Activities For Treeing Walker Coonoodles

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Introduction

Treeing Walker Coonoodles are highly intelligent and driven dogs who love to have a job just as much as they love being part of the family. This mix between a Treeing Walker Coonhound and a Poodle has a strong scent drive like the coonhound but is significantly more eager to please and thus a little easier to train for someone newer to the breed. Activities for Treeing Walker Coonoodles should both give them a job and help them get plenty of exercise. These dogs love to run, and watching them gracefully cover ground after a ball or on a scent trail is an amazing sight.

Tracking

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Sunny Day
Cheap
Easy
30 min
Items needed
A toy or bone
Small, smelly treats like cut-up hot dogs
Rope or flagging
Activity description
The best way to make sure your dog is happy is to make sure they are able to use their natural instincts. One of the best activities for Treeing Walker Coonoodles is to teach them how to track. This activity should be relatively easy since they have a strong drive to follow scents. You only need to teach them a few important cues and they will pick it up fast. You can track outside all year round, but it's most enjoyable when it's sunny outside. The cost to get into tracking is very inexpensive, you only need a few items to get involved.
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Find it
You want to teach your Treeing Walker Coonoodle to stay focused on one scent, and to be able to find the scent if the trail is ever disrupted, so the first thing to do is teach them how to "find it." Start by showing them a piece of hot dog and then dropping it into the grass close by. Tell them to "find it" and praise them when they pick the treat out of the grass. Continue practicing this, moving the treat farther away from them and eventually dropping it without them seeing where it lands.
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Marking the trail
The next step is for you to create a trail for them to follow. At the start of your trail, drop a hot dog piece and crush it under your foot. Walk a few steps, making sure you drag your foot.so the scent is transferred, then drop another hot dog piece and step on it. Continue this for a short distance then place the bone or favorite toy at the end as a prize. Flag your path, so you know where to go.
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Following the scent
Once you've created the trail, bring your dog out and ask them to "find it." They should pick up on the smell of the hot dogs and start to follow the trail. Keep encouraging them, and if they go off track, say "find it." When they get to the end, the big prize will be a great reward, but you should also give them lots of praise. As your dog gets better at tracking the scent, you can make the trail longer with more twists and turns.
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High Five Greeting

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Any Day
Free
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15 min
Items needed
Treats
Activity description
Learning how to properly greet people is an important part of any dog's training. It's ideal if they don't jump or bark, but sit politely waiting to be pet. It's much more fun and surprising if your dog knows how to greet your friends and family with a high five. Your dog will quickly become a favorite among visitors to your house. This little trick will also challenge your dog and exercise their intelligent minds. Learning to high five is one of the most fun activities for Treeing Walker Coonoodles and for you as well.
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Shake it off
The first step of high-five is to teach your dog to shake. Put your hand out low and touch their leg or paw. They should lift their leg in response. Take their paw and give them a treat. Soon they should lift their paw as soon as you put your hand out. Ask the command, "shake."
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Up high
Now teach your dog to high five. Raise your hand up, but instead of reaching for your dog's paw, hold the palm up. Your dog should reach out and accidentally hit your hand with their paw. Give them praise and a treat. Keep raising your hand higher until you are at a good high five height and they are consistently tapping your hand with their paw. Add the command, "high five."
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Greeting friends and family
Now, when people come to your house or you meet them on the street, you can add high five to the greeting. People will love asking your dog to sit and then hold up their hand to high five. Your dog will love all the attention they get from this simple trick. Your Treeing Walker Coonoodle is now ready to move on to another complicated move!
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Running Partner

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Sunny Day
Free
Normal
30 - 60 min
Items needed
Leash or e-collar
Water
Waste Bags
Activity description
Running is one of the best activities for Treeing Walker Coonoodles to help them burn off their energy. Both Poodles and Treeing Walker Coonhounds have boundless energy, so your mix is going to need at least an hour of daily exercise to keep them happy and out of trouble. Whether you are an avid runner or new to the sport, your dog will be your most reliable training partner. They will never press snooze on the alarm or be unmotivated to get out. When the weather is nice, they will be ready to go any time of day. This activity is also easy and inexpensive. All you need is a pair of shoes and a leash.
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Running together
Before you get into a running routine, make sure you and your Treeing Walker Coonoodle know how to run together. Poodles are easy to train to not pull on the leash, but most hounds don't like to be confined. Do your best to teach them to run on a leash, or find places that you can run off-leash together and make sure you have them under voice command or e-collar.
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Making a plan
Just because your dog is full of energy, doesn't mean they are in shape to run 15 miles off the couch. To protect their joints and make sure they don't get hurt, ease your dog into running gradually. Start off by running one or two miles and gradually increase the distance. Don't let your dog run themselves to death, and always have water available to them.
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Set a goal
One great way to challenge both you and your dog is to set a challenging goal to accomplish. It can be a distance like a 10k or half-marathon. Lay out a plan to gradually increase your mileage together until it's time for the goal distance. Your dog will always encourage you not to give up, and you'll both be proud when you reach that goal.
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More Fun Ideas...

Frisbee

Frisbee is a fun and easy game you can play with your dog anywhere. Your dog will get plenty of challenging exercise and you will have fun tossing a disc to your furry companion.

Flyball

Your Treeing Walker Coonoodle loves chasing after balls, and teaching them to play Flyball will give them a job, keep them fit, and let them have a blast chasing tennis balls with other dogs.

Conclusion

Finding activities for Treeing Walker Coonoodles is easy. These smart and athletic dogs excel at a multitude of disciplines. It's good to work on both their strengths and weaknesses to make a happy and well-balanced dog. Natural tendencies like following scents are fun to hone into skills like tracking, while working on obedience and learning tricks might be more difficult for your pup. Taking the time to work with them on new skills will strengthen your bond and make sure your dog is getting everything they need. Treeing Walker Coonoodles make great pets for active people and families who love to play.