Activities For Affenpoos

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Introduction

Seniors, families with older children, and couples are the most common groups of people to own Affenpoos. However, no matter who you are, you will find that having an Affenpoo is a rewarding experience. This playful designer dog, a cross between a Poodle and Affenpinscher, is a delight. They love to play, hang out with their owners, and thrive on mental stimulation. While you wouldn’t own one if you had young children or are never home, you will find they are the perfect pet if you have time to spend with them. Even though Affenpoos are a small dog weighing no more than 25 pounds, they still require a moderate amount of exercise. What’s more, they thrive on mental stimulation on a regular basis. If you’re out of ideas and need some help entertaining your pampered pooch, we’ve included a few ideas below. 

Puzzle Toys

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Both the Affenpinscher and the Poodle are intelligent breeds. As a result, their need for mental stimulation can often be higher than their requirement for exercise. If you find your Affenpoo is bored more often than they are satisfied, then it might be time to get involved in puzzle toys. You will be amazed at how many options are available – all of which will transform your dog’s mood in an instant. You can make puzzle toys, buy them, and include plenty of yummy treats as well. What’s more, you can entertain your pup for an hour or more – be it inside on a rainy day, or outside. When you’re ready to provide your dog with a fun experience, consider puzzle toys. 

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Buy or build
If you choose to buy puzzle toys, the range of toys available will wow you. You can buy toys that wobble and stay upright, toys that have holes the dog has to get treats out of, and even robust treat balls for tough little chewers. However, all of the puzzle toys you can buy can cost quite a bit of money. Therefore, you may also like to consider making your own. One of the most popular options is dried sweet potato on a robust piece of rope. Dogs love sweet potato, and if yours isn’t a fussy eater, you may find they spend hours trying to chew the potato off the string.
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Get healthy
While every now and again it’s nice to offer your dog a store-bought treat, it’s hard to know what’s going to be good for them. More often than not, it’s safer to give them vet-approved kibble and ask for their advice on healthy and nutritious treats. Therefore, if you’re looking for healthy treats to put inside your food puzzles, it’s in your best interests to stay away from packaged goods. These tend to include meat “by-products” as well as corn syrup and other unhealthy additives and preservatives. Instead, opt for more natural ingredients such as pumpkin, sweet potato, and frozen sardines.
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Supervise
Now that you’ve built or bought your toy and packed it full of delicious treats, it’s time to play. When your dog has their toy, it’s best to supervise as much as you can. Some pups can be destructive, which defeats the purpose of trying to remove food from an item. Therefore, if you’re pottering around the house doing chores, be sure to be within watching distance of your pup.
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Indoor Play

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Affenpoos are only small dogs. Therefore, they don’t require long walks, hikes, or runs. While a short walk is more than enough exercise for one day, you may also find that indoor toy play is equally as beneficial as well. Affenpoos are playful – even as fully mature dogs. They are more than happy to retrieve a toy from their toy box and run around the house like a madman, throwing it into the air and rolling over it. After an hour of play – indoors or outdoors – they will inevitably require a nap after all that exertion. 

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Buy toys
Affenpoos are playful, so you always need to make sure you have plenty of things with which they can entertain themselves. It’s not enough to provide them with a fenced backyard and let them make fun on their own. Instead, buy a box and fill it with toys that will entertain them for hours such as balls and ropes. What’s more, by having plenty of toys, they are less likely to go for your shoes.
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Playtime
With so many goodies to play with, you’ll find your pup has the time of their life when they’ve located their favorite one with which to play. What’s more, you can carry on with your day knowing you don’t have to set aside time to take them for a walk, swim, or run. In saying that, it’s still a good idea to supervise play as much as you can. Little teeth can tear apart toys in an instant, and it’s crucial that you don’t allow them to swallow small parts.
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Obedience Training

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When you first get your Affenpoo puppy, you will be in awe. They are little fluff balls, so tiny, cute, and innocent. However, before long, they gain their stubborn streak and can become little terrors without early intervention. There’s no denying that at every time of their life – from puppy through to maturity – they make a good guard dog. They will alert you to visitors by barking, while barely letting anyone through the door. However, you can get a handle on this behavior, while teaching them good manners, by taking part in an hour of obedience training per week. While it can cost a little money, it’s a short six or eight-week course that you can take part in, rain or shine. 

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Hire a trainer
Being part-Poodle, you are sure to find your Affenpoo is more natural to train than many other small dogs. However, that doesn’t make them any less stubborn. So, while your pup may pick up good behaviors quickly, they are not always going to display them. To help make the process practical, it’s a good idea to hire a trainer who can educate you on how to manage your dog. The goal is to achieve a well-rounded pup that sees you as their master.
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Learn
Before you head to training, it’s a good idea to think about what you want to learn. Are you still stuck in toilet training? Or, are you ready to move on to sit, stay, heel, or even roll over? Think about what it is you want to achieve before going to class. Therefore, you’ll be able to relay this information to your trainer for a more effective session.
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Train
Training takes place not only at a training facility but home as well. As your puppy learns, so do you. Therefore, you can take away new behaviors, tips, and tricks, all of which help to train your dog and be their master. While in the beginning, it’s crucial to learn basic commands such as sit and stay, you can also move on to more technical tricks which Affenpoos thrive on learning.
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Tricks

Obedience training, as mentioned above, can be as basic or as comprehensive as you want it to be. However, as Affenpoos thrive on mental stimulation, you can teach them as many tricks as you want. In your spare time, there’s no harm in researching the endless possibilities. You never know, after an hour of persistence, you may find you’re able to teach your pup to roll over, beg, or shake hands. 

Walk

If it’s a beautiful sunny day and you’re thinking about going for a walk, don’t forget your pup. Even though they’re more than happy to run around home with their toys, they also want to be everywhere you are. As a result, it’s a good idea to attach their leash and take them for a quick walk around the block. They’re sure to love seeing what lies on the other side of the fence. 

Conclusion

Affenpoos are pawesome pets, made even more sought-after by their small size and fun-loving personality. If you’re a couple or older family with an Affenpoo looking to provide them with fun activities, you are sure to find any of those mentioned above will be winners. The best part is, they reward you in return with love, affection, and companionship.