Cockapoos are hybrids of two very active breeds; the Cocker Spaniel and the Poodle. So if you are considering a Cockapoo, you should realize that it’s probably going to need a lot of exercise. But just how much exercise is right for your Cockapoo?
How Much Exercise Does a Cockapoo Need?
Cockapoos need about an hour of exercise every day. If they have any health issues or are overweight, this number may vary. Cockapoos are great at agility, but try less intense activities like puzzles with puppies to prevent joint damage.
Let’s look at some of the things that may influence just how much exercise your Cockapoo needs. We’ll also talk about some of my favorite ways to exercise your Cockapoo both outdoors and indoors.
What Influences Cockapoo Exercise Requirements?
The average, healthy Cockapoo needs about an hour of exercise every day. This can be done in a variety of different ways. But there are some things that may influence not only the amount of exercise that your Cockapoo needs, but also the type.
Cockapoos are a hybrid between Poodles and Cocker Spaniels. Both of these are very active dogs that were used for hunting. But, there are some Cocker Spaniels and Poodles that are more or less active depending on their breeding.
The lines that have been bred specifically to work are far more energetic than those who have been bred as show dogs or family pets. In my experience, most hybrid breeders use show lines because they are easier to keep as pets. But make sure that you consult with your breeder.
If a work line has been used, your Cockapoo may need as many as two hours daily! This exercise will also need to be very high-intensity.
If you get your Cockapoo as a puppy, you can manage its weight well. However, if you adopt one from a shelter, it might not be an ideal weight.
Overweight dogs have more pressure on their joints than normal dogs. Likewise, underweight dogs might not have the healthiest joints and strongest bones because of malnutrition.
If your dog’s weight is not ideal and you are not sure of their bone and joint health, consider easing into exercise.
Start with low-impact activities such as walking. Try 30 minutes at a time, maybe early in the morning. If you notice that your Cockapoo can manage more, you can add a second walk later in the day.
Young Cockapoos are still growing. Their joints are still forming, and delicate growth plates are present. In my experience, active dog breeds can be little balls of energy when they are younger. But it is very important that you do not keep them too busy.
As a general rule, I try not to do too much high-impact exercise. I would rather play with a ball for five minutes and then go on a short walk or do some training for the rest of the time to be on the safe side.
When your puppy is around three months, you should exercise it around 15 minutes. When it is four months old, you can add on an additional 5 minutes, and so on.
Similarly, older dogs might suffer certain physical issues, just like older people. There is no clear answer as to how much to exercise your dog as it grows older. But make sure that you keep an eye on your dog for any signs of pain or discomfort. And be guided by how much exercise your senior dog enjoys.
How to Exercise Your Cockapoo Outdoors
The best way to make sure you are giving your Cockapoo enough exercise is to let it spend plenty of time outdoors. Here are some activities that you can do.
This is one of my personal favorites. Not only are active dogs great at doing agility work and dog training, but this also gives you a massive sense of accomplishment and works on basic obedience.
Agility work, or just training in general, tires out your Cockapoo mentally and physically, leading to a happy little dog. You can set up your own simple agility course with a kit like this one at home.
Frisbee and Flyball
If you want high intensity, this is the way to go. Playing games such as frisbee or flyball, which requires that your Cockapoo runs around at top speed, is great if you do not have a lot of time. Just make sure that your dog doesn’t hurt itself.
Active dogs have a tendency to jump when first starting these sports. For this reason, I don’t recommend doing more than a few minutes with a puppy.
Walks and Runs
Of course, everyone knows you can take your dog for walks or runs. This can either be on a leash, or it can be running free. It depends on where you are.
Taking a moment to allow your Cockapoo to sniff also stimulates them mentally, adding to their fulfillment.
Dog parks are great if you have access to them. Your dog can run around without you having to worry about tiring it out.
My active dog loves playing with other dogs and has picked up great social skills from doing so. But, make sure that you watch them at all times.
Even if your Cockapoo is very well-behaved, the other dogs might not be.
How to Exercise Your Cockapoo Indoors
Not everyone has access to the outdoors. But, that doesn’t mean that it is an excuse not to exercise your Cockapoo. Here are some things that you can do with it inside.
Training is great in small spaces. It is really hard work for your little Cockapoo, and makes them very tired, but does not require running around.
This also makes it ideal for puppies. There is a myriad of other benefits to training too. Some of these include increased obedience and a bond with your dog. Do not worry about starting too early. There is no such thing.
Fetch with Soft Objects
Playing fetch does not always have to happen outdoors. Inside is just as good, particularly if you have a smaller dog. There are a few things you need to keep in mind, though.
Make sure your flooring is not very slippery as this can lead to injuries and later joint issues in any dog. Also, try throwing something soft for the sake of your furniture. Rolled-up socks work great because they can still travel a great distance.
Just make sure your dog knows not to steal the socks out of your drawer!
Puzzles like this one are ideal if your Cockapoo is getting quite energetic but you have a lot of work to do and can’t give them much attention. They range from easy to difficult, and you can even make them yourself.
However, most of these puzzles involve food. If your Cockapoo is not an eager eater, you may struggle a little.
The next time you play tug games with your dog, notice how tense their muscles are and how much work they are putting in. It is really plenty of exercise.
Tug games are just one of many great examples of high-intensity activities that can be done in small spaces.
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