Activities For Boston Malterriers

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Introduction

The Boston Malterrier is a hybrid breed, a mixture of a Boston Terrier parent and a Maltese parent. The breed is generally black and white in color, with slightly long coats. The Boston Malterrier is described as a "spunky" dog, and it's true, if the Boston Malterrier inherits only the energy level of the Boston Terrier parent, the hybrid breed will be a rather active pup! Add the intelligence of both parent breeds - both the Maltese and the Boston Terrier are easily trainable and eager to please their pet parents as well as very smart, and you have a combination of a pet that needs both physical and mental stimulation.

Soccer

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Any Day
Cheap
Easy
30 min
Items needed
Ball too large to fit in the pup's mouth
Activity description
Many pet parents play fetch with a tennis ball. This size ball fits easily in the mouth of a Boston Malterrier. However, if you'd like to put a variation on this type of game, then purchase a ball that is just slightly too big to fit into your pup's mouth. You can use your foot to push the ball toward the Boston Malterrier, and your job is to encourage the pup to utilize their nose to roll the ball back to you. Your pup may even end up pushing the ball with their entire body. When your pup figures out how to push the ball back to you, reward your clever pal with praise and a treat.
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Introduce the game
It might be a good idea to teach your pup how to play fetch with a tennis ball. Because the Boston Malterrier is a small dog, your hallway is a great option as a space to teach your pup how to play fetch. You can roll the ball down the hallway, or you can bounce the ball. Encourage the pup to "go get it!" Then, once they have the ball, to instruct them on "come" and "give."
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Play the game
Even though you may have to help your pup realize what you want them to do with the ball, once the highly intelligent Boston Malterrier has gathered what you expect them to do, playing this game will be extremely simple. You may even find yourself on all-fours nudging the ball toward your pup until they get the hang of things.
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Praise and reward
Always remember, the Boston Malterrier will respond best to praise and rewards. Never chastise your pup as they do not respond to this type of behavior modification. You may want to save the treat until the end of the game, allowing praise and the fun of the game to be reward enough.
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Muffin Tin Challenge

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Any Day
Cheap
Normal
30 min
Items needed
a muffin tin
treats
a small ball toy
Activity description
The Muffin Tin game utilizes the Boston Malterrier's scenting abilities while rewarding the pup with a sweet treat. This game also encourages mental activity even more so than physical activity. You may choose to place treats in each of the empty muffin tins, or you may place a small tennis ball (available at pet supply stores) inside the empty tins. (For training purposes, you might want to begin by using treats in the empty tins.) This game will allow you to give your pup something to do without having to interact yourself. You can set the muffin tin down in the kitchen as you prepare a meal or carry out other household chores. All the while your pup is occupied.
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Fill the tray
Choose appropriate items to place inside the empty muffin tins. When you first begin playing this game, you may want to begin by filling treats in the empty muffin tins. As the pup learns how to play the game, change the "treat" inside the tray into tennis balls or other toys.
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Praise the good behavior
If you choose not to fill the tins with treats - which are rewards within themselves - then you will need to praise your pup for successfully finding the toys you have placed inside the empty tins. Give your pup a pat on the head and clap your hands for a job well done.
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Change it up
You will want to find a variety of items which you can place inside the empty muffin tins. Treats are one good option, but you may also place small bites of kibble inside the tins. You can use the smaller tennis balls that are just the right size for the Boston Malterrier's mouth. Think about other toys that your dog enjoys and try placing them in the tin. Be creative!
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Take a Road Trip

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Any Day
Moderate
Normal
12 - 24 hrs
Items needed
safety harness
leash
doggy waste bags
Activity description
The Boston Malterrier is a small pooch, and this makes travel with the dog rather easy. You can enjoy a short road trip to destinations near your home. Once there, you and your pup can take a nice stroll or perhaps visit a dog park. Some parts of the country have restaurants that allow for pups on the patio area of their establishment. Some areas have walking tours that welcome pups. With a Boston Malterrier, you must always keep in mind that this hybrid pup may inherit the brachycephalic nasal passages of the Boston Terrier parent, so be sure to plan activities accordingly.
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Gather your gear
Taking a dog along on a road trip is often much like taking a child along on a venture. You will need to pack and prepare. You might want to map out rest areas that will allow you to stop and give your pup potty breaks. You will also need to keep bottled water handy for longer trips.
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Map it out
While the GPS may be your first choice for getting to your destination, it is always a good idea to plan ahead. Again, you will want to plan around dog-friendly attractions and rest stops. You may even need to call ahead to ensure that these establishments are still pup-friendly.
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Enjoy the great outdoors
Depending on your location, you may have a wide variety of things to do once you arrive at your destination. Again, places such as Savannah, Georgia offer historic walking tours on which your pup is not only welcome, the dog is the focus of the tour! You may find a great dog park in which you can take your dog off the leash and let them work off some energy. You might choose to just simply enjoy a trail off the beaten path for hiking.
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Run Through the Sprinkler

On especially hot days, you can allow your pup to run through the sprinklers outside. Keep in mind that your pup may have some issues with brachycephalia, so you will need to monitor that your dog does not get overheated.

Play with Bubbles

You can purchase pet-safe bubbles at your local pet supply store. If you are not able to engage in physical activity, you can still blow bubbles while sitting and allow your pup to get physical exercise.

Conclusion

The Boston Malterrier is a pleasant little pup, albeit a spunky one! You will find that the little designer breed possesses the intelligence of both pet parents, and you will need to provide activity that stimulates them both mentally and physically. The Muffin Tin activity is great for doing just that. You should also enjoy road trips with your compact Boston Malterrier, who is always on the go anyway. Be creative, and have fun with your sweet pup!