Activities For Weimardales

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Introduction

Are you a runner looking for a companion who just won't quit? Do you need a playful and cute buddy to keep you entertained and smiling all day long? Look no further than the Weimardale. This mix between a Weimaraner and an Airedale Terrier is a fun-loving active breed who is always ready to get out with their owner for a long run or hike. Activities for Weimardales should help them use up their vast energy supplies daily, and challenge their smart and playful natures. These dogs are always ready to play and will never hit snooze when it's time to get up for a run.

Running Buddy

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Sunny Day
Free
Normal
30 - 120 min
Items needed
Leash
Water
waste bags
Activity description
Running is one of the best activities for Weimardales. These dogs were built to run far and fast. Both parent breeds are high energy and have been named as the best dogs for runners by many running magazines. Weimardales will never bail on you for a training run and are the best motivational partners you can find. Whether you're just starting out or training for a long distance run, these dogs will be right there by your side, enjoying the fresh air and feel of moving fast across the country. Though they are natural runners, make sure you build up their fitness slowly to avoid injury.
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Loose leash training
There is nothing worse than running with a dog who pulls on the leash! Even if you mostly run on off-leash trails, you may still need to put them on a leash at times. Make sure you train them to walk or run at your side without pulling on the leash. Your arms will thank you!
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Fitness plan
When you first start running with your dog, choose trails that gradually increase in length or difficulty. Though Weimardales are naturally high energy, they still need time to condition their muscles to run distances. Make a goal and gradually work up to harder, faster, and longer runs.
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Find a race
After you and your dog have been running together for a while, consider entering a dog-friendly race. There are many around the country that can be fun goals for you and your pup. Sometimes having a goal like a race can breathe new life into your running routine. Your dog will be happy to run with you wherever you go.
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Find It

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Rainy Day
Free
Easy
15 - 30 min
Items needed
Favorite toy
Activity description
Weimardales are smart dogs who often inherit their prey drive from the Airedale Terrier. When the weather is foul outside and you can't get them out for their usual exercise, you can find activities for Weimardales that still tire out their brains and leave them ready for a nap. Find It is a great option. During this game, you take a favorite toy and hide it from them inside a room. You can bring them back in and ask them to find the toy. During this game, they will use all their senses and concentration to find where you've hidden the toy. It's a free and easy activity to plan which provides plenty of fun!
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Teach find it
The first skill your dog needs to learn the game is how to find a toy you've hidden. Start by showing your dog the toy and then "hiding" it in plain sight. Tell your dog to "find it" and when they pick it up, give them plenty of praise. Practice until they know that "find it" means look for the toy.
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Easy hiding spaces
Now that your dog understands the game, it's time to up the challenge. Take your dog to another room and have them sit/stay. Hide the toy in an easy hiding space, but not as obvious as you did during training. You want them to learn to search for the toy. Bring them into the room and tell them to "find it." When they get the toy, let them play with it for a minute or two and give them lots of praise.
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Make it harder
Once your pup gets the hang of searching for the toy, make it more challenging. Hide the toy in a basket or underneath something. Put the toy in another room and see if they can find it there based on scent. Make them use all their senses to seek it out. All the excitement and challenge should really tire them out.
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Swimming

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Hot Day
Cheap
Normal
30 min
Items needed
Water toys
Towel
Activity description
Weimardales are excellent swimmers. When you introduce them to water early on, they will be at home swimming and splashing on hot, summer days. Though these dogs do well in the water, they might need to ease into learning to swim and diving for toys. After they get used to it, they will confidently jump into the water and wait for you to throw a stick for them. Swimming is one of the best activities for Weimardales in the hot summer because it helps keep them cool while providing them all the exercise they need to stay fit and healthy.
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Introduction to water
If you want your Weimardale to love water, don't ever throw them in or push them before they are ready. Take them to a lake with a shallow shore or a creek with gently flowing water. Let them explore and test out the water for themselves. You can get in the water and ask them to join you. Let them discover how fun splashing in water is for themselves.
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Chasing sticks
Most likely, your Weimardale loves to chase sticks. One way to boost their confidence in water as they are learning is to throw sticks for them. You can gradually throw them farther and farther so your dog challenges themselves slowly and learns how to swim.
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Summer routine
Once your dog learns how to swim and discovers how much fun the water is, you can add their heading to your local swimming hole into your summer routine. They will get so excited each time you pull up to your swimming spot and you'll have fun throwing their toys into the water and watching them splash to get them.
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Fetch

Fetch often comes naturally to these prey-driven dogs. It's a great way to get out excess energy and keep them fit and happy.

Rally Dog

Rally for dogs is like obedience meets NASCAR. You and your dog need to race through a course, making stops at different stations to perform obedience commands. The perfect activity for smart and active dogs.

Conclusion

Activities for Weimardales should be active and challenge their smart intellect. If you love to run or hike outside, this dog is the perfect companion for you. Weimardales need at least an hour of exercise a day, and it needs to be more engaging than letting them out in the backyard. Fetch and find it games can keep their attention and give them the stimulation they need. They love to go for walks to explore the neighborhood and challenge their athletic ability through games. Mostly, these happy-go-lucky goofballs just want to play with you.