Activities For Wheagles

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Introduction

Wheagles are smart, kind, and friendly dogs that make wonderful companion animals both for families and older people who want a little company. Wheagles are a hybrid breed consisting of Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier and Beagle parents. This is one of the lesser-known designer breeds, but it's gaining in popularity due to their sunny and easy-going nature. Activities for Wheagles should help them maintain their physical fitness and challenge their mental toughness. These pups are often prey driven due to the Beagles' breeding as a hunting dog. They can also be a little stubborn and will require plenty of patience from you.

Leash Retrieval

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Any Day
Cheap
Normal
15 min
Items needed
Leash
Treats
Clicker
Activity description
If you take your dog for a walk each day, chances are they know when you are putting on your shoes that it's time to go. Instead of letting them jump in circles and follow you around, why not put them to work? Wheagles are very smart dogs and they like to have a job. When you teach them to get their leash,  not only are you helping yourself get ready quickly, but you're also putting your dog to work and helping them use their thinking brains instead of working themselves into a frenzy. This activity costs nothing to teach and will give your Wheagle a nice sense of accomplishment every time they perform the task.
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Leash on the floor
Start by pacing the leash on the floor in front of your dog. Ask them to take it. When they pick it up in their mouth, give them a click with your clicker and give them a treat. Let them practice this piece of the puzzle until they get the hang of it.
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At the door
Now, place the leash in front of them and walk to your door. Ask them to take the leash and bring it to you. Start by clicking and treating when they bring the leash over. When they get confident, start to only click and treat them when they drop the leash in your hand.
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Get the leash
When they understand the leash retrieval concept, you can add the command "get your leash" instead of saying take it and bring it. Give them lots of praise when they bring it on command. Make sure you leave your leash in the same place so your pup always knows where to find it when you ask.
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Summer Pool Time

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Hot Day
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Easy
20 min
Items needed
Kiddie pool
Water toys
Activity description
If you live in a spot that gets really hot in the summer, it can be hard to come up with outdoor activities for Wheagles. It's important to make sure they get enough exercise each day, but you don't want them to overheat or chance burning their paws. Looking for a cheap way to entertain your pup on a summer day? One fun solution is to get your Wheagle their own kiddie pool to splash and play in during those scorching summer months. These pools come in many different sizes and they are not very expensive at all. Playing in their own pool all summer long will keep them cool and happy.
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Buy your supplies
As soon as the mercury starts to rise, stores all over the country will start setting out their kiddie pools. Look for a pool that is big enough for your dog to turn around and splash about in. Look for a size that you can fill up to chest height. Then you can head to your local pet store and buy a few waterproof toys for your dog to play in.
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Set up the pool
The next step is to set up the pool for your pup. Look for a spot that gets some shade, you don't want it in direct sunlight. Fill the pool up so the water hits your dog's chest or is a little less. You can start with less water at first so they are less intimidated by it. Toss the toys in the pool.
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Introduce your dog
Slowly introduce your dog to the pool. If the sides are too high, you can set up a ramp for them to enter. Encourage them to step in on their own. You can entice them with a toy and praise them when they get in. They will love to splash around and cool off in their new pool!
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Nail Trim

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Any Day
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10 min
Items needed
Nail trimmers
Treats
Activity description
Nail trimming is part of the dog health and hygiene routine your pup needs to stay healthy. You should trim them every three to six weeks depending on your dog's nail length and activity level. Nail trimming is often a stressful exercise because owners don't take enough time to introduce the activity to their dogs and they are nervous they might cut the blood vessel or "quick" in the nails. You can purchase a nail trimmer that has a quick detector to help guide you so you aren't nervous about cutting the quick. You can also take time to introduce the idea of nail cutting to make it less stressful for your pup.
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Prep work
Before you trim your dog's nails, spend a lot of time introducing the trimmers and handling their paws. Give them little foot massages while feeding them treats and practice separating each toe. Introduce the trimmers often and give them treats when they interact with them. Soon they will know it's no big deal.
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Hold the paw
When it's time to trim your dog's nails, hold the paw firmly and separate one toe at a time. Start to trim with the trimmers, creating a 45 degree angle so the nail is flush with the ground. Take small chunks out and be careful. It's best to take off less than required as opposed to too much.
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Trimming to the quick
If you're using trimmers with a guide, you can line them right up with the quick. If not, cut right up to the light part of the nail. If their nails are black, cut up to the white part of the nail with just a dot of black in it. If you can see the quick in a white nail, just cut just before the quick starts.
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Reading Buddies

These sweet companion dogs make wonderful reading buddies for children. They can gain confidence in reading by practicing out loud, reading to their sweet Wheagle.

Scenting

Your Wheagle may have inherited the tracking and hunting instinct of the Beagle parent. You can hone this skill by teaching your dog to track.

Conclusion

Activities for Wheagles are easy to find when you consider their intelligent and loving nature. These dogs just want to be part of your family and are happy to go along with most any idea. However, they may have inherited a stubborn streak, so it's important to be patient and consistent with training. Make sure they get plenty of exercise both physically and mentally. These pups tend to be very smart and mischevious, so make sure they don't get bored by playing lots of games with them and giving them plenty of outlets for their energy.