Activities For Havamalts

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Introduction

Sweet, affectionate, and oh-so-cute, the Havamalt is an increasingly popular hybrid breed. Created by crossing two small breeds, the Havanese and Maltese, Havamalts are loving and friendly canines that thrive on human interaction and companionship.

Known for their playful and happy-go-lucky nature, Havamalts simply love being made to feel like part of the family. They don't, however, do well when left alone for long periods of time, and their enthusiastic character means regular playtime is a must. Mental stimulation is also crucial for your Havamalt's wellbeing, so you'll need to be happy to put in plenty of effort to keep your pint-sized pooch entertained.

Luckily, there's plenty to do with these lovable pooches, so here are three wonderful activities to enjoy with your Havamalt.

Attend a Parade

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Sunny Day
Free
Easy
30 - 60 mins
Items needed
Leash
Treats
Water
Waste bags
Activity description

It's a lovely sunny day and you and your Havamalt are keen to get out into the fresh air and explore the world. While you could go for a walk or take a trip to your local dog park, you do that sort of thing every day and you're keen to experience something a little different.

This is when taking your dog to watch a parade is a paw-some activity. Not only will your dog get to stretch their legs and spend plenty of time with you, but they'll also get to encounter plenty of interesting sights, sounds, and smells and maybe even meet some new friends.

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Find a parade
Check out events calendars for your town or city to find out whether there are any parades coming up, perhaps as part of a larger festival. As long as dogs are welcome and there's nothing in the parade that might alarm your dog (such as fireworks), why not plan an outing with your pooch to take in the spectacle?
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Pick your spot
Find a vantage point along the parade route where you and your pet will enjoy a good view of the action. Remember to take along water to help your furry friend stay hydrated, and watch your dog closely so that you can pick up on any signs that may indicate they're uncomfortable with the crowds, the noise, or anything else.
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Enjoy!
Now all that's left to do is enjoy the parade. Your dog will hopefully love watching all the different floats and people go by, smelling interesting smells, and just taking it all in. Remember to keep a close eye on your pooch to make sure they're still comfortable, but other than that, all you have to do is clap, cheer, and generally have a grrr-eat time.
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Take Your Dog to Work

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Any Day
Free
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8 hrs
Items needed
Bed
Leash
Treats
Water
Toys
Activity description

Havamalts need to be around their humans as much as possible, so leaving your dog home alone while you head off to work for hours at a time is far from ideal. With this in mind, you might want to find out whether it's possible to bring your dog to work for a day — hopefully on a regular basis.

An increasing number of employers are starting to recognize the many benefits a pet-friendly workplace can have on morale and work ethic, so check with your boss to find out whether this could be an option for you. Not only will your dog get the human interaction and companionship they crave, but you'll enjoy being at work a whole lot more than you usually do.

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Clear it with your boss
The first step is to get approval from the powers-that-be at your workplace. This may be a stumbling block for some people who are reluctant to ask their boss for anything, so it's a good idea to go in prepared. You'll need to reassure your boss that your pet is hygienic, healthy, and well-trained, while arming yourself with scientific information about the benefits pets can have of relieving stress and boosting morale in the workplace will also help.
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Plan ahead
If you get the green light, you'll need to plan out your dog's day ahead of time. For example, where will they sit in the office? Where will they be allowed to go? Where will they go to the bathroom? You'll also need bedding to keep them comfortable, toys to keep them entertained, treats to reward good behavior, and, of course, a water bowl.
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Go to work
When the big day arrives, make sure your dog is clean, well-rested and ready to go. Taking them for a long walk before you head to work will help them be on their best behavior all day, and you and your Havamalt are sure to be the center of attention all day long. If all goes well, your boss might even agree to make visits from your dog a regular thing!
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Flyball

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Sunny Day
Cheap
Normal
30 - 60 mins
Items needed
Ball
Hurdles
Flyball box
Treats
Activity description

If you're looking for a way to help your energetic Havamalt burn off some excess energy and get some mental stimulation at the same time, there are plenty of doggy sports which your pooch may well enjoy.

The sports your dog tries is entirely up to you, but one that should be near the top of your list is flyball. This action-packed canine sport is a relay race between two teams of four dogs and lets your pooch run, jump, and indulge their love of tennis balls.

And don't worry if you think your pooch is too small to take part, as dogs of all shapes and sizes can participate. Here's how.

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Find a club
Do some online research to find a dog sports club or dedicated flyball group near you. The emphasis should always be on fun, so look for a group that seems like it'll be welcoming to new members and happy to focus on simply letting dogs enjoy themselves. You'll then be able to head to a meeting or demonstration and start learning the basics of flyball.
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Start training
Flyball sees two teams of four dogs race across a 51-foot course. One by one, each dog leaves a start/finish line, jumps over four hurdles, and hits a spring-loaded pad with their paws to release a tennis ball. They must catch the ball and then head back over the four hurdles to the start/finish line. The first team to have all four dogs finish wins. There are several skills that need to be taught for your dog to learn how to complete a flyball run, but the club members will be able to help you get started.
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Practice makes perfect
Training a flyball dog takes time and patience, but it's well worth it. Using treat rewards and plenty of praise, you'll need to break the sport down into separate skills and then gradually teach your dog how to put them all together. Once they know what to do, they'll love tackling the course at top speed — and you'll have just as good a time watching them!
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More Fun Ideas...

Gardening

Got a green thumb and love spending time with your dog? Invite your Havamalt to help you with the gardening. They'll love lying by your side while you work, especially if you're happy to put down your tools every now and then for a few minutes of playtime.

Agility

If you're looking for another sport your dog might like, let them try their paw at agility — it's essentially an obstacle course for dogs and offers an excellent physical and mental workout.

Conclusion

No matter what sort of activity you have planned for your furry friend, the main thing your Havamalt wants is to spend time with you. With this in mind, make sure all your outings, adventures, and playtimes are geared towards maximizing dog and owner interaction. If you can do that, your Havamalt will be a happy and well-behaved member of the family.