Activities For Austi-Paps

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Introduction

An Austi-Pap is a relatively new dog to the scene, consisting of a Papillon and either a standard, miniature, or toy Australian Shepherd. Therefore, their size and personality can vary dramatically – even within the same litter. What you may find, however, is that your Austi-Pap displays a moderate need for exercise, but an even more massive appetite for mental stimulation. These activity options below may help your furry friend to get an adequate helping of both. 

Dog Puzzles

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Any Day
Cheap
Normal
1 hr
Items needed
Balloon
Treats
Drill
PVC pipe
Old shirt
Tennis ball
Activity description

Austi-Paps like to have something to do, a result of their Australian Shepherd parentage. If you live in a residential area with no real “work” for your Austi-Pap to do, then you may need to think outside the box with dog puzzles. Affordable and at a moderate difficulty level for your furry friend, they are an excellent all-weather activity when you can’t or don’t feel like taking them outdoors for physical activity. What’s more, you only need things you may have lying around your properties such as a balloon, tennis ball, old t-shirt, PVC pipe, dog treats, and a drill. 

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Ice ball
On a hot day, it can be hard to help your dog that may battle to regulate their temperature. Remember, dogs can’t sweat, and they use panting to help cool them down. Where this fails, an ice ball can step in. When you’re in the midst of a heat wave, add treats to a balloon and fill it with water. Snacks can include things like carrot, apple, or regular dog treats. You can then freeze them overnight, removing the rubber in the morning and setting them up in a shady spot outdoors. They will be able to rehydrate with the water while also trying to get those elusive treats!
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Rope toy
Dog toys can be expensive, but did you know you can make your own at a fraction of the price of buying one? All you require is a tennis ball and an old t-shirt you don’t mind not being able to wear anymore. Spit the t-shirt into three equal sections then plait it together. Cut a hole in the middle of the ball then thread it onto the t-shirt before knotting each end. Your dog will have fun chasing the toy and playing tug-of-war!
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Shaker
If you have a piece of PVC pipe lying around after a recent home renovation, then put it to good use. As long as you have a cap for each end, you can make it into a fun toy for your Austi-Pap. Drill holes in the sides, large enough for treats, then add kibble. Seal off the end and give it to your dog to roll around the ground. This shaker can entertain your furry friend for hours!
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Water Fun

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Hot Day
Free
Easy
1 hr
Items needed
Sprinkler
Towel
Activity description

Most Austi-Paps will love water, mainly thanks to their Australian Shepherd heritage. However, not all will enjoy submerging their body in it due to the Papillon trait. To help your Austi-Pap cool off in the intense summer sun, treat them to an hour of sprinkler time. All you need is a sprinkler and a towel, and you’re ready to have some fun! The best part is, as long as you have a sprinkler already, it’s a free activity that you can do at home – much to the delight of your pooch. Get some much-needed respite from that heat. 

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Set up sprinkler
Set up the sprinkler in your fully-fenced yard, making sure its spraying distance is less than what it takes to hit the neighbor’s property or get inside your home. On some sprinklers, you can alter the spraying distance, frequency, and speed. Ideally, you need to have plenty of space for your dog to run around and get wet but at no risk to your property.
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Play
The second and final step is to play! When you set up your sprinkler, your dog can immediately begin having fun. They will try to pick up the sprinkler in their mouth, attack it, and jump all over it. You can also join in on the fun, but make sure to supervise the play to avoid damage to your house or sprinkler. What’s more, make sure you don’t have any water restrictions in place before you get started.
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Obedience Training

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Any Day
Expensive
Normal
1 hr
Items needed
Leash
Treat
Activity description

Austi-Paps are intelligent dogs, getting their wits and brains from both the Papillon and Australian Shepherd. However, to direct this intelligence positively, it’s an excellent idea to consider obedience training. While it can be expensive, you only need a leash and treat to start, and it only takes an hour of your time per week for between six and eight weeks. After this period, you can end up with a very well-behaved Austi-Pap who’s a pleasure to have in your home. There’s no time like the present to get training underway, so book into your facility of choice sooner rather than later.

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Facility type
The kind of training you undergo can depend on your dog’s age and ability. If your Austi-Pap takes more after the Australian Shepherd, you may find that a regular obedience facility is an excellent idea as it can offer advanced skills. If they are more Papillon than Shepherd and are under six months of age, a puppy school to learn the basics may tick all the boxes too.
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Train
Training takes place once per week for six to eight weeks. During this time, your dog can learn how to sit, stay, and come, as well as some advanced tips and tricks if you believe your furry friend is up to it. You can also enroll them in agility training to help further their skill set.
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Practice
Practicing involves working on your new-found skills at home as well as at the training facility. Keeping training at home is essential and can help to make sure those skills are fresh in your dog’s mind. Three or four 10-minute sessions per day can be enough to reiterate what you are learning at a facility.
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Walk

If you are looking for a quick and easy activity to undertake with your Austi-Pap, then don’t underestimate the effectiveness of a walk. Whether it’s a nature walk, a trip to the park, or a quick trip around the block, your dog is going to enjoy the outing for mind, body, and soul – as will you. 

Herding

If your dog is showing more Shepherd tendencies than Papillon, you may like to take advantage of it. If you live on a piece of land with stock, why not teach them how to herd? This skill is naturally in the breed, which means it’s not going to be a significant undertaking. What’s more, it can deplete their energy resources, so they are more manageable inside your home. 

Conclusion

An Austi-Pap is a pawesome dog with a lot of love to give. While you do need to offer firm boundaries, secure fencing, and positive reinforcement, they repay you in love and respect. Your Austi-Pap needs a lot of attention, so why not take note of these activities above? They can help you to keep your furry friend out of trouble while entertaining the whole family at the same time.