Activities For Ttoodles

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Introduction

A Ttoodle in the house means a ready companion who is full of affection, but be aware this pup can b a bit of a free thinker. In other words, they have a mind of their own. They are very talented and easy to train, excelling in several areas including obedience, learning new tricks, and as a watchdog. They will keep you laughing with their antics. They don't like being left alone for long periods of time, so you will need a plan to keep your Ttoodle out of trouble! Think puzzle toys, food dispensing toys, or the hire of a dog walker to keep this pretty dog occupied. Ttoodles love a challenge, and they love to be busy, so have a look at the activities listed. They should provide you with a starting point for this mix of the Tibetan Terrier and Poodle.

Obedience Training

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Any Day
Cheap
Normal
30 - 60 min
Items needed
Special treats
Activity description
Getting your Ttoodle to come to you when you want them to can be a challenge. Distracting noise such as a busy street, excitement on the beach or even activities at home can catch their attention. A dog's focus can wander, but there are ways to train your dog to return on cue. This training includes teaching your dog to sit and stay put; to stop and sit at the intersections or before crossing a road, and to leave something that may not be good for them. Using specific treats (different to casual rewards at home) to reward your dog for focusing and obeying commands works well. With training, your dog will learn to stop and listen when you call their name, or to drop something that you don't want them to have. Providing a special yummy treat is minimal in cost in exchange for good behavior.
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Your dog's name
If you teach your dog to love their name, it will be easier to get them to obey commands. It teaches your dog to focus on you, not the other person or the strange dog who is giving them the eyeball. Use their name firmly to bring their focus back to you and reward them with a treat. You can keep doing this until the danger or distraction has passed. Your dog will soon learn that coming to you when you call or say their name is worth a rewarding treat. You can use this when you want your dog to come back when on the beach, for example. They will become conditioned to hearing their name, followed by a command such as 'come,' and will return.
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Drop it
Drop it can be a valuable addition to your training and can be used to get your dog to drop something that might harm them. It can be a challenge, but once again - if you teach them that the biggest reward is not what they have in their mouth but is in the treat you will give them, they will obey. It can also be used to get your dog to drop a toy if two dogs want it and the game is getting rough. The command can be used to diffuse tension and let all parties calm down. Be patient and persistent with training - your dog will soon learn that good behavior brings great rewards.
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Focus please
The commands to sit, lie down, and stay should be the first lessons for a dog. These are the basic building blocks for obedience. Another good command is to use the word 'focus'. It teaches your dog to pay attention and ignore everything else, including that flock of pigeons that they would normally love to chase. Focus works by bringing your dog's attention back to you (and a treat) and before you know, you will have passed the birds. Focus is also a good command to use when you want to take a photo of your Ttoodle pup! They will look right at you for the perfect photo!
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Weekend Away

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Any Day
Expensive
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24 - 48 hrs
Items needed
Toys
food and bowl
Doggy Waste Bags
Activity description
The Ttoodle just loves being with you. They will happily hop into the car and get set for a trip away for the weekend. A change of scenery will do everyone good, just taking the time as a family to chill out and relax. Many accommodations, whether hotel or bed and breakfast, will welcome dogs on their property, as long as your dog is well trained and quiet. Prior to traveling, research the hotel, motel or cabin that will be perfect for you. The beauty of a trip away is that there is no rush to get anywhere. If you want to stop at a beach or a cafe on the way, why not do it? Changing your routine gives everyone a break from everyday living and adds a little bit of excitement to your dog's life.
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Destination
Do you want to be by the sea, close to the National Parks, or do you just want to see the snow in a pretty winter town? Choose a destination where you can take your dog to the activities you plan to do. Call ahead to make sure the accommodations are pet-friendly, and check that the beaches and parks welcome dogs. Then, pack up and get your dog ready for the road trip. Remember the car trip is part of the holiday, so don't rush it. Stop on the way to your destination and explore some of the sights you pass. Your dog will need a toilet break so it is a good excuse. Remember to clean up after your puppy in consideration for others who will travel this way.
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Time out
Over the next day or so, take your dog on walks with you. Let them splash in the rivers or the ocean. Your Ttoodle will love to dig in the dirt, play in the sand and if you just happen to have a ball or a Frisbee with you then so much the better. Your dog will eagerly chase either for as long as you care to play. The great thing about a mini holiday is that you get away from everyday life and have some time out just to enjoy a few days with your four-legged friend. You don't have to do anything in specific, just as long as you are with you pooch!
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Time to go home
When traveling with your dog, there are many activities you can do together. You will pass roadside attractions from markets, to cafes, to walking tracks and secluded beaches. If your dog is well trained and obedient, they will be allowed many places as long as they are on a leash and you pick up after them when necessary. With camera in hand to capture all the memories, this weekend will be recorded and enjoyed for many years to come. Don't be scared to travel with your dog. Train them well, and you will be able to go to exciting places before you have to head home again!
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Fun in the Snow

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Cold Day
Cheap
Normal
1 - 2 hrs
Items needed
Leash
Sled
Doggy waste bags
Activity description
There seems something magical about freshly falling snow. Apart from it being extremely cold, it is a fun challenge to go outside and face nature. If your Ttoodle has never seen snow before, they will be excited and want to explore this cold white stuff. Your pup will soon learn that winter opens a whole new range of fun. Sledding will be a fun new game, as will chasing after the sled as it zooms down the slopes. Rolling in the snow, helping you to dig the snow to make a snowman, or chasing after snowballs in an epic snowball fight will keep your dog entertained for hours. All this fun is free and can be hard work that will tire your pup out. Time for a snuggle by a warm fire and a chance to build up some energy for tomorrow!
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Venturing out into the snow
Whether it's your dog's first ever time they have seen snow or the first time for the season, their excitement will be the same. They will want to bite the white stuff, roll in it or just explore. Winter brings a whole new set of games that can be played. Frozen puddles can be a laugh as your dog can't get at the water they know is underneath. Their paws slip on the ice and snow. A whole different set of muscles will be called into work just trying to stay upright. Let them go mad and enjoy the first fall. No doubt there will be many more, but the first fall is always fun.
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Introducing the sled
Your Ttoodle may a bit apprehensive at first to sit in the sled and get pulled along. Let them get used to the movement first, and then sit with them on the sled for the first run down the hill. It won't take long for this to become their favorite game and you will wish you had their energy running back to the top of the hill again. 'Come on' they will seem to bark as you labor up the hill. Then off you go again, your dog's tongue lolling out of a huge grin as they zoom down the hill for the umpteenth time. One thing is for sure, you won't need to go to the gym after this workout!
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Making the most of winter
Take advantage of the freezing weather to entertain your dog. Winter is perfect for inside games when the weather is nasty, or outdoor fun in the freshly fallen snow. Old games take on a new life such as a game of chase, or a snowball fight instead of fetch. Daily walks are different with the snow covering the ground, and frozen lakes and puddles can be endlessly entertaining. Don't let the cold put you off. If your dog is feeling the cold, put them into a warm dog jacket and boots. Then, head outside to explore the winter wonderland.
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Charity Collecting Events

If you join in a community charity appeal and are going around the neighborhood collecting money, take your Ttoodle along for company. They can carry the collection basket and let's face it, who can resist the appeal in your Ttoodle's eyes when begging for a donation. They may even get a treat if they are lucky! Your dog just enjoys being in your company, and they will love meeting all the new people (and their dogs). This activity is a great socializing event for them, as well as for getting plenty of exercise while trotting about the streets!

See-Saw Fun

Next time you visit a park with sea-saw equipment, you can train your Ttoodle to walk up one side to the center, then carefully walk down the other side, balancing as the plank movies from one side to the other. This activity will take your pup some time to learn and become confident with, but is so worth the effort. It teaches your dog to focus on the feeling of the sea-saw shifting, adjusting their weight to control the shift of balance. Stand close by to give them confidence and reward with praise.

Rebound Ball Fun

Do you have a handy wall at home (outside is best)? Most dogs love chasing a ball, but here you can add a bit of variety by throwing the ball against the wall and getting your dog to catch it on the rebound. Or you could bounce it on the pavement and get your dog to leap after the ball as it bounces and catch it in the air. Soft textured balls are best since your dog will be catching it in flight and it will be easier on their mouth.

Conclusion

The Ttoodle will love jogging by your side or walking along the boardwalk on a Sunday stroll. Enroll with a reputable obedience trainer to get some great ideas on teaching your dog effectively. Keeping calm and being patient is required - your Ttoodle will not respond to shouting or angry behavior as they are quite sensitive. So lavish with praise, give small rewards, and offer plenty of support, hugs and pats and your dog will be one happy pup. Give them lots to do. You can train them to turn the lights off or on, or they can help carry groceries in a backpack. They live to serve, so take advantage of that and it will give them a purpose in life and will make them feel part of your family.