Activities For Springer Rotties

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Introduction

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. 

Bark Training

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Free
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5 min
Items needed
Treats
Activity description

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.

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Remove the trigger
Dogs can bark for many reasons, and the first step is to find out what your Springer Rottie’s trigger is. Do they run into the living room and cry as they watch people walking by on the street, or when they are bored? Get to the source of it. Close the blinds in the living room if people walking by is their trigger. If it’s when they are bored, then provide them with something fun to play with, such as a chew toy.
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Ignore and praise
This step is more suitable for those who have a lot of patience. Ignore the barking and your dog. Don’t look at them, tell them off, or even talk to them. Instead, pretend they aren’t there at all. If they so much as stop barking to take a breath, reward them with positive praise and a treat. Keep this up. Every time they finish, give them a treat. Before long, they will realize that when they are silent, they get lots of yummy snacks!
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Tire them out
Dogs get bored as humans do, so you need to tire them out. The more depleted their energy resources, the less likely they are to stand on guard at your window barking at everyone going by. Dogs will often only bark to excess when you are not paying them enough attention.
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Dog Park

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Sunny Day
Free
Easy
1 hr
Items needed
Leash
Doggy waste bag
Toy
Activity description

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. 

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Select a park
Before you take your pooch to the dog park, you need to choose one that’s suitable. With Springer parentage, the Springer Rottie is a wanderer, so you need to pick a park with excellent quality fencing. It should also be one with a separate enclosure for small, medium, and large dogs.
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Meet and greet
Another essential thing to do when going to a dog park with your Springer Rottie is meeting and greeting. You may find it’s beneficial to take your dog into the enclosure on their leash and physically meet other dogs (also on leads). Explain to the owner what your goal is, and they will hopefully help your dog socialize positively.
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Play nicely
Once you have picked an excellent facility and met other dogs and their owners, your pooch can now play correctly. You never know, you may also form a friendly relationship with dog owners for play dates at a later time. Dogs with similar personalities and builds can often become great companions.
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Underwater Treadmill

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Normal
10 min
Items needed
Underwater treadmill
Leash
Treats
Activity description

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. 

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Enter the box
The first step to using an underwater treadmill is to get your pooch to enter the transparent box. This area is sealed tight and features a pet treadmill. Once your pooch is in and comfortable, it begins to fill up with water to midway or the entire way up your dog’s legs. An employee of the facility is trained to help ease a hesitant pup into the box.
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Walking
Once there is enough water in the box, your dog will begin walking as the treadmill is switched on. Your Springer Rottie will be wearing a life jacket, so you don’t need to worry about them not being able to stay upright in the water. During this walk, the water flows freely around their joints, helping to alleviate pain and discomfort.
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Treats
If your dog is nervous and uncomfortable with the underwater treadmill, then you can incorporate treats. As your dog walks, you can hold a treat up to distract them, giving them several pieces of kibble throughout the 10-minute session. They still get the benefit of the therapy but will have something else on which to focus their minds.
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Yard Fun

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.

Fetch

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. 

Conclusion

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.