Activities For Chi-Spaniels

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Introduction

A cross between the Chihuahua and the Cocker Spaniel, the Chi-Spaniel is one undeniably adorable hybrid breed. Sweet-natured and full of love, this lively little breed gets on well with people and pets of all ages (provided they're socialized from a young age).

However, the Chi-Spaniel isn't a breed that can just be left in a backyard and forgotten about. These cute and cuddly canines need plenty of human interaction to stay as happy and health as possible, while regular exercise and mental stimulation are also important to their overall wellbeing.

The good news is that there's a huge range of outings, games and activities you can share with your furry friend to give them all the attention and stimulation they need. Here are a few of the best.

Chase

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Any Day
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15 min
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Toy
Treats
Activity description

Sometimes dogs love exciting adventures and creative game ideas, but often they'll be just as happy enjoying a simple play session at home. If you're looking for a way to give your pooch (and yourself) some exercise and to simply have a bit of fun together, a good old-fashioned game of "chasies" should do the trick. 

This simple game is one you can play inside (provided you've got sufficient space) or out, so it's a good one to have up your sleeve whenever you've got a bored and energetic dog on your hands.

Here's what you need to do to play a fun game of chase.

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Grab a toy
Some dogs will naturally initiate a game of chase with you and won't need any encouragement, but others may need a little bit of coaxing. If this is the case, wait for your dog to grab their favorite toy and then say "I'm coming to get you" or "chasies" (or whatever variation you choose) in an excited voice. As you jog towards them and make as if you're going to take the toy off them, they should realize that you want to chase them.
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Chase
Your dog will run away from you and start dodging this way and that as they try to keep the toy away from you. If you happen to catch your pet, give them a big cuddle and lots of praise. It's also a good idea to tell them to drop the toy every now and then, and reward them with a treat for doing so. After 10 or 15 minutes of this, you should both have enjoyed a decent workout and had a whole lot of fun along the way.
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Red Light, Green Light

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Any Day
Free
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20 min
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Treats
Music player
Activity description

Do you have trouble getting your dog to settle when they meet new people, or when they get into that manic state of over-excitement? Are you looking for a simple game that can help teach your pet how to control their impulses and settle on command? 

If you answered yes to these questions, this is the game for you. Red Light, Green Light offers a chance for you to get some exercise and be a bit silly, but at the same time should offer a stimulating mental challenge for your furry friend. You can also play it inside or out and get the whole family involved.

Here's how it works. 

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Green light
Start by saying "green light" and pressing play on some music. You can then begin jumping up and down, bouncing around, waving your arms and legs and wiggling this way and that. This should get your pooch into an excited and happy mood and they'll soon start dancing with you. Keep this up for a minute or two until your pooch is well and truly getting into it.
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Red light
Say "red light", stop the music and freeze in place. Tell your dog to "sit" and give them a tasty treat when they do as you ask. It might take a little while for your dog to settle at first, but they'll soon realize that the sooner they calm down, the sooner they'll get a treat. This is a very handy way to teach your pooch how to stay calm and relaxed when greeting new people.
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Repeat
You can then start the music up again, say "green light" and continue dancing around like a silly person for a while. To make this game even more fun (and distracting) for your pooch, ask other family members to join in and dance around with you. By the time the game is over, you should have a tired, happy and slightly better-behaved pooch on your hands.
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Visit a Dog-friendly Winery

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Any Day
Moderate
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1 - 2 hrs
Items needed
Treats
Leash
Water bowl
Activity description

What could possibly be better than spending a day wine tasting and maybe purchasing a few bottles to take home? Doing it all with your dog by your side, of course -- so keep this activity in mind when you're looking for something deliciously entertaining to do with your Chi-Spaniel. 

If you've spent much time visiting wineries near you or in other parts of the country, you may have noticed an increasing number of wineries operating a dog-friendly policy. Make your way to the cellar door and you're likely to come across a content canine enjoying a fun outing with their people, keeping them company while they give their taste buds a treat.

So if this sounds like your idea of a paw-some activity to share with your pet, here's what you need to do.

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Find a winery
Not all wineries are as welcoming of four-legged visitors as some, so do a little research to find out if there are any dog-friendly wineries either near you or wherever you and your pet may be traveling. In some cases, it's even worth ringing wineries directly and asking if dogs are welcome at the cellar door. You might be surprised to find out just how many people respond with a resounding "yes".
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Plan your visit
A little bit of planning will go a long way to ensuring your dog-friendly wine tasting adventure is a successful one. For example, you'll need to decide whether you are visiting one winery or several venues, and whether there are any special rules your pooch will need to follow during the visit. You'll also need to remember to take your pet's leash, some treats to reward them for good behavior, and some water and a water bowl in case these won't be provided by the winery.
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Treat your taste buds
All that's left to do now is enjoy yourself. Sample some delicious drops, enjoy some beautiful scenery, and take the time to appreciate the fact that you get to share the experience with your furry friend. You might also want to buy a bottle or three -- after all, it's always good to support dog-friendly businesses and show them that dog owners are paw-some customers.
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Canine Freestyle

Love dancing almost as much as you adore your furry friend? Give the sport of canine freestyle a try and teach your dog how to dance!

Take a Dog-friendly Cruise

Want to get out on the water and do some exploring with your furry friend? Book yourselves tickets on a dog-friendly cruise and enjoy sailing the seven seas (or just a lake or river).

Conclusion

Whether your Chi-Spaniel is a playful pup, a golden oldie or anything in between, the most important thing to remember is that your dog loves company. So regardless of whether you're planning an action-packed outing or something a little more laid-back and lazy, the one thing your pooch wants more than anything else is to spend time with their people. Keep that in mind, and they'll love just about any activity you decide to try.