Activities For Jateses

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Introduction

If you're interested in a small but intelligent hybrid breed, check out the Jatese. The Jatese is a combination of the Maltese and Japanese Chin breeds. Both dogs are small in nature but unique in personality. The Japanese Chin is a sidekick often described as a shadow, attached at their handler's hip. This toy dog breed is friendly towards strangers, children and other dogs. They enjoy spending an afternoon in a lap or playing a challenging game.

The Maltese is also a toy breed, maxing out at 7 pounds just like the Japanese Chin. The Maltese is gentle by nature but also has an adventurous and playful side. Just like the Japanese Chin, their exercise requirements can be met through short walks, romps in the yard and games in the house. The combined breeds make for an affectionate and lively companion who loves cuddling just as much as being entertained with a game!

Power Walk

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Any Day
Free
Easy
10 min
Items needed
Leash
Activity description

Power walking is one way to increase your dog's aerobic workout quickly and efficiently. A power walk is very much like a standard walk with your pooch, except the walk is much quicker and doesn't allow for stops or breaks. 

Essentially, to power walk, you speed walk at a consistent pace for 10 to 15 minutes. Power walks are beneficial for dogs because they can improve muscle mass, build stamina and help maintain healthy body weight -- not to mention they'll prevent boredom for both of you! To take a power walk, you will need only a leash, as you won't be making any stops. If you choose, you can allow your pooch to do their business before getting started so they're not tempted throughout the walk. In this case, bring along a waste bag. Enjoy the simplicity and accessibility of power walking by partaking in the activity multiple times a week! 

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Introducing the walk
If you and your pup take regular walks already, it may come as a surprise to them when they're not allowed to stop during their first power walk. Prep them for this by letting them use the bathroom first. When you're ready, set off at a steady pace and maintain it throughout.
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Preventing stops
While walking, you want to keep your pooch at your side -- do not let them lead. You set the pace and encourage them to maintain it. Don't give too much extra slack in the leash as this can lead to your Jatese trying to make a quick stop. If they do try to stop, gently pull on the leash, correcting the behavior, and continue on your walk.
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Using repetition and reinforcement
You may need to practice power walking a few times with your Jatese for them to grasp the activity. At the end of your first training session walks, be sure you reward your pup with praise (and even a treat) to let them know they accomplished the task. Do this repeatedly so that they'll associate power walking with a reward. Before long, your Jatese will be power walking like a professional!
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Doggie Date Night

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Any Day
Moderate
Easy
3 - 4 hrs
Items needed
Leash
Waste Bags
Water Bowl
Activity description

Treat your Jatese to a luxurious date night by combining dinner and a movie. If you live in a city, it's likely you can find a dog-friendly restaurant nearby. Jump online and check out the "oppawtunities" available in your area. If you don't have a dog-friendly restaurant nearby, substitute the dinner out for a meal in. 

After treating your pup to a fancy meal, head out to the closest drive-in for a film. Bring along a blanket and some snacks for a sweet dessert while you enjoy the film. This activity does come with a cost for dinner and the movie, so you may choose to only do it a few times a year. Have fun and enjoy an evening out with your Jatese!

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Selecting the dinner location
As previously mentioned, dog-friendly restaurants with dog menus becoming more "pawpular", and if you live close to a large city, it's worth exploring. If this isn't an option, stay home and turn your own kitchen into a gourmet restaurant. Prepare your pup a hearty meal. There are unlimited doggy dinner recipes available online for you to explore to substitute for their normal (and relatively boring) dog food!
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Find a drive-in
Just like the restaurant, you need to have a drive-in accessible for this portion of the activity. If you don't, you can modify this part of your doggy date to spend an evening watching a flick at home. If you go to the drive-in, you'll need to pack some supplies. If you watch a movie at home, you have the benefit of selecting a title that's dog-friendly!
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Packing before the show
For your evening out, be sure to pack a bag of supplies ahead of time. Even if you are heading home after dinner, you'll want waste bags on hand just in case. Make your vehicle comfortable at the drive-in by packing pillows, blankets, and treats for you and your pooch. You can also bring along a toy in case your Jatese needs some stimulation during the show.
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Indoor Games

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Any Day
Free
Easy
15 - 30 min
Items needed
Toy
Flirt Pole
Treats (Optional)
Activity description

There's a variety of indoor activities you can use to get your Jatese moving. As they're a small breed, it's easy to accommodate their exercise space into almost any home. Depending on the activity you choose, the amount of space required will vary. 

Three easy, cost-efficient and fun games you can try with your Jatese include using a flirt pole, playing tug-of-war or running stair drills. All three activities are easy to do, and all come with the benefit or tiring your Jatese out, which doesn't take much for this little dog breed. Introduce each activity and spend at least 15 minutes playing. The only materials you need are a tug-of-war object, a flirt pole and treats if you want to reward and encourage your Jatese throughout your play. 

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Using a flirt pole
Though flirt poles are commonly used with cats, they're also "pawpular" with small dogs. To use a flirt pole, gain your dog's attention, then wave the pole back and forth in the air and along the ground. Your dog will likely chase the object on the end of the pole, but if they don't right away, encourage them to. You can reward them when they "catch" the pole using a treat.
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Stair drills
As Jateses are small pups, stairs may be a bit of a challenge for them, which is why this is a great workout. Stair drills involve your pup ascending and descending the stairs quickly to work their leg muscles. Try tossing one of their favorite toys up the stairs to help tire them out. A few repetitions will suffice for your Jatese.
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Tug-of-war
For this activity, you will need to purchase your Jatese a tug toy if they don't have one already. Twisted ropes are "grrreat" for this game. Begin by introducing the rope and get your pup to grab hold of it with their mouth. Gently pull back and forth with your pup, forcing them to use their weight and legs to take the object. Allow them to win every once in a while to keep them engaged.
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Wading the Water

Spend an afternoon exploring the sandy shores of a beach. You can wade the shallow waters with your Jatese or take them in for a dip. Bring along a toy to toss into the water to promote water exploration and swimming.

At-Home Spa

Treat your pup to an at-home spa day by picking up the essentials from a local pet shop and transforming your home. Spend the afternoon giving your pup a manicure, pedicure, bath, and brush.

Conclusion

Combining the Japanese Chin and Maltese results in a playful and loving hybrid. The Jatese is quite small in size, weighing approximately 6 to 10 pounds. They enjoy hanging out in a loved one's lap or playing games that stimulate their bodies and minds. That's why quick and easy indoor games are an excellent pastime for you and your Jatese. Tire your pooch out using stair drills, tug-of-war or a flirt pole. Power walks are another excellent source of aerobic exercise. 

If you're interested in an evening of pampering, take your Jatese out for dinner and a movie. If you don't have anywhere close by to dine or watch a flick, convert the activity into one done at home! You could combine this evening with a day in your at-home spa, making it the "ultimutt" experience for your Jatese. Help your Jatese stay happy and healthy by varying the activities you explore together daily.