Activities For Spangold Retrievers

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Introduction

Spangold Retrievers are a laid back and family-friendly mix of Springer Spaniels and Golden Retrievers. These dogs are happy-go-lucky pups who love playing outside with you just as much as they like hanging out on the couch without a worry in the world. Activities for Spangold Retrievers should help them stay fit and engaged mentally while also taking into account their need to feel part of the family. If you're looking for a pup who can play rough with the older kids and entertain the younger ones, you've found the right dog.

Tug of War

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Any Day
Cheap
Normal
10 min
Items needed
Tuff rope toy
Activity description
Dogs love to engage in all kinds of play with their human and furry companions. One of the most fun activities for Spangold Retrievers is Tug of War. This is a simple game that can be played inside or outside when the weather is nice. Playing outside is preferable so you have more space to move, but this can be an indoors game as long as space isn't too small. Just like in the childhood game, you and your dog have either ends of the rope, you both pull the rope in all directions, trying to wrestle it from the other.
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Easy play
Though Tug of War is a fun and engaging game for dogs, it's easy for your pup to escalate into a frenzy unless you ease them into the game and teach them that gentle play means the game continues, but play that is too rough means it stops. Ideally, you'll want to stop and release the rope before your dog gets too worked up, so start by only playing for a few minutes at a time. You can work your way up over time.
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No skin rule
The next rule your dog must learn is that their teeth only stay on the rope. Sometimes your dog might get excited and try to grab your hand with their mouth. It's important to teach them that any tooth-to-skin contact won't be accepted. If they accidentally bite you, say "ow" and stop playing the game.
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Tug of War time
As your dog learns propper Tug of War etiquette, you can extend the time you play together. This is a fun game for the dog and older children. If they play outside, they can add a lot of physical fitness to the game by moving all around the yard. Always let your dog win the round every few bought. Otherwise, they may become upset or escalate the game too high.
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Chase the Hose

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Hot Day
Cheap
Easy
15 min
Items needed
Garden hose
Towel
Activity description
During the dog days of summer activities for Spangold Retrievers that involve cool water will be a big hit both for your family and your dog. When the temps creep higher and higher, why not give everyone a treat by breaking out the hose for some refreshing fun. Your dog can get in on the action too. With a little familiarizing, you can teach your Spangold Retriever to chase the hose and splash around with the rest of the family. It's a relatively low cost activity, especially if you have a well and don't pay for city water, and it will be a cherished memory for years to come.
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Introduce the hose
The first step is to let your pup get used to playing with the water and learn that it's fun and refreshing. Start by letting them sniff and investigate the hose without water running. Give them treats and praise for approaching it, wave it around, and show them it's harmless.
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Just a trickle
Once they are comfortable you can turn on a little water. Don't let it go full blast yet because you might scare your pup. Let them get used to and investigate the trickle of water. They may even drink from the hose. You can start to swing the hose around a little and encourage them to chase the water and play with it.
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Wet, summer fun
Your patience during the hose introduction will soon pay off. Your dog will quickly become accustomed to heavier flow and will love to chase and bite at the hose. You can get the whole family involved, spraying and chasing everyone until you're all cooled off and exhausted. Then it's time for some ice cream and a pup-cicle.
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Family Hike

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Sunny Day
Free
Normal
1 hr
Items needed
Leash
Hiking book
Activity description
Finding ways to bond outside is important for many families, especially active families with dogs like the Spangold Retriever. Taking a family hike on weekend days or even after school if you live close to trails is a wonderful way to keep the whole family healthy and instill a love of the outdoors. Your pup already knows how much they love the outdoors and will be so happy to hike along beside you, darting off the trail every so often to chase squirrels or sniff something new. Taking a family hike with your Spangold Retriever is the perfect idea for spring, summer, and fall.
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Pick your spot
There are so many wonderful areas to hike all over the country. Even if you live in a more urban area, a quick internet search will reveal wonderful places to wander in nature a short drive from your city, or possibly even preserved inside as the city grew around it. Find a hike that fits your family's goals and fitness levels. Younger kids and those new to hiking can do really well on short, flat trails while older kids will enjoy more of a challenge. Your dog won't care what trail you choose, as long as they get to join you.
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Set up for success
The next important step is to set yourself up for success. Make sure everyone has properly fitting shoes and the layers they need. Bring a backpack with water and snacks (and treats for the dog), and carry a leash, even if the hike is off leash. You always want to be prepared. On your first hike, stop often to take a break and look around. Play games like I Spy, and let your kids toss sticks into the woods for your dog.
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A family tradition
Hiking in the woods will quickly become a wonderful family tradition. Some areas of the country are even perfect for hiking year round! Make it a monthly or weekly tradition and challenge your family to go for longer and more challenging hikes. Your Spangold Retriever will always be there to cheer them on.
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More Fun Ideas...

Frisbee

Keeping your Spangold Retriever fit and exercised is important to do every day. Teaching them how to catch and return a frisbee will keep them busy and is easy to do any time.

Puppy Makeover

Spangold Retrievers have long coats that need constant brushing and attention. Enlist your children to help with the brushing by playing puppy makeover. They can tend to the coat, file nails, and even give them a fancy handkerchief around their neck.

Conclusion

Activities for Spangold Retrievers are best when they include the whole family. These sweet and kind dogs love to be involved in family fun. Though they are just as happy laying on the couch as running after you up a mountain, they need daily activity to make sure they stay healthy. Luckily it's easy to find something to keep their attention. They love to play games like Tug of War and fetch, but they will just as happily play in the water during hot summer months. These versatile dogs are up for nearly anything and make wonderful companions and family pets.