorite toy and toss it around your house or yard for a few minutes of intense exercise for your Pomapoo.

Dog-Led Walks

While this does count as a regular walk, switch things up a bit by letting your dog guide the walk. Instead of telling your dog where to go, you just let them lead you around during your walk. It is fun for your dog to get to do a little more exploring than usual.

Conclusion

Although Pomapoos aren't overly energetic, they still need to get exercise. At Wag!, we know that going on daily walks can get boring, so these activities are a great way to switch things up now and then. Plus, your Pomapoo would like a little variety in their exercise as well!