Activities For An Affenwich

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Introduction

The Affenwich, a cross between an Affenpinscher and a Norwich Terrier, is a small, hypoallergenic dog that adjusts well to family life. They love to be a part of your daily routine and enjoy nothing more than going for walks, trips to the park, journeys in the car, and even going to the groomers. However, as soon as you stop putting them at the center of your world, they can be a destructive and loud pet to own. Therefore, you need to keep your finger on the pulse of fun activities to keep them out of trouble. If you find you’re clean out of ideas on keeping your Affenwich entertained and happy, try out these options below.

Dog Park Outing

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Sunny Day
Free
Easy
1 hr
Items needed
Leash
Toy
Activity description

To keep your pampered pooch well-socialized and out of trouble, a trip to the dog park a few times a week for an hour a day can be helpful. It’s an easy and free activity, you only need a toy and a leash, and you will find there are many benefits associated with the experience. While you might believe your backyard has everything your pup needs to keep them entertained, they think differently. Therefore, you need to provide your pup with a wide, open area in which they can run, stretch their legs, and interact with other small dogs. A dog park can be that very place. 

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Choose a park
Even though your Affenwich is small, weighing only between seven and 10 pounds, they have the mentality that they are much bigger. Therefore, they think nothing of trying to bully or boss around a bigger dog that tries to make friends with them. As a result, choosing a park that caters for small dogs is essential. Some dog parks mix all dogs together and, while this is okay for some breeds, it’s less than ideal for the Affenwich. Spend some time online looking at dog parks close to you that will tick all the boxes for your pup’s needs.
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Go play
Now that you’ve found the perfect playground for your pampered pooch, it’s time to grab their leash and a toy and hit the road. When you spend an hour at a dog park, your dog is able to play in a safe, fun, and controlled environment with other dogs. What’s more, you both get the opportunity to spend time outside in the sunshine. You can then return home and your pup is bound to be ready for a long nap that takes them through to dinner time.
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Walkabout

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

On a sunny day when you have half an hour to spare, you may find a trip outside the confines of your home or apartment is beneficial for you both. Affenwich dogs make good apartment dwellers, but only if you have plenty of time to set aside for their outdoor requirements. What’s more, you need to make sure you have a few route ideas up your sleeve so they don’t get bored with the outing. Once you’ve found time for a journey outdoors, clip on your dog’s leash, take a doggy waste bag and take them for a wander around the neighborhood.

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Choose a route
No matter where you live, you’re sure to be proximate to at least one park, a walking track, a trail, or a specific dog exercise area. If you can’t think of any, then have a look online. While walking around your neighborhood is more than suitable for your dog’s outing, sometimes it can be nice to walk through a park that provides 30 minutes of decent exercise for you and your dog.
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Go walking
Going walking with your dog provides not only physical stimulation but mental stimulation as well. They get to move and stretch their legs, burn off energy, while also taking in the many sights and sounds. Affenwich dogs like to be a part of the action, so busy central locations can fulfill that requirement with ease.
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Hide and Seek

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Rainy Day
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20 min
Items needed
Toys
Toy basket
Activity description

If the rain is pelting down outside but your dog is in desperate need of stimulation, then a game of ‘hide and seek’ can tick all the boxes. It’s not only free and takes just 20 minutes of your time, but it will see your dog engage in a new form of fun they may not be used to. What’s more, you can use the toys they already own, paying particular attention to their favorite ones. A game of ‘hide and seek’ when you can’t go outside could be a saving grace for a bored pup who may become destructive without attention.

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Select toys
Every dog has a few favorite toys they carry around everywhere. In the lead up to playing your game, pay attention to what these are. Then, when it comes time to play, gather them up in a basket when your dog isn’t looking. You will need these for putting around the house!
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Hide the toys
When your dog isn’t looking, hide the toys you gathered up in places that will challenge them but they will be able to find them. Behind doors, under couch cushions, in shoes, and even under tables are all valid hiding spots for the game. It’s important to make sure your dog is occupied doing something else while you set the game up. Otherwise, they may find them all before you even get started.
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Play and repeat
Once you’ve hidden all the toys, find your dog and excitedly head around the house with them finding all the toys. Once they’ve found them all, you can then repeat the process, making them re-find the ones they just found. After they have located a few - with your help, of course, they will soon get the gist of the game and will have just as much fun as you are.
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Car Rides

Affenwich dogs can be quite nosy, which means they always like to know what’s going on around them. If you’re heading to the shops or for a drive with your family, why not take your furry friend along for the ride? While not all dogs like to go in the car, some relish the opportunity to take in the kaleidoscope of sights, sounds, and smells that encompass them in the vehicle. What’s more, it’s not taking up any extra of your time by allowing them to come with you.

Chew Toys

If you don’t have time to take your dog to the park or for a walk, then chew toys can help your dog have fun without you. For a small dog such as an Affenwich, you will find the options available for purchase are also very affordable. Always make sure to keep a few on hand that can entertain your dog when you can’t.

Conclusion

When it comes to choosing the best activities for Affenwich dogs, you need to put your best paw forward. A bored Affenwich is a destructive one, which means that if you value your designer shoes, you need to have your finger on the pulse of fun activities. If you add any of these above into your daily routine, you will find your dog is not only happy but well-behaved as well.