Activities For Swiss Newfies

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Introduction

What do you get when you combine a Newfoundland and a Swiss Mountain Dog? The Swiss Newfie, a large, cuddly, sweet dog who loves to look out for the family just as much as they love being your companion. Though these dogs are big, they aren't lazy and love to stay busy. Activities for Swiss Newfies should be low impact but keep them thinking. Most importantly, they want to be included and involved in every aspect of family life. If you're unsure of how to keep your Swiss Newfie entertained, read on for three great ideas your big ball of fur will love.

Cart Pull

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Sunny Day
Moderate
Hard
30 min
Items needed
Dog harness
Cart
String
Cardboard
Pieces of wood
Activity description
Pulling a cart might not be your first idea for activities for Swiss Newfies, but these dogs come from working breeds, they love to have a job, and they are big enough that pulling a cart will be a breeze. Not only will your dog steal the show when you walk down the street, but they can also help you do chores, pick up a few groceries, and many other tasks. Your initial investment in a harness and cart may be high, but it will be well worth it for all the joy you and your dog will get out of this activity.
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Introduction to commands and harness
The first thing you need to work on is teaching your dog to "stand-stay" so they know when to stand patiently and "let's go" so they know you want them to walk on. While you are teaching your Swiss Newfie commands, let them get used to the harness. Put it on them for meals or play time so they begin to get comfortable with wearing the equipment.
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Begin to pull
When your dog is comfortable wearing the harness, you can help them get accustomed to pulling something. Start by attaching clothesline to the harness, and let it drag on the ground behind them. Next, attach a cardboard box to the end of the clothesline. Make sure you give your dog lots of love, encouragement, and a few treats while they are getting used to such a new thing. It might be frightening for them at first. When they get comfortable, practice your commands using the clothesline and box.
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Dog before the cart
When your dog is comfortable pulling the box behind them, you can finally attach them to the cart. Make sure you have a leash and control of the dog. The cart will take some getting used to for your dog, so go slowly and only keep them attached for a few minutes at a time. Always unhook them before they get agitated and go at their pace. Soon, you'll be walking down the road together with a load of groceries in the back of your cart!
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High Tea

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Any Day
Free
Easy
30 min
Items needed
Child's tea set
Dog-Friendly tea treats
Bonus: a fancy hat for your dog
Activity description
Newfies have a reputation for being the babysitters of dogs. Nana from Peter Pan ring a bell? Their sweet and patient nature means they love nothing more than hanging out with their kids, playing games, and making them smile. Your Swiss Newfie will always accept an invitation to your children's tea party. In fact, having a tea party is a great way to include your children in caring for your dog. It's a great activity to do in any weather, especially if it's raining outside and you need to keep your loved ones entertained inside. It's also a low cost way to spend the day.
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Set the table
The first thing you need to do is set the table for tea. Your child might want a few stuffed friends to join, so you need to make room at the table so everyone has a spot. Set an extra large space for your furry guest of honor. You can put out special dog-friendly treats as "tea cakes" that your child can serve to your pup along with the human treats.
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Dress for tea
A tea party is a fancy affair, so everyone needs to dress for their best. Let your child pick out some items for you to wear as well as fancy play clothes for themselves. The last piece is something nice for the dog. You can pick out a hat, maybe a long necklace, or even a dress. Your Swiss Newfie will happily oblige.
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The main event
When the table is set and everyone is dressed for tea, it's time to take your places at the table. Have your dog walk up to the table and sit down. You can always pull the table closer if you need to. Your child can pour the "tea" in everyone's cups (your dog can just have water). When it's time for the "finger food" your child can serve your dog their special treat. Tea parties will be a wonderful and memorable part of childhood
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Find the Treat

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Any Day
Cheap
Easy
15 min
Items needed
Three solo cups
A Treat
Activity description
This quick and easy game is a great way to help Swiss Newfies exercise their minds and soothe their herding and working instincts. It only takes a few minutes each day, morning or night, and will make a world of difference to your dog. You play "find the treat" just like you play a magic trick. Hide a treat under one of three cups, mix them up, and ask your dog to find which one has the treat. They can use their nose to find the treat, and you can do anything in your power to trick them. Cheap fun for everyone!
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Find it
The first step is to teach your dog to "find it." Start with a treat and one solo cup. Show your dog the treat and put it under the solo cup. Say "find it" and let your dog knock over the solo cup to get the treat.
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First stage
Once your dog understands "find it," you can add two more cups to the game. Line up the three cups in front of your dog upside down. Take the treat and put it under one of the cups in front of the dog. Then take the cups and switch them around. Ask your dog to find it.
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Advanced stage
When your dog is getting better at finding the treats, even though you switch the cups around, make it harder. Put the treat under the cup before you show your dog the cups. Still switch them around, and ask your dog to find it. You both will enjoy the challenge.
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More Fun Ideas...

Chuck-it Fetch

Your big, slobbery Swiss Newfie loves to chase balls. To keep your hands from getting full of slime, buy a chuck-it so you don't have to touch the ball and your dog gets a workout.

Family Walk

It's important that Swiss Newfies stay in shape with low-impact exercise. Taking a family walk together on the weekend or after school will be good for your dog and your children.

Conclusion

Activities for Swiss Newfies need to take into account their heritage as working dogs and their love of being part of the family. These sweet and gentle dogs are happy to play with children, even if it means they sometimes have to get dressed up. They also enjoy feeling like they have a job. Pulling a cart to help carry the load for the family will make them happy and proud as they walk down the street or make an appearance in a local parade. These dogs have wonderful personalities and will be an important part of your family.