Activities For Affenshires

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Introduction

Affenshires are a designer breed of dog consisting of Yorkshire Terriers and Affenpinschers. They are a small, hypoallergenic toy breed, require regular grooming, and are suitable for older families or couples. If you have children, an Affenshire is typically not a dog that’s suitable for that environment. In saying that, with early intervention, training, and education for the children, there’s no reason why both an Affenshire and a child couldn’t exist peacefully together under one roof. The Affenshire is a small breed, but don’t let that deceive you. They still require at least 30 to 45 minutes of exercise per day as well as some mental stimulation. If you’re stuck for fun ideas, why not try some of these below? 

Obedience Training

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Any Day
Moderate
Hard
1 hr
Items needed
Leash
Treats
Activity description

When you first adopt your Affenshire puppy, you will be so overjoyed with bringing them home. They’re cute, fluffy, affectionate, and will bring a smile to your face as soon as they look at you. However, without training and positive reinforcement, your small and innocent puppy can turn into a dominating, protective, yappy and snappy dog that doesn’t get along with other people, children, or pets.

 Owning such a dog does not make it easy to have visitors over or even take your pup for a walk. You can avoid this situation by enrolling them in obedience training as soon as you bring them home. From eight weeks of age, you can set aside an hour per week for learning, where all you’ll need is a leash, a treat, and plenty of patience. 

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Learn the breed
Your Affenshire is a mixture of two unique dog types. Both have different traits and quirks to adjust to, as well as many behaviors you may like to get to grips with sooner rather than later. Before you enroll them in either obedience training or puppy school, learn their traits. Find out whether they are barky dogs by nature, or whether that’s a learned trait. Find out how they respond to training, whether they’re easy to train, or whether you need to spend more time with them than you normally would for other dogs. This information can all help to prepare you for the journey ahead.
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Contact a trainer
Arm yourself with potential training options by talking to friends, families, and businesses. Whether you decide to take them to puppy school or an obedience trainer, there’s no time like today to get started. Make contact, enroll them, then prepare for six to eight weeks of education and training to create a well-rounded pup.
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Be patient
Affenshires can have a stubborn streak. It can be cute at first, but if you’re trying to train them, it can wear your patience thin. However, because you researched this in advance, you would have been prepared for it. Be patient, be consistent with how and when you practice training at home and offer only positive reinforcement and praise. Before long, your dog will be socialized well with other dogs and obeying all your commands.
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Walking Excursion

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Sunny Day
Free
Easy
30 min
Items needed
Leash
Doggy waste bag
Activity description

When you have time to spare on a sunny day, there’s every reason to gather your dog, their leash, and a waste bag and head out for a stroll. Affenshires require around 30 minutes of exercise, at a minimum, per day, and a walk is one way in which to fulfill this requirement. You can take them for a simple walk around the block, a trip to the park, or even to a local field to play with toys or let them run free. The best part about a walk is that it enables you to get exercise as well while being a free activity you can both enjoy. 

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Plan a route
Going for a walk is a fun activity you can both enjoy, but if you’ve only got half an hour to spare and no more, it’s a good idea to plan your route. The last thing you want to do is have to sprint the last half with your dog in your arms because you’re going to be late for an appointment. Luckily, technology allows us to access maps with real-time views of how long a particular path will take to travel. Spend a bit of time planning out several so whichever one you go down on a specific day will land you back home within the time you specified.
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Go walking
With an idea of a destination in mind, it’s time to gather up your excited pooch and pound the pavement. You will have realized already that your dog has tiny legs. As a result, you will need to keep your pace a lot slower than what you would have it if you were walking alone. However, you’re sure to find that if you carry out a half-hour walk once a day, you will both benefit from the experience.
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Fetch

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Any Day
Cheap
Easy
30 min
Items needed
Toy
Activity description

The best thing about a game of fetch with your Affenshire is that it can tire them out quickly. Even if you’re playing inside on a rainy day, throwing their favorite toy down the length of your hallway will be a considerable distance for your pup to run. As a result, half an hour – or even less – will be all it takes to fill their exercise meter for the day. Playing fetch with your furry friend is also a fun activity in any weather. When it’s raining, you can play indoors. However, if it’s sunny, you can head outside into the yard or your local dog park and let them run to their heart’s content. What’s more, toys for fetch are very affordable, and it only takes half an hour out of your day. You’re sure to find that fetch becomes your pup’s favorite game quickly. 

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Location
The weather can play a significant role in where you play fetch. If it’s raining, clear the obstacles from a large room in your house such as the living room, or choose the hallway if you have one that’s free of furniture. If it’s sunny and you have a fenced yard, it’s also a valid option.
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Fetch!
With a location in mind, you can now set time aside to bond and play with your furry friend. Affenshires bond very quickly to their owners, so when you take the time out of your day to play with them, you’re able to reinforce that bond. They will then begin to see you as their master – heightening the chances of them obeying your commands more often than not.
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Dog Park

With the correct socialization from an early age, there’s no reason why your pup can’t leave “small dog syndrome” behind and interact well with other dogs. All you need to do is begin taking trips to the dog park from an early age, teaching them that dogs are friends, not something at which they can bark and growl. It’s in your best interests, however, to put them in a small dog enclosure. Large dogs tend not to know their weight, putting your tiny dog at risk. 

Indoor Toys

When you don’t have time to take your dog anywhere exciting, there’s no harm in letting them play inside with their toys. Not all dogs need to go on adventures every day, and for the working owner, it’s not always possible anyway. As long as you provide your pup with plenty of love, affection, interaction and fun toys, they will think you’re the best person in the world. 

Conclusion

Affenshires are adorable, loyal and fun dogs to own, but they do require plenty of interaction and fun to keep them happy. If you want your dog to be furever happy and content for the 12-16 years they will have on this earth, consider treating them to any of these activities above.