Activities For Sheltidoodles

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Introduction

Your Sheltidoodle is not just a dog,  this clever pooch is a hybrid mix of the Shetland Sheepdog (or Sheltie) and the Poodle that is eager to please, and is inclined to listen and obey. Training will always be fun with your Sheltidoodle, but like all dogs, they can get bored with the same old routine. Consider varying your daily walk. Why not head in another direction to a different park, or take a walk to the river, lake or sea ocean if you are lucky enough to live by any of these? Failing that, the opportunity to run free with other dogs at a secure park is always a ton of fun for your dog. Teach them to do tricks, fetch not only the ball but their lead, your shoes, or whatever you want. They love to help, so mix their day up and give them some physical and mental stimulation.

Christmas Fun

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1 - 2 hrs
Items needed
Christmas tree
Presents
Food
Activity description
Christmas is a very special time of the year. So many things to do; from concerts, carols in the park, and of course, Christmas day. Don't forget your dog, ask Santa Claus to leave a few gifts for them. They will love to help you get a tree and decorate it, although you may have to teach them not to try and pull it down or eat the decorations! Then, there is that funny crackling noise as you wrap some gifts. Beware, because dogs love ripping paper - it is the number one thing on their fun list! With visitors dropping by, or to go and visit, the week before Christmas is exciting. If you live away from family and your core group of friends and can't get home for Christmas, you still have your Sheltidoodle, and just that name alone will make you smile! So have a special day together. Open your presents, have a few treats, go outside and have some fun walking around. Everyone seems happy and carefree on Christmas day!
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The build-up to Christmas
Get your dog involved in joining you for all the pre-celebrations that Christmas brings. They will love having visitors to entertain, food treats to scoff, and even going to the park to listen to the carol singers will be fun. The sparkling lights, the putting up of the Christmas tree and other decorations, and filling the stockings with treats - your dog will wish it was Christmas every day. Whether you are going to have friends and family over or whether it's just you and your dog, plan some fun times for the big day. Curl up together on Christmas Eve and watch some good old Christmas movies. It's the time for you and your pup to be jolly!
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Christmas Day
Your dog may not wake up early, but if you have children, they sure will. Your Sheltidoodle will sense the excitement in the air as you all gather to open the presents. That awesome sound as the children rip open their presents - your pup will love to help them! And then, how excited will your dog be when they get a gift as well! Even if it is an empty box they will love to pull all the paper apart. But do have a special treat as Christmas is for them, too. Christmas day is usually a day for relaxing. For dogs, it is a day for running around having fun. At least if you get up and play a few games with them, they will help you to work some of those special Christmas treats off!
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Boxing Day
It may be a time to curl up with your dog and work out a few plans for the new year ahead. Start the day with an early walk to give your dog time to burn some of their energy off as they run about and sniff every shrub they pass. Toss them a ball or two to chase, and then head home to chill out. If you don't feel like playing, just grab a tug rope and hold it while you read. Your Sheltidoodle will wrestle on the other end until they are ready to relax. A food dispensing toy can then be employed so they can snuggle up by your side and work their toy for a few treats. Say goodbye to Christmas for another year!
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Wedding Dog

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8 hrs
Items needed
Fancy collar for the occasion
Floral decoration or crown for your pup
Activity description
If you have a Sheltidoodle and you are getting married, how about including your dog in your big day? Many people include their dog - to walk down the aisle with them, to join in family photos, and to share this day with your special friend. A special grooming before the big day means your dog looks their best. A fancy new collar and maybe even some flowers wired onto their fancy collar could be an idea. If you think your dog may just destroy the flowers, try some silk or artificial flowers, they are pretty much indestructible and perfect for your pooch. Your dog could even be trained to walk with the flower girl and carry the basket of rose petals as she takes handfuls and sprinkles them around. Including your dog will make them feel special and they will sense this is a special time for you. So why not invite your dog to be a family member at your wedding? But allocate a caregiver for your dog for those times you are busy.
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The morning of the wedding
Assign a family member or close friend to be a caregiver for your dog when you are busy. But otherwise, let your dog join in all the preparation that goes on before the wedding. They would enjoy being pampered too, so plan a grooming session for them. Your adorable Sheltidoodle will love all the attention they get from everyone and will feel the excitement in the air. How elegant will your dog look with flowers hanging from their collar? Hopefully you will have included your dog at the practice run prior to the wedding so they know what they have to do.
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Making memories
A wedding is always an emotional day. But how nice is it to have your best friend (the four-legged one) present to share it with you. Make sure you get some really great photos with your dog with you and your new wife/husband. Your dog will be a hit with the guests, and any small children will be drawn to your dog like butterflies to honey. Pre-plan a meal for your dog; one that is special dog food (but not too much people food or they may be sick). It will be a long day so they will need food and plenty of fresh water.
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Time to retire
After all the excitement and before the noise of the band starts up for the evening, perhaps it is time to say goodnight to your dog, and send them home with a friend or family member. The noise from the band may be too much for your dog's sensitive ears. Have a little gift for them when they get home or to your accommodation such as a special toy that they can play with or curl up to snooze with. A tired dog will soon be drifting off into dreamland.
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Home Chill Out

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8 hrs
Items needed
Videos
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Sometimes you just feel like staying home and spending valuable time with your dog. What better to do than lie out in the sun, dog curled at your side, while soaking up the warmth of the sun? Or if the weather isn't accommodating,  curl up and watch a funny film, or a tear jerker movie about a lost dog. From reading to your dog, to teaching them a new trick, there are literally hundreds of games and activities that you can do with your dog. You can groom your dog, or teach them how to do some yoga moves. Make an event out of lunch. A picnic on the porch, a BBQ lunch, or a call for take-out. Just chill out and make this day a time for you and your dog.
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Starting the day right
Start the day with an early walk to the park, to get your dog some exercise. When you get home, begin the day with breakfast on the porch shared with your dog (separate plates though)! Next, plan a bit of a grooming session, followed by a game of tug-of-war before you settle down to lie in the sun and relax. Exercising your dog first allows them to relax by your side instead of wanting to play fetch.
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Enjoy lunch together
Come lunchtime, why not decide to make a picnic lunch and eat it on the porch? It is a nice, easy way to share time with your pooch. Fill up one of those food toy dispensing gadgets and your dog will have fun trying to get the treats out. Your dog will still want some of what you are having, but at least you will get to eat most of your lunch in peace. For your dog, this time is valuable - they love being with you and listening to your voice. It will strengthen that special bond you share.
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Ending the day
By now you and your dog will be well rested. Once your lunch is done and a bit of time has passed, start up a game of fetch. Get some exercise throwing the ball and watching your dog catch and return it. You could try to beat your dog to the ball, but we think your dog will beat you there! It will be fun to try, though. Spend time in the yard playing some games or maybe do a bit of obedience training to refresh your dog's memory of the commands. Then, spend a leisurely evening watching a movie, order a meal in, and just chill for the rest of the day with your Sheltidoodle snuggled close.
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Stairway to Fitness

Who needs a treadmill when you have a set of stairs? If the day is wet and cold, stay inside. Change that mournful look on your dog's face by inviting them to run up and down the stairs with you. When you get tired, you can toss a toy up to the top and ask your dog to fetch it. Keep your dog's state of fitness in mind, don't expect them to do it for too long if they have been a couch potato! Moderation is the key to fun and stairs.

Bonfire on the Beach

The beach is a fun place on a warm starlit night. Take your dog and the family down to the beach for some fun in the sand. They can run around and wear off some energy, then come and join you on the beach for a bonfire and toasted marshmallows. Have a special, healthy dog treat for your pup otherwise they may feel left out! Tell stories around the fire. This is a special bonding time for family, including your dog. When you are ready to go home, put out the fire, and head indoors for the rest of the evening.

Conclusion

Dogs love to be doing something and if it helps you, then they love it even more. Their unbridled enthusiasm and furious tail wagging are clear signs that your dog is having fun. Even a simple task such as cooling down on a summer day can be improved upon with a sprinkler, bubble mix or even just playing with your dog with the garden hose. You will end up as wet as your dog, benefiting from the cool water during the heat of the day. Perhaps a BBQ  - prepare an outdoor feast for family and friends... and the dog, of course! When you get a dog, they want to share your life. You have friends, family, other pets, but your dog only has you. So share your life with your dog, keep them active and alert, train them well and enjoy their company and talk to them often.