Activities For Wire-Poos

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Introduction

Combining the graceful Poodle with a Wirehaired Fox Terrier results in the Wire-Poo hybrid breed. The Wire-Poo is a medium-sized dog packed full of energy! This breed is actually a designer breed that combines the most sought-after traits of the two parent breeds into one "pawfect" pup. 

Poodles are renowned for their intelligence and loyalty. The standard Poodle is actually one of the brightest and most obedient dogs out there. They are known for their adventurous personalities and can be satisfied with a swim, run or game of retrieval. They have a relatively high energy level just like Wirehaired Fox Terrier. The Wirehaired Fox is another smart dog breed with an independent personality, which can make training tricky. The combination of parent breeds results in the spunky Wire-Poo who loves to chase or run, as both parent breeds have a history of hunting. To prevent boredom, plan a variety of activities to stimulate your Wire-Poo daily! 

Training on a Treadmill

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15 - 30 min
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Just like humans, dogs can also reap the rewards of using a treadmill. For this activity, you will, of course, need a treadmill, so if you don't have one already, it is a big investment. Some dog rehabilitation centers have treadmills specifically for canine use.

Once you have access to a treadmill, you'll need to introduce it to your pup and teach them how to use it. It will take a few sessions for your Wire-Poo to feel comfortable on the treadmill, but it's worth it as your pooch is going to get a thorough workout in no time. As Wire-Poos requires lots of daily physical stimulation, you can focus on sessions that range between 15 and 30 minutes. 

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Introducing the equipment
Your Wire-Poo is likely going to be intimidated by the treadmill at first. Introduce your pooch to the treadmill by allowing them to sniff it. They may also try mounting it, which is no problem, so long as it is off. After a few minutes of exploration, turn it on the lowest speed so your Wire-Poo can get used to the sounds it makes.
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Learning how to use it
Now your Wire-Poo is ready to start their training. Begin by placing them on the treadmill. Keep them on-leash throughout your training so you can guide them during their walk. Turn the treadmill on low and walk alongside your dog, encouraging them to move. It's likely the moving floor will take them by surprise, but after a few minutes, they should catch on.
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Jogging

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15 - 30 min
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Waste Bags
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Jogging with your pup is a "grrr-eat" way to strengthen your muscles and improve your heart health. Running also exposes your pal to new stimuli, giving them a much-needed dose of mental stimulation.

Jogging is easy to accommodate into any schedule. If you already take your dog on daily walks, mix things up by alternating between a walk and jog. The more you jog, the better your pup's endurance will get. Your jogs don't have to be extensive, but aim for no less than a 15-minute run. All you need is a leash, some waste bags, and plenty of energy to burn!

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Working up to the jog
Depending on your dog's age and fitness level, you may need to build their endurance and work up to your jogs. Remember, running can be tough on your puppy's developing joints. Begin by increasing your walking pace so that you're speed walking. Try speed walking for about a week to help your pup build their endurance before taking off on your run.
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Taking baby steps
When you do begin to start running, it's a good idea to practice interval running. This entails you and your pup jogging or running hard for a certain period of time, following which you rest by walking. Jogging in intervals will prepare your pup for the long run that's ahead.
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Increasing speed and distance
As your Wire-Poo progresses throughout their training, you can increase your running speed and the distance you cover. Remember, Wire-Poos have a lot of energy, so they could likely run for miles before tiring out. Monitor your dog's progress and set short-term goals to help them improve throughout your journey together.
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Camping Getaway

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2 - 3 days
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Toys
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Dog Food
Food and Water Bowls
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Camping is a phenomenal activity for your and your Wire-Poo, because when you camp, you have access to all sorts of outdoor activities. You should plan your camping adventure around your dog's interests, searching for a campground that comes equipped with the activities and amenities you want. 

To prepare for camping, pack a bag for both your and your Wire-Poo. Bring all the camping essentials, like a tent, sleeping gear, extra clothing and food. Depending on the length of stay, your supplies will vary. Select a camping location that is dog-friendly and has recreation "oppawtunities" for your pup, such as a dog park, swimming lake, or open fields for running. Reserve your spot ahead of time so you can secure the date you want and head off to spend some one-on-one time with your dog!

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Locating a campsite
There are thousands of dog-friendly campgrounds located throughout North America. Different campgrounds "offur" unique amenities, so find one that meets your needs. You will also need to determine how you would like to stay. You can tent camp, sleep in a cabin (some destinations have animal restrictions on cabins, though), or keep comfy in your RV.
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Prepping Your gear
Prepare ahead of time so that you don't forget any necessary supplies. Think about what items you could bring along to make your pooch comfortable. Definitely bring along some sort of bedding, a leash, a tie-down, and treats.
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Planning your activities
Another thing to consider when picking your campsite is what the campground has to offer for entertainment. Some campgrounds are dog-friendly, but come with limited activities for pups. You want to select a site with a dog designated area so they have room to roam. You may also want to consider nearby activities such as hiking or swimming. Planning ahead will ensure you enjoy the time you spend together outdoors.
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Fetch

Poodles and Wirehaired Fox Terriers are both fans of retrieval games. Retrieval games involve throwing an object your dog than runs after and returns. You can play retrieval inside with small tosses, or outside in a large open space using long tosses.

Obedience Training

Wire-Poos can be somewhat independent and stubborn, but introducing obedience training at a young age can lead to less resistance on their part. As previously mentioned, standard Poodles are one of the most intelligent breeds in the dog world, making your Wire-Poo completely capable of learning commands. Use positive reinforcement and train regularly for the best results.

Conclusion

To conclude, Wire-Poos are intelligent and spunky companions who look forward to mental and physical stimulation opportunities as they're full of energy. They are a medium-sized dog that, on average, weighs between 20 and 40 pounds, making them agile and quick on their feet. To keep your Wire-Poo satisfied, diversify their schedule with opportunities for learning and doing. 

For starters, increase their physical training by introducing a treadmill that can be used throughout the winter or on those days when the weather just isn't cooperating. Obedience training can be introduced to teach basic commands and harder tasks, like how to use the treadmill. Get outside by going for a light jog, or take advantage of a weekend outdoors by camping under the stars. You can play fetch while camping or back at home. Regardless of the activities you choose, be sure to alternate between them to keep your pooch happy, healthy and engaged.