Activities For Schnairedales

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Introduction

A Schnairedale is a cross between a Schnauzer and an Airedale Terrier. While both breeds are loving and loyal family pets, when combined, they are a high-energy, playful and excitable pup that requires exercise and entertainment on a regular basis. However, more than that, your Schnairedale needs someone with a firm hand who can establish themselves as the leader. Failure to take charge will see your Schnairedale lead the pack, rather than yourself. Schnairedales love to play and spend time with their family, but if you aren’t giving them enough attention, you will soon learn about it. They can plan elaborate escape routes from your yard and can dig and chew. Therefore, if you work a lot or no one is ever home, you may find a Schnairedale is not the right dog for you. Stuck for ideas on how to entertain them? Here are a few below. 

Forest Walk

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Sunny Day
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1 hr
Items needed
Leash
Doggy waste bag
Activity description

Schnairedales love to go for walks. In fact, the longer, the better. Going for a walk offers your pup the chance to see new things, experience nature, and put their nose to good use. The best place to walk your Schnairedale, however, is on a nature trail or forest walk. In these environments, your pup thrives, especially when they’re able to enjoy all those natural smells up close. On a sunny day, gather your dog’s leash and a waste bag and arrange to go for a walk out in nature. Both you and your doggo will benefit from the experience. The best part about a forest walk is it doesn’t cost a thing! 

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Choose a trail
Fortunately, there are many dog-friendly states in the United States. Many of these states feature dog-friendly National Parks, and even dog trails for your furry friend to enjoy off-leash. To choose a walking path, it’s in your best interests to talk to friends and family and have a look online. There is bound to be one in proximity to your home. What’s more, if you live in San Francisco, Portland, Seattle, Tampa, or Washington, you benefit from the status of being in one of the most dog-friendly states where activities are aplenty.
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Go for a walk
Now that you have a trail in mind, it’s the perfect time for a walk. If you found more than one path, that’s even better. You can categorize each location by the length to determine how much time you have to walk your trail of choice. Now, all you need is to tell someone where you’re going and when you’ll be back, attach your dog’s leash and get going. An hour is plenty of time to burn off all your dog’s pent-up energy.
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Training

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1 hr
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Schnairedales are challenging dogs to train. In fact, if you haven’t first established yourself as the pack leader, they will almost be insulted by the very thought of you telling them to do something. However, training is necessary for this breed as it helps them to socialize, learn correct behaviors, and even reduce the instance of barking. Other training opportunities your pup may benefit from are agility training and behavioral training. Agility training will enable your dog to burn off energy with a series of obstacles, while behavioral training helps to stop bad behavior such as chewing or aggression. When you bring your puppy home for the first time,  look at your options and get started. It can be moderately expensive, but it only takes an hour out of your week in any weather. 

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Choose training
Depending on the personality, temperament, and age of your Schnairedale, they could benefit from any one of the training options. If you’ve let your pup fall into bad habits, behavioral training could be a valid option. However, if they’re only young and need to know the basics, obedience training could be in your best interests. Once you tick all those boxes, agility training can be a fun activity that strengthens your bond while helping them to burn off energy in a controlled setting.
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Learn your dog
It might seem strange, but taking a minute to understand and learn your dog’s behavior can help your trainer assess what your dog needs to learn. They may bark at strangers a lot, growl at other dogs, not listen to you, or become destructive. Any quirk or mannerism you want to address is something you need to write down.
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Begin training
Now that you’ve established what your dog needs, it’s time to get started. Most training courses run for between six and eight weeks, but agility training can be ongoing depending on your dog’s experience level. For beginner classes, you have a one-hour session per week on average, but you also need to practice what you learn at home as well. Practice makes perfect, after all.
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Dog Park

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Sunny Day
Free
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1 hr
Items needed
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Toy
Doggy waste bag
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Early socialization for a Schnairedale is essential. While they are friendly and loving dogs to most people, they are prone to barking when strangers enter your property and become unfriendly toward other dogs as well. One way in which to counteract this behavior is by making trips to the dog park a regular part of your routine. On a sunny day, set aside an hour, and notice how many benefits there are for both you and your dog. What’s more, it’s an easy and free activity that only requires you to have a few toys, a waste bag, and your dog’s leash. 

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Choose a park
Schnairedales are small in stature which makes them an easy target for big dogs to hurt. While most big dogs at dog parks wouldn’t intentionally harm your pup, their size means one wrong paw out of place can cause an injury. Therefore, you’re best to locate parks that separate the dogs by size to avoid that problem from occurring. Many excellent dog park facilities in the U.S. can cater to you and your pup’s requirements, and they could be conveniently near your home. Hugh Rogers Wag Dog Park in Whitefish, Bear Creek Dog Park in Colorado Springs, and Fort Woof Dog Park in Texas are a few of the many fantastic facilities for you to check out.
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Go play
Now that you’ve located a park, it’s time to play. When you get to the enclosure for small dogs, don’t immediately let your pup off their leash. Instead, walk them in, let them walk around and sniff, then introduce them to other dogs. When you’re confident that they’ll play nicely, take off the leash and bring out their toys to enjoy.
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Food Puzzles

Schnairedales can be inquisitive. They are often the first to discover any escape routes in your yard merely by hunting them out. To cater to this curious streak, purchase or create food puzzles and challenge them. Make them work to get the food out of a ball, or dried sweet potato from a rope. There are so many options and ways to get creative that will entertain your pup for hours. 

Indoor Play

When the weather isn’t playing ball, your dog can be. If your pampered pooch has a toy box full of goodies, set aside half an hour to play with them. The running, excitement and stimulation are all it takes to bring your pup’s exercise meter to capacity. What’s more, it gives you an opportunity to try out tricks and skills you may have learned through obedience training. 

Conclusion

If your Schnairedale is furever getting into trouble, they’re not a bad dog – they’re just bored. Put your thinking cap on or consider trying any of these activities above. Walks, trips to the dog park, food puzzles, and training can all be the gateway to a well-behaved pup that continues to surprise you on a regular basis.