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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.