Activities For Doxiemos

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Introduction

The Doxiemo, a cross between the American Eskimo and a Dachshund, makes a furiffic pet for singles or families with older children. This outgoing designer dog is intelligent and trainable. They'll adjust nicely to home or apartment life and get along well with other household pets. When you add one of these pooches to your household, plan to exercise them about 30 to 60 minutes a day to keep them fit and healthy. You can combine indoor and outside activities such as the ones listed below.

Hide and Seek

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Any Day
Free
Normal
15 - 30 min
Items needed
treats
Activity description
Did you know that hide and seek isn't just for children? Many dogs love this schoolyard game. It offers mental stimulation and bonding time with their owners. This activity works very well in your house or apartment, so you'll be able to play in any weather and at any time of day. You'll have to teach your pooch to stay in one spot while you hide, but it gives you an opportunity to work on their impulse control. Once Fido gets the hang of looking for you when you call out, you can make your hiding places more challenging for them.
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Teach the game
The first thing you'll need to do is teach your pup to remain in one room. Do this by working with Fido on a sit or down stay command. When you're confident that your pooch won't leave their spot, it's time to hide. During the teaching phase, pick easy locations. Call them, then offer treats and praise when they find you.
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Play the game
Once Fido is hooked on the game, you can play it with them. As they grow to enjoy the game, you'll be able to reduce the number of treats and rely on lots of praise to keep them engaged. As your furry friend becomes a master at this activity, you can pick more difficult hiding places.
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Obedience Drills

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Any Day
Free
Easy
10 - 20 min
Items needed
treats
leash
Activity description
The Doxiemo tends to be eager to please their owners. That makes working on obedience drills a furiffic activity for your pooch. They'll enjoy the positive reinforcement and bonding that they get as you keep them sharp on basic commands. Regular reviews can also help counteract any stubborn tendencies that your fur-baby may have inherited from their Dachshund parent. It's not hard to spend 15 minutes or more going through sit, down, stay, and heel commands. You can do this activity in the comfort of your home, in your back yard, or at another location. All you'll need are some treats and a leash if you're outside.
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Teach the commands
If your pup doesn't already know some basic commands, you 'll need to teach them obedience. You can do this by taking a class from a professional dog trainer, or you can get a book and train them yourself. Use lots of praise and treats when needed to encourage your pooch during this process.
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Drill
Once your pup knows how to sit, stay, down, heel, and others, you can spend time practicing. If you're outside, you'll want to use a six-foot leash for control. Review the commands and work on them with Fido. When you're confident that they know the basics, you can add a trick like "play dead" or "roll over" to their routine and keep practicing.
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Pet Store Road Trip

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Any Day
Moderate
Easy
15 - 30 min
Items needed
leash
Activity description
When it's time to stock up on food, treats, and toys, take your four-footed friend with you to a dog-friendly pet store. You and your pal can have fun walking up and down the aisles as you shop for needed items. As a special treat, let Fido pick out a new plaything for the house. You can do this activity any time the store is open, so it makes a good rainy day excursion. Your fur-baby might also get a chance to meet and greet other pups while you're shopping.
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Get ready
Before you go to the store, confirm that the pet shop allows you to bring your four-footed pal. Next, you'll need to make a list of items that you want. Decide if you need any food or treats and how many toys you plan to buy. Then get the leash and load your pup in the car.
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Go shopping
Once you're ready, drive to the store and start shopping. Take your pal through the aisles and look for your items. When you get to the toy section, give your pooch a chance to pick something they like. If there are other dogs around, let Fido enjoy a little social time.
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More Fun Ideas...

Tug of War

What pooch doesn't enjoy a rousing game of tug of war? You can buy an inexpensive tugging toy, or make your own. An old sock or piece of soft rope with a knot in it works great for this activity. Spend time pulling and wrestling with your pooch to burn up some of their energy.

Puzzle Toy

One wagtastic way to keep your pup occupied and mentally stimulated is by getting them a puzzle toy. Interactive games made for dogs offer a fun way to prevent boredom and mischief. There are several options available that include flip boards, treat balls, and spinner puzzles. This activity is an excellent quiet play option for a Doxiemo.

Conclusion

The Doxiemo can make an excellent choice for both first-time and veteran dog owners. This friendly, alert pooch is readily trainable and adaptable. They have low maintenance needs and make willing companions. Whether you're a single looking for a furry friend or you want to add a pup to your family, add this designer breed to your options.