Activities For Doxie-Pins

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Introduction

The Doxie-Pin is a designer or hybrid breed. This particular breed is a cross between the Dachshund and the Miniature Pinscher. The Doxie-Pin tends to have longer legs than the Dachshund parent breed, but there is always the chance this designer breed will inherit the elongated spine of the Dachshund, which means that some of your activities will need to accommodate this genetic trait. The Doxie-Pin tends to be affectionate, so keep them at their happiest by planning activities that the two of you can do together. Additionally, this hybrid tends to sport a “curious nose,” which makes them a prime candidate for scenting activities. 

Scent Trials

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Sunny Day
Cheap
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60 min
Items needed
scented items (usually a cloth)
essential oils such as anise and lavender
cubed cheese
Activity description

The Dachshund parent breed was developed to scent out prey, usually small animals that would tend to burrow underground, and then dig into the burrows to reach the animal. Often, the hunter would have to forcibly remove the Dachshund from an underground burrow by using their tail. With that said, the Doxie-Pin is a perfect scent hound and will enjoy participating in scent trials. Scent trial events are sponsored by a wide variety of dog clubs. You will want to attend a few of these before signing your pooch up for participation. In fact, most experts recommend bringing Fido along for an event or two (in which they do not participate) so that you can somewhat socialize them to the event. Then, upon judging your pup’s reaction to the event, you can decide whether they are up to participation before spending the money on registration.

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Observe
You will want to begin by simply observing the scent trials at first. In fact, you may want to observe without Fido present. This will help you plan how you’ll proceed on training the dog prior to participation. Scent trials often involve introducing the dog to a scented item. Typically, this is a piece of cloth scented with dog-safe essential oils. Once the dog is introduced to the scent, the cloth item will be hidden somewhere on the trail. Dogs participating in this event are not timed. Rather, they are judged on their ability to accurately find the scented cloth amid other distractions. This is where training will come in on your part. Before you begin participating, you’ll want to allow Fido to attend a few scent trial events as well.
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Train
Training your pooch to participate in the scent trials should take place initially at home. You can also move to the park or other places that might resemble the event location once you believe your Doxie-Pin has gotten a grasp on the goal of the activity. You can begin by using the same scents that the pros use. Show the dog the scent, then have a partner hide the scented item. Encourage your clever pup to "find it." Praise them and reward with treats when they do.
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Participate often
You can sign your keen Doxie-Pin up for scent trials as little or as often as you’d like. Much of this decision will depend upon how well Fido enjoys participating in the trials and your proximity to places where the trials are held. If you don't participate often, at least practice training once a week at home.
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Fun Scent Games

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Any Day
Cheap
Normal
30 min
Items needed
treats
Activity description
Again, keeping in mind that the Doxie-Pin is noted for their scenting abilities, you can bring some of the scent games indoors. These games are a mixture of mental activities which will keep your smart Doxie-Pin from becoming bored. What’s more, if you would rather decline to participate in outdoor scent trials, these games are great for the inside or in your backyard. One of the following recommended activities can, however, serve as a means of training for outdoor scent trials. These rather inexpensive activities can also be great rainy day activities, particularly if you cannot get out for a daily walk.
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Find the food
This activity has a built-in reward. Keep in mind that you’ll need to be observant of your dog so that you can you can give them praise for a job well done. First, take the time to hide a few pieces of kibble in areas that your dog tends to frequent. When you notice they find the kibble, praise them for a good job. Then, guide them to other areas where you’ve hidden food, using the command “find it” as you get near a hidden treat. Experts recommend hiding treats just under the sofa or under a pillow; as the dog begins to “get it,” you can begin changing the hiding place and the hidden treasure (you might put a cube of cheese in a food dispenser toy, for instance). On sunny days, you can move the game outdoors, using a boiled egg as the food. Be sure to stay so that your dog understands that the object is to find some delectable treasure.
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Pick the hand
This is a fun game that provides a treat for your dog as well. Sit down in front of your dog. Make sure that you have their attention. Using a piece of meat or a piece of cheese inside your fist, command the dog to “find it.” As they sniff your hand, open your hand and say “good find it.” Do this a few times, then get ready to introduce both palms – one with a treat and one without. The dog should be naturally drawn to the fist with the food. Again, reward Fido with praise by saying “good find it.” Now, alternate the hand in which you place the food.
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Shell game
Take four containers (approximately the size of a to-go coffee cup) and place them on the floor. Be sure that these containers will not break easily. Get your dog's attention, and allow them to see you as you hide a treat or cube of cheese under each container. Just as you did with "Find the food," tell Fido to "find it," and praise them when they find the item under the cup. Slowly work down to having one item under one cup.
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Tunnel Training

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Any Day
Cheap
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30 min
Items needed
tunnel
treats
Activity description
The Doxie-Pin generally inherits the long body of the Dachshund parent. With this in mind, you should plan for activities that do not put undue stress on the spine of your Doxie-Pin. Tunneling is a great activity that gets your dog moving but does not set them up for any type of injury to the spine. Tunneling is an easy activity, but you'll need to devote time to training your pooch. This may require some patience with the potentially headstrong Doxie-Pin. The key to successful training is to ensure that there are ample treats at the end of the tunnel. Play often; once you have bought the tunnel, there is no more expense to the activity besides the treats!
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Get the tunnel
You need not worry about making an expensive purchase to obtain a tunnel. You can get a child's play tunnel, or you can use children's waffle blocks to build a tunnel. There are pet-specific tunnels that you can buy at a pet supply store, however, if you wish. Once the tunnel is home, set it up and let your furry friend check it out. This will make them more comfortable with the upcoming task you ask of them.
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Start training
You might want a partner to help you begin training. While you are at one end of the tunnel with Fido, your partner can be at the other end with a tasty treat. The partner is to get your pup's attention, show them the treat, and tell them to come to them. After the partner has accomplished this a few times, have the partner simply leave the treat at the end of the tunnel. This helps your dog to lose any fear of the enclosed tunnel.
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Practice one-on-one
Place a treat that might be considered "high value" at the end of the tunnel. These high value treats might be a cube of diced ham or a cube of cheese. Make sure that your pup sees the treat. Stay at the entrance with them. Command them to go through the tunnel. The simple temptation of the high value treat will ensure they perform the task.
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More Fun Ideas...

Take a Stroll

There's nothing like a good walk in the park or even just in the neighborhood to keep the Doxie-Pin happy and healthy. Be sure to go on short, fifteen to twenty minute strolls.

Hide and Seek

The Doxie-Pin will enjoy this scent game. While they are out of the room, hide a few pieces of kibble in three different places. Invite them in the room and tell them to find it. Their reward is the kibble itself.

Conclusion

The Doxie-Pin is a friendly little pooch who might be tiny, but they prove that small packages often have the best surprises. Take the Doxie-Pin out for a walk, but, if you want something a little more interesting, you can enter them in scent trials. Another fun activity is teaching the Doxie-Pin to tunnel. Daily activity will help keep your litttle pal out of mischief.