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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.