Activities For Springerdoodles

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Introduction

If you love English Springer Spaniels and also are a big fan of Poodles, then this breed is perfect for you! A Springerdoodle is a smart and active breed that makes for a perfect family pet which means everyone should have one of these fantastic pets. Once you do decide to get a great new family member and take home a Springerdoodle, what will you do with them? What games do Springerdoodles like to play? These activities will be perfect.

Agility Course

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Any Day
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Hard
1 hr
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Obstacles
Treats
Activity description
English Springer Spaniels are the perfect pet to train to use agility courses which means that your Springerdoodle will love them as well. These dogs are active and love to be on the move. Thanks to their super smart minds, they are also very trainable and love a good challenge. Combining their active lifestyle with their desire to learn, agility training just makes sense. By teaching your Springerdoodle how to run through agility courses, you also set them up to have endless opportunities to exercise in new ways - just change up the course and have your dog learn a new sequence of obstacles!
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Obstacles
Begin by gathering obstacles that you can use for your dog's agility course. While you can purchase specific equipment made just for dog agility training, you can also begin by using things around your house. A pile of blankets, for example, makes a perfect hurdle while a chair can be a great jump!
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Trick training
Train your Springerdoodle to do one obstacle at a time. This means you should teach them how to go over a hurdle one day, then through a tunnel the next day and practice each skill until they are experts. Then, link each trick together in a course. First, your Springerdoodle jumps a hurdle and crawls through a tunnel. Finally, they weave back and forth around posts to cross the finish line.
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Practice
Keep working on the course until your Springerdoodle is running through it in a matter of seconds. Switch the order of the obstacles or try new ones to keep the agility course fresh. If your dog gets to be very fast, enter them into agility contests to really test their skills!
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Ball Three Ways

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30 min
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Stairwell
Automated Ball Thrower
Balls
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Activity description
English Springer Spaniels and Poodles are both breeds who love a good game of fetch. Of course, your Springerdoodle has this trait as well! Playing fetch is a great way for your pup to burn off some energy and also helps them satisfy their natural instinct to hunt. Playing ball is also a good way for you to get out there, on the field, playing with your dog. However, if you aren’t too keen on running around yourself, you can also train your Springerdoodle to efficiently give you the ball back, right in your hand for you to throw again. Here are a few creative ways to play fetch with your Springerdoodle.
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Stairwell fetch
If the weather outside is not so great and you need to get your Springerdoodle moving inside, play a game of stairwell fetch. Throw the ball down the stairs for your Springerdoodle to run down and retrieve, running back up the stairs to hand you the ball. They will get plenty of exercise on this stair workout!
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Water fetch
Head to the ocean, a lake or a friend's pool and get ready for a game of water fetch. The Springer Spaniel side of your dog will love to chase the ball right into the water and get a nice swim while also playing a game they love. You can run in with your pup for a refreshing dip or simply sit on the shoreline while they run in and out.
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Distance fetch
Invest in a tennis ball thrower, which is a toy that will enable you to easily throw your Springerdoodle's ball much farther and faster. With the ability to throw the ball the entire length of a football field, your dog will surely be tired after chasing down the ball a few times.
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The Search

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20 min
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Dog Food
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Activity description
Springer Spaniels are a breed that loves to hunt and use their nose to find things. Whether it be a toy or a treat, your dog is always up for a good search. In addition to being able to easily sniff out a prize, your smart dog also excels when challenged. It is just as important to exercise your Springerdoodle's mind as it is to exercise their body! By hiding treats and toys for your Springerdoodle to search for, they will get to use their smart, inquisitive personality to earn a reward. There is nothing more satisfying for your dog than to work toward a prize and finally get it!
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Treat trail
Begin by making a trail of treats that leads to your dog's bigger reward, whether it is a pile of bones or just their favorite toy. Your dog will naturally follow the treat trail to the prize, being rewarded the whole way! Next time you hide their toy, use less and less treats in the trail until they are just using their nose to get directly to the prize.
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Big dig
Bury a bone or a few treats in your yard for your dog to search for. While your Springerdoodle will really have to use their nose to track this buried treasure, it will keep them busy for a while. The act of digging up the treats will also be very satisfying to your pup as this breed loves to get their paws dirty!
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Food search
Rather than just placing your Springerdoodle's dog food on the floor right in front of them, try hiding their food. Have your dog sit and wait in their normal spot for their dinner but then place it in the other room, behind some furniture or even inside an easily accessible cabinet. Make that Springerdoodle work for their food (in a good way of course!).
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Follow The Leader

Poodles love to imitate humans so, naturally, your Springerdoodle will be a big fan of this game as well. Train your dog to follow your motions whether it be giving a high five (or high paw!) or just trailing you around the yard.

Water Time

Springerdoodles are big fans of water play and love to go for a nice swim. Find a lake, ocean or dog-friendly pool where you can bring your pup to swim and play in the water.

Conclusion

Springerdoodles are fantastic pets, especially for active families. These dogs absolutely love to play and will thrive in an environment where they are given various ways to exercise and use their natural doggy instincts. Whenever you play with your Springerdoodle or do any type of training, be sure to give them lots of rewards in the form of affection and treats - they will respond best this way! Time to get out there with your dog and have some fun!