Activities For Enganeses

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Introduction

The Enganese is a combination of the English Toy Spaniel and Havanese dog breeds. This pooch makes a "pawtastic" contribution to any family, with their well mannered and bouncy personality.

The English Toy Spaniel can be both playful and attentive, making for a rambunctious companion as well as a quiet and calm lap dog. They enjoy games in the yard or home along with short walks as they don't have extensive exercise needs. The Havanese, like the Toy Spaniel, is a member of the toy group, and they too can have their exercise needs met with a short walk or game. Havaneses are curious, affectionate, and love to be the center of attention. As a result, the Enganese also enjoys attention coupled with at least 30 minutes of activities each day that works them mentally and physically, though they don't need a strenuous workout.

Speed Walking

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Sunny Day
Free
Easy
10 - 15 min
Items needed
Leash
Treats
Waste Bags
Activity description

As the Enganese doesn’t require extensive exercise sessions, short power or speed walks are a “pawfect” activity to get their legs and hearts pumping. Speed walks are simple to do and can easily replace traditional walks or be combined with them. 

For a speed walk, set aside approximately ten minutes of time. Like with a normal walk, prepare your pup's leash. Unlike a standard walk, speed walks don’t allow for breaks, so you will only need a waste bag for either before or after the walk. Bring along treats as well if you're just beginning to train your pup how to power walk. You'll need to be able to walk at a quickened pace for ten minutes, so if this is something you need to prepare for, try practicing a power walk alone before taking your Enganese out! 

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Prepping beforehand
Prepare for your walk as you would any other. Grab your dog’s leash and bring them outside. You will also want to have treats so that when you teach your pup not to break, you can reward their cooperation. Prepare to set aside a moment before the start of your walk to let your pooch do their business.
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Walking without breaks
After you give your pup a moment to take a break, set out on your powerwalk. Walk at a quickened pace, one that is faster than your usual walking pace. While walking, have your pooch use their leash manners, so they're right at your side. It is likely they will attempt to stop or break. If they do, gently pull on their leash to pull them back in line, and reward them with a treat when they continue walking.
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Walking regularly
Speed walking benefits both yours and your Enganese's health as you build your endurance and work your heart each walk. To reinforce how to speed walk with your pup, include the activity in your schedule daily, or alternate between it and a regular walk.
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Flirt Pole

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Any Day
Cheap
Easy
15 - 30 min
Items needed
Flirt Pole
Activity description

Discover all the fun and entertaining ways you can get your Enganese moving indoors and out using a flirt pole. If you’ve never heard of a flirt pole, the toy is a made up of a long rod with some sort of toy attached to the end.

Flirt poles are commonly used with cats or small canines and can be purchased at most pet stores. Once you have your pole, you can pull it out whenever you want to stimulate your pooch. Use the pole for an indoor game, or bring it outside so you can really get your Enganese moving. Flirt poles are convenient to incorporate into your dog’s daily exercise routine and they make play engaging for all participants. 

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Purchase a pole
Make purchasing a pole a whole activity in itself by bringing your Enganese along with you to the pet store. When inside, explore the different poles and let your pet check them out too. If there's a specific pole that grabs your pup's attention, go ahead and purchase it!
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Getting started
Pull out the pole as soon as you get home and start your play session. Hold the pole out in front of you and use it to get your Enganese's attention. Once you have it, move the pole back and forth while standing still. Your pooch should quickly initiate chase mode and follow the pole attempting to get the object on the end. Have fun bouncing the pole up and down and back and forth to optimize their workout.
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Adding movement to the mix
After your pooch has shown a clear interest in chasing the flirt pole, try adding in movement. You can do this by running back and forth while holding the pole outstretched for your pup to try for. Your pup will have a blast chasing and jumping after the toy!
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At-Home Spa

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Any Day
Moderate
Normal
1 hr
Items needed
Shampoo
Nail Clippers
Brush
Towel
Doggy Nail Polish
Activity description

Treat your Enganese to some pampering by turning your home into a personalized spa that caters to their every need. Making your home into a spa just requires some basic products from the pet store. Swing by the pet shop when you pick up your flirt pole and include your pooch in the process.

Some items that could come in handy in your spa are nail clippers, shampoo, de-shedding wash, pet-friendly nail polish, a dog brush, and comfortable bedding if you don’t already have it. For your spa, you will need an area to wash your pup, and one for pampering. Ideally, you’ll want to use a large bathroom with a big tub, or an outdoor wash area, such as the backyard with a hose. The bathtub and warm water may be more comforting for your pooch. Once you have your spa ready, begin pampering your Enganese. 

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Purchase the supplies
To make an at-home spa, you'll need to spend some money to grab supplies, if you don't have them already. Depending on how extravagant you want your spa, this can become costly. Make sure you pick up some form of shampoo to give your Enganese a refreshing wash. If you're comfortable, you can grab clippers so you can provide them with a manicure and pedicure.
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Setting the mood
Set up your spa by organizing all your materials into their locations. Read any instructions or directions before inviting your pooch in. You may also consider grabbing some essential oils ahead of time to diffuse. Oils, such as lavender, can promote relaxation. Couple the oils with some soothing music to set the mood.
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Pamper away
After your spa is set up and you're ready to go, invite in your Enganese for an afternoon of pampering. Begin with a relaxing bath, followed by a thorough brush and some nail TLC. Give your pooch a massage in a comfortable bed after all the grooming is complete so they can experience deep relaxation. Have fun at your spa and use this activity to treat your pup monthly.
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Obedience Training

Tire out your Enganese's mind by introducing them to obedience lessons early on. Teach your pup the basics and then revisit these commands and tricks each day, while continuing to build their skillset. Obedience lessons are perfect for getting your pooch moving while making them think!

Day Out

One perk of owning a toy-sized pooch is that they're easy to bring along almost anywhere. Take your Enganese for a day out of the home. Swing by a friend’s house, an unexplored area in your town or a new park. The idea is to let your Enganese hear new sounds and see new sights, while you enjoy bonding together.  

Conclusion

The Enganese may be small in size but they most certainly have plenty of personality that's bound to keep you on your toes. The benefit of owning an Enganese is they don’t require extensive daily exercise, so they have the flexibility of being able to live in a large home or small apartment.

You can easily meet your Enganese’s exercise needs by taking them on short power walks daily. If you’re not interested in a walk, you can pull out your flirt pole to get them moving or give them a quick obedience lesson. Flirt poles are great because they can be used indoors and out, and obedience lessons are convenient because they can be done anywhere, so long as you have some treats on hand. 

Other activities you can enjoy with your Enganese is an afternoon out together, exploring a new location or visiting a friend. You could pamper your Enganese by treating them to your own personal at-home spa. Even though they don't require extensive simulation, treat your Enganese to a life full of excitement by spending time interacting with them daily using copious activities and games!