Activities For Coton-Beagles

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Introduction

As one of the most popular breeds in the world, the Beagle needs no introduction. The Coton de Tulear is far less well-known, however, but is a playful and affectionate small dog. Cross the two breeds together and you get the Coton-Beagle, a loving and loyal hybrid with a wonderful disposition.

If you're searching for a fun and devoted canine companion, this could be the breed for you. Coton-Beagles love being around their humans and often have a cheeky, mischievous personality. They'll be sure to amuse you with their adorable antics, but will need plenty of regular exercise and mental stimulation to stay happy and well.

Here are three grrr-eat activities to keep your Coton-Beagle entertained at any time of year.

Tracking

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Sunny Day
Free
Normal
20 min
Items needed
Treat
Activity description
Beagles are known for their strong sense of smell, not to mention their desire to follow an interesting scent no matter what is going on around them. There's a pretty good chance that some of that scenting ability will have been passed on to your Coton-Beagle, so games that encourage your pooch to use their sense of smell will always be a hit.

While you can participate in official tracking trials through groups like the Mixed Breed Dog Clubs of America, you can also create fun tracking games for your dog at home. Here's how you can set up a simple tracking challenge for your dog.

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Get ready
Head outside with your dog and ask them to sit and stay. With your dog stationary in one spot, you can walk somewhere close by and leave a scent trail behind you. At the end of the trail, place a treat on the ground and return to your dog. Let them loose to follow the scent trail and find the treat, and give them plenty of praise when they do.
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Make it harder
Once your dog has got the hang of following a short and easy scent trail, start making it a little more difficult for your canine pal. You can walk out of sight, cross over your trail multiple times, and stretch it out as long as possible before releasing your furry friend. Your dog gets to enjoy a mental challenge, use their natural instincts, and also enjoy a tasty treat.
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Flyball

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Any Day
Cheap
Hard
1 hr
Items needed
Hurdles
Flyball box
Ball
Activity description
There are plenty of paw-some dog sports out there that not only give your pooch a physical workout but also allow them to channel their natural instincts. If your Coton-Beagle is energetic and ball-obsessed, the sport of flyball might be right up their alley.

Flyball is an action-packed relay race for dogs, where teams of four canines must complete a quick obstacle course. Each dog in a team takes a turn jumping hurdles, releasing a tennis ball from a special box and retrieving it, then taking that tennis ball back over the hurdles to the start/finish line.

The team that finishes first wins, so here's how to give this pet-acular sport a try.

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Find a club
Do some online research to find out whether there are any flyball clubs (or just general dog sports clubs) near you. Choose one that seems like it has a welcoming and relaxed atmosphere, then check out when its next meeting or event is on. Get in touch with the club to find out how you can let your dog give flyball a go.
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Try it out
Head on down to the next suitable club meeting to give your dog a go. Some of the skills will probably come naturally to your pooch, such as running and jumping, but sticking on course and releasing the ball from the flyball box may take a bit of getting used to. But those are skills you can develop with time; this first foray is all about trying flyball out and seeing whether your dog likes it.
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Practice makes perfect
If your Coton-Beagle falls in love with flyball at first sight, chances are you'll be hooked as well. You can then focus on training your dog to become the fastest and fittest flyball athlete they can be. Your fellow club members will be able to offer useful training tips and advice, while treating your dog to plenty of practice sessions will help them improve their skills.
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Shopping Safari

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Any Day
Expensive
Easy
1 hr
Items needed
Leash
Pet stroller
Activity description
Are you a shopaholic? Do you love hitting the mall and ringing up a long list of purchases on your credit card every chance you get?

If this sounds like you, have you ever thought about bringing your dog along on one of your shopping adventures?

This is a paw-some way to spend some quality time with your pooch, and your furry friend will love getting out of the house for a fun outing with their favorite person. They'll also get plenty of mental stimulation from the experience -- plus, they might even be able to pick themselves up a few new purchases!

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Plan your trip
Do some research to find out what stores near you allow you to shop with your pet. Pet supply stores will often allow you to bring your furry friend, while there are also some open-air shopping malls that are more than happy for you to bring your canine pal along.
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Go shopping
Now it's time to load your pooch into the car and hit the shops. You may want to lead your pooch around on a leash, or maybe even put them in a pet stroller for a special treat. Where you go is entirely up to you, but make sure you shop for things your pet is interested in. For example, you might like to take them around your favorite pet supply store and let them pick out new toys, clothes, and treats!
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More Fun Ideas...

Dog-friendly Cafe

Feeling like a lazy lunch with your furry friend? Find a table at a local pet-friendly cafe and enjoy sharing a delicious meal with your canine pal.

Trick Training

If your dog has mastered all the essentials of obedience training, who not try training them to perform an impressive trick? It's a paw-some way to offer variety and a mental challenge for your dog.

Conclusion

When you share your life with a Coton-Beagle, you'll find that every day is filled with fun and laughter. Provided you treat them right and make sure all their needs are met, these wonderful little dogs make excellent family companions. And with the activities listed here at your disposal, not to mention whatever other great games you can think of, you'll be doing your bit to ensure that your dog has a long and happy life.