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Teaching your dog new tricks is a great mental exercise, especially for a wet day. But it doesn't offer much in the way of physical exercise and those treats can add up. Here is a game that uses both mental and physical skills. Using a sturdy stool, teach your dog to crawl through the legs, to stop halfway and hold position, then crawl out. Then, teach them to sit and stay on top of it. Finally, teach them to go around the stool. It will take some time for your pup to learn each step, but it will teach them to focus and learn. Make it fun, not just a lesson! Don't get boring here or your dog will lose the will to play. Keep it fun and offer a lot of praise, pats, and cuddles for their hard work. Oh, and the occasional treat - don't short change them their rewards!
Don't leave your dog at home, take them out and about with you. There is nothing like singing your heart out while you cruise down the highway with your best buddy. Dogs love to see what's going on. Make sure your Affenpug can see out the window, or purchase a special dog booster seat to help them. Strap them in for safety and off you go. Whether you are just going out to get some groceries, visiting a friend or perhaps you just need to get out and cruise, your dog will enjoy the change of scenery and the different smells, but most of all they will enjoy your company. Remember to stop for a toilet break and perhaps a walk in the park to stretch those short legs, before strapping your dog back in the car and heading off down the highway again.
If the day is a bit dull or wet, it is a good opportunity to finally sort out all your dog's toys. With the help of your dog, gather all the toys and sit down to give each toy a good health check. Dogs can give their toys a heck of a workout, and they can become damaged over time. Check each toy and see if your dog is still interested in playing with them. They may be bored with some of the items, so take those out of circulation and store away for now. Remove any toys that are broken and could injure your little canine. Some toys will need a wash while others may need a repair.
Do you want some snaps of your dog that are - well - just a little different than everyone else's? How about getting them to play dress up and pose for you while you act as the photographer and take a ton of original photos of your pup? Your dog will love all the attention as you groom them and dress them. How cool will your Affenpug look with a wig on? Perhaps in pearls and their front feet in your fancy heels? What about a lacy veil or a hat? You can teach them to dress and pose by a bicycle as a prop, or by a vase of lovely orchids. They could be in a bikini by the pool! Or maybe in the kitchen 'cooking'. Really have fun with your dog and you will end up with some amazing photos to amaze your friends when you post them online!