Activities For Standard Schnoodles

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Introduction

Your Standard Schnoodle is a loving, goofy, protective, active, and intelligent member of the family taking many traits from their Standard Poodle and Giant Schnauzer parents. While they make wonderful family and companion animals, their penchant for getting into trouble and their need for activity make finding challenging activities for Standard Schnoodles a top priority for any owner. These dogs need a combination of physical activities and those that are mentally challenging. Luckily, Standard Schnoodles are willing to try anything and love being by their owners' sides. If you are active and love spending time bonding with your dog, you won't have any trouble finding activities for Standard Schnoodles that fit your lifestyle.

Cross-country Skiing

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Cold Day
Moderate
Normal
1 hr
Items needed
Leash
Booties or wax for dog paws
Ski equipment
Activity description
Standard Schnoodles love the snow and will take any opportunity to run, roll, and play in the fluffy white stuff. Taking your pup cross-country skiing is one of the best activities for Standard Schnoodles. While you softly glide on trails of snow, your dog will happily romp, play and run through the cold snow for hours. Your dog will soon become your best ski buddy for a day out on the trails. Because of the fine hair that grows on their paws, snow can ball up and be uncomfortable. You can buy them special booties to wear or put a musher's wax between their toes. When their feet are protected, they are ready for a winter ski.
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Find a trail
Not all ski trails are open to dog traffic, so it's important to do some research before you go out with your pup. You can call up your local cross-country ski center or check with your pet supply or outdoor retail store for recommendations. Some trails are only open to dogs on certain days of the week or at certain times. Pick a trail that fits your ability level and your dog's energy level. If you want to improve your skills you can also sign up for a lesson before you go out with your dog.
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Grab your skis
When you have decided on your trail, pack up your skis, attend to your dog's feet, and head out the door. When you arrive at your ski trail, make sure your dog is well behaved. Either keep them in the car until you have your boots on or make sure they stick close to you and your car. When dogs are running around the parking lot, it can be dangerous for dogs and drivers, especially in slick conditions. Make them wait until you are ready to ski before they head off running.
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Enjoy the day
Cross-country skiing is one of the best winter activities for Standard Schnoodles because they get plenty of exercises and they engage their brain by sniffing, smelling and following the trails of small animals who have scurried along the track before you arrived. There is nothing better than watching a silly dog root in the snow, rolling and jumping and playing with pure joy. Bringing your dog on a ski outing ups the fun factor by at least 10.
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Agility

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Any Day
Moderate
Hard
30 min
Items needed
Leash
Treats
Obstacles or an agility center membership
Activity description
One of the best activities for Standard Schnoodles is agility. It combines fast-paced running and jumping with mental challenge and focus. If your dog is getting into mischief or acting bored, it might be time to sign up for an agility class. Both Poodles and Schnauzers are common agility champions, and the combination of these special genes most likely have been passed on to your special dog. With some professional guidance, hours of practice, and attention to detail who knows how far you can take this new hobby. One thing is sure, your dog will be tired and happy after each session.
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Find a class
Agility is not an easy hobby to get into. Your dog needs to come prepared with basic obedience and you need to be ready to break things down patiently while you both are learning. Signing up for a beginner agility class will help you learn how agility competitions work and walk you through some standard skills and obstacles that are commonly seen in competition and at parks.
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Practice, practice, practice
Practice is the key to mastering agility. Luckily this means your dog will get a good physical and mental workout several times per week. Each obstacle requires your dog to perform a different series of actions. You may need to spend time breaking them down slowly before you can go fast. You may need to teach your dog to jump a hurdle, or they may need reassurance on some of the scarier obstacles. When you practice, you are creating a strong bond and building confidence in your dog.
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Test your skills
After you and your dog have been working with agility challenges for a few months you can start to test your skills. You might ask a few friends from your agility class or club to get together for a "trial" where you race each other, or, if you're feeling confident, you can enter an agility competition or trial to test your skills against other dogs. These trials usually have novice categories for teams just starting out. Have fun with your class and then watch the expert trials to find inspiration.
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Hiking

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Sunny Day
Free
Normal
2 hrs
Items needed
Leash
Dog backpack
Water bowl
Snacks
Activity description
Your Standard Schnoodle is ready to hike anywhere with you. From steep mountain tops to mountain lakes and streams, your dog will be happy to spend a few hours or the entire day outside exploring trails and taking in the beautiful views. These dogs are bred for their stamina and have no problem hiking all day with you. If you're looking for an adventure partner, you've picked a great partner who will never mind waking up early to catch a mountain sunrise or beat the heat to reach the summit by lunchtime. You won't have to worry about your Standard Schnoodle in the mountains, and you'll always be happy to have them by your side.
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On trail training
The first step to making your Standard Schnoodle into a perfect hiking buddy is to make sure they show proper trail etiquette. Though your dog is friendly, they may be intimidating to other hikers, especially if they run or jump on people. It's important to take the time to train your dog how to behave on the trail. they should come when you call them, move out of the way for people, and never jump or bark at hikers on the trail.
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Pick your trail
When your dog is well behaved and ready to go on a longer hike, do a little research to find the best one. Make sure the trail isn't too difficult or dangerous for your dog. Even though Standard Schnoodles can hike long distances, they aren't mountain goats so make sure there is not too much exposure. A trail that leads to a mountain lake is a great treat, especially on hot days. Whatever trail you pick, make sure you are prepared with everything you need.
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Head out and have fun
When the day of your hike arrives, pack your bag with all the essentials, including a doggy first aid kit, lace up your boots, and ht the trail. Keep practicing good etiquette to make sure your dog is listening, but mostly enjoy the beautiful trail and your dog's excitement at all their new discoveries. Make sure to take water breaks often, especially if it's hot. You can give your dog extra time at creek crossings and swimming holes. When you get to your destination have a snack together and snap a selfie, then enjoy the rest of the way home. At the end, you'll both be happy and tired.
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More Fun Ideas...

Swimming

On hot days, your water-loving dog with thank you for taking them to a local pond or swimming hole for a dip in the cool water.

Find it

On rainy days when you can't get outside, a game of indoor "find-it" can challenge your Standard Schnoodle mentally. Hide a treat or a favorite toy in a room and ask your dog to find it.

Conclusion

Activities for Standard Schnoodles need to engage their athletic ability and their smart intellects. These dogs are perfect companions for active people and families who love to be outside. They excel at many different activities and are just as at home on the agility course as they are on the trail. They form strong bonds with their humans, so it's important not to leave them alone for long hours during the day. These big, goofy dogs will easily work their way into your hearts, and you'll have just as much fun spending time with them as they do with you.