Activities For Spreagles

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Introduction

Spreagles are hybrid dogs that are a cross between Beagles and English Springer Spaniels. Spreagles were bred for hunting and tracking, which means that they are pretty active dogs that need both mental and physical stimulation to lead happy, healthy lives. If you have a Spreagle, you know just how much energy these dogs can have, so we have compiled a list of a few activities that you can take part in with your four-legged friend to switch things up a bit!

Follow That Scent

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Any Day
Cheap
Normal
15 - 30 min
Items needed
Toy
Small Pieces of Paper
Essential Oils
Activity description

Spreagles have an amazing sense of smell. You can help train your pooch to use this keen ability to track things with this simple game! For very little expense you can get everything that you need for this activity. In fact, you probably only need to get essential oil. You can play indoors in any weather, and it isn't too hard to train your dog to play! One important thing to note is that you have to be careful using essential oils around pets! For this game, use only lavender, anise, or valerian essential oil to keep your dog safe. You may want to check with your vet first, so that you can be sure that these oils are suitable for your Spreagle.

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Teach the fun
Pick a toy that your Spreagle really loves. We recommend your pup's favorite ball. Put a few drops of one of the above essential oils on the toy and let it dry on the surface. Play fetch with the ball. When you are done playing fetch, give your pooch a treat as a reward.
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Hide the toy
Now that your dog recognizes the scent of the toy, you can start the real game. First, wait until your dog is in another room and hide the toy. Next, take a piece of paper and put the same essential oil all over the paper and let it dry. Tear the paper into small pieces and use them to create a trail from the starting point to the hidden toy. Call your dog to the starting point and tell them to find the toy. If they find the toy, reward them with a treat. Immediately clean up the paper so that your dog does not ingest the pieces.
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Hunting

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Any Day
Moderate
Easy
15 - 45 min
Items needed
Doggy Safety Vest
Leash
Bird Wings
Activity description

Hunting is a common activity for both of the parent breeds of the Spreagle, and there is no reason that you can't use your dog's talent in the field as a fun activity. Spreagles can practice hunting with you in any weather, and it is fairly easy to teach. While it may cost you a little bit of money to get bird wings and a safety vest so that your pup is always visible, the expense will be worth the fun you will have with your Spreagle. This type of training is a welcome diversion for hunting dogs and even for those that are mainly companion animals. So, challenge your Spreagle to a fun hunting game, which can also prepare them for a real hunting expedition later on.

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Using decoys
Using decoys can sometimes be problematic because many dogs see them as toys to play with, which can ruin hunting later on. Instead, teach your dog to ignore decoys and only find birds. You can use a bird wing, dead duck, or stuffed animal covered with a bird's scent to teach your dog how to use their nose.
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Teaching the pocket
Hunters often want their dog in an area they call the pocket. The pocket is a special area, generally between the ten o'clock and two o'clock position in front of the hunter. This position allows the hunter to keep the dog in their line of sight. To teach your dog to stay in the pocket, you can put them on a long leash. When they start to stray from the desired area, loudly clap your hands to get their attention. When you have their attention, point forward and give a gentle tug on the leash to correct the direction of your dog's path. Praise them when they are in the right area.
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Familiarize the boat
Many hunters will be in a boat, which means that your Spreagle needs to be comfortable in and around the boat. Take your dog out on the boat often to make sure that they are comfortable there. When they are at ease, you can start playing fetch with a training dummy off the boat. This gets your dog used to jumping off the boat and retrieving the duck.
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Find the Food

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Rainy Day
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Easy
15 min
Items needed
Food and Treats
Boxes
Activity description

Since the English Springer Spaniel and Beagle parents are known for their great sniffers, you should be able to easily teach your Spreagle to find food hidden in a box. You will need a few boxes and either food or treats. It is easy to play this game with your pooch, and it is an inexpensive way to have fun, too! Plus, you can play inside so that you don't have to worry about the weather. This game is great for dogs that are training for scent-detecting jobs, but all Spreagles can enjoy this kind of activity. Think of this game as both a mental and physical challenge for your favorite four-legged friend. It is one that will teach them to better use their keen noses.

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Gather boxes
The first thing you need to do is gather a few boxes. You will want to take a treat or some of your pup's favorite food and place it in only one of the boxes. It is best to pick a food or treat that has a strong aroma. Your dog should watch you do this. Then, you can place the box among the other boxes.
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Let your dog search
Let your dog start looking through the boxes to find the right box. If your pooch finds the box with the food or treat, then you can reward them with the treat that is in the box. As you increase the difficulty of the game, you can hide the food or treat without letting your dog watch.
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More Fun Ideas...

Learn New Tricks

Teaching your dog a few new tricks can challenge your dog in a number of different ways. Find a few fun tricks that you would like to teach your Spreagle and go for it! Just keep the treats handy!

Visit the Dog Park

Dogs love to romp around with each other! Give your dog a little time to socialize and get some exercise all at the same time by making a trip to the local dog park.

Conclusion

Spreagles can be a bit of a handful if you don't provide the exercise that they need. Be mindful of how much activity you are supplying these energetic dogs with each day. It is very likely that they will turn into troublemakers if you don't ensure that they are mentally and physically stimulated with tasks like retrieving and scent work.