Activities For Schnoodles

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Introduction

Schnoodles make wonderful companion dogs and can easily adapt to their owner's lifestyle, whether it be a rambunctious family or seniors who enjoy a quiet stroll in the park. Though they are small dogs, they still need plenty of stimulation and activity to keep them happy. Activities for Schnoodles need to combine play and some mental challenges to keep these clever dogs entertained. Because they may take traits like friendliness, boldness, and even vanity from their parent breeds, Schnoodles excel at a variety of activities. From obedience and agility to fetch, walks, and couch cuddles, you'll have lots of fun with this sweet hybrid dog.

Agility Challenge

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Any Day
Moderate
Normal
1 hr
Items needed
Leash
Treats.
Membership to an agility course
Activity description
Though your Schnoodle is small, they are mighty and can do almost anything the big dogs can do, like agility courses. When you think of agility your little pup might not come to mind, but Schnoodles actually excel at obstacle courses because of their boldness and smart personalities. Taking your dog to an agility course with small dog options is a great way to continue your training and is sure to wear both of you out. Schnoodles are smart and behave better when they have a job or task to take care of during the day. Making a commitment to agility will get both of you out of the house and create the perfect challenge to help you grow together.
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Sign up
If you're new to the world of agility training, it's a good idea to sign yourself up for a class. Many organizations host classes for different sized dogs or will adjust the course to make sure it isn't too difficult for your dog. A class will teach you how to train your dog to navigate each obstacle. Once you know how to break down the skills required, you can feel free to practice any time.
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Switch it up
Once you've learned to move through a few obstacles of the agility course, make sure you switch up your pattern. If you can, approach the obstacle from the opposite direction. Take your dog through the course in a different order, and introduce new obstacles. The more you make them think, the better your communication will become.
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Show it off
After you've been practicing for a while and feel confident with your dog, sign up for an agility competition. This is the chance to show off what you've been working on to family and friends, and you can challenge your communication skills when the stakes are higher and the excitement level is rising. You might even win a ribbon, but the best part will be the relationship you build with your dog.
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Take a Trip

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Any Day
Cheap
Easy
1 hr - 3 hrs
Items needed
leash
water bowl
Toys
Treats or dog snacks
Activity description
If you're looking for something to do to keep your dog busy or change their scenery, why not take them on a day trip? Many dogs love to ride in cars, and Schnoodles are no exception. They enjoy being close to their owners and seeing new scenery. If your Schnoodle has the outgoing traits of the Schnauzer and the curiosity of a Poodle, taking them on a trip is the perfect activity to get you both out of the house. Taking a trip will feel like a big adventure for your dog, and you may even be able to explore someplace new. Start brainstorming fun places to travel with your dog, and put it on your calendar.
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Choose a destination
Do you have a special place in mind? Is there a new doggy boutique you've been meaning to check out? Do you have a friend who lives in the next town over and could use a visit from your furry best friend? Pick a place you've always wanted to go or that would be special or fun. You want to really make a day of it.
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Pack the car
Get ready by packing everything you and your dog need for the trip. Bring water and snacks in case you get thirsty, a leash, and a travel crate if your dog prefers to travel this way. Make sure you are safe when driving and keep your dog still and off your lap. There are even dog harnesses that attach to seat belts and keep them safe.
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Enjoy your destination
Your Schnoodle will be so excited to hop out of the car and see where you have taken them. Make sure they have a chance to relieve themselves and sniff around a little, then head on in. If you're stopping at a specialty dog store, let them pick out a special treat or toy. If you are visiting with friends or family, give them all the time they need to warm up to their new friends. Traveling with your dog will turn an ordinary trip into an extraordinary adventure.
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Play Frisbee

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Sunny Day
Cheap
Easy
30 min
Items needed
Small dog frisbee
Activity description
There is a good chance your Schnoodle likes to chase and catch anything you toss. They can spend hours chasing after balls or small animals in the yard, so Frisbee is a fantastic activity to add to your list of games to tire out your pup. It may require a bit of training to make sure they bring the Frisbee back and release it to you, but soon Frisbee may become their favorite game. You can purchase small dog Frisbees that make it easier to catch and run with for smaller dogs, and smaller discs make it easier to travel with, so you can have one in your pocket where ever you go.
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Learning Frisbee
If might take a little practice for your Schnoodle to get the hang of Frisbee. You may need to break the game down into steps like "pick up," "come," or "bring it" and "drop it." You can use high-reward treats to encourage your dog to bring the Frisbee and release it. It shouldn't take too long before they understand the game and are ready to play.
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Set a routine
Once your Schnoodle is well versed in the game of Frisbee, make practicing this skill part of your routine. Dogs thrive on schedules, and if your pup can count on you throwing the Frisbee around the same time each day, this can relieve stress and reduce anxiety. It's also a good habit for you to pick up because it will ensure you get outside and bond with your dog.
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Take it on the road
When your dog is catching Frisbees like they were born to do it, feel free to take your Frisbee with you on outings or walks. If there is a local park that allows off-leash dogs, you might even find a pack of dog friends to play with. Changing your location while playing Frisbee will challenge your dog and keep their interest.
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Walk Around the Block

Take your dog for a stroll around the block. This low-commitment activity will get both of you outside and enjoying some sunshine, but won't leave you wiped out.

Search

If you need rainy day activities for Schnoodles, try teaching them to search. You can hide a treat in a room, and ask them to find it. To start, leave a trail of kibble to the big prize, and then slowly shorten the trail until your dog is using their nose to find the treasure.

Conclusion

Schnoodles are wonderful dogs with bright and funny personalities. Their clever minds do well with some stimulation, so mixing up their activities with thinking games and changes of scenery will keep them happy, healthy, and out of trouble for the most part. Working with your dog will create a close bond that you can continually build on for many years. Having a good, strong relationship will help you train your Schnoodle and keep them out of trouble through all their life stages.