Activities For Pont-Audemer Spaniels

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Introduction

The Pont-Audemer Spaniel is a sporting dog, bred to point and be an excellent gundog. Many are used solely for that purpose and remain by the hunter’s side. They love the marshes, as they are typical water dogs used to hunt duck. They are rarely kept as house dogs, but there are some that are, and they make excellent family pets due to their wonderful disposition and loyalty. They are not aggressive and are generally good around people and children. This medium-sized canine weighs roughly (at the most) 60 pounds and resembles other dogs of the Spaniel breed. This dog is easy to train, very intelligent, loving, and fun to be around. If you are interested in owning a Pont-Audemer Spaniel as a family dog, be aware that the dog needs plenty of activity and simulated hunting “jobs”.

Water Retrieval

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Sunny Day
Cheap
Normal
1 hr
Items needed
Retrieving Toys
Life Vest
Activity description
Water retrieval gives your Pont-Audemer Spaniel an exciting activity that is physically and mentally stimulating. With this activity, which is also a competitive sport, your water-loving dog will have hours of enjoyment doing the thing they love. Water retrieval is the perfect activity for sunny or hot weather, and can be enjoyed in the ocean, a stream or small river, or even a pool that you know is clean and safe. With water retrieval, you simply throw a water toy into the water as your dog jumps in, swims out and retrieves the toy, and swims back to you. The work is not challenging for you, but gives your dog a real workout!  After swimming, it is important to give your dog a quick bath in case there are chemicals (such as chlorine) on their coat.
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Get in the water
If your dog has not been in the water with you, go for it! Take him to a safe water source (stagnant or algae and mosquito-filled ponds are unsafe) and let your dog explore. Doing so will give you an idea if your dog is at ease in the water and will let you know if you should move forward in getting him to fetch and retrieve. Also, see if your dog can swim before you begin any activity; not all dogs can naturally swim. Either way, be sure to put a life vest on your dog.
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Teach the concept
If your dog looks comfortable in the water, and possibly after a few sessions of being in the water, get your dog's attention with a fun retrieval toy. Floating toys can be purchased online or at your local pet store. Get the attention of your dog and toss the toy into the water, but not too far out. See if your pal shows the interest to go after it and if so, cheer for them to bring it back. If your companion doesn't seem to understand the concept, try teaching the game of fetch without them being in the water.
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Have fun!
Make the water retrieval sessions fun; after all, that is the purpose of the activity: fun and expenditure of energy! If your dog has difficulty fetching, perhaps you can let that part go for now. You can still allow your dog to enjoy the water with you by watching them swim a little or simply romp in the shallow section.
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Dock Diving

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Sunny Day
Moderate
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1 hr
Items needed
Life Vest
Activity description
Dock diving is a sport for water-loving dogs that is growing in popularity. It can be done for fun or at the competitive level. When done for enjoyment, it is virtually free, but competition level dock diving may cost money due to fees and registration costs. Dock diving may be accomplished by your dog very easily, or it may take some time to teach and encourage your dog to jump off of a dock into the water. If you know your Pont-Audemer Spaniel loves the water, it may be worth a try to see how your dog performs! With dock diving, you can be in the water encouraging your dog to jump or you can use a water toy that you throw. After throwing the water toy, your water-loving pup can jump off the dock to retrieve it!
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Find an Ideal Spot
Research to find a place that allows dock diving. In many cities, dock diving is becoming quite popular, and there are specific dock diving locations for dogs. Ask around by contacting your local sporting dog group, look online, or find your own safe spot. Ponds are not the best places for dogs due to algae, stagnant water, and insects. However, you may have a pool or know of someone who has one. Be sure to always give your dog a quick bath afterward to wash off any chlorine.
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Give it a try
If your dog has never jumped off a dock before, take your dog and see how it goes. Your dog may immediately see the thrill of jumping off the dock, or they may be hesitant. If your pup is reluctant, take them to the side and see if jumping off there will help. A lot of praise and encouragement will go a long way. You can also try jumping in with them!
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Enroll in classes
If your dog seems to get the knack of dock diving, see if there is a dock diving club or training courses that can really get you and your dog involved. Chances are, there are places in your locality that embrace dock diving as an activity, and even a sport, and your dog can greatly benefit from this.
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Fetch in the Park

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Sunny Day
Free
Easy
30 min
Items needed
Fun fetching toy
Harness
Leash
Activity description
Fetch is a very common, classic game for many dogs. The reason why it is so popular is that it really gives the dog stimulation, both mentally and physically. There is something about throwing a fetching toy (or even a stick!) that gets some breeds very excited about chasing after it and bringing it back to their owner. Many dogs do understand how to chase an object and bring it back to their owner, but some do not and need to be taught. Your pup will reap the rewards of running and feeling accomplished once they tackle the rules and learn the game. Fetch can be played in a park, in a field, in your backyard, and even in the home!

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Teach the fun
If your dog is not familiar with fetching, you can teach them the skills. There are steps to take, and you can easily do it if your dog is receptive. Teach your furry pal to chase after an item by rewarding them with treats, motivation, or fun play as you instruct the game. The more you do this, the more your dog will want to please. Another strategy is to throw the item and then hold your pup back for a few seconds and see if they want to partake in fetch even more. Once you teach your dog to chase and retrieve the object, encourage them to come back to you with it. Keep practicing, and your best bud will understand before you know it!
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Find an open place
An open field, possibly fenced in for your dog if your dog doesn't have recall yet, your backyard, or a park may be a place where you can take your pup to retrieve an item and bring it back. You will be able to throw a disc or object that your dog loves very far for your dog to fetch. Encourage them as they consistently go for the toy and run back to you with it.
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Have a blast!
Once you find your favorite location for playing fetch with your pal, take them often. Your dog will become familiar with the special place and know what takes place there. An eager pup is the best kind so be sure to give ample praise after each and every fetching session.
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More Fun Ideas...

The Roomba

If your dog is a real family-oriented dog who likes to stay in with you, check into purchasing a Roomba! A Roomba is an automatic, round vacuum that moves on its own to vacuum your floors. You can put a treat on it, or a "fake" duck or bird on it, and see how your dog loves to chase and try to grab it! This is also a fun rainy-day activity!

Hunting Experience

If you would like to give your  Pont-Audemer Spaniel a real hunting experience, ask around! There may be duck or bird hunters in your area that are willing to give your dog a chance at doing the real thing!

Conclusion

The Pont-Audemer Spaniel is an avid hunting dog, but also makes a wonderful addition and companion to your family. Providing activities for your dog that they enjoy will keep your dog happy and physically fit. In addition to water activities, Pont-Audemer Spaniels like to do other things to keep them active, such as walking through town, playing Frisbee, or just romping with another dog for socialization.