Activities For Sussex Spaniels

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Introduction

The Sussex Spaniel remains a relatively rare breed in the United States. They have changed very little in the last two hundred years. Unlike many hunting breeds, the Sussex is not overly energetic. Instead, this dog works in the field slowly with exact precision. Every move is executed with great thought and planning. However, despite the slow mobility of the Sussex Spaniel, this canine does require daily exercise and activity to keep them sharp. With physical and mental stimulation on a daily basis, the Sussex Spaniel makes a fantastic companion. You won't have trouble convincing them to join in on family fun!

Retrieval

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Any Day
Cheap
Easy
30 min
Items needed
Leash
Ball
Activity description
Your Sussex Spaniel is first and foremost a hunting dog. Within your pooch's DNA is coded the hunting abilities of generations of field dogs who have excelled at flushing out and retrieving game birds. Give your talented dog a chance and see just what they can do! You will both have a blast and it's a great way to ensure that your canine buddy is getting exercise every day to maintain a healthy heart, bones, and muscles. An inexpensive activity that can be played just about anywhere, retrieval practice is right up your eager dog's alley!
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Getting to know the ball
If you have never played a game of fetch or retrieval with your Sussex Spaniel then you are going to want to take the time to show your dog the ball and let your pooch hold the item in their mouth. Your furry buddy needs to know that when the ball comes out it is time to play.
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Throw the ball
The big step in the game of fetch is to throw the ball. Keep the leash on your dog at first so you can kind of reel your pooch back in with the ball. This will prevent your dog from running off with the ball and the entire game becoming a game of catch-me-if-you-can. After you have thrown the ball, encourage your pooch to run out and get the ball. At first, it is not unusual for you to have to run out over with your dog, show them the ball, and then encourage your dog to pick up the ball and give it to you for a treat.
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Getting the hang of It
You will probably be amazed at how fast your Sussex Spaniel learns to retrieve. Your dog is going to be a pro at the game within a day or two. Just remember to always lavish praise on your pooch every time your pet runs out to grab the ball and bring it to you. Treats are a great way to also encourage your dog to play the game.
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Water Frolic

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Any Day
Free
Easy
30 min
Items needed
Leash
Towels
Activity description
Your Sussex Spaniel has been bred to hunt the moors of England. Your dog enjoys the rain and the mud, but you might have been avoiding taking your pooch out into the water. If it rains or you know a lakeside location where the water is shallow, why not take your pooch for a fun day of frolicking in the water? You will be pleased with how much your furry buddy is going to love getting their paws wet while they play alongside you. Undoubtedly, the experience will harken your dog's outdoor spirit and remind your pooch that they are a real hunting dog.
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Dipping a toe
It doesn't matter if it's a muddy rain puddle or a shallow creek or lake, your Sussex Spaniel is going to love dipping a toe in the water beside you. At first, you might have to encourage your dog to dip a toe by taking off your own shoes and heading into the water. Show your pup that this is an enjoyable experience.
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Provide praise
When your dog takes their first tentative steps into the murky shallow water it is time to lavish your pooch with praise. Let your furry buddy know how thrilled you are at their brave skills. Use your tone of voice to encourage them. Head in just a little deeper and walk along the water's edge. In no time, your pooch will start to love the feel of the squishy mud between their toes.
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After the fun
The Sussex Spaniel is known for having furry feet and feathered legs so you will need to them dry off with the towels you brought along and try to loosen any caked on mud. Be sure to tell your dog just how special you think they are for going wading with you.
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Create a Picture Together

To create an image of your Sussex Spaniel, purchase large poster board and some washable, non-toxic paints. You will want to do this project outside.  Lay the poster board onto a flat surface outdoors. Hold onto your dog and gently spread the paint on your dog's overly furry paws. Purchase non-toxic children's paint and then you won't have to worry if your pooch tries to lick off the color. Now, slowly walk them across the poster board. You will be thrilled with the lovely and perfect paw prints that your beloved companion leaves behind. Do this as many times as you want with as many shades as you desire to create the ideal picture together.

Take a Canoe Ride

The mellow temperament and slow speed of the Sussex Spaniel make your pooch an ideal canoeing buddy. With just a bit of encouragement, your dog will happily board and sit in the canoe with you. Most Sussex Spaniels genuinely like being out on the water. Remember to put a life vest on your dog if your pooch has never been swimming. Most Sussex Spaniels are fantastic swimmers, but it is always better to remain safe by making sure your dog has a pet-approved lifevest on at all times while on the water. Also, most pet lifevests have a handle on the back of the vest, so if your pooch should fall into the water, you can reach down and pull your dog up using the easy to grasp handle.

Conclusion

The Sussex Spaniel might have been originally bred to be a hunting dog but, nowadays, they are also a treasured family pet. The above activities are ideal ways to spend time with your furry best friend. You will also be able to think up other fun things to do together. Just remember that even though your Sussex might move a bit slow, your buddy is a real athlete and genuinely enjoys getting outdoors to do exciting adventures with you. Typically, the Sussex Spaniel gets along well with other dogs, so if you live close to a dog park, then your dog will love running and playing in the park with their four-legged friends.