Activities For Dutch Smoushonds

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Introduction

One of the cutest companion dogs out there, Dutch Smoushonds don’t just have a name that’s fun to say — they’re pretty fun to be around, too! These little buddies are just bursting with energy. Dutch Smoushouds were originally bred by the Dutch aristocracy to run behind noble’s carriages, so even though they average out at 22 lbs and 15 inches tall, these pint-sized pups need a lot of exercise. They were also expected to keep stables rat-free during their spare time, and like most vermin-chasers, they’re highly intelligent.

Dutch Smoushonds need to keep both their brains and bodies active, which means that some pet parents find them a little high-maintenance. Not to worry — we’ve put together a list of activities you can do with your pup to keep them as healthy and happy as possible.

Teach Your Dog to Jump

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Sunny Day
Cheap
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1 hr
Items needed
Cinderblocks
Pipe
Log
Poles
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Quick to learn and keen to stay active, Dutch Smoushonds are the paw-fect candidates for agility training! Agility training combines mental stimulation with physical exercise, and believe it or not, it’s not hard to get started. While there’s plenty of doggy agility equipment on the market, it’s easy enough to construct your own obstacle course out of tires, old pipes, or basically anything else you have lying around.

Teaching your doggo to jump is a great place to begin agility training. However, keep in mind that jumping can be hard on your pup’s joints. You might want to get them checked out by a vet before you get started.

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Construct your jump
As with all training, it’s best to start off slow — you’ll want to use a low jump first. You can purchase a special jump, or you can build your own using cinderblocks and a cane or old pipe, or even use some low-lying logs. Whatever you’re using, make sure that it is clean and doesn’t have any sharp edges that your pooch could cut themselves on.
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Attach a long line and run towards the jump
Before your pooch learns to leap over the obstacle on their own, they’ll have to do it by your side. Attach a long leash, long line, or piece of rope to your doggo's collar and run with them towards the jump. Before they clear it, use a verbal command like "jump" or "over". Reward your buddy with a treat when they clear the jump. Dutch Smoushonds are very smart, but it might take them a while to get this step, so don’t be discouraged if your pupper swerves before the jump or stands still once they reach it. Keep trying, and reward them handsomely every time they get it right.
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Lose the leash
Once your buddy is happy hopping over the obstacle, try step 2 again, but without the leash. Keep running next to them and give them the verbal signal before they reach the jump (and don’t forget to reward them when they get it right!). When they’ve got that part down pat, you can move on to calling them from the other side of the jump. Ask them to come, use your verbal command, and be ready for them with those treats! Eventually, you can move on to just using the verbal command. Your pup will be a champ in no time!
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Scavenger Hunt

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Any Day
Cheap
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30 min
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Treats
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Because Dutch Smoushonds were bred to catch vermin, they have high prey drives — in other words, they were born to hunt and find! A scavenger hunt is a great way to keep their brains entertained by doing what they do best. All you’ll need is some food or treats that give out a strong scent.

While a scavenger hunt makes for a grrr-eat rainy day activity, you can also do it outdoors, but beware that the treasure might get snapped up by other critters. Be sure to hide the treats in safe places — you don’t want your doggo to injure themselves for the sake of a piece of jerky.

It might take a while for your four-pawed pal to get their head around the game — the time estimate above refers to the time per day or training session you’ll need to spend on the task.

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Start simple
The aim of the game is to hide the treat and get your buddy to find it. However, you’ll have to start off slow. Ask your pup to sit and stay, and let them watch you hide the treat. Then, introduce a verbal command, like "go get it!" Once your doggo sniffs out the stash, reward them with plenty of affection.
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Ramp up the difficulty
Over time, you can make the game more challenging. The next step is to repeat the game with multiple treats. After a while, you can start hiding the treats in different rooms — your pupper should be able to pick them up by scent. If you’re worried about the effect these calories are having on your dog's health, consider slicing up a bully stick or piece of jerky instead of using treats.
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Explore Your City

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Sunny Day
Free
Easy
2 - 3 hrs
Items needed
leash
waste bags
Activity description

Dutch Smoushonds are a furrific family pet because they’re so unflappable. Loud noises and crowds just don’t seem to bother them, so they’re ideal for households with small children — or for going out on the town! As long as your Dutch Smoushond is well-socialized and up-to-date on their obedience training, there’s little fear of them misbehaving in public.

Maybe you live in a large city and never get to actually see the tourist attractions you pass on your morning commute, or maybe you’re from a small town with a haunted past. Either way, pack up your pooch and go see your city from a new perspective!

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Investigate your options
How much do you really know about your town’s history? Get thee to Google, friend, and make a list of attractions you and your pup want to see. If there are museums about, your furry friend probably won’t be allowed inside, but there may be something in the grounds for you two to sniff out. You might also want to see if any local restaurants are dog-friendly so you two can fuel up.
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Consider a free walking tour
Most larger urban areas have free walking tours that will gladly accommodate your pup! Ghost tours are another interesting option to look into. Whether you’re skeptical or superstitious, ghost tours are a pawesome way to learn about your city’s hidden history, and many of them welcome wagging tails with open arms.
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Doggy Play Party

Dutch Smoushonds are fairly friendly, but they do require regular socializing with other dogs. Consider asking some fellow pet parents to bring over their pooches and some favorite toys so you can all get to know each other.

Attend a Festival

Dutch Smoushonds have the perfect temperament for partying! Check out your local festivals and see if any of them have outdoor events that you and your fur-ball can go to together.

Conclusion

While some people might find Dutch Smoushonds to be a little intense, they’re an absolute joy to own, particularly if you have small (or just loud) children. You’ll need to keep their bodies busy and their brain’s entertained, but with the right amount of stimulation, these shaggy-haired doggos will be sweet as pie!