Activities For Spanierds

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Introduction

If you and your family have a lot of energy to burn, then why not invite a pet into your home that can give you a run for your money? Say hello to the Spanierd - a hybrid delight with English Spaniel and German Shepherd parentage! This medium-to-large dog is one that's going to need a lot of your love, affection, and time. You will also need to dedicate at least an hour and a half every day to making sure they get enough exercise! Here are a few ideas to get you started.

Hiking

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Sunny Day
Free
Hard
2 hr
Items needed
Leash
Doggy waste bag
Water
Activity description
Given how hard a Spanierd can be to tire out, it makes sense to choose activities that take a long time and deplete their energy resources. Hiking is one such option. If you and your family take pleasure getting out into the great outdoors, then bring your Spanierd along for the journey! They will love a two-hour jaunt in nature, taking in the sights, sounds, and smells. While it might challenge them (and you), it's a free activity you can do on a sunny day together, and you only need a waste bag, water, and a leash,
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Hiking destination
Unfortunately, not everywhere you want to hike is welcoming of dogs. You have to choose a dog-friendly location. Some of the best hiking trails in the United States include Red Rock Canyon in Nevada, Lake Dorothy in Washington, and Acadia National Park in Maine. Find out if there are any on or off-leash rules by which you need to abide.
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Know your dog
Not every Spanierd is going to get certain helpful traits from their mom and dad that they may need for hiking. You need to know YOUR dog, rather than their parents. Pay attention to their strong points. Can they handle long distance walks or do they tire quickly from sprinting? Are they sure-footed or a bit clumsy? Knowing your dog can help you to ascertain the most appropriate destination.
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Go hiking
With a destination in mind, you can now clear your schedule, grab your pooch, a leash, and some water, and hit the road! For the next two hours, it's just you and man's best friend traversing the rugged terrain for which the United States is so well known.
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Biking

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Sunny Day
Cheap
Normal
1 hr
Items needed
Bike
Bike harness
Bike leash
Activity description
Because Spanierds require so much exercise, you need to always be coming up with ways to tire them out without burning yourself out in the process. That's where biking comes in. Biking enables you to both get that much-needed exercise, but you don't have to run for miles - you can pedal! Once you familiarize your busy dog with the bike so that they are comfortable to run alongside it, you can begin to experience the joys and benefits of cycling with your Spanierd. You will have a ready and willing companion every time you pull out your bike. It's a free activity once you have the equipment and the wonderful thing is that biking can be enjoyed almost year round, depending on where you live!
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Walk dog and bike
The first step is to walk your dog and your bike. Your Spanierd needs to feel safe and comfortable being near or beside a large metal frame that has the potential to jump out and eat them! Alternate between running with the bike and your dog and walking.
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Ride bike and walk dog
After a week or two of frequent walking with your bike and dog, you can now get up in the driver's seat! Slowly pedal your bike while walking your dog on their regular leash. Keep the walks short as they become more familiar with the process. Lengthen the journeys as they become standard practice.
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Bike harness
You can now head out on biking adventures with your dog in earnest. Attach them to a specialized dog leash that puts a safe distance between them and the bike. They are comfortable with you, the bike, you on the bike, and them beside the bike. Biking with your dog can now form part of your routine!
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Dog Park

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Sunny Day
Free
Easy
1 hr
Items needed
Leash
Toy
Doggy waste bag
Activity description
Dogs normally require their owners to help them burn off all their energy. Fortunately, you can now get a helping hand from other dogs. A dog park is an excellent way for your dog to learn how to play nicely with others while also burning off their pent-up energy. You can find a park that suits their needs quite easily, then enjoy this one-hour activity on a sunny day with family and friends. What's more, you don't need to bring a lot with you. Grab a leash, toy, and waste bag, and head down to the park where your dog can exercise themselves!
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Choose a park
Choosing a park is the hardest part of this activity, because you may not know which enclosure is going to suit them. While Spanierds play nicely with other dogs, they can be quite bossy. Additionally, they fall into the gray area between medium and large. You may need to factor in the other dogs already there before deciding where to put them. Check all fencing before you let them off the leash.
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Meet other dogs
If you are nervous about how your dog will interact with others, especially on their first visit, then meet other dogs on a leash. Talk to other pet owners and see if they will put their leads on so they can introduce them nicely. Doing so can offer both owners a lot more confidence and intervention can be accomplished easily if need be.
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Play
How you play at the dog park can depend on how densely populated it is. If there are a lot of dogs, you can supervise as they play. If there are none, you can play with a toy you brought with you. In either instance, they are going to enjoy the ample space in which to run and frolic.
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More Fun Ideas...

Chew Toys

Both English Spaniels and German Shepherds love to chew - and they aren't picky. They'll turn your shoes into confetti, or their own toys into colorful specks of rubber. Make sure you have plenty of hard-wearing rubber toys on hand so they stay away from your prized possessions!

Run

If you like pounding the pavement, then adopting a Spanierd was a wise decision - they do too! The next time you go to put on your sneakers, spare a thought for the sad face staring at you from a distance. Don't leave them hanging. Grab their leash and bring them along!

Conclusion

Spanierds have the energy to burn, so it's always a match made in heaven if your family does too. Whether you're an individual, couple, or you have children, a Spanierd will tie in well with your family life. However, it's impawtant to understand that they are not for inexperienced owners. They require a lot of physical activity and entertainment to keep them happy. Think you've got what it takes? Give these activities a try.