Activities For Whoodles

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Introduction

Who would have thought that mixing a Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier and a Poodle would create such a great dog? If you are one of the lucky few who owns a Whoodle then you know what a loyal, loving member of the family they can be....that is if you train them correctly and keep them happy! This guide will help you do just that and ensure that you and your Whoodle have some great things to do together!

Run Together

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Sunny Day
Free
Easy
30 min
Items needed
Leash
Collar
Activity description
Whoodles come in all sizes from the smaller pups who are only around 20 pounds to the larger dog who are double that. Yet no matter what size Whoodle you have, the breed has a lot of energy. In order to help your pup burn off this energy, it is a great idea to start running together. Whoodles are excellent runners and, depending on their size, can run just as fast and as far as you! So whether you are a seasoned runner or just starting out, bring your Whoodle along with you for a safe, fun and beneficial run.
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Equipment
While you will need a pair of comfortable running shoes, your Whoodle doesn't need much to get ready to run. A comfortable fitting collar or harness paired with a six foot leash will work. Skip the retractable long leashes so that your pup doesn't get too far ahead and you can keep them by your side, in full control.
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First run
When you and your Whoodle head out on your first run, don't make it too far or too fast. Just as you can't go out and run a marathon without training, your dog can't run too far without training as well. Make your first run short and sweet and set the pace based on how quickly your Whoodle is running. If they start to slow down, you should slow down as well. While your dog is an energetic pup, they may need a break after running the streets!
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Every day
True, committed runners hit the streets every day and you and your Whoodle should be no different. Make it a habit to bring your pup for a run each day and you will quickly see how much calmer they are at home and how much better you feel after a nice run. Your Whoodle will also start to be able to run faster and further but always remember to be aware of how they are feeling as you run. If your pup needs a break, take one. If they aren't super excited to go for their daily run, maybe they need a day off. However, running frequently is a fun and simple way to get out some of that excess Whoodle energy!
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In Charge

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Any Day
Free
Easy
20 min
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Treats
Blankets
Dog Food
Activity description
Whoodles have strong pack tendencies which means that they really want to be an important member of your family. Not only do they want to be part of your family but they also likely want to be the leader. When your Whoodle tries to be the pack leader, this can lead to aggression and a bad family dynamic. Establishing your lead in the family is important with this breed and isn't as difficult as you may think. A few daily behaviors will make sure your dog knows who is in charge while keeping them happy and ensuring they know they are loved.
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Food first
In a dog pack, the leader always eats first. So, as the leader of your family, you need to make sure you eat first as well. Prepare your food and your dog's food as well and then make a point to eat first. When you are done, give your Whoodle their bowl. They still get delicious food but the subtle nature of eating first shows your pup that you are in charge.
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Up high
The highest, tallest spot is reserved for the dog pack leader. In the case of your Whoodle at home, this means that the couch, the bed and any comfy chairs that are high off the ground belong to the leader - you! If your dog likes to jump up on the furniture, gently guide them toward a cozy dog bed or blankets on the floor. They will still be comfy but you will be in charge on your couch throne!
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First in, first out
Dog leaders are always at the front of he pack, leading the way. This means that when you go for a walk or head out of your home, whoever is the leader should enter and exit first. Get your Whoodle on their leash but then hold them back as you take the first step out the door. As you can see, the leader doesn't need to be aggressive, just assertive and consistent to establish their rank.
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Playdates

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Any Day
Free
Easy
1 hr
Items needed
Treats
Other dog friends
Activity description
As mentioned before, Whoodles have a lot of energy and they are also pack dogs by nature. One way to combine these two traits is to set up playdates for your dog. While Whoodles do love children and humans, a playdate with a dog friend is a totally different thing. Your dog will be able to run, wrestle, chase and play with another dog in ways that humans just can't. It is a good idea to know the other dog or dog owner before inviting them to play with your Whoodle to make sure everyone's personalities will mesh well.
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Indoor play
If the weather is poor or you just feel like staying inside, invite a dog friend to come over to play with your Whoodle. Move furniture aside so they can run together and make sure to have lots of approved toys out. A pocket full of treats is also a great idea as it will make sure both dogs listen to you when called. Let the dogs run freely and play however they'd like in a safe and controlled environment.
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Outdoor playdate
Head to a fenced in area where your dog can play with their pup friend. Keeping the dogs fenced in prevents you from worrying about them escaping and you can focus on their levels of fun. Bring two tennis balls (one for each dog), a few treats and a bowl of fresh water if the weather is hot and sunny. Let the pups run off the leash and play like puppies!
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Dog park
If you don't have any dog friends able to come over to your house or meet up to play outside, head to a local dog park to find some friends. While the dog park dogs may be strangers, your Whoodle will have a great time meeting new pups. Keep an eye on your Whoodle while at the dog park and call them back to you frequently to ensure they remain in your control. If your dog is having a lot of fun with one specific pup, exchange info with their owner and make sure to set up a time to play again!
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More Fun Ideas...

Jump the Hoop

Whoodles are active, smart and respond well to training. Teaching your Whoodle to jump through a hoop is a great physical activity for them to learn and will take a bit of training, meaning they will be mentally challenged.

Dog Puzzles

Buy your Whoodle a treat puzzle to keep them entertained when you are not home. Whoodles are smart dogs and need some mental stimulation to keep them happy. Treat puzzles come in all difficulties so get one that is perfect for your dog.

Conclusion

Whoodles are active, fun loving members of your family and with a few fun activities, they will definitely stay the happy pup that you fell in love with. Spend some time with your Whoodle everyday doing one of these great activities that will benefit your relationship with your dog. Ensure your Whoodle knows who is the head of the pack, gets enough exercise and is able to play with other pups too! All of this put together makes for a very happy Whoodle!