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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!
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.
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!
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.
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.