Activities For Affengriffons

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Introduction

Affengriffons are feisty and intelligent little dogs that make perfect companions for single people, older adults, and families with older children. Their curious and silly nature will keep you laughing at their antics, but you also need several activities for Affengriffons up your sleeves to keep them entertained. Though they have a low energy level, they need to be challenged and stimulated with games or you risk creating a stubborn and territorial dog. Luckily there are plenty of activities to keep these funny little dogs happy and challenged and looking to you for fun.

Circus Dog

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Any Day
Moderate
Hard
30 min
Items needed
Treats
Leash
Ball
Props for tricks
A cute outfit
Activity description
One of the most fun activities for Affengriffons is learning new tricks. Both parent breeds are intelligent dogs and love to show off new skills, and the Affengriffon has inherited these traits. Your pup will love nothing more than learning new tricks and putting on a show for your grandkids, friends, and family. These tiny pups may have also inherited an oversized personality and can become stubborn at times, so it's important that you enlist the help of a dog trainer who specializes in these small breeds and can help you learn the proper way to train your dog. With a little help, your dog will look forward to training time almost as much as show time.
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Start with the basics
Begin by setting up a good training foundation for your dog. Sign up for a basic obedience class with a trusted trainer so you can learn how to work with your Affengriffon and set the stage for teaching more complicated tricks down the road. You can learn from other people in your class and a great trainer. The lessons you learn here will transfer outside the doggy classroom and can be used in everyday life with your dog as well as for more complicated tricks.
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Fill your bag of tricks
Now that you have a foundation for learning, you're ready to move on to more complicated tricks. You can take an advanced class with your trainer or you can look up tricks on the internet and try to teach them step-by-step. Make sure you choose tricks that aren't too difficult for a small dog or modify them. If you want to teach your dog to fetch, purchase a small ball they can easily carry in their mouth. Walking on hind legs, rolling over, and shaking are great tricks to start with.
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The big show
Once your dog has mastered several tricks, you can put them together for a big show. If you have grandkids they will love the idea of a circus performance just for them. Any gathering is enhanced by a dog show! Buy a costume for your pup and practice your routine until it's flawless. Invite your audience over, serve them popcorn, and let your dog show off their new tricks. Your dog will love the attention and all their new fans. You can even have an ink pad on hand for "pawdegraphs" for all the new fans!
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Tiny Fetch

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Any Day
Cheap
Easy
30 min
Items needed
Small ball
Small size frisbee
Small tug rope
Activity description
Affengriffons need activities that will challenge them and help them burn off daily excitement. One of the best games to play is a session of mini-fetch. Your small dog will need a few toys that are just their size. You can purchase small size balls, mini Frisbees, and mini chew toys at your local pet store. This is a game you can play anywhere and is perfect for rainy days inside or for seniors with limited mobility. This isn't your average game of fetch either. You need to stimulate and challenge your Affengriffon, so using multiple toys and keeping them guessing is essential. After 20 to 30 minutes, your dog will be tired and happy.
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Choose three toys
You'll want to choose three different toys to play fetch with your Affengriffon. Make sure each of these toys is appropriate to the size of your dog. A full-sized tennis ball may be too difficult for your dog to get their mouth around, and a full-sized Frisbee might drag on the ground and be difficult to bring back to you. There are plenty of toys that are made for a small dog. You can choose anything from a stuffed toy to a rope, to a Frisbee or ball. Just make sure you have three or more handy.
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Play time
Gather your toys close to you and pick the first toy up. Show your dog and wave it around, getting them excited. Throw the toy watch your Affengriffon gleefully chase and pounce on it. When they have the toy in their mouth and are on the way back, Show them the next toy and tell them to come. Once they have brought the first toy back, throw the next one. Having several different toys to fetch will keep them guessing.
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An everyday affair
This game can quickly become a favorite part of your routine. Using multiple toys and choosing different ones each throw will not only expend their excited energy, but it will also challenge their minds. You can keep them guessing by throwing the toys in different directions and even choosing different rooms to play in. The more variety you provide, the better. After 15 to 20 minutes, you'll have a tired and happy dog on your hands.
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Walking Fun

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Sunny Day
Free
Easy
20 min
Items needed
Leash
Activity description
Though Affengriffons are low energy dogs, they still require some amount of time to play and stretch their legs. Taking them for a walk around your home or in your favorite park each day will not only help with their overall behavior and health, but it will be good for you too. These little dogs are happy with a short, leisurely stroll in the park, which is why they are great companions for older folks or people with limited mobility. Getting them outside for a 20-minute walk will be more than enough to satisfy their needs, and the perfect time commitment for you.
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Plan your walks
To keep things interesting for your pup, plan a few short walks that take them in different directions. These can be right from your front door, at a local park, or even a nice trail near your house. Take into account terrain, steepness, and any other potential hazards for you and your dog. It's important that these daily walks are enjoyable and safe for everyone.
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Add variety
Affengriffons do well with variety so work in a rotation of a few different areas to keep them engaged. The trails don't need to be long, but if you find a nice park bench to sit on, your pup will happily sit next to you and take in the scenery. The only routine you need to create is walking. Take this time to explore new places or revisit old places. Try not to do the same walk twice in a row so your pup doesn't get bored.
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Invite friends
Once you have a walking routine down, invite some friends to join you. Walking with friends, whether they have a dog or not, is a wonderful way to keep your Affengriffon socialized and keep you in good company. You can alternate where to meet each week or try out a new walk together. Time spent outdoors with friends is important for both you and your dog.
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Find It

Another great activity for Affengriffons is "find it." Hide their favorite toy or treat in a room and tell them to find it. They will use their nose and cues from you to locate their prize.

Summer Swimming

If you live in an area that sees lots of hot weather, you can keep your dog cool by purchasing a kiddie pool. Fill it with just a few inches of water so your dog is comfortable. They will love having a nice spot to cool off.

Conclusion

Creating activities for Affengriffons that challenge them mentally as well as physically is important to their health and wellbeing. Though they don't need too much exercise, they thrive best with structure and mental challenge. Finding the right activity for you and your dog is an important part of building your relationship and keeping the both of you healthy and happy. Anything from obedience training to going for a walk or finding indoor games will help create that strong bond. Find activities that will combat their strong personalities and let them be the star of the show. When you give them the attention they need, they will be your best companion for their lifetime.