Activities For Weimapeakes

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Introduction

If you have a playful, water-loving Weimapeake, then you’re in for lots of fun. There are so many games you can play with this fun designer breed.  If you want activities and games that will keep your dog entertained as well as developing their strengths, this guide is perfect for you.  Water activities are great for the Weimapeake as they are water retrieving pooches.  The parental make-up of this breed is the Chesapeake Bay Retriever and the Weimaraner and both are renowned for their webbed paws. As a member of the s-paw-ting group of dogs, the Weimapeake has a high energy level, which means they need plenty of exercise and agility to keep them active both mentally and physically.  Occasionally, this breed is said to have  a stubborn streak, so ensuring they are well trained and active is key to a healthy and happy canine. 

Water Toy Retrieving

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Any Day
Moderate
Normal
30 min
Items needed
Hard plastic swimming/paddling pool
Toys
Bucket
Treat
Chair (optional)
Activity description

The Weimapeake is very loyal, so it’s easy for owners to build a strong bond with their furry friend.  It also means you can play some very exciting games with your sporty pooch.  This activity plays on intelligence, it’s fun, and it’s good exercise.  Although this activity can be played in any weather, warmer weather would be ideal.  The concept of the game is that your dog will remember different toys, which will be placed in the paddling pool to be retrieved.  This can be a ball, a rubber duck and anything similar.  You might need to work with your canine pal so that they learn the names of the different items.  The idea is for you to tell your pooch what item you want and they will retrieve it and put the correct item in the bucket. Running back and forth, and jumping into the water is great physical exercise, while selecting the correct item is exercising their mind.  

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Prepare the pool
You need to put some water in the paddling pool – the exact amount is up to you and will depend on your pet's comfort level in the water. Then, you need to place the water-friendly items in the water for your energetic tail-wagger to select. Ideally, you should be using no less than five toys – the more the better. Sit yourself on a seat a distance away and grab a refreshing drink if you wish. Place the bucket beside you and have a couple of treats at hand to reward your pooch.
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Set the task
Call your dog over and have them sit. Tell your pal to fetch, one of the items. You may need to model this at first and ensure your pet is familiar with the names of the items. Gently place your finger behind your buddy’s collar and run them to the pool. Encourage them to jump in and retrieve the correct item, then run back to the seat, calling your dog to come. Encourage them to place the item in the bucket. Again, you can model this if you need to.
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Rewards and difficulty
Reward your canine friend for their efforts. This doesn’t mean give them a treat every time they return with a toy, but do tell them ‘good’ and pat their head. You can offer a small, nutritious treat when they have completed the entire task. If your pooch gets the hang of this quite quickly, why not extend the distance between yourself and the pool or start adding more items to increase the difficulty level? Obviously, this depends on the space you have available in your yard. As your pup is a water retriever, they should be able to dip their face in the water, so maybe have some items that sit just under the water in the pool, too.
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Beach Style Fetch

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Sunny Day
Free
Easy
30 min
Items needed
Skimming disk/frisbee
Leash
Towel
Water collar or floating device
Activity description

If your canine pal is a talented swimmer, there is no reason why you can’t play fetch on the beach or at another location with an inviting body of water.  Fetch is a popular, athletic game for our four-legged friends, making it a great way to burn energy.  The important thing to consider for this game is, how good at swimming is your buddy?  You know your pooch and their ability; this is crucial in this game as you don’t want them to end up in trouble while swimming.  Keep your dog limited to a shallow area of the water and use a floating Frisbee.  There are also inflatable swimming collars you can get for the dog who is not confident in the water. Safety first for our precious pooch!

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Pack your equipment
The important thing here is to ensure you have everything you need. Your skimming disk Frisbee is a must, but you will also need your pet’s leash as well as a towel to dry them when they come out of the water. Canines are certainly capable of shaking off excess, but if you are in your car or it’s a cold day, you should consider giving them a quick rub down with a towel. Additionally, they can lay on the towel in the car on the way home.
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Know your spot
You might go on foot if you live close to the perfect spot, or you might travel by car or other methods of transport. Think about where you are going and if it’s suitable to play this game and also suitable for your dog, based on their ability. How is the depth and the current? Be sure to know the hazards if any, and the rules as well, in order to respect the other beach goers.
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Play the game
So, you arrive at your chosen location and you have everything you need, which now means it’s time to play. You need to throw the disk somewhere that is safe for your pet, but yes, sometimes you might make this challenging. Seas and oceans can be dangerous due to the current in the water, so play safely. Don’t be afraid to take swimming aids for your precious pooch. If the water is rough, have a brisk walk or run with your pal along the water’s edge. Fetch is such a versatile game, so if in doubt, play on land. It can be just as much fun!
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Flirt Stick Training

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Any Day
Cheap
Easy
20 min
Items needed
Flirt Stick
Treats
Activity description
If you want to train your pup, or teach them tricks, then a flirt stick can be a really useful tool when training an intelligent Weimapeake.  You can buy a ready-made flirt stick or you might choose to make your own.  A flirt stick (or flirt pole) is a longish stick with a bungee style rope attached and a toy secured to the end of the rope. There are simple, but fun games to play with your flirt stick to get your pooch interested in this new toy.  Once they are interested, you can use various techniques to train your dog to sit, stay and drop. It requires minimal effort from you, but it will challenge your dog’s agility.  There are physical and fun aspects to flirt sticks, but your Weimapeake will still require their daily walks to challenge their physical ability and provide an outlet for energy.
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Peaking interest
First of all, you need to get your Weimapeake interested in this toy, and to be honest, it is likely they will be interested fairly quickly. Hold the stick towards the floor and ask your pal ‘what’s this?’. Shake it a little and spin it around in a circle. Make sure you fuss over them and let them know they are doing an awesome job so that they know you want them to continue to be interested in this new toy.
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Training techniques
Sit and drop are really easy commands to teach with a flirt stick. Hold the stick high, and tell your dog to sit, and when they sit, lower the toy, but keep on repeating the word, ‘sit’. When your buddy takes the toy in their mouth, give it a shake to encourage them to clutch it tighter with their teeth. Then say ‘drop’. Sometimes if it’s the first time you are teaching drop and sit instructions, you may need to model the activity and then praise your pooch a lot. Treats are a good reward as food tends to motivate our furry friends.
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Teach a dog new tricks
Once your dog begins following training instructions, you can soon begin to teach him tricks using the flirt stick. Try getting your dog to sit, and then lift the toy above their head (not too high). Lead your dog to move upwards toward the pole and toy, and keep dangling the toy above them. Lower it slightly but keep lifting it. The idea is to encourage your dog to keep stretching after the toy. You can also train your dog with the ‘stay’ command, as well as turning in a circle, laying down and rolling over. Remember to reward your clever canine pal!
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Wave Diving

If your poochie pal loves life on the ocean waves, then why not try wave diving?  Again, safety is of high priority here, so keep a close eye on your water-loving friend. This is a great way to build-up confidence in the sea.  It’s simple, just run towards the oncoming wave at the beach until it splashes over you, then run back out.  Repeat the process.  This is quite an energetic activity and at first, you may have to join in with your buddy.  

Nose Work Retrieving

When your pooch is out of sight, line up some containers in a row, preferably around five or six. You shouldn’t be able to see inside of the containers. Put them all face down and put a treat under one of the containers.  Walk your dog by the containers and allow them to smell the area and investigate.  They need to indicate which one they think has the treat inside.

Sprinkler Fun

Get your sprinklers ready, and let your doggy friend wade through them.  Be prepared as they might be wary of the sprinkler and pounce towards it. You could play with a ball while the sprinklers are on, or you could even run through with your pal.  This is a game that the children will love!

Conclusion

The Weimapeake is a very active hybrid that need lots of mental and physical stimulation. This is important for their development as a dog and will keep them happy and healthy.  Negative behaviors are less likely if your pooch is kept busy and does not become bored.  As a water retriever with webbed feet, water sports are fantastic for your dog, as are agility activities.  There are many fun ways to keep your s-paw-ty friend busy and the great thing about the activities in this guide is the ability to take them up a notch.