Activities For Jack Chis

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Introduction

The Jack Chi, the pawfect combination of a Jack Russell and Chihuahua, is a lap dog that's fun for the whole family! These small dogs are outgoing and friendly, usually getting along well with people and other dogs. Their small size also helps them quickly adapt to apartment living, but don't be fooled; Jack Chis are energetic dogs who need to fit in exercise each day. If you're looking for ways to get your Jack Chi out of the house and burn off some energy, try one of the activities below.

Play Brain Teasers

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Any Day
Cheap
Easy
10 - 30 min
Items needed
Treats
Clicker
Puzzle toys (Optional)
Activity description
It's pretty likely that you know your dog needs to get in a good physical workout every now and then. However, did you know that giving your dog's brain a workout is important, too? A quick and easy brain teaser is fun for both you and your dog, and it also helps the two of you bond. If you already have treats and a clicker on-hand, you have everything you need. A puzzle toy, made to hide dog treats within it, is optional. This activity is pawfect for any weather, but it's sure to brighten your dog's mood on a rainy day. These activities likely won't hold your energetic Jack Chi's attention for too long, though. Luckily, they can be done several times throughout the course of the day.
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Get your dog's attention
It's easiest to do a brain teaser with your pup when you have their full attention. For some pups, all it takes is the quick rattle of a treat bag. For others, you might need to be in a quiet, closed-off space, such as a bedroom or bathroom. Make sure both you and your dog are comfortable. Anxiety will make your dog lose focus.
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Do the brain teaser
There are plenty of easy brain teasers to do with your dog. Pick up one of the small treats and show your Jack Chi that it's in your hand. After that, put your hands together behind your back and move the treat around. Close your hands, hold them out, and see if your dog can successfully find the treat! When they do, give the clicker a click and let your pup enjoy. If you're using a puzzle toy, put the treat in one of the slots, close it up, and set it in front of your pup. Demonstrate to your dog a couple of times how to open the compartments; once they smell the treat, they'll likely catch on quickly. Click when your dog successfully completes the puzzle!
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Play in the Sprinkler

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Hot Day
Moderate
Easy
20 min
Items needed
Hose
Sprinkler
Towels
Activity description
When the dog days of summer arrive, there's no better way to cool down by getting wet. Since not everyone has access to a pool, we suggest using the next best thing: a sprinkler! Your Jack Chi will likely enjoy a sprinkler more than a pool, anyway, as it's the best of both worlds. It allows braver ones to run and jump through the water, using up some extra energy. At the same time, it's also a better option for more timid dogs, as it allows gradual contact with the water. If you don't have a sprinkler and a hose, you'll need to buy them, but they aren't too costly. The best part is that after the initial investment, you'll already have everything for next time. On a hot day, what could be better?
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Set up the sprinkler
The main part of this step is pretty simple. Take everything out of the packaging and set up all of the parts. Make sure all of the parts are screwed together tightly. You don't want a leak! Dispose of any small parts so that Fido doesn't get hurt.
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Let your dog get comfortable
If you had no clue what a sprinkler was, you'd probably be a bit confused! Before you move on to the final step, let your Jack Chi give the sprinkler a good sniff or two. Set it out in the yard and show Spot both the hose and the sprinkler. This might also be a good time to teach your pooch not to chew on the hose.
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Make a splash
After your Jack Chi has become comfortable with the sprinkler, turn it on and have some fun! If your dog gets bored of chasing the water after a while, feel free to add to the fun by adding in a ball or playing tag together. The fun only ends when your dog starts getting tired. Make sure you have a towel or two on-hand to dry off before heading back inside.
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Visit a Dog Park

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Sunny Day
Free
Easy
1 hr
Items needed
Water
Waste Bags
Leash
Activity description
Going to the dog park is a great activity for both you and your Jack Chi. First, it gives your dog the chance to get their daily exercise. It also allows your pup the chance to socialize with other dogs in a neutral environment, which is important to the Jack Chi's development. Feel free to bring a toy along (if the dog park allows toys to be brought in) for some extra fun. While some dog parks do charge a small fee, you can usually find at least one free option available nearby. Just how long you and your dog stay is up to you, but many people choose to spend around an hour in the park. When the weather's nice out, grab your canine companion and head to the bark park!
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Find a dog park
Take your time choosing a dog park that's the best fit for you and your Jack Chi! Since this breed is usually smaller, you might want to find a bark park that has separate sections for small and large dogs. You'll also want to make sure the park doesn't require a membership. Find out if the park is fully fenced-in to ensure your dog's well-being. It's also a good idea to double-check if proof of up-to-date vaccinations is required.
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Introduce your dog
While it's possible that your energetic Jack Chi will want to dive right into playing, it's best to take a slower approach to things, especially if your dog hasn't socialized a lot. Leave your dog on their leash at first to sniff around and see how they interact with the other dogs in the park. If it's going well, allow your dog off their leash. Don't be surprised if your dog is a little skeptical and wants to stay near you; after all, you're their favorite person, and the Jack Chi can be clingy! Your dog will venture further as they get more comfortable.
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Play
After your dog is feeling comfortable, the fun can start! Allow your Jack Chi the freedom to play with the other pups. If your dog isn't too possessive of the toy you brought along, allow them to play a game of tug-of-war with their friends. If the dog park is quiet, play a round of fetch or two. Remind your dog how fun the bark park and other dogs are by routinely bringing them back. We know your Jack Chi will have a ball!
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Take a Walk

It's a common misconception that small dogs don't need to go for walks. With an active pup like a Jack Chi, a daily walk is never a bad idea. You can also use the walk to practice socializing your pooch by inviting other dog moms and dads to join!

Play Fetch

The Jack Russell side of your Jack Chi will love a good game of fetch, as chasing things is in their DNA. Grab a ball, a stick, or a stuffed animal and enjoy! This activity can be done either indoors or outdoors, so it's a great rainy day activity.

Conclusion

Your energetic Jack Chi likely requires a lot of stimulation, so we're pawsitive that they'll enjoy any of these furrific activities! However, remember that it's not unlikely your pup will be a little anxious going into new situations. Regardless of which activity you choose, we guarantee your canine companion will have a good time. After all, they're spending they're passing the time their favorite way: with you!