Activities For Spanadors

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Introduction

The Labrador Retriever and the Cocker Spaniel could not be any more different breeds. However, when these two are combined, the resulting dog, known as the Spanador, is a great all-around dog that highlights the best out of the two parent breeds. Also known as the Cockador, this dog is a crazy ball of energy that loves to play and spend time with their owners. Spanadors are also renowned for being devoted to their families and can be a bit protective when needed. All in all, the Spanador can make for an awesome pet at home and a day-to-day companion. 

Night Stroll

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Any Day
Free
Easy
30 min
Items needed
Leash
Waste bags
Activity description

One of the most common dog-owner activities is going for a walk. As simple as it is, walking actually has a lot of benefits for dogs. It is not only a great form of exercise for your pooch, but it also doubles as a bonding moment between the two of you. Unfortunately, if you have an office job or you are gone for most of the day, you may sometimes neglect your dog’s need for a daily stroll. If this is the case, you can opt to go for a walk on a lovely evening. Night strolls also give you an opportunity to explore and see an area that you only typically see during the day. After all, there is something endearing about going for a walk with your best buddy underneath the stars. 

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Pack some doggy essentials
Just like your regular walk during the day, pack some of the essentials that you need to bring on a walk. Have your dog on a leash especially if you are visiting a public area. Also, bring some doggy waste bags in case you need to clean up after your dog. Bring some water as well in the event you end up taking a longer walk than you originally planned.
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Go strolling
When you have the essentials ready, get your dog leashed and go on your walk. Find an area that you would like to explore with your pooch. Bonus points if the area you will go to looks great at night, such as places with lots of lights. Take time to stop and appreciate the new sights and sounds that you and your dog will encounter.
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Tug-of-war

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Any Day
Free
Easy
15 - 30 min
Items needed
Tug toy or rope
Activity description

Spanadors are some of the most active designer dog breeds to ever be developed. Hence, as an owner of this pooch, you constantly need to come up with new and exciting activities that will help them burn some calories and keep their minds stimulated. An all-time favorite among owners of high-energy dogs is the game of tug-of-war. Not only is it a great form of physical and mental exercise, tug-of-war is also fun, exciting and engaging. Contrary to popular belief, this game does not promote dominant and aggression. In fact, when done right, it is a good way to teach your dog some good manners and discipline. 

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Practice the release command
One of the key elements to a successful game of tug-of-war is having your dog learn when to let go at command. This is why you need to practice release commands before playing the game. Choose a command such as “drop” and practice this with your dog. Give the tug toy to your dog and tell them to “drop”. When your dog follows the command and lets go of the treat, give a reward such as a treat. Do this constantly until your dog gets a good grasp of how it works.
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Play the game
Once you are confident that your dog can release the toy on cue, you can start with the game. Take one end of the tug toy in your hand and get your dog to bite the other end. Gently tug the toy towards your direction and observe how your dog reacts. At this point, your dog should also tug back. Just keep doing this until your dog starts pulling harder, which is when you will command them to release the toy. Of course, you should also let your dog “win” every once in a while.
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Geocaching

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Sunny Day
Moderate
Normal
1 - 2 hrs
Items needed
GPS device
Water
Snacks
Collapsible bowl
Leash
Activity description

Are you looking to channel your inner Indiana Jones? A great activity that can unleash the explorer and adventurer in you is geocaching. Similar to a scavenger hunt, but slightly more advanced and modern, geocaching is an activity that involves looking for items buried in specific locations using only coordinates and a GPS device. Another great thing about geocaching is that you can bring your dog along as your sidekick. This activity presents a lot of opportunities for exercise, bonding and stimulation for not only you but also your pooch. People from all over the country participate in geocaching so it shouldn’t be too difficult to find some hidden treasures near you. 

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Do your research
Research is vital in geocaching, especially if it is your first time to try it. Some of the important information you have to find out include the local laws of the area and if it is dog-friendly, the terrain and difficulty of the hike, and any special gear that you might need.
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Have the right equipment
Preparation is the name of the game and in geocaching, you want to have everything ready. Pack food and water as well as a travel bowl for your pooch. Obviously, you also need to have a GPS device, which is the most crucial item that you need for this activity. Pack a leash and some doggy bags for cleaning up after your furbaby.
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Go geocaching
When you are good to go, create an account in a geocaching site to get started. Through this account, you will be able to find some hidden caches in your area. More often than not, all you have to do is insert your zip code and the coordinates will show up. Enter these coordinates into your GPS device and start the search.
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Food-dispensing toys

Food-dispensing toys are a dog owner’s best friend. These toys help keep your dog occupied for hours without you having to exert any effort. It also helps keep your dog’s mind sharp. Just buy any toy from a pet store, fill it with your pooch’s favorite treats and leave the rest of the work to your dog. 

Visit a National Park

National parks are located everywhere in the country. These parks are famous tourist destinations because of the beautiful sceneries and plenty of activity opportunities. Find a dog-friendly national park that you and your Spanador can explore. 

Conclusion

Good-looking, affectionate and fun, the Spanador is fortunate enough to possess most of the desirable qualities of the Labrador Retriever and Cocker Spaniel. This dog breed knows how to have loads of fun but can also serve as a cuddle buddy when needed. Spanadors will make for the perfect companions and can bring happiness to any person they meet.