Activities For Havatons

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Introduction

A cross between the gorgeous Havanese and the playful Coton de Tulear, the Havaton has plenty to offer as a family companion. Affectionate and spirited little dogs, Havatons tend to form strong bonds with their humans and love spending as much time with their people as possible.

When you welcome a Havaton into your family, you'll need to be aware that this isn't the type of dog that can just be left in a backyard alone all day long. This breed needs companionship, exercise and mental stimulation to stay happy and healthy, and there are plenty of paw-some doggy activities that will make sure your pooch gets all of these requirements in spades.

Here are a few of the best activities you can share with your Havaton.

Work For Your Food

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Any Day
Free
Easy
15 min
Items needed
Treats
Activity description

Does your dog gobble their dinner down the second after it hits their bowl? Are you looking for ways to work extra training sessions into your daily routine and give your pooch a little extra mental stimulation?

If your answer to both of these questions is yes, this might just be the paw-fect activity for you. The aim of the game is to teach your dog to come when called -- no matter which member of your family happens to be calling them.

It's fun for the whole family to enjoy together, and it's a rewarding and tasty mental challenge your pet should relish.

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Getting started
Gather all the members of your family together and split the amount of dry kibble your dog usually has for their dinner evenly between you. You can then all spread out to different areas of the yard or your home, trying to leave as large a gap as possible between each person. With everyone in position, it's time to call your dog over and let the fun begin.
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Call your dog
Call your dog over to you and ask them to sit at your feet. When they do so, reward them with some of the kibble in your hand. When your dog has finished their snack, the next person can call your pooch over to them, ask Fido to sit and then provide a tasty reward. One by one, your pet will need to go to each family member who calls them in order to get his dinner one small piece at a time. At the end of the game, your dog should be full, tired and very happy.
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Doggy Toy Swap

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Any Day
Free
Easy
30 min
Items needed
Dog toys
Activity description

If your dog has grown tired of their collection of toys, you might be tempted to head out to your local pet supply store and stock up on a whole cart full of new toys for them to enjoy. While this is certainly an option, it's not something we can all afford to do on a regular basis.

So rather than running up more debt on your credit card, why not arrange a toy swap with one of your pet's best doggy pals? Not only will this save you a whole lot of money, it'll also ensure that your furry friend has a whole range of new and interesting toys to play with. 

Here's what you need to do.

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Phone a friend
The first thing you'll need to do is find a dog owner who is happy to take part in the toy swap with you. So take a moment to think of your pooch's best doggy friends and which ones they tend to play best with. When you've thought of a suitable pooch, give their owner a call or message to see if they'd be interested in swapping toys for a month or two. If they are, arrange a date and time to make the exchange.
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Clean your dog's toys
If your dog is anything like ours, chances are their toys get plenty of use and often have to withstand some rough treatment. So when you gather all your dog's toys together for the exchange, make sure you give them a wipe down with a damp cloth or even give them a wash in warm, soapy water. This is not only important for hygiene purposes, it's also just the polite thing to do.
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Make the swap
Now it's time to meet up with your friend and their pooch to swap the toys. Then when you get home, you can let your dog loose in the backyard with all their "new" toys. This will provide great mental stimulation for your Havaton and may even give you some paw-some ideas for new games. And who knows -- when you swap the toys back in a month or two, your dog's old toys may seem new again to them.
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Muffin Tin Game

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Any Day
Cheap
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15 min
Items needed
Muffin tin
Tennis balls
Treats
Activity description

Treat-dispensing toys are an excellent way to help your dog beat boredom and enjoy a rewarding mental challenge. However, there's no need to spend big bucks on these toys from your local pet store -- there are cheap and easy ways to give your dog a mental challenge using stuff you have lying around at home.

The muffin tin game is a paw-fect example. Ideal for a rainy day, it offers wonderful mental stimulation for your furry friend and is an easy way to fill in some time. Best of all, your pooch gets a tasty reward for their hard work.

Here's what you need to do.

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The setup
Dig into your kitchen drawers and cupboards to find an old muffin tray. Then grab a few of your dog's favorite treats and put them into some of the holes in the tray. With the food in place, cover each hole with a tennis ball -- it should be a nice, snug fit -- and then call your dog over.
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Play time
Place the tin on the floor in front of your dog and instruct them to find the treats. Your Havaton's powerful schnoz should immediately detect that there's food nearby, but the challenge for your dog is working out how to get to it. You'll have fun watching your dog use their paws, nose and mouth to maneuver the tennis balls out of the way, and your dog's ingenuity will be rewarded with a few tasty snacks.
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Doggy Day Spa

If you want to pamper your pooch and help them feel like a million bucks, treat them to a day of grooming at a boutique doggy day spa.

Bake a Dog-friendly Birthday Cake

Want to spoil your Havaton on their birthday? Invite them to join you in the kitchen to whip up a dog-friendly cake. If they're on their best behavior, you might even want to let your pooch lick the bowl.

Conclusion

If you want to show your Havaton just how much you love them, use the activities listed here as inspiration for some of the games and adventures you and your pooch can enjoy together. If you can give your dog all the love, exercise and mental challenges they need to be content, you'll be rewarded with a loyal and affectionate companion for life.