Activities For Russian Doodle Terriers

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Introduction

As the proud owner of a Russian Doodle Terrier, you likely already know how affectionate, loyal, protective and kind they can be.  Unlike many terrier breeds and hybrids, your precious pup has a breed parent, the Standard Poodle, who contributes clever calmness to the usual spunk and feistiness that is added by the other breed parent, the Black Russian Terrier.  This large, robust canine is considered quiet, of fluid movement and protective of family and property, quite willing to sound an alarm whenever strangers are afoot as well as being energetic.  We're here to help you manage that energy realistically.

Agility Training

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Sunny Day
Moderate
Normal
30 - 60 min
Items needed
Collar or harness
Leash
Drinking water
Wood
Hula Hoops
Kiddie Tunnel
PVC pipe
Activity description
Agility training is an activity which can be done in a specialized environment or at home, in your backyard.  There is a price involved in either option, only one of which over which you have any control.  The fee for a commercial type of agility course will vary depending on your area as will the distance you must travel to avail your dog of it.  You need to consider the cost of travel as you look at various locations as well as the financial investment involved in building your track in the backyard.  As you evaluate the possibility of constructing a course in your yard, be aware that you'll need obstacles like hurdles for jumping,  barrels or buckets to navigate around and piles of dirt or other items for purposes of climbing over.  For many dog owners, much of this material is available around the house, keeping the purchases to a minimum.  If you don't have these types of items readily available, you can get them at most department or pet supply stores.  The exercise benefit and the bonding potential for your Russian Doodle Terrier, as well as for you, is priceless.
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Locate local classes or build a course
Locating venues for agility training and competition can take the form of checking the internet or asking dog park friends for recommendations. If you choose to build a home course, set up obstacles for your pup to try out, adding to the length and difficulty as they learn the course and begin to feel more adventurous. A kiddie tunnel is a fun piece of equipment to start with; if you are particularly agile, you can go through the tunnel first, teaching your Russian Doodle Terrier the method! Use PVC pipes for weave poles and build short hurdles with wood, increasing the height as your clever dog gets the idea.
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Gather required items for a class
If you opt for commercial venues for additional training, ask questions such as the price for training or competition, training schedule, type or level of challenge of the course, age limits of dogs allowed to participate and equipment needed for completion. Also, inquire as to the documents required for registration of your dog. Most public venues servicing dogs and other animals require immunization and health records for the animal as well as photo identification for the human accompanying them. Now that your furry pal has mastered the home course, they may find a different course a challenge. And the chance to run and learn with other dogs is a bonus!
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Vary the fun
Part of the fun of agility is the challenge and the practice sessions. Vary the fun by attending classes and switching up the course at home. Change the direction of the course, lower and raise the obstacles, and vary the obstacles themselves. One week, use hoops and the tunnel and the next week try hurdles and weave poles. Give plenty of praise and keep the activity fun.
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Beach Frolic

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Sunny Day
Free
Easy
1 - 4 hrs
Items needed
Doggy flotation vest
Leash, Collar or harness
Drinking Water, Snacks
Towels and blanket
Floaty water toys
Sunscreen
Activity description
Your Russian Doodle Terrier hybrid is a versatile canine.  The Standard Poodle parent was initially bred to be a water retriever, though the modern Standard Poodle hardly looks the part. Because of this contribution from the gene pool, swimming is a possibility for getting the beneficial exercise and quality time with your precious pooch.   Swimming pools usually don't accommodate dogs, but there are many beaches which do allow them.  Choose a beach location, gather your stuff and prepare yourself for a fun afternoon in the sun with your furry family member.  Be sure to remember to use the sunscreen often as you play in the water with your dog.  Time gets away from you when you're having an exciting game of water toss with floaty water toys with your precious pet.
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Locate a dog-friendly beach
Frequently, you can find a dog beach by checking the internet or contacting your local division of parks and wildlife. Your veterinary professional or groomer is often aware of dog-friendly beaches and water parks, so be sure to inquire about it. Family and friends are likely even better sources for referrals to beaches for our beloved bowwow buddies.
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Gather your gear
Next, you need to gather up your stuff for the beach trip. Be sure to include enough water, food, and snacks for all parties. Of course, you'll need a sufficient number of towels and a beach blanket or two to dry off and relax on the beach after your play time in the water with your buddy. Any floaty type toys, balls and other items for tossing and retrieval will set the stage for an amazingly fun afternoon in the sun. Accumulate your stuff and load the car. Slip on the dog's collar and attach the leash, signaling to your pup that a "car-ride" is ahead.
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Enjoy fun in the sun
Now that you've gathered all of your beach gear, swimsuits, towels, blankets, and umbrella and collected and loaded it all into the car, we bet your precious pup is dancing with anticipation of the fun to come. Load the dog into the car, and away you go to the dog-friendly beach of your choice. Find your perfect place and set up your "beach camp," put on your swimsuit if you haven't already done so, apply your sunscreen, gather your water toys and your pooch, head for the water. Prepare yourself for an afternoon of fun in the sun with your furry best friend. Be sure to adhere to the regulations of the beach and watch your pet at all times. Keep your Russian Doodle Terrier close to shore. Many pet parents opt to put a doggy flotation vest on their pal just in case fatigue sets in unexpectedly.
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Tracking Events

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Any Day
Moderate
Normal
2 - 4 hrs
Items needed
Collar or harness
Leash
Drinking water and snacks
Activity description
Both of the parent breeds of the Russian Doodle Terrier initially were used for hunting and tracking tasks.  This background makes your pooch a perfect candidate for tracking event activities.   The Standard Poodle was bred for water retrieval, and the Black Russian Terrier was bred to run the fenceline, to protect and to chase intruders, activities that aren't usually part of the modern-day routine for a family pet.  As a result, these tracking traits don't get much use, wasting a valuable resource to humanity.  Because these traits are in their DNA, your Russian Doodle Terrier is one that you should not necessarily trust off leash, as they are likely to become interested in a small animal at the most inopportune moment.  To keep your hybrid pet healthy and happy, they will appreciate having the opportunity to exercise those seldom-used skills.  Tracking events will give them the chance to hone those skills as well as provide generous amounts of exercise for both your dog as well as yourself as you run the course with them.  There are some things you can do with your dog which are less costly, few of them will provide the bonding of tracking events.
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Research tracking tasks
Locating local tracking events can be more challenging in some areas, depending on its popularity. Ask fellow dog owners whether their dog participates in this fun event. Search the web for classes in your area. Having an idea of what to expect before you go can change the outcome and make the activity more fun. Practice at home first, by hiding aromatic treats for your pup and letting them follow their nose to the reward.
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Prep for the fun
After you have identified places which provide tracking events, make contact with them and ask questions about the facility, the process of registration and what they require for it, the schedule for the games currently and in the future, equipment recommended for completion and the price for participation. Ask about the process of getting your clever pup trained for eventual competition. Training may take some time but is a wonderful way to stimulate and even provide a form of stress relief for your dog. You can expect your Russian Doodle Terrier to start at a basic level class and work their way up to tracker extraordinaire!
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Prepare to be awed
Gather the materials, any required equipment, water, snacks and be sure to remember those running shoes. Place the collar or harness on your dog and attach the leash; then watch as they dance around the room in anticipation of fun things to follow. Load your pet into the car and drive to the tracking event location. The first level will involve teaching your dog the basics of direction, scent recognition, and in turn, you will learn to read your pup's signals. As the levels progress, expect to your buddy to be taught skills in decision making and article recognition. You will start to see your furry family member in a whole new dimension!
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More Fun Ideas...

Hunt for Dinner

Hunt for dinner is a game played whenever you feed your precious pet.  Using kibbles or tasty treats, hide them while your dog isn't watching, and then wait in delight as they search and devour the tasty tidbits passionately.

Treat Hide and Seek

Treat hide and seek is a game that can be played indoors or out, in any weather or time of day. Play the game in a hotel room, at the dog park, at grandma's house on Thanksgiving or in the backyard. Your dog will avidly search for the treat and more than willingly consume it as their reward.

Tug of War

Tug of war with your dog is another one of the oldest dog games known to man.  However old it is, it remains one of the best-loved endeavors that you do with them.  It is cheap and easy to play - use an old tube sock or piece of rope, knot each end and give one end to your dog while you hold the opposite end.  Tug gently to begin the physical gyrations and those familiar growling vocals that have always accompanied this game.  Giggling is permitted!

Fetch with Your Dog

The game of fetch is probably as old as the hills, but it is so much fun for your dog and great exercise for both of you.  As you toss your pet's favorite toys, you build a deeper relationship as they return the cherished toy time after time.

Conclusion

Any time and energy spent with your precious pooch will benefit all parties involved.  Deeper bonding and understanding gained into the personality of your darling doggie will take you to a new level in your relationship with them.  It is an incredible journey, one that you and your Russian will thoroughly enjoy day by day.