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Cockapoos are active dogs who love to let off stream. Yet, 1 in 5 dog owners say that they are too lazy to take their pet for a walk every day. This can obviously lead to health issues for the dog in the long run.
That doesn’t mean that you need to burn yourself out or be bored exercising them, though. Instead, you can look for interesting and varied ways of keeping your pooch healthy and in great shape while you both have lots of fun.
Walking, Running and Jogging
Perhaps the simplest way of getting some exercise for your Cockapoo is to slip on his harness and head out to stretch your legs. This can be a stroll around the block, a jog to the park or even a run along a suitable path or trail.
If you are feeling particularly active then this even involves a long, enjoyable hiking trip at the weekend. This will bring big health benefits for both of you.
The minimum you should look to give him is a decent walk every day. Cockapoos can easily walk for long periods without getting too tired to try to take the time to do this well. If you get tired before he does then look for a place where you safely let him off the lead to run around on his own for a bit.
A Game of Fetch
The classic game of fetch is something that never loses it simple, timeless appeal for dogs. This is possibly the easiest approach to exercise for the human involved, as you only have to stand there or sit down while you throw the object that you want him to bring back to you.
Having said that, there are a few points to take into account before you go ahead with this game. For a start, it needs to be done in a place that is safe and secure, so that he isn’t in danger when he runs off from you.
You will also want to choose a suitable object that isn’t too heavy or too sharp for him to carry. A nice ball is always a good bet, while if he has a favourite toy then this could work perfectly as well.
Most Cockapoos are good, natural swimmers who enjoy being in the water. In fact, he is almost certainly going to love getting the chance to get out into the water. Of course, you still need to take some precautions to keep him safe from harm while he does this. If you are worried, get them a life jacket for the first few times they enter the water.
For example, you don’t want him to swim in the sea where there are big waves or in a river with a strong current. By just taking into account a few basic safety precautions you will help him to enjoy the water without any hassles.
This is a fantastic way for him to cool off on a hot day but you need to be careful that he doesn’t get too tired, as swimming is pretty exhausting for a Cockapoo. You should start off in shallow water, perhaps using a canine floatation device, before slowly letting him move into deeper areas as his confidence builds.
A Tug of War Game
Another great way of playing with your Cockapoo is to challenge him to a tug of war competition. This is especially good if he is the kind of dog who loves a bit of rough and tumble play.
It is a good idea to get a special rope toy that he can hold between his teeth without hurting him. These toys are also designed without the use of strong chemicals and won’t fall apart in his mouth.
While playing this game it is important to note that some dogs can become overly aggressive. This isn’t usually a problem with cockapoos but if you notice him getting too excited and trying to take control then it is probably best to switch to another type of game.
Find the Treat
A more relaxed type of exercise is to hide his treats around the house or garden for him to find. Some pooches can happily pass hours playing like this if you let them.
If you don’t want to give him too many treats then you could hide his favourite toy or even hide and get him to look for you. Some dogs will get the hang of this game very quickly, while others made take some time to understand what it is all about.
Either way, it is a great way of teaching him something new in a fun way that also gives him a little bit of exercise.
Agility Training Course
Cockapoos are naturally agile, nimble dogs, so he will probably love going round an agility training course. This is a terrific way of giving him a good workout that also helps to train him to follow your orders. There are some great home agility kits available that are not that expensive.
If you are lucky there might a dog agility training centre near you. Otherwise, you could try setting up a homemade obstacle course in the garden for him to work his way around.
This is a popular event in dog shows, so if he turns out to be gifted at it then you might decide to take him along to a show to impress the world with his skills.
If your Cockapoo is a big fan of swimming and of playing fetch then dock diving or dock jumping could be the perfect activity for him. This is a popular sport these days, with our four-legged friends competing to see who can dive the highest or the furthest.
It is an incredibly good fun event but clearly, you don’t want your Cockapoo to just dive head-first off the first pier that you see. Instead, you need to start him off with an easy dive that he can easily take on without any fear.
This activity isn’t right for every dog but if he shows enthusiasm for it then it could really brighten up his life.
Ideally, you will try out a variety of these exercises. This will give him plenty of exercise and will ensure that you enjoy lots of fun times together.