Springer Rotties are not a very common breed, consisting of parentage of an English Springer Spaniel and a Rottweiler. While both kinds are beautiful in their own right, when they combine, the offspring is strikingly beautiful with an even balance of both parents. You often get the longer fur and smaller body of the Springer Spaniel, but the typical markers of the Rottweiler with golden paws and eyebrows and a black body. The Springer Spaniel enjoys a lot of physical activity, but the Rottweiler’s needs are only average. As a result, the Springer Rottie needs a mixture of both mental and physical stimulation every day. Here are a few tips to get you going.
Both Springer Spaniels and Rottweilers enjoy barking as a fun pastime. But, your neighbors may not enjoy it quite so much. Therefore, a practical and mentally stimulating activity for your Springer Rottie is to teach them not to bark. It’s not an easy task or one that will work all the time and every time, but it can go a long way to keeping the peace in your neighborhood. It also only takes five-minute training sessions a few times a day with the use of treats. This all-weather activity is worth trying out sooner rather than later. The younger your Springer Rottie is, the easier it is to train them.
Often, dogs go to the dog park so they can get in that much-needed exercise to tire them out for the day. For a Springer Rottie, however, it’s more important for their social skills than their physique. With Rottweiler temperament, you may find your pooch can be dog-aggressive if you don’t socialize them from a young age. Take the time to visit the dog park at least once per week for half an hour from a puppy. Bring along a toy, waste bag, and leash, and enjoy this free and easy activity. Your dog can learn how to play nicely with others while also burning off energy at the same time.
For dogs with joint problems, such as a Rottweiler, hydrotherapy activities can be beneficial. An underwater treadmill is an excellent example of a product within that realm that can help your dog. So, sign your Springer Rottie up for classes if you want to keep them fit and active while not putting pressure on their joints. While they are expensive, it’s a 10-minute activity that doesn’t take a lot of effort on your part. You also only need a leash and treats to participate at the nearest hydrotherapy center near you. Take the time now to find out what is available to benefit your dog.
Fetch is an excellent game for a Springer Rottie, drawing on the retrieving traits of the Springer Spaniel. Clear an area in your yard, throw a ball, and sit back and relax. You can let your pooch run backward and forward, burning off their energy as they bring the ball back to you.
If your pup is tired of being cooped up inside, then why not let them out into the yard for a bit of fun? Arm them with plenty of toys, a paddling pool to take a dip if it’s sunny, and a few treats scattered around the yard as well. Yard fun is also so much better when you are there as some dogs are not able to entertain themselves. Additionally, it's best not to leave your dog alone around water no matter how shallow the pool is.
If your Springer Rottie is having a ruff day and doesn’t have a lot to do, then make sure you involve them in as many activities as possible to keep them out of trouble and entertained. Fetch, fun in the yard, hydrotherapy, bark training, and the dog park will be all it takes to cater to their physical and mental needs in the best possible way.