Activities For Doxie-Chons

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Introduction

What do you get when you combine a fluffy Bichon Frise with a feisty little dachshund? An adorable little pup, that's what! This cute combo of pups produces a breed known as the Doxie-Chon, a spunky, cute little designer hybrid doggo. Normally, these little angels are all sorts of stubborn, loyal, clever, and devoted to their pack. 

You'll need to keep your Doxie-Chon in good shape — as typically tiny dogs (usually between 10 and 25 pounds), they can put on weight pretty easily. As you can probably assume when crossing these breeds, these small pups are wonderful companions and are exceptionally loyal, but they do have a tendency to be frightened easily. Doxie-Chons are well-suited to a slow, gentle lifestyle with very few frights and lots of attention. Here are some furrific activities to keep your Doxie-Chon happy and healthy!

Obstacle Courses

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1 hr
Items needed
treats
training collar
household items for obstacles
leash
Activity description

Remember how devilishly clever your little Doxie-Chon is? If their brain isn't properly stimulated, you can bet your pooch is going to get up to some mischief. That's why obstacle courses and agility training courses are such great activities for pups like your Doxie-Chon. Not only will your doggo burn some energy, but this activity will appeal to the side of your tiny pup's brain that craves a challenge. 

This activity doesn't have to be overly expensive, either. First, try using household items to set up a makeshift obstacle course to see if your pooch likes the activity. If you find they take direction well, are responding to the challenges, and are relatively energetic about completing the course, you might want to consider investing in some agility course training. Not only will this keep your dog's brain sharp as a tack, it'll help keep off those pesky short-doggo pounds that tend to sneak up on little dogs so quickly!

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Set up a home course
You don't have to get too fancy with this first step (i.e., don't feel like you have to run out and by certified doggo obstacle course equipment), but try setting up a safe home obstacle course for your pooch to gauge their interest. Use soft materials like pillows, blankets, cardboard boxes, and more to create different obstacles.
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Take it slow
Don't try to force this activity on your pup too fast or too hard — odds are, they're naturally going to be curious about the obstacle course and will want to enjoy the activity, but we often find this happens more easily if you treat it like a game and give them time to get used to it.
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Seek out further agility training
Does your pup totally love playing on the obstacle course? Are you spying some serious doggo potential? If so, look around your area to see if you can find pre-fab agility courses or even specialty agility training classes you can both take to further your pup's obstacle course activity obsession.
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Train Your Dog to Be a Therapy Pup

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Any Day
Cheap
Hard
1 - 2 hr
Items needed
treats
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Your dog is a Doxie-Chon, which means that although they're part feisty dachshund, they're also part charismatic, friendly Bichon Frise. Because of this, Doxie-Chons make great therapy pups. You already know your dog is kind, loyal, friendly, gentle, and trainable, so you might as well challenge them further and try to train them to be a therapy dog. 

You know that your pup would master the training, and you also know that your cute little Doxie-Chon would make a great addition to anyone's day, especially those who might need a little encouragement. So long as your dog is willing to learn, has been well-socialized, is friendly, affectionate, and outgoing, it's likely they'll make a great therapy dog — it might just take a little patience, as well as trial and error, on both your part and your pup's. Luckily, training is relatively inexpensive, and you and your pup can bond while learning this new skill.

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Make sure your dog is a good fit
This often translates to getting your dog evaluated. Does your pup seem like a good fit to you? That's the first step. The next is have a professional evaluator make that call. Remember, your evaluator is going to look at your dog's qualities, but also at the bond between you and your doggo.
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Go for the certification
After your dog has been given the okay to train as a therapy dog, it's time to work on getting your pup's certification. Depending on where you get your therapy dog certification (it can often vary from state to state), this could take several hours, days, or weeks, and will likely involve you enrolling your pooch in several classes.
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Get to volunteering
Once you and your pup have achieved certification, start volunteering! Make sure you take it nice and slow so your pup doesn't get too overwhelmed by their new activity (it can be a lot all at once, so make sure your dog isn't having a sensory overload), and above all, make sure your dog enjoys being a therapy dog and isn't stressed out.
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Hide and Seek

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Free
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30 min
Items needed
toy
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You have a clever, cunning Doxie-Chon, which means you need to do more than just walk your pup around the block once a day to stimulate them. You likely already know you need an activity that's both physically demanding as well as mentally challenging to fully please your pup — that's where hide and seek comes in.  

This free game requires just you, your pup, a great toy, and some patience. Just remember to keep your pup in a safe, fenced-in area if you're planning to play this game outside and off-leash, or simply ensure that you're doing this indoors where they can run around without pause. Once you get your pup on board with the game (it might take a few rounds before they get the hang of it), be prepared to play it pretty consistently. Pick your pup's favorite toy and get ready for tons of fun!

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Familiarize your pup with the toy
Try to get your dog on board with the idea that the toy is their reward. It's a good idea to give the toy a specific name — make sure it's direct, simple, and not too complicated for your dog to recall. Call the toy by its "name" several times so that your pooch will associate the name with the toy.
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Play a few rounds
Now that your doggo understands the word and the object are one, hide the toy! Ask your pup where the toy is repeatedly to kick the game in gear. As your pup gets better at this game, start complicating the game with each new round! Try new hiding spots, but don't overwhelm your doggo. Make sure they understand the game fully before you make it too tough!
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Amp it up a notch
Once your dog gets the swing of things, increase the level of difficulty to get them really thinking! Does your pup know the names of all of their toys? If not, this is the perfect way to get them to learn. Start hiding multiple toys in several spots and try to trip your pup up!
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A Game of Catch

Just because your doggo is clever and cunning doesn't mean they won't enjoy a game of catch (or fetch, for that matter). Try to invest at least half an hour every day into getting your Doxie-Chon out and about and chasing a toy. If you can, increase the challenge by training your pooch to take it a step further and catch the toy in their mouth!

Doggo Socialization

Your pup may be frightened easily (it's just the nature of the breed), but that doesn't mean that they can't enjoy a little doggo socialization. If your pooch is nervous about meeting other pups, don't dive head-first into a dog park situation — try to teach your pup to socialize with one pooch at a time. If this goes well, add another pup into the mix. If you're noticing a positive trend, continue introducing your pup to other dogs. Make sure you provide a lot of positive reinforcement and that you don't force your doggo into an uncomfortable, threatening situation with other dogs.

Conclusion

If you've had your Doxie-Chon for more than a day, you know these little buggers are pretty demanding of your time. They definitely do best in a home where they don't have to be left alone for long, but if you can't seem to justify quitting your job to spend the day at home with your pooch (we can't imagine why you wouldn't be able to pull that off!), we suggest spending a lot of extra time with them when you return home. An hour or two every day that's solely dedicated to your Doxie-Chon is going to make them happiest, so make sure you're allotting the appropriate amount of time for exercise and bonding. 

Try to take it a step further and tie in some challenging training. Your Doxie-Chon is a clever and cunning pup, and while a game of fetch and lots of running around will certainly benefit them, they need to participate in training and activities that challenge their brains. If you combine all of these elements into a fun activity schedule for your pup, you can bet your Doxie-Chon is going to be perfectly content!