Training should not be a problem with sproodle puppy owners so long as they use the right methods with determination and consistency. Springerdoodles, or sproodles for short, are known to be highly intelligent. This is unsurprising judging by their ancestral lines, which are the standard poodle or miniature poodle and the English springer spaniel. Both breeds are popular and praised by their best traits. The result is a charming pooch with surging popularity around the world, especially in the UK.
Springerdoodles—one active breed
If you are leading an active outdoor lifestyle, then this smart and eager furry companion is perfect for you. First-time owners may consider the sproodle only if they can dedicate enough time for this energetic ball of fluff.
Here is a list of ‘paw-fect’ activities your sproodle puppy will surely enjoy.
The English springer spaniel is one of the breeds that are known to excel in agility courses, a trait that was passed on to the sproodle. The good thing is that this activity allows you to strengthen your bond together as well as being a fun way to burn off his energy.
What you need to prepare are obstacles and treats. As for treats, you have a wide variety of choices in the pet shop, but it would be best to use his favourite to encourage him more.
As for the obstacles, here are some easy ways to create DIY obstacle courses.
- PVC hurdles
Measure and cut PVC pipes to make the following: two vertical pieces, one detachable horizontal bar for him to jump over, one horizontal piece that will serve as a base, and two for the feet to prevent it from falling over. You will also need two L-bend pieces to attach the jump bar and two T pieces for the feet. Attach them all together with epoxy and you are good to go!
- Hanging tire jumps
This structure is similar to the PVC hurdle, but in this case, the horizontal bar is removed. A beam is added on top to connect the vertical pieces. Then attach a tire or a hula hoop in the middle and fasten it with a bungee cord or a chain.
Play tunnels for children can be used and will usually cost lesser in toy stores.
Introducing the agility course
Introduce one obstacle at a time to your sproodle. Give him time to get to know the hurdles, tire jumps, and tunnels. Practise going through each obstacle before proceeding to the next one. Once he is properly introduced, allow him to do it all in one go. You will be surprised how fast he can go! To keep everything interesting, jumble the order of the obstacles every now and then.
Another way to enjoy the heat of the sun is through playing ‘fetch.’ This comes naturally to your sproodle as this breed loves to chase just about anything that moves. For that reason, it is important to keep him on a leash during walks, especially in a place where there are wild or livestock animals.
- Catch me if you can
If you want to get in full action along with your pooch, you can do this on the field. Just remember to choose the best toy, particularly the one that interests him the most. Throw the toy at a distance. As soon as he picks it up, invite him to chase you by running off the opposite direction. Once achieved, give him the reward he deserves. This could be verbal praise, petting, a game of tug with the toy, or a treat.
- Stairwell fetch
If you are not in the mood for running, you can still play fetch indoors with your springerdoodle. Throw the ball downstairs to allow him to run up and down to retrieve the ball.
- Distance fetch
The best way to do this is by using a tennis ball thrower. This allows your sproodle to run faster to chase the ball. Do not forget to give treats after a tiresome day.
- Water fetch
Sproodles take every opportunity they have to play near or in the water. That being said, they would be glad to play water fetch with their beloved owners.
This game is simple. You only need to bring him to a lake, the ocean, or a pool. Just throw the ball right into the water as a lead for him to follow. Aside from that, this allows him to get a nice swim whilst on the task.
Sproodles have working and hunting dog genes in their blood. That said, they have the qualities of excelling in trail games. The good thing about this is that both his mind and body are being exercised. On top of that, your pooch would most definitely find this game pleasurable.
What to do: Create a trail of treats that will lead him to a more rewarding treat. This could be a stack of bones or his favourite toy. The next time you play this game, use less and fewer treats. This way, you are encouraging him to use his sense of smell to hunt down the prize.