Activities For Scoodles

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Introduction

Scoodles are fun-loving, loyal, and adorable dogs consisting of a mix of Scottish Terrier and Poodle. They are a medium-sized dog, and are also relatively new to the dog world, gaining traction in around 2009. If you’re home a lot or have plenty of time to spare for fun activities, you will love having your Scoodle around. They like to play, can fit into your family life seamlessly, and with the correct training, get on with children and other pets well. If you’re trying to think of activities for your Scoodle to keep them happy, healthy, and entertained, these below are well worth your consideration. Your Scoodle can become a pampered pooch in no time. 

Dog Park

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Sunny Day
Free
Easy
30 - 60 min
Items needed
Leash
Toy
Doggy waste bag
Activity description

When you first brought home your Scoodle, you would have been quick to realize they are a breed that loves to have fun. Everything is a game to them, and they love nothing more than spending time with their owner, whom with they form a strong bond, as well as other members of the family. However, with the correct training, you may find they have just as much fun with other dogs of their size as well. If you want them to become sociable with other pups from a young age, begin taking them to the dog park. Set aside 30 minutes to an hour, then walk them with a toy to your closest park. It can do their temperament and their energy levels a world of good. 

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Choose a park
If you plan on making visits to the dog park a regular thing, then finding a dog park in proximity to your home is going to be in your best interests. If you locate one near enough, you can walk your dog to and from it, all the while benefiting from a convenient activity that will help to burn off all your pup’s energy. To choose one, you can look online at various options or talk to people. Be sure to select one that has an enclosed area for small dogs only. Some of the best dog park environments in the US include Dog Wood Park in Jacksonville, Florida and Pilgrim Bark Park in Rhode Island.
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Go play
When your Scoodle is full of energy with no chance of slowing down, it’s time to head to the park. If it’s their first time, take them into the enclosure on their lead where they’re able to become accustomed to other dogs with you in control. Even though Scoodles are loyal to their owners, you also want to be sure that they’re going to play nicely. When you find your Scoodle is excitable and ready to play, as is in their nature, you can then let them off their leash and begin playing fetch and other fun games.
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Obedience Training

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Any Day
Moderate
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1 hr
Items needed
Leash
Treats
Activity description

When you first get your Scoodle, the first thing you should do, aside spoil them with love and affection, is book them in for obedience training. There’s no denying that your Scoodle is going to offer you unparalleled love and loyalty, but without training, you run the risk of them barking too much, and being less than friendly with other pets and people. There are bound to be several possible facilities in your area, many of which will offer hour-long sessions in any weather. There’s no time like the present to arm yourself with plenty of treats and a leash and begin training right away. 

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Find a facility
If your Scoodle is young, you may find they fit into a puppy school where they learn skills such as sit, stay, and heel, as well as how to be sociable with other dogs. Puppy school is a very beneficial training facility that shapes your puppy into a well-mannered dog. If your Scoodle is a little older, however, you will see there are several training facilities that cater to more mature dogs as well. They may be a little harder to train, but the result can be gratifying.
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Know your dog
So obedience training is as beneficial as possible, it’s helpful to know what you want to get out of it. Your pup may need to learn the basics such as social behavior, sitting, and recall, or they may need to learn to behave better around other animals. It’s also helpful to find out what the best training approach is. Scoodles respond better to the patient and firm strategy, plenty of treats and positive reinforcement.
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Train and learn
Once you’re booked in for training, you will run through a once or twice per week course for around six or eight weeks. During this course, your dog will learn positive social behavior, basic commands, and so much more. However, it’s not only your pampered pooch that will become educated, but you also will too. A significant part of obedience training is providing tools and educational tips for dog owners who need a helping hand to control their dog.
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Food Puzzles

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Rainy Day
Moderate
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1 hr
Items needed
Food puzzle
Treats
Activity description

Scoodles thrive with mental stimulation as much as they do with physical stimulation. Therefore, while a trip to the dog park is going to let them burn off physical energy, a food puzzle is going to work them mentally. Food puzzles are also beneficial for winter when going outside is less desirable. After all, as your pup needs regular brushing, you’re going to want to keep them as dry as possible at all times. All you need to keep your pooch content indoors is provide a food puzzle such as a ball with holes in it, plenty of treats, and have an hour up your sleeve. 

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Make or buy
The first step to treating your Scoodle with a food puzzle is either making or buying one. If you go down the path of buying one, you may find they can be quite expensive. However, they tend to be worth it. There are many tough food puzzles on the market specifically designed for inquisitive dogs. Many also feature holes in them for you to put food in, with the ultimate goal being your dog trying to get it out. Otherwise, you can make your own using cardboard boxes and similar items you have around your house.
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Choose treats
Because a Scoodle is a mix of two dogs – the Poodle and Scottish Terrier – which are prone to health problems, it’s crucial to provide them with healthy treats as opposed to highly processed ones. Obesity is a common problem in pets, but there are plenty of ingredients you can use that will appeal to your dog – and your wallet. Frozen sardines will be a welcomed treat, as will cabbage, pumpkin, and even sweet potato. When you put the food inside the puzzle, they are going to have so much fun trying to remove it.
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Supervise the fun
With the food safely inserted into the food puzzle, it’s time to give it to your dog. Even though your furry friend will most likely be okay to sit there quietly and use their brain to get the food out, it’s a good idea to keep an eye on them while they have the toy. Most dog toys state that supervision is crucial due to the possibility of loose parts or them chewing the toy apart.
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Family Time

A lot of the time, your Scoodle wants you to include them. They want to take part in what you’re doing, be involved in family events, and get all the love and attention they deserve. While they don’t like being teased – especially by children, they get all the stimulation they often require just by being by your side.  

Walk

A brisk walk is going to be enough to appeal to your dog’s energy levels. What’s more, it gives them a chance to get out of their backyard and see what the world has to offer. If you include a walk into your routine – at least once per day – you may find they are less likely to bark, be disruptive, or become destructive as well.  

Conclusion

It can be a little ruff being a dog that doesn’t get any attention or exercise. If you find that your pup is beginning to grow bored with the monotony of staying home all day, then it’s time to take action. Try any of these activities above out and reap the rewards of an excitable pup that can’t wait to spend with you.