Activities For A German Malinois

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Introduction

The German Malinois is one fantastic dog, there, we said it. This breed of pup got their name from the French name of the Flemish city of Mechelen, which the French called Malines. Apart from the interesting etymology, Malinois dogs were traditionally used as odor detecting dogs, especially for explosives, in fire investigations, as well as for tracking and finding narcotics. Often, they could also track humans and were used in rescue missions. Moreover, the Malinois is used as the guard dog in the White House, which only shows how powerful and vital this breed is.

Search, Track, Retrieve

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Any Day
Cheap
Normal
1 hr
Items needed
treats
Activity description

The German Malinois is famous for their ability to adapt to almost anything. However, they thrive in the active and fun environment, as they are quite energetic dogs, so it is best to keep them on their toes. German Malinois are excellent tracking dogs, and they are highly trainable as well, so it will not be super hard to teach them a new game, especially a game that involves searching for something. There is nothing a Malinois cannot do, so get some treats and train your dog to look for hidden things. And who knows, they might help you in the time of need!

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Teach the basics
First off, you need to teach your dog what it means to actually search for something. You can start by playing a simple game of hide and seek and rewarding your pup with a treat when they find you. Make the game gradually harder by hiding treats and letting them search for them, and make sure to include a lot of hugs when they succeed.
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Search for treats
Set up your playground. Get some tasty treats and hide them somewhere. You can use your doggo’s toys as well, but treats will work better as they are smaller and more of a challenge. Hide the treats under a small pile of leaves in your backyard, or stash them somewhere in your house and tell your pup to look for them.
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Retrieve
Once your doggo is released, they will sniff around and look for the missing toy or a tasty snack. If needed, point them in the general direction of a hidden item and marvel at your dog’s incredible tracking abilities. Include a lot of praise and love when your German Malinois manages to find the missing pieces, and make the game harder each time you play.
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Beach Day

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Sunny Day
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Easy
2 - 4 hrs
Items needed
frisbee
food
water
treats
Activity description

The German Malinois is an active dog, yes we understand that, but they are also no strangers to fun in the sun! Even the mighty Malinois deserves a relaxing day on the beach, frolicking in the sun, jumping in the water, and chasing around after a ball. Take your doggo to your local beach and have a fun day, and get some much-needed exercise you both desperately need, especially after the long winter months. The sporty spice of a doggo will not only enjoy the active day, but they will also grow to love you even more, and associate you with fun activities!

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Prepare for adventure
First of all, you need to be prepared for the long outing. Pack some food and water, bring your doggo’s bowl, and some toys, balls, and a Frisbee. Don’t forget sun protection for you and your dog, as they can get sunburned too. Moreover, pack a small emergency aid kit, just in case something happens.
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Frisbee fun
Be a Frisbee master and throw it in all directions and have your doggo catch it and bring it back. After a few “normal” throws, spice up the game by throwing the Frisbee towards the water. Your German Malinois will be thrilled to jump in and retrieve the Frisbee, refreshing themselves in the process and shaking off excess water.
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Make New Friends

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2 hrs
Items needed
treats
leash
Activity description

Since the German Malinois is such a fun-loving and active doggo, it is only natural for you to want them to make new dog friends and have some other canine companions to play with. However, as they are super devoted to their owners, it can be a bit tricky to have them socialize with other dogs. But fear not, with good intentions and proper training, your pup can be the talk of the dog park and the favorite friend of other furry sweethearts and play in that area. Socializing your dog does not have to be a hard task, but it does require some willpower and patience on your side.

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Introduction
For your doggo to make new pup friends, they first need to get to know them, right? Lucky you, all you have to do is take a relaxing walk around the neighborhood and check out the environment. In the beginning, don’t force your German Malinois to interact with other dogs, instead let them take things at their own pace.
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Praise and reinforcement
When a fellow dog-owner approaches you, use positive reinforcement to let your pup know that it is okay to sniff the other doggo and give their best smile to the dog owner in front of you. Give them a tasty treat or a loving hug to let them know you are there and they are not on their own.
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Make friends!
After a few low-key outings, it is time to take your pup to a smaller dog park. Pick a time of day when you know there won’t be too many dogs, and have your dog play with a few pups already in the park. Praise them when they are good and give them a treat when you think that they are being super friendly!
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Kong Fun

Put some treats in a Kong and give them to your pup to play with. You can also smear some peanut butter on it which will definitely keep your pup busy for a while.

Obstacle Course

Build an obstacle course in your backyard or in your house to take care of boredom during those rainy days when you cannot go for long walks. Both you and your pup will have loads of fun trying to overcome the hurdles you set up!

Conclusion

The German Malinois is a faithful companion who will be your friend for life. So, to give something back to this fantastic doggo, make sure to exercise them every day, make every day fun for them, and make their life feel like heaven when they are with you. You will surely be rewarded by immense love no one else can give you, and as the old saying goes: let’s hope we are half the people our dogs think we are.