Activities For Weimshepherds

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Introduction

Weimshepherds are what you get when you mix a Weimaraner with a German Shepherd - two of Germany's most personable and endearing dogs rolled into one! Weimshepherds are what many in the dog owning community would refer to as "designer dogs." That is to say, Weimshepherds were meticulously bred with the intention of capturing the best traits from both of their parents in the same way that a designer dress would have been meticulously crafted to be the best dress it could be. Weimshepherds are just as energetic and versatile as either of their parents, so here are a few activities to help Weimshepherd owners keep their pets in shape.

Command Training

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Any Day
Free
Easy
25 min
Items needed
Leash
Fetching Stick
Treats
Activity description
You know the age old adage, "you can't teach an old dog new tricks?" Well, we feel that the Weimshepherd is a great example of a dog that totally goes against the grain in this case. Young or old, Weimshepherds are great at retaining information and love learning commands and new tricks. One might even say that learning is a crucial part to a Weimshepherd's development - that if a Weimshepherd is going to reach their fullest potential, that they need to have their minds constantly and consistently challenged. Teaching your Weimshepherd commands and tricks is a great way to challenge and bond with them at the same time.
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Sit
The "sit" command is the bread and butter of all dog knowledge; this command will serve as the foundation for all others and will help your dog understand the very concept of receiving and executing commands. First, get your dog's attention. Then utter the word "sit" while holding a treat in front of your dog's face. Gently push their hind end toward the ground each time you say the command. Give them the treat once they are successfully in the sitting position.
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Lie down
The "lie down" command is very similar to "sit" in that this one doesn't require your dog to do anything too extravagant. To teach your dog how to lie down, get their attention again. Then, with a treat in hand, hold your hand in front of your dog's face while slowly lowering yourself down to the ground. Once your dog is laying down against the ground, say a command like "down" and then reward them once they're in position.
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Shake
Moreso a trick then a command, "shake" is definitely more on the humorous side but your dog will appreciate the challenge that comes with learning just as they have with the sit and lie down commands. To teach your dog how to shake, first get them in the sitting position. Then, reach down and outstretch one of their paws until it's held out in front of them. Say "shake" once your dog's paw is where it needs to be, then reward them with a treat.
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Biking

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Any Day
Moderate
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30 - 45 min
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Bicycle
Leash
Helmet
Water
Activity description
Weimaraners and German Shepherds both love to run and play a lot as both breeds practically have energy to spare. The Weimshepherd is just the same, as this breed of designer dog loves to get out and move whenever they get the chance. While most dog owners will already think to take their dogs to parks or beaches to let their four-legged friends run around, we suggest you give biking a shot if you'd also like to give yourself a good workout. Biking is relatively easy and the only thing you need to spend money is a bike if you don't already have one.
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Cruise control
When you and your dog first attempt this activity, you may be tempted to put the pedal to the metal and cycle as fast as you can. As enticing as that might seem, we highly advise you take things slowly when you first try this activity out. Complete a few biking sessions at a gingerly pace so that your pet can adapt to biking over time.
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Speed and intensity
After you and your dog have spent a few weeks completing regularly scheduled biking sessions, then you can start to up the ante of this activity. Try to complete the session a bit faster than you normally would, or try to cycle up (or down) an inclined surface that you feel you can complete while still maintaining control over your bike.
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Swimming

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Sunny Day
Free
Normal
30 - 45 min
Items needed
Leash
Doggie Life Jacket
Activity description
Many inexperienced dog owners are often surprised to find out that dogs are some of the most naturally gifted swimmers among all mammals. Weimaraners and German Shepherds, in particular, have both become well respected for their shared proficiency at swimming. So much so that both dog breeds are some of the most commonly employed search and rescue dogs when it comes to water-related emergencies. Weimshepherds have the same latent potential to become great swimmers as well, they just have to be tested and trained by an owner that wants to see them swim with grace, skill, elegance, and ease.
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Doggie paddling
This method of swimming helps both humans and dogs get used to the water. As the name implies, canines will naturally adopt this method of swimming once they're introduced to the water. Early on, we suggest you introduce your dog to a shallow body of water to help them get used to doggie paddling. Putting a doggie life vest on your pet will ensure their safety should they mistakenly get far from shore, or experience fatigue or panic.
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Making greater strides
As your dog spends more time in the water, they'll switch from doggie paddling to full-blown swimming. In this case, we still suggest keeping your dog from swimming into deep waters until they've spent a few weeks swimming with proficiency. When you feel your pup can venture further out, be sure to stay close by at all times; maybe even accompany them as they swim. Weimshepherds have very smooth coats that help water practically glide right off.
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Relay Racing

If you can get access to a track field or an area with a solid amount of space, you may want to give this activity a try. Relay races held amongst humans involve one person running and then handing a baton to the other. For the dog version, have your dog stay in one place while you run or jog to them with a baton in hand. Once you reach your pet, hand them the baton and then prompt them to run away from you before calling them back after they reach a certain distance.

Volleyball

If you're looking to have some fun in the sun with your Weimshepherd, we can't think of a better activity suited for the beach than volleyball. This activity calls for Weimshepherds to make use of their brains as well as their brawn in order to play this old school game properly.

Conclusion

Weimshepherds are truly remarkable dogs that have the potential to make great additions to any home; if you're a family who's looking to get a dog that'd get along great with your kids, consider getting a Weimshepherd. If you're a travelling single who's looking for a fantastic companion to accompany you on your journey, consider adopting a Weimshepherd. If you're a homebody who likes to tease their brain with logic puzzles, the Weimshepherd if your canine kindred spirit. These dogs really have a lot to offer everyone and can be great companions for persons from all walks of life.