Activities For Dualaneses

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Introduction

A cross between a Bolognese and a Havanese, Dualanese dogs are fluffy little fellows who, generally speaking, are pretty low-maintenance in terms of exercise requirements. Though those doggos who take after their Havanese parent will need to run around a little more (and of course, all dogs need exercise!), they definitely don’t need to keep as active as, say, a terrier, making them ideal for apartment living.

Dualaneses are super friendly and lovely to be around -- but they do need lots of attention. Make no bones about it, you don’t want to leave a Dualanese alone for too long! Owners of these fur-balls need to incorporate them into their lives as much as  possible. We’ve put together a list of activities to help keep your canine companion as content as can be.

Hiking

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Sunny Day
Cheap
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2 hrs
Items needed
Water
Trail map
Tweezers
Waste bags
Activity description

New sights, new sounds, new smells -- there’s nothing like breaking the routine and going to explore nature with your four-pawed pal! Sometimes a pup and their person just need to get away from it all, and a nice hike might just be what the doctor (or vet) ordered.

Though a Dualanese only needs around four miles worth of walks a week, there’s no harm in pushing them a little further occasionally if you find a longer trail you really like. However, be sensible -- your buddy’s little legs can’t keep going for twenty miles at a time, and it pays to watch them carefully for signs of exhaustion.

Your pupper will be happier meandering along than tearing off at great speed, so they’re ideal hiking partners for those who like to go slow and take in their surroundings. 

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Do your research
First of all, you’ll need to make sure that your chosen trail is Fido-friendly! Some trails won’t allow hound-dog hikers in order to preserve certain species of flora and fauna, or for safety reasons. Speaking of safety, when you’re hiking with a Dualanese, it’s a good idea to avoid rockier trails. You don’t want your pint-sized pooch to get stuck in a crevasse! Finally, it’s best to select either a relatively flat trail or a short one with a slope.
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Be prepared
When you’re hiking with a dog, it’s important to make sure that you have enough water with you, as well as a collapsible bowl to put it in. It’s also a good bet to bring tweezers if you’re concerned that there might be ticks in the area. And of course, you’ll have to bring waste bags to keep the area clean, or a trowel to bury the mess. On the human side, be sure to tell someone where you’re going, how long you’ll be gone for, and when you’ll be back. Look up a trail map before you head out. You may also want to bring a compass or GPS with you.
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Have fun!
Leave all the cares and concerns of civilization behind you and find peace in the wilderness (or along the canal trail or urban greenway, whatever floats your boat). Depending on your pupper’s temperament, you might need to keep them on a tight leash -- they may have inherited the Havanese tendency to tear after small, scurrying critters.
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Go to a Drive-in Movie Theater

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Sunny Day
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Easy
2 hrs
Items needed
Leash
Car harness
Waste bags
Activity description

Once a bit of a dying breed, the drive-in movie theater has experienced a resurgence in recent years, as movie-goers are increasingly attracted to their retro charm. But did you know that many of them allow you to take your furry film buff with you?

Of course, the availability of this activity does depend on your area, as well as the weather. Sure, you can watch the film from the comfort of your waterproof car, but there’s a good chance you’ll miss out on some of the action if you’ve got the wipers running. Never mind -- you two can always cuddle up on the couch in front of the TV instead.

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Investigate your options
As with the hiking trails, you’ll need to make sure that your chosen theater is actually dog-friendly -- though many are, some still aren’t. You could conceivably smuggle your buddy in in your car, but that’s certainly not a course of action we’d advocate. Bear in mind as well that pets may be restricted in certain areas -- your pup may not be welcome in the concession area, for example.
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Select your film
Dualaneses have a reputation for being fairly unflappable. Since they’re not easily spooked, they should be as happy watching an explosion-filled action blockbuster as this summer’s hottest romcom. However, if your Dualanese is a rescue, they may not react well to loud noises -- you’ll know your pup’s temperament best.
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At-Home Hair Salon

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Any Day
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1 hr
Items needed
Pin brush
Pet scissors
Slicker brush
Activity description

Dualaneses are known for their fluffy fur, and while the animated mop effect is certainly cute, those locks need a bit of looking after. Like their Havanese parents, these doggos don’t shed -- while that makes them a great breed for people with allergies, it means that their coats need to be brushed religiously to make sure that loose hairs don’t develop into mats and tangles.

Taking care of your pup’s fur at home doesn’t just save you money on a grooming parlor -- it can be a great bonding experience and a chance to show your canine companion a little love. There’s nothing a Dualanese likes more than affection, after all!

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Get them relaxed
While the Dualanese is a pretty placid breed, it might still be necessary to get them to wind down before you get at their hair, particularly if it’s tangled. Put on some relaxing music, maybe even light a few candles -- just make sure that any open flames are well out of your pooch’s reach. You might also consider giving your dog a massage!
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Brush their fur
A Dualanese’s fur is generally relatively straight and fairly soft, but it’s still pretty thick. You’ll need to use a good pin brush and slicker brush to groom them properly. You’ll need to do this at least two to three times a week -- maybe more often if your doggo likes to explore outdoors. Remember to give your pup lots of pats during this process, particularly if you’re getting some knots out. Be gentle!
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Give them a trim
Your buddy’s fur might occasionally grow long enough to get in their eyes and cause irritation. If this happens, you can carefully trim it with a pair of pet scissors. The hair on their paws can also get quite long, so it’s good to give those locks a snip every now and then.
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Food Puzzle

Did you know that Havanese dogs were bred to catch rodents on ships? Like most ratters, they’re pretty intelligent. If your Dualanese takes after their Cuban parent, they’ll need a good deal of mental stimulation. A food puzzle is a great way to give your buddy’s brain something to chew on, and it’s exactly what it sounds like -- a puzzle your pup needs to solve before they get to the goodies inside. You can find them at most pet stores.

Flirt Pole

A Dualanese might not need a lot of exercise, but they’re still pretty playful! Waving a flirt pole is a pawesome way to keep them entertained. A flirt pole is a long stick with a toy attached to a piece of string the end of it. Move the pole around and watch your fur-ball have a whale of a time jumping after the toy!

Conclusion

The Dualanese is a true companion breed -- these adorable moppets will always be happiest when they're by your side! The activities above should give you some idea of how best to spend quality time with your faithful furry friend. Go ahead and give them a try -- you'd be barking mad not to!