Activities For Doxie-Pits

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Introduction

When you combine a Dachshund and an American Pit Bull, the result is one of the most adorable looking dogs out there. That small body with a big square head - you just can't resist that dog! However, don't let this cute pup fool you, they need a seasoned owner to keep them under control. This breed is extremely smart and can be quite stubborn so you will need to find ways to keep them happy, active and also compliant.

Pack Leader

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Any Day
Cheap
Normal
30 min
Items needed
Dog Treats
Leash
Collar
Activity description
Doxie-Pits are a very intelligent dog that loves to be in charge. If they had their way, they would rule your house in an instant, claiming every sofa, every extra piece of chicken and demanding walks and attention constantly. This dominant behavior can turn into aggression which, of course, is something you definitely don't want. In order to get your Doxie-Pit to understand that you are the "pack leader", they need to be well trained to listen to your commands. You can establish your place as pack leader any time, regardless of the weather and it is also free to train your pup in this manner. Training can also be fun for you and your dog, so be firm but also be kind!
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Higher up
In the dog world, the dominant dog gets the best bed, the comfiest spot in the house and the highest seat at all times. One easy way to display your dominance in day to day life is to just train your pup to lay on the floor or on a dog bed. The couch, bed and any comfy chairs are for humans. This simple rule will speak volumes to your Doxie-Pit.
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Walk together
When you bring your Doxie-Pit for walks, they likely prance ahead of you, leading the way. Pull your pup back so that they are by your side and keep the leash short in order to keep them there. Walk next to each other for your entire walk, during which you can say "heel" and give your pup a few treats when they remain with you in stride. Walking together shows your Doxie-Pit that you are a team and that you, as the pack leader, choose where you walk.
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Eat first
Doggy pack leaders always eat first, it is just the natural chain of command in the wild. So, in your home, be sure that you always eat before your Doxie-Pit. While your pup may whine and beg at the table, don't give it! Table scraps will let your dog know that they "won". So, set any extra treats you want to give your dog off to the side and when you have finished eating, get up from the table and give your dog their food (and the extras you saved).
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Strangers Become Friends

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30 min
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Dog Treats
Activity description
While a Doxie-Pit may act tough and in charge, they can actually be scared quite easily. New people entering your home may intimidate them and cause them to snap or bark at the unknown person. However, this is not a polite way to greet guests! Train your Doxie-Pit to be calmer around new people by following these steps. This activity is ongoing and can be done anytime as you will be inside, out of the elements. All you need are a few treats and, of course, a few friends or family members to come over and help with the training!
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Treat bowl
Place a covered bowl of your dog's favorite treats on a table near your main entry door. When a person comes into your home, have them grab a treat immediately, ask your Doxie-Pit to sit, and toss them a treat. Not only will this excite your Doxie-Pit (they love getting treats!) but it will also show your pup the new person is not scary and also, they are a human and in charge.
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Exposure
Your Doxie-Pit may be intimidated by new people especially if they are not around others very often. This breed can get very attached to their family and, if their family are the only people they see, they will be even more attached and wary of new faces. Have friends come over frequently and give your pup some attention. The friendliness of strangers will put your pup at ease when new people enter.
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Safe place
Set up a comfy bed or blanket inside a crate to make your Doxie-Pit's "safe place". When a person enters your house, command your dog to go to this spot and stay. Acknowledge your guest and then go over to your dog and give them praise and rewards. Let them meet the new person slowly or have them just hang out in their safe spot. Your dog will feel less anxious and so will you!
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Power Play

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Sunny Day
Free
Easy
20 min
Items needed
Leash
Collar
Rope
Ball
Activity description
American Pit Bulls are known to be low key dogs who have sudden bursts of energy. In fact, the Dachshund breed is the same, being mellow but then wanting to play immediately. This means that your Doxie-Pit likely goes from lounging around the house to begging to play fetch. However, this burst of energy will pass just as quickly and your pup will be ready for a nap in no time. Playing an action-filled, fast game with your dog is perfect for satisfying this breed. It is best to play outside when the weather is nice, so your dog can get a lot of space to play!
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Fast fetch
Your Doxie-Pit likely loves playing fetch but, in order to make it a faster game, you'll need several tennis balls and a big open space. Throw the first ball to your dog and as they are running back to you, immediately throw the next ball to keep them running. Then, throw the next ball and another and so on. Your pup will have no time to rest and really be able to get their energy out!
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Tug
Doxie-Pits love playing tug of war and it is the perfect game to keep them busy while you hang out on the couch. However, next time your dog is ready to tug, stand up and pull them around the whole house by the rope! They will be trying so hard to hold on, using all their muscles that they will be completely worn out afterward, in a good way of course!
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Running
When your Doxie-Pit is really worked up, ready to go, go, go, why not go, go, go with them? Get your running shoes on and head outside for a nice run together. While Doxie-Pits are not built for long distances, they will love going for short, quick runs around the block and then coming home to go right to sleep on their dog bed!
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Doggy Daycare

Since Doxie-Pits don't like being left alone, look for a doggy daycare in your area where you can bring your pup while you are at work. They will be able to play with other dogs and have none of the usual separation anxiety they may typically have when home alone.

Doggy Backpack

Having your pup wear a doggy backpack will give them a sense of purpose and, in turn, calm them down. A dog who is focused on their "job" will be happier and calmer.

Conclusion

Owners of Doxie-Pits are lucky to have such a fun and challenging dog. While it may sometimes be tricky to get your Doxie-Pit to behave and do what you want them to, they will always return your love and attention by cuddling you on the couch and "protecting" you from strangers. Take time to have fun with your pup on a daily basis and always keep up the training with this breed - they need consistency and guidance to stay happy!