Activities For Redbone Coonoodles

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Introduction

The Redbone Coonoodle doesn’t just have a name that’s fun to say -- they’re a joy to own, too! These intelligent, loyal and playful pups are a cross between the driven Redbone Coonhound and the companionable Poodle. Like most hybrid breeds, the characteristics a Redbone Coonoodle inherits from each parent varies -- though generally speaking, the strong prey drive of the hunting hound is softened slightly by the Poodle genes.

All pups of this breed need a good deal of mental stimulation, but those that take after their Coonhound parents will need a lot more exercise. Read on for five activities guaranteed to help keep your Redbone Coonoodle as healthy and happy as can be!

Scavenger Hunt

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Any Day
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Normal
30 min
Items needed
Treats
Activity description

If your Redbone Coonoodle takes after their hound ancestors, they’ll have an almost irresistable urge to use their nose -- and a tendency towards boredom. Why not harness both of those natural instincts and keep them entertained with a super fun scavenger hunt?

All you’ll need for this activity is a little time and a lot of treats (if you’re worried about your doggo’s diet, consider substituting the treats for bits of kibble. As long as the food has a strong scent, you’re good to go). Keep in mind that even though your buddy was literally born for this, it could take them a while to get this task down -- the time estimate above refers to the time spent per training session, not the total. It could take them a few days to pick it up!

As an added bonus, you can hide the treats inside, making this an ideal rainy day activity.

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Introduce the concept
The first step is to show your pooch what’s going on. Tell them to sit and stay, and then "hide" a treat by placing it somewhere in their field of vision. Release them and introduce a verbal command -- "go get it" or something similar. When they find the treat, call them back and reward them with lots of affection (there’s no need to use another treat). Over time, you can repeat the task with multiple treats.
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Make it challenging
Once your pupper is consistently finding the treat, it’s time to mix things up a little! Begin hiding the treats outside of their field of vision and let them use their nose to track them down. It should go without saying that you need to hide the treats in safe spots -- stay away from any sharp edges or anywhere else that your buddy might injure themselves.
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DIY Spa Day

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1 hr
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Pin Brush
Comb
Doggy shampoo
Activity description

Your doggo may have inherited their poodle parent’s penchant for pampering, and there’s a possibility that they might have picked up the Redbone Coonhound's, uh, distinctive scent. If so, then regular spa days aren’t just an option, they’re a necessity!

Sure, you could make an appointment at your local grooming parlor, but doing doggy self-care at home doesn’t just save you money, it provides a valuable way for you and your buddy to bond. Redbone Coonoodles might not be quite as needy as some other canine companions, but they still need a little love!

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Set the scene
Creating a relaxing environment for your spa day isn’t quite a necessity, but it sure helps! Consider dimming the lights, putting on some soothing music, or maybe even lighting some candles -- just remember to put any naked flames well out of your furry friend’s reach, and avoid scented candles that might offend your pupper's sensitive nose.
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Massage
Like many intelligent dogs, Redbone Coonoodles can carry a lot of stress in their muscles, and a good rub down is a furrific way for them to wind down. First, pet your pup gently all over their body, starting with their head, neck and shoulders and moving on to their back, legs and chest. This will help your dog relax, as well as give you an idea of any areas they just don’t like to be touched. Next, move on to the massage! Use a circular motion, or just a heavy handed pet -- every pooch has their preference, so pay attention to their reactions.
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Bathe and groom
Many Redbone Coonoodles love the water, so getting them clean shouldn’t be too much of a struggle. Use a specially formulated doggy shampoo to avoid any allergic reactions. Most dogs of this breed have a fluffy or wiry coat, so use a pin brush and comb to remove any tangles. Do this before you towel them off -- it’s easier to remove any knots while their coat is still wet.
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Flirt Pole

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Sunny Day
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20 min
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Flirt Pole
Activity description

Most Redbone Coonoodles love to chase, which can be a bit of a worry for pet parents -- you don’t want them chasing after cats, couriers or (heaven forbid) cars! Fortunately, there’s a way to teach them how to chase safely by using a flirt pole.

A flirt pole at its most basic is a long stick with a toy or other item of interest attached to it by a piece of string. You can make your own, or pick one up from your local pet supply store.

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Get their attention
The purpose of the exercise is to teach your buddy that it’s okay to chase after toys, but not people or other animals (as well as for fun and to keep them active, of course). So you’ll need to make sure the toy gets their attention! Not only that, but you’ll want to show them they should only chase if you tell them to. Tell them to sit and stay, and wave the pole in front of their face for a bit. Watch their eyes -- if they follow the toy, you’re good to go!
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Release and chase!
Give your pupper the release command, wave the pole and watch them chase after the toy! It’s generally a good idea to let them catch the toy after a few minutes, otherwise they’ll get overexcited or frustrated. Not only will they learn a valuable lesson, they should have a whale of a time!
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More Fun Ideas...

Swimming

These puppers can take to swimming like a fish to water! See if there are any local parks with a Fido-friendly brook or lake, investigate nearby beaches, or even fill a kiddy pool for them to splash about in during the summer.

Watchdog Training

Redbone Coonoodles can be terrible barkers if left unchecked. Watchdog training will teach them to bark mindfully -- i.e., only if there’s danger. Look into classes in your area, and make sure that your trainer is accredited!

Conclusion

Make no bones about it, it shouldn’t be too hard to keep your Redbone Coonoodle entertained! As long as you work with their natural instincts and keep their brains and their bodies busy, these four-pawed pals can be sweet as pie. The activities above are a pawesome place to start!