Activities For Soft Coated Goldens

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Introduction

Any dog with the words "soft coated" in their name has to be one you consider - who doesn't want a pup with a soft coat! Luckily, the Soft Coated Golden, a mix between a Golden Retriever and a Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier, is not just soft but they are incredible pets. Naturally, you will want some customized activities to play with your perfect pup and this guide has quite a few. Get ready to have some fun with that soft fluffy dog!

Social Time

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Any Day
Free
Easy
1 hr
Items needed
Collar
Treats
Activity description
Soft Coated Goldens are very social dogs and they love making new dog friends. In fact, a Soft Coated Golden is more likely to be happy and have good behavior when they are given the chance to be around other dogs frequently. There are many ways in which you can keep your dog's social schedule full and several will even benefit you as you will also have the opportunity to catch up with friends. Being social is free for you and your pup and doesn't depend on the weather - you can hang out with dog friends inside when it's raining or outside when it's a beautiful sunny day!
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Dog park
Your Soft Coated Golden's happy personality is perfect for the dog park as they are friendly, not aggressive and love to play. Bring your pup to a local dog park weekly where they can run and enjoy other pups. Talk to a few of the other dog owners as well to make your own friends, too.
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Pack walk
Plan a time for you and your dog to go for walks with your friends who also own dogs. Walking together in a pack will satisfy your dog's pack mentality and also lets them get to visit with their friends while you do the same. Additionally, walking together is great exercise!
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Another dog
If you are able to and you feel that the dynamic is right, consider adopting another dog for your pup to play with. Soft Coated Goldens will welcome new dogs into their home and tend to be nonterritorial making the transition from one to two dogs easy. Having another dog may be great for your pup but make sure it is what you and your family want before bringing another dog home!
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Therapy Dog

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Any Day
Moderate
Hard
1 - 2 hrs
Items needed
Certification
Leash
Collar
Treats
Activity description
Thanks to the calm, loving demeanor of Soft Coated Goldens, they make the best therapy dogs. A therapy dog is a pup who takes classes and becomes licensed to provide comfort to people in need. It has been proven that petting a dog or just being in the presence of a dog increases people's happiness. Once licensed, you can take your Soft Coated Golden to hospitals, nursing homes, rehab centers and even just to schools to let others enjoy their upbeat energy. There is a moderate cost associated with getting your dog licensed and it does take some time but the benefits are worth the commitment.
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License
Begin training your dog to be a therapy dog by taking classes at a nearby dog training center. You will need to practice at class and at home to teach your dog how to stay still while strangers pet them, how to remain calm in stressful situations and how to relax in crowds of new people. Luckily, your Soft Coated Golden will be able to do all of these things with ease!
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Plan visits
Once your dog has been tested and has their certification, you can independently sign them up to go to various places and provide companion therapy to others. You can also opt to sign up for dog therapy groups where you will be assigned times and places to visit based on your schedule. Either option works, so go with what is best for you and your dog.
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Provide therapy
Bring your dog to those in need of a nice, soft dog to love. Your dog will enjoy all of the attention and those who get to interact with your pup will feel better the moment they touch that soft fur. You will also feel great knowing that you can provide such a beneficial service to those in need.
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Dock Jumping

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Hot Day
Cheap
Normal
1 hr
Items needed
Towel
Collar
Dock
Ball
Doggy Life Jacket
Activity description
When the weather gets hot, your Soft Coated Golden is likely hot as well. However, did you know that your pup loves to swim? That's right, Soft Coated Goldens are typically avid swimmers who love the water, so the best way for your dog to cool off in the heat is to bring them to a dock and let them jump on in! Let's go a little bit beyond that and train your dog how to dock jump as a sport. All you need for equipment are a ball, a place for them to run and jump in the water, and a towel to dry off afterward! Test your dog's swimming ability and give them lessons if needed. Better yet, let them wear a life jacket as well the first few times as they jump in and learn the ropes of this fun sport.
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Location
Find a place that has a nice long dock leading into some deep water. The further your dog can run before jumping in, the further they will be able to jump thanks to inertia! Before starting this activity always make sure the water source at your chosen destination is safe to swim in and there are no hazards waiting at the end of the dock.
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Run and Jump
After your dog has walked around in the water a few times and cooled down, it's time to jump. All you need to do is throw your dog's tennis ball into the water and watch them run and jump after it! Throw the ball again and again until your Soft Coated Golden is finally tired - it may take a while...
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Compete
If you think that your Soft Coated Golden is a really great jumper, sign them up for a dock jumping competition. These contests see which dog can jump the farthest before hitting the water, so some serious airtime is what you need! Even if your Soft Coated Golden doesn't win, they will still have a great time being around other dogs and get to swim while at the competition.
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Snuggle Time

What good is a soft coat if you don't get to snuggle with it? Although Soft Coated Golden's are quite active, they still like to cuddle after a long day of playing. Curl up with your dog and pet their beautiful, thick fur.

Frisbee

Forget regular old fetch with a ball, grab a Frisbee to play with your Soft Coated Golden. The hovering motion of the frisbee will be new and fun for your pup to jump and catch.

Conclusion

Soft Coated Goldens are fun, active, social and love to please their owners. They get along with everyone and are also gorgeous dogs. What more could you ask for? Plan a trip to a lake for your pup to swim, get them licensed to provide others with puppy love and let them play with other dogs frequently and you will be sure to have a devoted and loving dog. Time to go out and play!