Activities For American Rat Pinschers

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Introduction

The American Rat Pinscher is a designer breed. It is a cross between the Miniature Pinscher and the American Rat Terrier. This hybrid breed was originally intended to be a farming or hunting companion. It is around this instinct that you might plan activities. Interactive toys which imitate rats or other vermin will occupy your furry friend for hours. This pooch also has a great deal of stamina and will enjoy spending a great deal of time walking or jogging with you. Most American Rat Pinschers will require anywhere from forty-five minutes to an hour of daily activity in order to keep from getting into mischief indoors.

Interactive Toys

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1 hr
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chew toys
interactive toys
Activity description
The American Rat Pinscher was bred to hunt vermin - rats, squirrels, and the like. You might be surprised to find that there are interactive toys on the market that squeak, jingle, and make other noises which attract the American Rat Pinscher to play. These interactive toys allow the American Rat Pinscher to work out their instinctual drive while at the same time stimulating the dog mentally. Other interactive toys include food puzzle toys, which are great for occupying your pup should you need to be away from home for a while. Simply place a few treats inside and let Fido have fun figuring out how to retrieve them from inside.
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Toys that simulate prey
The American Rat Pinscher has a history of hunting vermin. Many plush toys are made with squeakers or bells inside to imitate the sounds made by the prey of the American Rat Pinscher. The pup often has to dig into the plush to bring out a fake mouse or squirrel. These toys are sturdy and will not tear easily, so your pooch can play for hours and never become bored.
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Chew toys
Although the American Rat Pinscher isn't known for being a chewer, every dog has their own personality. Sometimes chewing is the result of boredom. For puppies, chewing is generally the result of teething. You can purchase all-natural chew toys such as cow hooves (which are very inexpensive and last for some time). You can also purchase sturdy rubber chew toys that promote dental health. Either way, your shoes will be safe since Fido is occupied with a toy.
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Food puzzle toys
Does your pooch suffer from separation anxiety? Do you feel guilty about leaving your furry friend at home while you work or run errands? A food puzzle toy can help with separation anxiety, and it reassures you that Fido isn't lonely at home awaiting your return.
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Get Outdoors

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Sunny Day
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45 min
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leash
treats
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The American Rat Pinscher loves to be outdoors! With proper breaks and plenty of water, your furry friend can play for some time with you outdoors. They enjoy games of fetch and throwing the Frisbee. They will even enjoy a good, old-fashioned game of chase with you. If you've never used a flirt pole with your dogs, you can invest in one, or you can make your own with just a few simple items. Your American Rat Pinscher might also enjoy running through the sprinkler, or, during the warmer months, you might allow them to play in a kiddie pool in the backyard.
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Flirt pole
If you have never used a flirt pole, the name might fool you. But, you will use this toy to "tease" Fido. The flirt pole looks like a fishing pole of sorts with a toy tied to the end of a string. This toy is usually a plush that looks like a mouse. Of course, this is right up the American Rat Pinscher's alley! You can purchase a flirt pole at your local pet supply store, or you can make your own. Also, when playing with the flirt pole, you can invite your pooch to chase you, run, jump, and just enjoy free play.
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Water games
No pool? No problem! You can purchase sprinklers and set them up for your furry friend to run through. Often, the American Rat Pinscher will nip at the water. As a bonus, your canine companion will not get overly hot while playing in the sprinklers. You can also purchase a toy water gun and get much of the same effect. A kiddie pool filled with about two or three inches of water will cool your pup in a fun way.
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Fun games
The American Rat Pinscher has a great deal of energy. Games such as fetch and throwing the Frisbee are perfect for working this energy out. Because the American Rat Pinscher is a smaller dog, you might want to purchase a smaller tennis ball (available at pet supply stores) for playing fetch. While you're there, grab a doggy disc. A doggy disc has softer sides that won't damage the dog's mouth the way a regular Frisbee might.
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Get Social

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Any Day
Cheap
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1 hr
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leash
treats
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The American Rat Pinscher, like any other breed of dog, needs proper socialization in order to be a happy and healthy dog. Socialization with other dogs should begin once your puppy has had allĀ of their vaccinations, including booster shots. However, you should expose your new pup to as many people and situations as possible from the moment you bring them home. Do you have friends with cats? Allow your puppy to spend some time with these friends and their feline companions. (You should not have to worry about your new dog picking up any illnesses; illnesses don't normally pass between canines and felines.) Do you have children yourself? If not, ask a friend with older children to allow you to bring Fido over so that they will become accustomed to kids. This is only the beginning of socialization.
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Don't be afraid to be noisy
Whether or not you have children in your household, the same advice for newborn children works for a new puppy. Carry on with your routine just as you would if Fido had not become a part of the family. Make noise as you normally do, and it might not be a bad idea to expose your pooch to loud noises so that they do not become alarmed if it thunders or they hear a car horn.
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Schedule play dates, part 1
Schedule play dates for your dog. Invite friends over. Have them play with your new pooch so that they become used to different people. You should use these opportunities to teach your furry friend "manners" such as not jumping on guests. Do you have friends with children? By all means, ask them over. Allow Fido a wide range of experiences while they are a puppy so that these things won't frighten them as they grow into adults.
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Schedule play dates, part 2
Schedule play dates with your dog so that they can be around other dogs. However, it is imperative that your puppy has completed all vaccinations. This means you'll need to wait until Fido is about four months old before considering exposing them to other dogs. No friends with puppies around the same age? Head to your local dog park. You're sure to find furry friends for play there.
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Walk

When the weather is agreeable, take a stroll around your neighborhood. Both you and your canine companion will benefit from even fifteen minutes of brisk walking.

Obedience Training

The American Rat Pinscher is highly intelligent and will greatly benefit from obedience training. Grab a handful of treats and work on simple commands at first, such as sit. As Fido builds confidence, work up to more difficult commands.

Conclusion

The American Rat Pinscher is a fun and energetic pooch that will enjoy engaging in a number of different activities. Indoors, you can provide some interactive toys that challenge the mind of your furry friend. Outdoors, you can participate in a wide range of fun games that will provide both you and your pooch with adequate activity.