Activities For Staffweilers

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Introduction

Would you like a dog that will serve as both a faithful companion and a guardian? The Staffweiler is a hybrid of two of the most loyal, watchful breeds - the American Staffordshire Terrier and the Rottweiler. This large dog will need daily activity; however, for the first year of their lives, you will need to limit high-impact exercise that can have a detrimental effect on the joints of the Staffweiler. In addition, you'll need to ensure that the Staffweiler is properly socialized - something you should begin doing when the pup is fairly young. This breed enjoys participating in activities with their families, so this might be an option for providing exercise as well.

Socialization

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Any Day
Cheap
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30 min
Items needed
Leash
treats
Activity description
The Staffweiler may inherit the reserved nature of the Rottie parent breed but with proper socialization, this potentially negative social behavior can be negated. However, you'll need to enlist a few friends - those with friendly canines, those with children, and those who just plain love dogs - in order to properly socialize Fido. Socialization entails many activities - being around children so that a dog understands normal behavior when little ones are involved, interacting with new humans in general, and behaving properly with other canines present. Luckily, this low-cost activity is easy to complete and can be done just about anywhere in all types of weather! Be sure your pooch knows the command "no," and follows through when you correct negative behavior.
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Immunizations first
While it is fine to socialize your dog with other people as soon as you bring them home, it is not a good idea to socialize your new puppy with other dogs until Fido has received all immunizations, including booster shots. This ensures your dog's health and safety where contagious diseases are concerned.
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Invite friends
Due to the possible aloofness of the Staffweiler, it is a good idea to begin introducing them to a number of dog-loving friends as soon as possible. Invite friends with children who are old enough to know how to interact with a new puppy. Allow Fido to be held. Pat and "handle" the dog regularly. All these gestures are considered part of the socialization process.
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Playdates for your Staffweiler
Once your Staffweiler has completed all immunizations, including booster shots, then it is safe to allow your dog to not only play outdoors (something that you should be very cautious about until immunizations have been completed), but to play with other dogs without fear of contracting an illness. Seek out a friend with a puppy of a similar age; allow them to free play. It's also a good idea to invite those with older, more laid-back dogs to spend time with your young pup as well.
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Obedience Training

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Any Day
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15 min
Items needed
leash
treats
Activity description
The Staffweiler has a tendency to be quite independent, so it is in your best interest to begin training as soon as you believe your pup is ready. You will begin some training immediately when the Staffweiler comes home with you. You'll show the dog their bed, where to eat, where to sleep, and you'll begin housebreaking the dog. Many pet owners recommend crate (kennel) training. If you are away from home a good bit due to work, the crate can actually become a sanctuary of sorts for your Staffweiler. In addition, crate training can aid in the housebreaking process. Start teaching your pup the ropes from day one and training should be a breeze.
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General routines
This is the training you will want to begin as soon as you get Fido settled in at home. Begin housebreaking almost immediately (fortunately, some of this can be done with your kennel). You'll also want to show the dog where their food and water will be, as well as the location of their dog bed or sleeping area. This will help them to feel more comfortable and transition easily into your household.
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General commands
Sit, stay, heel - all of these are commands that you should begin teaching your furry friend within a few weeks of bringing them home. Begin teaching 'sit' with treats. Start with your Staffweiler at a standing position. Show them the treat in your hand. Raise your hand (and the dog's head) so that the lower half of their body goes into a sitting position. Stay and heel often go hand-in-hand with leash training. Practice indoors until all vaccines have been administered.
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Housebreaking and crate training
This is another part of dog training that can begin as soon as you bring the new family member home. Line your dog's crate with puppy pads. Place their bed in one corner of the crate. Puppies at eight to ten weeks of age can't hold their bladder, so this will help to prevent accidents in the crate. As the pup ages and begins to understand that they shouldn't use the bathroom in the crate, you can begin slowly moving the puppy pad out of the crate. Eventually, the puppy will use the pads where they are, not inside the crate. Of course, as your Staffweiler grows, all bathroom breaks will be happily taken outside.
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Get Outdoors

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Sunny Day
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1 hr
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tennis ball
treats
flirt pole
Activity description
The Staffweiler is a hybrid breed that is descended from working dogs. Therefore, one way to keep a happy and healthy Staffweiler is to keep them busy. This large dog needs plenty of room to run and play, so outdoors play as often as possible is very beneficial to them. Getting outdoors with family is a great bonding experience for the Staffweiler as well. Encourage the kids to engage your furry family member in play. Grab a tennis ball and play fetch. Invest in a flirt pole. You can dance around freely or use the flirt pole to encourage the Staffweiler to chase you. However, remember that you should discourage rough and high-impact play with the Staffweiler until they are at least one year of age and no longer growing. The great thing about playing at home is that there is no expense and the kids get involved, too!
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Flirt pole
A flirt pole is a teaser in that you will attach some type of toy at the end of the string in order to facilitate play with the toy. You can buy a flirt pole pre-made at a pet supply store, or you can make your own with a dowel rod, jute string, and a toy tied to the string. The flirt pole can be used to encourage jumping and running after the toy. You can also entice your energetic Staffweiler to chase after you as you run away with the pole.
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Let's play ball
Fetch may be one of the most common games for dogs, but for the Staffweiler, playing fetch keeps their mind alert while prompting them to play. Begin indoors when they are growing by rolling the ball casually in your hallway. Once they have are a bit older, take the game outside into your backyard and allow Fido to run, jump, and bounce after the ball as they please.
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Dog park
The dog park is a great place for your Staffweiler to get off the leash, play with other dogs, and experience further socialization activities. Some dog parks offer an enclosed area in which you can allow Fido to go off-leash and interact with other dogs. You may also take a few loops around the walking track, if available. Some agility courses and obstacles are present as well. About thirty to forty-five minutes of play is all that is needed for Fido to remain happy and healthy.
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Hiking

After the Staffweiler is one year of age, you can invite your dog to join you on lengthy hikes. They will be very keen; take along a first aid kit for both you and your dog.

Swimming

The Staffweiler will enjoy taking a dip with you during pleasant weather. Be sure to equip them with a swim vest, and never allow your dog to swim unattended.

Conclusion

The Staffweiler is a loyal, affectionate hybrid breed. If you start socialization at a young age, the Staffweiler will be well-behaved around other people, children, and other dogs. Be sure to hold off on any strenuous exercise until the Staffweiler is at least one year of age. Finally, be aware that outdoor fun should not take place until the Staffweiler has had all immunizations and booster shots.