Activities For Wheatadors

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Introduction

If you're looking for a best friend who is always ready to play, hike, run, or cuddle, look no further than the Wheatador. This mix between the loyal and loving Wheaton Terrier and the happy-go-lucky Labrador Retriever is a people lover who just wants to be included. Activities for Wheatadors should take into account their high energy level and need to be around the family. These dogs don't do well staying at home alone for many hours, but they are wonderful companions and can easily pass therapy dog or canine good citizenship tests. These dogs are meant to bring joy to every human they interact with.

Canine Good Citizen

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Any Day
Moderate
Normal
30 - 60 min
Items needed
Collar or harness
Leash
Treats
Distracting objects
Brush
Activity description
The Canine Good Citizen test is designed to help people be responsible owners and teach their dog important manners. There are ten tests your dog needs to pass to earn their certificate - accepting a friendly stranger, sitting quietly for petting, appearance and grooming, loose-leash walking, walking through a crowd, sit and down on command and staying in place, coming when called, reaction to another dog, reaction to distraction, and supervised separation. There is a manual that shows you what is involved in each test, and you can work with a trainer to master each section. When your dog has a CGC certificate they may be allowed in more public places and it might help you find an apartment for rent.
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Get the manual
Prepare yourself by purchasing or downloading the CGC manual. This will explain everything your dog is required to do to pass the test. You don't have to teach your dog each skill in order, and you can work on more than one requirement at a time. The manual will help you keep track of what you've accomplished and what you still have to learn.
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Enlist a trainer
There are many trainers who offer classes designed to help you and your dog pass the CGC. Ask at your local pet supply store or do a quick online search in your area. A trainer knows exactly what your dog needs to pass each section. If they are struggling with a few sections more than another, a trainer can help you work through those difficulties and will let you know when you are ready.
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Take the test
After months of training and preparation, you'll finally be ready to take the test. Make sure you and your dog are fully prepared. Take them for a walk or run before the test so they can be their most focused. You may feel nervous and your dog could pick up on it, so take a big breath and relax. Your trainer will have prepared you and they wouldn't let you take the test if you aren't ready! After your dog completes each section, they will be presented the Canine Good Citizen Certificate! This will show your employer and potential landlords your dog can behave well in public and will open more opportunities for the both of you.
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Fetch

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Sunny Day
Cheap
Easy
15 - 30 min
Items needed
Ball
Chuck it
Activity description
What's the best way to make sure your energizer bunny Wheatador gets all the fast-paced exercise they need? Teach them to play fetch! Fetch is one of the best activities for Wheatadors because this ball-driven dog can get a good workout in a short amount of time. It shouldn't take to long to teach them to retrieve a ball. If you use a Chuck-it, a long-handled ball thrower, you can increase your distance and keep your hands slobber-free. Even an active household that gets the dog out often should have a game of fetch up their sleeve for when time is tight and you can't get the dog out for a lot of exercise.
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Bring it
Before your dog is gleefully chasing the balls you throw int he backyard, you need to teach them how to bring you an object. Their instinct will drive them to chase the ball, but you need to teach them how to bring it back.
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Drop it
The next step is to make sure they drop the ball in a timely manner. Some dogs are great at retrieving, but they don't want to give up the toy. Work with them on the "drop it" command inside the house or with other toys before working your way up to a game of fetch.
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Chuck it
Even if you were a star pitcher, your dog will tire your arm out by demanding more and more tosses of the ball. They may also slobber all over the ball, making your hands wet and slippery with dog drool. Invest in a Chuck It, a long-armed ball thrower. You can toss the ball farther and a lot easier with this instrument, and you'll never have to touch a gross, slobbery ball again. Perfect for the hundreds of games of fetch you'll play over your dog's lifetime.
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Hoop Jump

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Sunny Day
Cheap
Normal
15 min
Items needed
Dog-sized hula hoop
Treats
Activity description
Activities for Wheatadors should keep them guessing and always challenge them mentally and physically. Teaching your dog how to jump through a hoop will be a fun and exciting way to keep them engaged and fit. Wheatadors are smart dogs, and they love to learn and show off. Once they understand that jumping through hoops is fun and gets them lots of applause from friends, families, and strangers in the park alike, they will be excited to show off their new trick as much as possible. It's an easy trick to start with and will help strengthen your bond.
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Get used to hoops
The last thing you want to do when training your dog is to scare them by asking them to move too fast. When introducing the hoop, they may be nervous. Lay it flat on the ground, and give them a treat each time they sniff or touch the hoop. Soon they will learn that hoops are good.
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Walk through the hoop
Now that they are used to the hoop, you can ask them to walk through. Hold the hoop upright, but still on the ground. Lure them through the hoop with a treat and give them lots of praise when they make it through. Keep practicing until they happily walk through the hoop for a treat on the other side.
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Lift up the hoop
Once they are walking through the hoop, raise it a few inches off the ground. Call them to come through the hoop and praise them when they do. Slowly raise the hoop higher off the ground until they are fully jumping through.
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Therapy Dog

If your dog is calm and loves people, you might consider getting them certified as a therapy dog. They can bring joy to people in hospitals, to children, and the elderly.

Bath Time

If your Wheatador loves playing outside, chances are their hair is bound to get muddy or dirty. Pick up some sensitive bubble bath and give them a scrub once per month.

Conclusion

Wheatadors are wonderful family and companion dogs. They are sweet and friendly, and just want to be doing what you're doing. Activities for Wheatadors must keep them active and focused or they may have a tendency to be destructive. Luckily, these dogs enjoy doing just about anything as long as you are there. You can teach them fun tricks like jumping through a hoop and train them to be Canine Good Citizens or therapy dogs. This designer mix is quickly growing in popularity and winning the hearts of families across the globe. You'll love having this cute, attentive new buddy by your side!