Activities For French Pins

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Introduction

French Pins are a mixed breed dog that is a combination of a French Bulldog and a Miniature Pinscher. Since both of these dog breeds are small, you can expect to have a fairly tiny pooch on your hands if you have a French Pin. French Pins are also called Frenschers. These dogs may have breathing troubles due to their short, flat noses like French Bulldogs and other Bulldog breeds, so you should take caution when spending time out in the heat. We have compiled a list of activities that will be safe for your French Pin even if they have breathing troubles.

Hide and Seek

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Any Day
Free
Normal
1 hr
Items needed
Treats
Activity description

For an easy activity that your French Pin is sure to love, consider hide and seek! This easy game will keep your French Pin interested, while getting a little bit of exercise and mental stimulation. Hide and seek is a fun game for dogs, because they are rewarded with a little treat when they find it in its hiding place with their nose. Hide and seek is an activity that you enjoy with your French Pin without worrying about their breathing or heat sensitivity, which is why so many people love it as an activity to take part in with their pooch.

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Hide the treat
The first step in hide and seek is to seclude your dog so you can hide the treat for them. Close your dog in their kennel or in a separate room, and set to finding the perfect hiding spot for the treat. Make sure that the treat is in a place that your French Pin can reach with a paw or their snout.
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Release the dog
Once the treat is well-hidden, it is time to let your French Pin out to find it. You may want to wander around the house with the pooch to make sure they actually find the treat. If you have hidden more than one treat, following your dog around is a good way to make sure all of the treats have been found before you end the game.
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Tug of War

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Any Day
Free
Easy
30 min
Items needed
Toy
Activity description

If you are looking for an easy way to get your French Pin a little extra exercise (without putting them in any danger), look no further than tug of war. This fun game requires only a toy and another member of your family. You should choose a toy that gives both you and your pooch a little room to grab onto it. Rope toys make for great tug of war toys as they are long and have knots in them that make gripping the toy and pulling easy for both parties. As with all activities for French Pins, be sure to monitor your pup's breathing throughout the game.

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Pick a toy
When it comes to tug of war, you need the perfect toy. You need something long enough for both you and your dog to pull on, but it also needs to hold your dog's attention for a long time. We recommend a rope toy, because they tend to be durable and are long enough for a great game of tug of war.
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Start tugging
Tug of war is really easy. All you need to do is get a good grip on the toy and gently tug on it. Your dog is going to want that toy, so they are going to pull back. You don't even have to pull if your dog is tugging hard on their end of the rope. Be sure you don't pull too hard, because you might hurt your French Pin.
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Dog Park Play

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Sunny Day
Free
Easy
30 min
Items needed
Doggy clean up bags
Leash
Water
Activity description

Dogs can be very social creatures. Your French Pin may be dying to meet some new friends. Meet this need by making a trip to a local dog park. Your French Pin will love seeing and playing with all of the other dogs, and you will feel good about the fact that they are getting proper exercise. Since there are risks associated with heat for this breed of dog, be sure that you either go early or late to make sure that your dog doesn't overheat. Be sure to always bring water with you just in case there isn't any provided at the dog park.

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Load Up
Getting to the dog park probably requires a drive. Be sure that you have your French Pin safely secured into your vehicle during your drive. There are seatbelt harnesses and even doggy car seats to keep your dog safe in the car. If you don't have either of these devices, you can also put your dog in a crate in the car.
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Unleash
Once you are at the dog park, you should release your dog from the leash. Most dog parks require dogs to be off-leash while inside the gate to ensure that they are safe from the other dogs. Plus, your dog is going to have much more fun off the leash than they would still attached to it. Monitor your pup as they play to ensure that any interaction that takes place does not get out of hand.
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More Fun Ideas...

Fetch

Fetch is a really fun game for your French Pin as long as your stay indoors when it is too warm outside for your pup. Be sure that you monitor them during this activity to make sure that they aren't overheating.

Shopping

There are so many places that allow dogs in their stores. You can take your dog for a little socialization trip by just going shopping in one of these stores. Be sure that you allow your dog to meet new friends, both furry and otherwise, on these trips.

Conclusion

Keeping your French Pin active can be difficult due to the breathing problems they often have. However, you don't have to put your dog in any danger to ensure that they are getting the mental and physical stimulation that they need every day. Whether you are just playing in your home or you are out and about, your French Pin is going to love spending time with you.