Activities For Rottmatians

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Introduction

The Rottmatian is a new, designer breed known for their loyalty and devotion to their families. They are the perfect dog to introduce to a busy family who loves to get outside and be active. These dogs have plenty of energy and love to romp and play, so it's important to have plenty of activities for Rottmatians to keep them busy and happy. Activities that exercise their bodies and minds, and teach them their position in the family are important to raising a relaxed and happy dog who does not become over-protective of the family. Making sure to include training exercises in playtime is a great way to involve the entire family in training and make it fun for you and your dog. Read below for three activities for Rottmatians that you can use with your dog.

Family Fetch

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Sunny Day
Free
Normal
30 - 120 min
Items needed
Frisbee
Treats.
Activity description
Family fetch is similar to regular fetch, but it gets the whole family involved and helps your Rottmatian perfect the "come" and "stay" commands and to learn their roll in the family pack. Through this activity, your dog will get plenty of exercise, practice basic commands, and learn to listen to each member of the family. This activity is especially important for children to learn confidence when working with their dog. All in all, it is fun and a teaching experience all wrapped up in one.
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Sit and stay
To start the game, have each person in the family stand in a line in the backyard with plenty of space. Have one person start by asking your dog to sit and stay beside them. Throw the ball into the yard and make sure the dog stays sitting. When ready, the first person can release the dog to go get the ball.
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Next in line
Once your dog gets the ball, have the next person call them over. Be sure that your dog only goes to the person calling their name. If they go to the person who threw the ball, that person should turn around and not give attention. When the dog brings the ball to the next person in line, that person should ask the dog to sit and stay.
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Switch things up
Repeat these steps until each person has thrown the ball for the dog, and the dog has successfully brought the ball to the next person calling their name. Practice this pattern for a few times through, and then switch up who calls the dog. After a few times of playing the game, your dog should listen and come to anyone in the family.
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Freeze Frame

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Any Day
Free
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15 min
Items needed
Treats
Activity description
Freeze Frame will help teach your Rottmatian to listen to commands no matter what is going on and will help your whole family bond while having fun together. This game will be especially helpful if you have young and rambunctious children who want to play with your dog all the time. Not only will it help your dog understand when to play and when to settle, but it will help give each family member confidence to work with the dog, and make sure even the youngest or most timid family members feel strong and in control. This is one of the best activities for Rottmatians because it challenges them to think and lets them be playful.
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Practice sit and down
First, make sure your Rottmatian is well trained in sit and down. These will be your main commands during Freeze Frame, and it's important to teach these skills while your dog is calm before you challenge them with a high energy situation. Make sure every member of the family can get the dog to sit and lay down.
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Get crazy
Gather each member of your family in one room with your dog. Start to play and jump around with each other, and encourage your dog to get in on the fun. Once you see their energy escalate, yell out "freeze frame!" At this point, everyone in the family should freeze exactly as they are. Now, tell your dog to sit and lay down. If they keep jumping for a minute, stay frozen and don't give them attention.
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Practice makes perfect
Once your dog is settled, you can unfreeze and get crazy again. If you practice this game for 15 minutes each day, your Rottmatian will quickly learn when you yell "freeze frame" they need to lay down and be quiet. Make sure everyone in the family has the chance to give the command so your dog learns to listen to everyone.
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Go Hiking

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Sunny Day
Free
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1 - 3 hrs
Items needed
Hiking poles
Sturdy shoes
Backpack with water and snacks
Activity description
Your Rottmatian is a very active dog that needs plenty of exercise every day to burn off energy and make sure they don't get into trouble. One of the greatest activities for Rottmatians is hiking. With an open trail and plenty of room to run, taking your pup for a hike will quickly be one of their favorite activities. It's a great way to get the family out, and, if you are hiking alone, having your dog along to share the views can make the experience even more special. There are many parks and forests around the country that have wonderful trails for dogs and humans. Some are flatter and wander along beautiful rivers and others are challenging and take you to the top of mountain peaks. Check out your local areas and find the best spot for a hike near you.
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Plan your route
The most important and most exciting part of hiking is to plan your route and find the perfect spot. You can check out your local outdoor or pet store for recommendations or take out a local trails book from the library. Most trail descriptions will give you directions to the trailhead and let you know about the difficulty and estimated time to hike a trail. Use this information to find the best spot.
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Lace up your boots
Once you know where you're going, pack a bag with snacks and water for you and your dog and head to the trailhead. The only thing left to do is start walking and enjoying the natural beauty. Make sure you pace yourself and stop to drink water and offer your dog some too. If you're hiking with the family, take time to make sure everyone is having fun and enjoying the trail.
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Practice trail etiquette
Be sure to practice good trail etiquette when you head out on the trail. Always make sure your Rottmatian is in eyesight and has a good recall. When you see another person coming, call your dog back to you and never let them jump. While most people love dogs, a larger dog like a Rottmatian can be intimidating to some folks. Lastly, always make sure to pick up after your dog if they go on the trail. Follow these courtesy rules, and you'll have a great time each time you hit the trail.
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Obedience class

If your Rottmatian is new to the family or is being a little stubborn, sign them up for an obedience class at your local dog trainer, and bring the family. One of the best ways to bond with your dog and set them up for success is to create a good training foundation.

Swimming

In the hot, summer months your Rottmatian will love to take a trip to the local pond or swimming hole to cool off. Bring a stick to throw or a tennis ball and watch how much fun they have diving into the water to retrieve it. Swimming is a great activity to tire out your pup and have fun with the entire family.

Conclusion

Rottmatians may be one of the newer breeds out there, but they are growing in popularity for their reputation as a good family dog. They are loyal and faithful friends who will instantly become part of the family. They are not couch potatoes and will need plenty of activities like these to keep them happy, healthy, and out of trouble.