Activities For Glechons

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Introduction

Bright, beautiful and bursting with love, the Glechon is a cross between the pack-hunting Beagle and the cuddly Bichon Frise. In most cases, the Glechon will take on the best characteristics of both parents -- they’re known for their affectionate loyalty and their intelligence. And with their soft, fluffy hair, small stature and short snouts, there’s no denying that they’re freakin’ adorable!

Glechons have pretty reasonable exercise requirements, but their brains do need to be kept busy. They also tend to inherit the Beagle’s strong stubborn streak, and while they aren’t exactly the clingy-est of puppers, they do need a lot of love. Read on for five furrific activities to help keep your Glechon as healthy and happy as can be!

Treasure Hunt

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Any Day
Cheap
Normal
30 min
Items needed
Treats
Activity description

Beagles are hunting dogs, and they’re great at tracking by scent. Why not harness that innate ability to give your buddy a mental workout?

You can do this activity both outdoors and inside on a rainy day -- though be sure to remove anything that could cause your doggo to injure themselves. On the topic of safety, it should go without saying that you should hide the treasures in safe spots. All you’ll need for this activity is a pocket full of treats and a little bit of time.

Treasure Hunt counts as a training activity, and while your buddy was literally born for this task, it could still take them a while to get good at it. The time estimate above refers to the length of time per training session, but you will probably need to repeat this over a period of a few days.

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Start small
Your first step is to introduce the concept of the game -- you hide a treat, and your pup finds it. Get your pooch to sit and stay, and brandish your treat in front of them. As they watch, "hide" it somewhere super obvious and introduce a command, like "go get it".
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Ramp up the difficulty
Repeat step one, but this time, use multiple treats. Once they’ve grasped the repetition, you can start hiding the treats in more difficult places, like in separate rooms. Make sure to use treats with a strong scent! Once your pupper is a pro at this task, you can make it more challenging by hiding the treats under pieces of screwed up newspapers, or in cardboard boxes.
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Go Camping

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Sunny Day
Moderate
Easy
2 days
Items needed
Collapsible food bowl
First aid kid
Tweezers
Booties
Activity description

Why leave your buddy alone when you’re heading off on vacation? Glechons don’t need as much attention as, say, a French Bulldog or a Havanese, but they still don’t do well when left alone for long periods of time. Plus, what’s a family vacation without your furry friend?

If you don’t mind "ruffing" it a bit in the great outdoors, camping is a pawesome, often Fido-friendly way to take a holiday with your hound by your side. Or to preserve a few of your creature comforts, consider splashing out on an RV rental and heading to a private RV park with all the trimmings. Your four-pawed pal will thank you for it!

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Research your staying spot
Although many campgrounds (particularly US Forest Service ones) welcome wagging tails with open arms, there are still some out there that forbid doggos from staying. Make sure your campground of choice caters for canines before you make your reservation. It also pays to consider what kind of activities are in the area. A trip to a national park might sound like a great idea, but many of them don’t allow pups on any trails. Keep in mind that most problems with a Glechon spring from boredom -- you’ll have to make sure that they’re well entertained!
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Be prepared
Be sure that you have everything you need for your trip. At the very least, you should have two collapsible food bowls for your pup -- one for water and one for food. As always, you’ll have to pack waste bags. Tweezers for ticks, booties for sensitive paws and a first aid kit are a good bet if you’re off on an outdoor adventure. Oh yeah, and pack stuff for yourself too.
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Have fun!
Have a pawtastic vacation with your four-pawed pal! See the sights, get in some trail time, cast a line into a nearby body of water, or simply chill out and soak in your surroundings. Remember, your buddy wants nothing more than to be by your side, so as long as they have something to keep them stimulated, they should have a whale of a time!
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The Shell Game

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Any Day
Cheap
Hard
30 min
Items needed
Plastic cups
Treats
Activity description

Teaching your pupper to play the shell game is a grrr-eat way to give their brains something to chew on! The shell game for dogs works almost exactly the same way as it does for humans -- take three cups, put something under one, move the cups around and see if your doggo can find it. In this case, you’re going to be using a treat with a strong scent.

As with a treasure hunt, it’s going to take your pooch a while to pick this up (probably longer than the former). Be patient, and practice for the above time for a couple of days or weeks.

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Show them the set-up
Arrange three plastic cups in a row, place them at your pup’s nose height, and as they watch, place one of your treats under the cup. Every time they nudge the cup with their nose, reward them with the treat. Be prepared for this step to take longer than you might think -- Glechons are notorious for wanting to do their own thing. It pays to throw subtlety out the window when you’re hiding the goodies -- wave the treat around before you hide it under the cup, say.
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Start moving the cups around
Once your pupper has the first step down, it’s time to take your training to the next level. Place the treat under the cup and move it to another position. Reward your buddy when they find it -- give them lots of affection alongside their treat. It’s best to move your cup to the same position for the first few goes. When your doggo is finding the treat consistently, you can start switching the cups at random.
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More Fun Ideas...

Hiking

The main challenge with a Glechon is keeping their mind active, but like all dogs, they also need their physical exercise! Going for a long walk in the great outdoors should keep their bodies healthy while allowing them to experience new sights, sounds and smells.

Doggy Sleepover

Glechons are very friendly towards humans, but they need to make their own four-pawed pals, too! Why not ask a fellow pet parent if their furbaby can stay the night?

Conclusion

Owning a Glechon is a wonderful experience, as long as you can keep them from getting bored! The above activities should go a long way towards keeping your tiny tearaway stimulated.  Make no bones about it -- a good mental workout is the fastest way to a very content canine. Have fun!