Activities For Affenchons

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Introduction

Developed during the 1990s as a designer breed, the Affenchon is a friendly, loving, and excitable small breed of dog that will fit into your home life seamlessly. Whether you live in an apartment, a housing complex, or you have all the space in the world; you will find your Affenchon, a mixture of an Affenpinscher and Bichon Frise will adapt to whatever situation in which you put them. However, don’t let the small size of this breed fool you. They may be small enough to get lost underfoot, but they require a significant amount of both physical and mental stimulation. Therefore, it’s in your best interests to compile a list of activities, such as these below, to ensure you’ve always got something to keep them entertained.  

Obedience Training

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Any Day
Moderate
Hard
1 hr
Items needed
Leash
Treats
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Affenchons are not the easiest of dogs to train, but they also require it from a very young age. If you don’t teach your pup necessary skills as soon as you bring them home from an adoption agency or breeder, you may find they become aggressive to people and animals who try to enter your property, as well as being dominating and unsocialized. Therefore, when you take your pooch in for their first vaccinations, ask the vet about training options and who they would recommend. You can train your pup in any weather thanks to indoor training facilities, and it will only take an hour out of your day. What’s more, you need a treat and a leash to get started, and that’s all.

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Book in
When you’re tired of your pup giving you attitude, take the first step and book them in for obedience training. To choose the best dog trainer for the job, talk to your vet or look online. You are sure to find there are many training facilities online you can phone or email to find out more. One that caters to small dogs is going to be in your best interests.
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Research
Affenchons are a mixture of two breeds – the Affenpinscher and the Bishon Frise. As a result, they are bound to have dominant traits from each. To get a handle on these and know what you’re looking to achieve in training, research as much as you can about each dog type and Affenchons as well. You may find early on that crate training, for example, is the best option for a small dog such as an Affenchon.
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Train
Now’s the time to begin training. The best part about obedience training for your puppy is that it ticks all the boxes for their physical and mental needs for the day. They will be physically tired from all that sitting, staying, running, and coming back to you, as well as the mental exertion of learning. While your pup may take a little while to “click” to what they need to do, you can continue teaching them at home with the educational tools your trainer has provided.
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Hide and Seek

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Rainy Day
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1 hr
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Toys
Basket
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On a rainy day, the last thing you’ll feel like doing is letting your pup outside. Affenchons require a significant amount of grooming, and you’ll be in for an even earlier booking if they became drenched and knotted as a result of playing in the rain. Therefore, if you need to fill an hour while giving them plenty of mental and physical stimulation, a game of ‘hide and seek’ with toys is an excellent idea. Not only can you utilize everything you already have at home, but it doesn’t require you to go anywhere. It’s the perfect lazy Sunday activity when you don’t feel like doing anything, but your excitable pup does. 

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Gather toys
To create the best game, grab a basket or box and gather up all your pup’s favorite toys like balls and ropes. Because you are bound to spoil your Affenchon rotten, there are bound to be plenty of toys to fill that container. Once you’ve got them all, it’s time to begin hiding.
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Hide the toys
Hiding toys for your pup is not the same as how you would conceal yourself during the game. You don’t want to make it nearly impossible for your dog to retrieve the toys – thus increasing the chances of them giving up. Instead, almost hiding them in plain sight is a better idea. You can put them under couch cushions, peaking out from behind doors, in shoes by the door, and even under bed cushions if they get up on your bed often.
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Play
In the beginning, your pampered pooch isn’t going to know what’s going on. In fact, even when they hear the high tones in your voice, they still won’t have any idea. They’ll only know from your mannerisms that they’re going to have a lot of fun. Carry the basket and walk with your dog around the house, pointing out a single toy. Before long, they will get the gist of the game, looking for their favorite toys. You can then repeat the process.
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Dog Park

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Sunny Day
Free
Easy
1 hr
Items needed
Leash
Toy
Activity description

Taking your Affenchon to the dog park from a young age is an excellent idea. It teaches them socialization as well as how to behave around other dogs. Oddly enough, many small dogs do not perceive big dogs to be scary. Instead, they develop “small dog syndrome” and often try to engage the larger dog in a fight. To prevent this, you can provide them with as much dog interaction from a young age. The best part about a trip to the dog park is that it’s free, it enables you to get out in the sun for an hour, and it doesn’t require you to put in a lot of effort. All you need is a leash, a toy, and you’re ready to hit the road. 

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Find the park
If you’re new to dog ownership, there’s no reason why you would have needed to know where the dog park is. Therefore, with a new family pet, you may need to search for it online. There may be more than one nearby so compare the two and choose the best one for your dog’s needs. It might be one that separates the dogs by size, allowing your pup to associate with others of their size.
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Start slow
If it’s your pup’s first trip to the dog park, it’s bound to be an overwhelming experience for them. There are many new sounds and smells, not to mention all those strange-looking dogs they wouldn’t have seen before. Affenchons can be timid, shy, and frightened, so don’t throw them in the deep end. Take them in on their leash or carry them in. Put them on the ground and let them walk around and get familiar with the area. It may help to introduce them to another dog of similar size before taking them off their leash.
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Begin play
Before long, your Affenchon would have come out of their shell, ready to play with their toys and interact with other dogs. By doing this at a young age, you are future-proofing their good behavior and manners. Make sure you include trips to the dog park on a regular basis to continue this trend.
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Food Puzzles

Mental stimulation is crucial for an Affenchon – particularly if you like your shoes to be in one piece and not torn to shreds. Therefore, it’s an excellent idea to treat them to a food puzzle at least once per week. It might be a ball with holes for food to come out of, or it might be a series of lids and levers they have to move to release the food. Whatever you choose, it will stump your dog at first, before exciting them when they find out how it all works. 

Walk

Sometimes, it’s nice to get out of the house for a walk, particularly if you and your Affenchon have been cooped up inside in an apartment. A 30-60-minute walk is ample, giving you both time to enjoy the fresh air and for your pup to smell all those new scents. Once you get home, you will find your furry friend’s exercise meter is full to the brim. 

Conclusion

The furst step to owning a content Affenchon includes as many fun activities in their day as possible. It could be something as simple as going for a walk or going to the dog park, or something as challenging as obedience training. Whatever you do, if your pup could talk, they would thank you for being such a good owner.