Activities For Jackshunds

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Introduction

A cross between the Jack Russell Terrier and the Dachshund, the Jackshund tends to be an active, loving dog with a mischievous side. This social pup fits well in a house or apartment and can get along with both kids and animals. Because they're a highly intelligent pooch, these fur-babies can be stubborn at times. You'll want to exercise them for a few 30-minute sessions each day. In addition to going for walks, try some of the activities listed below.

Gardening

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Sunny Day
Cheap
Easy
30 - 40 min
Items needed
garden tools
gloves
Activity description
If you have a fenced yard with a garden, bring your pup out as you tend to the vegetables or flowers. Your furry friend will benefit from the fresh air while you pull some weeds or collect your harvest. Let your pal root around in the dirt by your side. They might even help when you need to do some digging. These stout animals have powerful front legs for excavating. Fido will also have an opportunity to trot around the property and work off some of their excess energy. You can do this activity on dry days between early spring and late fall.
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Prepare
It's time to weed or tend your garden. First, you'll need to check the weather to make sure it will be dry enough. Next, collect any tools and supplies. If you're pulling up dandelions or other unwanted plants, make sure you have good gardening gloves and a trowel. When you need to plant or fertilize, gather other needed items.
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Play in the dirt
Once you have everything ready, head out to the garden. Take your tools and supplies to your workspace and start pulling or digging. Let your pooch wander around the garden or yard as you work. They'll be able to get some exercise and fresh air while you're tending to your plants. You may want to designate a special spot in the garden for Fido to dig to avoid tearing up your petunias!
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Nosework

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Any Day
Free
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15 - 30 min
Items needed
treats
Activity description
If you're looking for a rainy day or indoor activity, do some nose work with your special pal. A dog's sense of smell is well-developed, and you can take advantage of this trait to keep them occupied for a while. By playing a game like find the treat, you can bond with your pal and offer them mental stimulation. The only thing you need is an appealing piece of food that your dog will want to search out and eat. At first, you can hide the treat in your hand or somewhere nearby. As Fido develops some skill, place the food further away.
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Training
To make this activity work well, choose a smelly treat that your furry pal loves. Start with a simple task like hiding the food in one of your hands while they're behind your back. Bring your fists in front of you and let Fido sniff out the location. After a few rounds, try placing the item somewhere in the room.
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Play the game
When your pooch masters finding a treat that you hide nearby, branch out. Try placing the item in another room. Unless the food is something that can break apart easily, drag it along the ground to leave a scent trail. Place your pup in a sit-stay or put them in a kennel or room until the treat is in place, then let the hunt begin.
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Fetch

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Any Day
Free
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20 - 30 min
Items needed
toy
treats
Activity description
This designer breed has plenty of spunk and loves to play. A game of fetch offers a furiffic way to burn off some energy. With the hunting background of both parents, the Jackshund enjoys chasing and catching things. Pick a favored toy that your fur-baby loves to run after. Teach them to get the item when you throw it and to bring it back to you. If they don't know how to drop or give, you may need to use treats at first. Once your pooch starts to enjoy the game, you can replace food with plenty of praise.
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Teach the game
Many dogs don't require a lot of training to play fetch. Start by getting your fur-baby interested in playing with a ball or other toy. Once they're engaged, throw the item a short distance and encourage them to fetch. When Fido picks up their toy, call them back to you and ask them to give or drop. Use praise and a treat if needed to make the activity fun.
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Play fetch
Once your pup masters the game, you can play at any time. Grab your pal's toy and tease them to spark interest. These playful pooches shouldn't take much encouragement to get them going. The better your furry friend gets at the game, the further you can toss their toy.
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Plan an Overnight

Offer your furry friend a change of scenery by planning a getaway with Fido. Not only will they get to sniff out some new scents, but going someplace new is a perfect chance to socialize your Jackshund and treat them to a doggy date. Bring their bed and a few favorite toys to help them settle in.

Take Fido to Work

If your workplace offers a bring your dog to work day, take advantage of it with Fido. Your pooch will eat up the social interaction with your office mates. Also, this activity provides a unique bonding opportunity and helps to prevent separation anxiety. Remember to check with your co-workers first and to get your workspace ready for the visit.

Conclusion

This puptastic ball of energy can be a fun addition to your family's household. When you offer them firm obedience training and ruffly 45 minutes of activity a day, you'll help make your Jackshund feel content. Your care and attention can prevent boredom and keep them from getting into mischief.