Activities For Affenpugs

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Introduction

The Affenpug is often called your 'shadow' because they will follow you around everywhere you go and they like to be part of the action. Like most dogs, they enjoy a variety of activity, something that is new and exciting! Regardless of what it is, whether games with the children (whom they adore) or a new park to explore, the Affenpug is willing and ready to go at the drop of a hat. And while it is fun to go for a walk in the park, there are many other activities that you can try that will add fun to your dog's day. This hybrid dog is a cross between an Affenpinscher and a Pug and makes an ideal family companion. Be prepared to spend some quality time with this small dog, as they love company. Activities they enjoy will include rough and tumble games with the children, tug of war tussles, and some hide and seek to hone their hunting skills. Teaching them new tricks takes patience and time, but will be well worth your effort as it will give your dog a good mental workout. The perfect exercise for a dog is a combination of physical and mental activity.

Glamping

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Sunny Day
Expensive
Normal
24 hrs
Items needed
Dog Food and Water
Leash or harness
Dog backpack
Doggy waste bags
Activity description
This activity can cost quite a bit, but it will be a real break from the usual daily grind and it will be worth the expense and preparation. Glamping is camping in style. No rough stuff here, it's glamorous tents, chilled wine (for the humans) and doggie treats for your pooch. Check and see whether there are any glamping sites near your and whether they are dog-friendly. Tramping to a special spot away for the night is such fun. Your Affenpug will love the outing, and can even be trained to carry their own backpack with their PJs and treats. It will be a full day walking and exploring, then a nice shower before you settle down to relax around the campfire and star gaze. Before long, your tuckered out pup will be softly snoring, dreaming of all the daily events. Have some special treats you can cook over the campfire for your pup, don't give them human food as it may not sit well with them. Glamping is the ultimate in the camping world. Why not try it?
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Make a booking
This activity involves planning ahead and booking a glamping holiday or even just an overnight stay. Ensure they are happy for your dog to come with you. Make a list of all the things to bring but try and keep it light. You want to relax right? The essentials are all you need: food, water, doggy waste bags, and a few treats for both you and your pup.
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Glamping day is here
Your Affenpug will pick up on your excitement as you get up early and prepare to travel. Remember to take their booster seat for the car so they can look out the window as you drive along. Park and prepare to walk to your accommodation. Take your time and let your dog explore along the way and splash in the streams.
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Relax and unwind
When you get to your glamping spot, it's time to unwind and enjoy. Relax, let your dog have a snooze, and have some food. The evening has the stars to gaze at, the bonfire to stare into and marshmallows to toast (or doggie treats). What an amazing outing and a great bonding time with your special furry friend.
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Under, Over and Around

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Free
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30 - 60 min
Items needed
stool, bench or step chair
small treats
Activity description

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!

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Lay the ground work
Once you have your solid stool with wide-set legs, place it in an area with lots of space and call your dog. Start with one step at a time. Some dogs will learn quicker than others, so be patient. Step one can be to teach them to go around the stool first. Go one way, then the other and once they master this step, move on to the next.
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Sit and stay
Teach your dog to jump up on the stool and to sit. At first, they may just jump up and then off. That's okay, take it easy and correct them gently. When they jump up, sit and stay, give them a huge pat and praise, and follow it with a treat. They have deserved it.
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What does crawl mean?
This is probably the hardest part - getting your little pup to lie on their tummy and crawl along! Say what? Your dog may take a little time to get this. Encourage them to stay on their tummy but offer them a treat just out of their reach. They will soon be wiggling along the ground! Once they get the idea, then combine all three steps. Remember to give them a break, it takes a lot of effort for this!
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Party Time

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Sunny Day
Moderate
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1 - 4 hrs
Items needed
Dog treats
balls
ropes and tug toys
Activity description
Whether it is your dog's birthday, or just a busy week where you haven't had much time to spend with your dog, consider throwing them a party. Invite three or four of their dog friends and owners over for a morning of fun. Have some interesting things for the dogs to play with and some tasty treats for a casual chomp. At first you won't have to do much as the dogs will play their own game and make use of the balls and ropes. When they get bored, you can play some tug over the line games to see which dog/human team can do it the quickest. This activity is a great way to socialize your dog and to teach them about social skills and manners. Plus, it gives you an excuse to catch up with your friends as well.
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Let the dogs out
The first step is easy. Once you have arranged for everyone to come to your home for the party, then you just have to welcome them all, put the jug on for a nice coffee, and let the dogs loose to play and frolic!
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Human intervention
When the pace of the dog games slow down, get their owners involved in a game of tug across the line. With a dog and owner on each end, try to tug the opposing team over a line on the ground. If you have a few couples you will have to have some playoffs with the winners to get the final successful team.
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Football anyone?
Kick around a few balls and see what the dogs do. They will be in paws and all, wanting a part of the action. Just moving the balls in all directions will give the dogs a lot of activity and exercise. Everyone gets a workout before the official party treats. By the time they leave, everyone will be needing a nap!
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More Fun Ideas...

Photoshoot

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!

Sort the Toys

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. 

Day Tripping

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.

Conclusion

By now you will be keen to try out some of these activities with your four-legged companion. A happy dog is a tired dog, so keep them active, although don't expect them to go from couch potato to marathon runner at the click of your fingers! Give them time to work up to some activities and ensure they don't get too hot as they may suffer heatstroke. During summer, keep high activity to the early morning or late evenings when the day has lost some of its heat. An early or late walk along the waterways or through the park will be a pleasant break to your routine. Take your dog for a swim so they can cool down during the mid-afternoon, or utilize a child's paddling pool which will make an ideal Affenpug pool. Add in a water spray, a few toys and a few bubbles and you have the making of an afternoon of fun. Use a little imagination and your Affenpug will be wagging their tail off for joy!