Activities For Havashires

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Introduction

A perky and spirited breed, the Havashire is a cross between two small breeds, the Havanese and the Yorkshire Terrier. Happy and playful, the Havashire has plenty of love and affection to give to its family, and loves being involved in everything you do.

This isn't a breed that likes being left alone for long periods of time, so the paw-fect owner will be able to devote plenty of time and energy to their furry friend. Training is also a must for these occasionally stubborn dogs, while daily exercise and regular play sessions are important for their wellbeing.

So if you're looking for some easy activities to entertain your Havashire and enrich their life, here are a few of the best.

Hide and Seek

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Any Day
Free
Easy
20 min
Items needed
Treats
Toys
Activity description

Hide and seek may be a staple game for kids the world over, but did you know it's also a fun activity you can enjoy with your Havashire? Your dog loves being with you whenever possible, so the challenge of finding you and sniffing out your hiding place is something they'll love.

This game provides mental stimulation for your pooch and lets them put their incredible sense of smell to good use. Even better, they get to enjoy a cuddle and play with you when they track you down.

Here's how you can enjoy a good old-fashioned game of hide and seek with your pet.

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Hide
When your pet is out of the room, find somewhere you can hide out of sight, such as in a closet or behind the couch. Then it's time to play the waiting game, but it probably won't be too long until your Havashire starts wondering what you're doing and comes looking for you. Try not to giggle and give yourself away - unless your dog needs a clue to get them on the right track.
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Seek
When your dog realizes you're not around, they'll soon come looking for you to see what's going on. They'll use their senses of sight, sound, and smell to seek out your hiding place, and will be pretty proud of themselves for doing so. Make sure you reward your dog with a treat and/or plenty of cuddles and praise, and you'll soon be able to escalate to more difficult hiding spots once your pet gets the hang of the game.
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Fetch Toys by Name

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Any Day
Free
Normal
30 - 60 min
Items needed
Toys
Treats
Activity description

Pretty much every dog instinctively knows how to play fetch, but there aren't many dogs out there who know how to fetch specific items by name. But this is a skill you can teach your Havashire to perfect, which is sure to impress your friends and family when they see it in action.

Training is an excellent way to provide mental stimulation for any dog, and this clever game should provide a real brain-boosting challenge for your Havashire. It might take a little while to teach, however, so make sure you remain patient and adopt a consistent approach with your training.

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Learning toy names
There are a couple of different ways you can teach your pet the names of their toys. The first is the wiggle method, which involves wiggling the toy under your dog's nose and saying the toy's name. If your dog sniffs or touches the toy, give them a treat and plenty of praise. The second option is to point at the toy, name it and tell your dog to find it, and reward them when they do the right thing.
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Move the toy further away
The next step is to increase the difficulty level by moving the toy further away from your dog. Then you can say the toy's name, point at it and encourage your dog to fetch it. Reward they with a treat and a whole lot of praise if they do the right thing.
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Introduce more toys
One by one, go through and teach your dog the names of all their toys. Eventually, you'll be able to spread all the toys out across the floor and ask your dog to fetch specific ones. This may take a little while to perfect as it can be quite complicated, but with patience and repetition your pooch should soon have mastered this impressive skill.
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Take a Walking Tour

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

When you've lived in a town or city for a big chunk of your life, it's not often that you think about what it looks like through the eyes of a tourist. But sometimes thinking like a tourist has its benefits, as it can introduce you to new experiences and let you see your city in a different light.

With this in mind, why not take a walking tour of your hometown with your dog? You can check out all the attractions and places that are usually only visited by tourists, giving your dog a whole lot of exercise and mental stimulation along the way.

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Plan your route
Take some time to think about some of the main attractions where you live. They'll need to be places you can take your dog, of course, and before too long you should have developed a list of your town's highlights. You can then put together a walking route that will take you past all the best tourist attractions in your area.
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Pound the pavement
With your Havashire beside you, it's now time to set off on your DIY walking tour. You can let your dog set the pace and decide whether they feel like a brisk walk, or whether they'd prefer to stop and enjoy the different sights and smells. By the end of the tour, you should have a tired and happy pooch on your hands (and hopefully a new-found appreciation for your town).
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More Fun Ideas...

Find the treats

Give your dog's nose a workout by hiding some treats around the home and encouraging them to find them. You can also try hiding a treat under one of several plastic cups and challenging your pet to find the right one.

Take your dog to work

Want to spend every hour of the day with your gorgeous pet? If your workplace is pet-friendly, take your dog along with you for the day. There's no doubt in our mind that the best co-workers have four legs!

Conclusion

As you can see, there's a pretty broad range of activities your Havashire will excel at and enjoy. However, the main thing to remember when planning activities for your pet is that their number-one goal in life is to spend more time with you. If you can give your Havashire as much attention and affection as possible, this lovable breed will fit right in with your family.