Activities For Havachons

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Introduction

A gorgeous cross between the Havanese and the Bichon Frise, the Havachon is one of the cutest and cuddliest dogs you're ever likely to meet. But there's much more to the breed than just good looks -- these are also friendly and affectionate little canines that get on well with people of all ages.

If you're looking for ways to show your Havachon just how special they are to you, not to mention give them all-important mental stimulation and exercise, it's always a good idea to be on the lookout for fun activities you and your pooch can enjoy together.

So if you're searching for games and outings to share with your Havachon, here are a few paw-some ideas to get you started.

Make Your Own Treat Ball

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Any Day
Cheap
Easy
15 - 20 min
Items needed
Tennis ball
Drill
Treats
Activity description

Treat-dispensing toys are grrr-eat boredom busters for energetic and food-motivated pooches. Whether you're out and about or just looking for a way to keep your dog busy for a little while, these toys provide excellent mental stimulation as well as tasty food rewards for your furry friend.

But why would you go out and splash any cash on one of these toys when you can make one yourself? It's quick, easy and cheap to do, and chances are your Havachon won't be able to tell the difference.

So if your canine companion needs a new boredom-busting toy, here's what you need to do.

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Build it
You don't need to go out and stock up on a whole lot of expensive materials to build your toy. Instead, simply find an old tennis ball that your dog no longer plays with and grab your cordless drill. You can then select an appropriately-sized drill bit that will allow you to put holes in the tennis ball that are big enough for dog treats to fall out of, but not so big that the treats will just drop out willy-nilly.
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Fill it
Now it's time to stuff the ball full of a whole lot of your Havachon's favorite treats. Once it's ready to go, call your dog over and place the ball on the ground in front of them. Their nose should instantly alert them to the fact that there are treats nearby -- now it's just a matter of working out how to get to them.
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Get busy
All you have to do now is sit back and let your dog go to work on their new toy. They'll try pawing at it and licking at it at first, and will eventually work out their own style or system to effectively maneuver the ball around so treats fall out. It's a wonderful and rewarding challenge for your dog, and great fun for you as you watch them put their problem-solving skills into action.
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Puppy Playdate

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Sunny Day
Free
Easy
1 - 2 hrs
Items needed
Treats
Toys
Activity description

Regular trips to the dog park are an excellent way to give your dog exercise, mental stimulation, and the chance to simply enjoy being a dog for a while. 

But going to the dog park can also be a stressful experience. There may be other poorly-socialized dogs there who don't know how to play nice, breeds that are much larger than your cute little Havachon, and other hassles and annoyances that can ruin what's meant to be a relaxing experience.

If you want to avoid these issues but still give your pet a paw-some play session, why not invite one of their canine pals over for a playdate? Here's what you need to do.

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Pick a pal
The first and most important step is deciding which of your dog's furry friends you'll invite over for a puppy playdate. Take some time to think about which dogs your dog tends to play with the best -- they may be a similar size to your dog, have a similar temperament, or just seem to enjoy the same games and style of play. Once you've decided on a suitable dog, get in touch with their owner to arrange a time and date for them to come over to your place.
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Playtime!
All that's left to do now is get out all of your dog's toys, maybe put out an extra water bowl for your canine guest, and then put the kettle on. Then you can sit back and relax while your dog and their four-legged friend enjoy running, jumping, sniffing, wrestling and frolicking around. You and the other dog's owner can enjoy a tea or coffee and a chat -- just make sure to keep one eye on the dogs at all times so they don't get up to too much mischief.
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Road Trip

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Any Day
Moderate
Easy
1 hr
Items needed
Car harness
Treats
Portable water bowl
Activity description

Are you and your dog sitting at home right now bored out of your brains? Got a whole day waiting in front of you and not sure how to fill it?

Rather than spending the day just lazing around the house, give your pooch some fun and excitement and get out there and see the world. One of the best ways to do this is to take a road trip.

With new sights and smells rushing by out the car window, you know your dog is going to have a paw-some time. Throw in the chance to spend some quality time with you, and your dog will jump at the opportunity to hit the road.

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To plan or not to plan
Depending on your mood, you may want to skip this step entirely. Road trips are often at their most enjoyable when they're a spur of the moment thing, so you might decide you just want to hop in the car and see where you end up. If you prefer your road trips to be a little more structured, you might want to spend some time plotting a route to a specific destination, such as a paw-some hiking trail, a dog-friendly beach or just a beautiful lookout.
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Stock up on snacks
Whether you like to plan ahead or not, there's one thing you absolutely must take care of before you leave: snacks. No road trip is complete without a few tasty morsels to enjoy along the way, so make sure you're loaded up with plenty of treats for you and your dog. Water is also essential, and make sure your dog will have everything they may need (leash, toys etc.) to explore your destination when you get there.
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Hit the road
The only thing left to do now is buckle up and hit the road. Wind the windows down, put some music on and enjoy the chance to just get out there and go exploring with your dog. Your pooch will absolutely love the bonding time and the mental stimulation a car trip offers, and you'll relish a change of scenery and the company of your canine pal. Just remember to take it slow and savor every moment -- after all, what's the rush?
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Treasure Hunt

Hide treats around the house so your pooch can have their very own treasure hunt. This will give them paw-some mental stimulation, a chance to use their incredible sense of smell, and the reward of a tasty snack.

Shopping Trip

The next time you're heading to your pet supply store, take your dog along for the ride. Your pooch will love the chance to indulge in a little retail therapy and maybe pick themselves out a treat or two.

Conclusion

Havachons are undoubtedly adorable, but they're not there just to be looked at. They need love and attention, exercise and mental stimulation, and interaction and companionship. The activities on this page are a grrr-eat starting point for anyone looking for new and interesting ways to spend some quality time with their pooch. Try them out with your fluffy friend today.