Activities For Jugs

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Introduction

The Jug is a hybrid that mixes the genes of the Jack Russell Terrier with those of a Pug. The Pug is a playful, somewhat comedic and definitely confident companion who generally likes to please their owners. Pugs have moderate energy levels, requiring daily exercise in the form of a game or walk. They don’t enjoy humidity and should not be exposed to hot weather for extended periods of time. 

The Jack Russell Terrier is an intelligent pup that thrives on any form of adventure. They have an extremely high energy level and need extensive exercise to prevent boredom and unwanted behaviors. This can range from long walks to challenging games that get them moving. The Jug takes after both parents, with quite a high energy level that requires lots of attention. Keep your Jug busy with games and activities that stimulate both their mind and body! 

Hiking

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Sunny Day
Free
Normal
1 - 2 hrs
Items needed
Leash
Waste Bags
Activity description

Grab your Jug, their leash, and some waste bags and set out for a walk that's much more stimulating than your typical neighborhood stroll. Head for the hills, the forest or any nearby accessible outdoor hiking trail. National forests and parks where you can find varying courses that range in difficulty and terrain are always a fan favorite!

Pick trails suitable for you and your Jug, and prepare for your hike by packing a bag. Ideally, you want to hike for a least an hour, if not longer, to let your Jug get out as much energy as possible. Hiking on cool days is better than hot, humid weather, as you don't want your Jug to overheat. Bring along some water no matter what the weather is like outside, and be sure to monitor your pup while you explore everything the great outdoors have to "offur."

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Picking a trail
Find a nearby trail that you can easily access with your pooch. It would be “furrific” if you can find a trail that's within walking distance so you can combine a typical urban walk with a hike through the woods. Pick a trail that's long enough that you will be outdoors for at least an hour. Start with trails intended for novice hikers if you have limited experience.
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Prepping for your hike
Prepping will allow you to make the most of your time outside. At the very least, you'll want to pack plenty of drinking water, a water bowl and perhaps some treats (unless you're hiking in a remote area that's home to dangerous wildlife). Be sure to wear appropriate clothes and shoes, and bring along sunscreen and bug spray as well.
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Improving endurance
The more you hike, the better your endurance will become. Include at least one hike in your weekly walk schedule if possible. As your pooch becomes more comfortable with hiking trails, increase the difficulty level of the trails you explore. Try paths with steep hills for climbing. Also look for “oppawtunities” to explore rivers, ponds, or open fields. Make sure to monitor your pooch for signs of exhaustion and take breaks when needed.
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Visit the Beach

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Hot Day
Cheap
Easy
1 hr
Items needed
Beach Towel
Leash
Treats
Floating Dog Toys
Activity description

Spend an afternoon cooling off on those hot summer days by swinging by one of the many dog-friendly beaches in America. You can even find a list and descriptions of various dog-friendly beaches near you right here on Wag!.

After determining where you're going, pack your beach bag and set off for your adventure. Make the most of your experience by bringing along a picnic lunch full of treats for you and your Jug. Toys are recommended for games in the water and on the beach. You can play fetch on shore or in the waves. You can also wade the water or encourage your pooch to swim, working their muscles while giving them a chance to cool off! 

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Finding the right beach
Different beaches have different pet policies and rules, so do your research ahead of time. If you want to be able to let your pooch swim off-leash or roam the beach freely, make sure you select a beach that has a leash-free policy. All beaches require handlers to clean up after their pooches and maintain control over their dogs' behavior at all times.
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Prepping for the day
Pack a beach bag so you don't have to leave early for snacks or refreshments. To protect your pup, pick up some pet-friendly sunscreen, towels for the two of you, and bring along an umbrella for shade. Food and refreshments will make it easy to turn a quick visit into a long afternoon in the sun! Water toys are also recommended for the "ultimutt" doggy beach day.
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Activities on the beach
Keep your Jug busy while on the beach by playing games in the water and on the shore. Fetch is one way to get them to explore the water if it's their first time visiting or if they're apprehensive. You could throw either a treat or toy into the shallow waters for them to retrieve. Once in the water, play keep away or just enjoy swimming with your Jug.
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Doggy Playdates

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Any Day
Free
Easy
1 hr
Items needed
Treats
Toys
Activity description

There are many health benefits of socialization for dogs, as they are pack animals by nature. Without socialization, a dog can develop a tendency to become fearful of unknown situations and people. Socialization promotes the development of a confident personality and reduces anxiety.

One of the most effective ways to socialize your Jug is by arranging regular playdates with another dog. Even an hour of interacting with another four-legged companion once a week can decrease anxiety in your pup. This activity is free and only requires another pup to play with. The dogs can play with or without toys, but a large open space would be the best place to host this activity. Supervise your dogs while they play to ensure they are safe and don't play too "ruff"!

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Finding a friend
To find a friend for your Jug to socialize with, start first by scanning through your address book to refresh your memory of your friends or family members who have dogs. Ideally, you'll want to find a pup with a similar size and energy level to your Jug's. You want to pick someone who lives close by so it's convenient to meet. Once you decide on some potential candidates, reach out and let them know your intentions.
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Arranging the visit
Arrange a meeting location that's convenient for both of you. You could meet at either one of your homes, which is ideal if one of you has a large, fenced-in backyard for the pups to run and play. You could also meet in a park or open field to encourage exploration. Schedule your visits for at least an hour, so your pups have lots of time to burn off their excess energy together.
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Graduating to sleepovers
If both handlers are comfortable with it, try taking your visits to the next level by arranging a sleepover. If you're hosting the sleepover, swing by your pet store and pick up some new treats or toys for the pups to enjoy. Ask your friend to pack bedding and food for your visitor. Give your pups lots of time to play outside and inside before settling them down for bed!
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Obedience Training

Work your Jug's mind by providing them with regular “oppawtunities” for obedience lessons. Incorporate lessons as one of your daily activities, even if it’s just a short session, reviewing a previously learned command. Learn about positive reinforcement and how to use it to instill obedience in your Jug! 

DIY Agility Course

Test your Jug's speed and agility by building an at-home agility course packed with jumps, weave obstacles and tunnels. Use a variety of household objects to create your obstacles or pick up some PVC pipes and two-by-fours for jump obstacles.

Conclusion

Without a doubt, having a Jack Russell Terrier for a parent breed makes the Jug a lively companion. Because they have lots of built-up energy, you'll need to set aside a good chunk of time -- at least 45 minutes -- to stimulate your Jug mentally and physically each day. 

Enhance your daily walking experience together by visiting a nearby hiking trail, full of unique stimuli for your Jug! As they improve their endurance, challenge yourselves by exploring paths for experienced hikers. Afterwards, cool off at a nearby dog-friendly beach. You may also want to arrange regular playdates with another pooch so your pup can learn the norms of healthy socialization and exert energy by interacting with their new friend. With adequate exercise and attention, your Jug will grow into a confident and healthy pooch.