Activities For Mal-Shis

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Introduction

The fun-loving Mal-Shi, a furrific mix of Maltese and Shih Tzu, brings the best of both worlds! Both parent breeds are typically friendly towards children, adults, and other dogs alike, making them the pawfect addition to your family. Since they typically stay below 15 pounds, these fun-sized fluffballs have no trouble adjusting to living in a small apartment. However, the Mal-Shi has plenty of energy for play time, so it's important to find activities to keep them stimulated. When your pooch has too much pent-up energy or simply needs to get out of the house, consider trying one of the activities listed below!

Attend a Festival

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Sunny Day
Free
Easy
1 - 2 hrs
Items needed
Collar or Harness
Leash
Waste Bags
Activity description
The Mal-Shi is a sociable little dog, so on a sunny day, there's no better activity than visiting a festival together! Many outdoor festivals, especially ones hosted by the community, offer free admission and allow pets. It's never a bad idea to contact the host directly and find out their policy on dogs, though. At a festival, your dog will have the opportunity to make some new friends, both two-legged and four-legged. If your pup is still shy, a festival also provides a great opportunity to practice socialization skills. The best part about going to a festival is that you and your Mal-Shi can stay for as long as you'd like, but we recommend leaving enough time to check everything out!
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Plan your trip
Before going to a festival with your Mal-Shi, it's a good idea to do your research. Visit the festival's website or call the festival's director to make sure that dogs are allowed. If they are, find out if there are any rules. For example, are dogs only allowed in certain areas? It's always a good idea to have a plan!
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Go to the festival
Once you're at the festival, it's time to have fun! Keep your pup on their leash and let them sniff around; if they seem to get nervous or you come upon an area with too many people, don't hesitate to carry them. Allow your Mal-Shi to interact with other friendly people and dogs. See if there are any dog-friendly activities or vendors. Try to resist giving your pup too many sweet treats, but we're pawsitive they've earned a piece or two of popcorn!
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Hide and Seek

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Any Day
Free
Easy
15 mins
Items needed
Toy
Activity description
Almost every dog has a favorite toy that they love, whether it's a stuffed animal, a tennis ball, a squeaky toy, or just a bone. Why not turn that love into a game to make your Mal-Shi think? Hide the toy around the house and tell your dog to "find it!" The great thing about playing this version of hide and seek is that it's free, can be done in any weather, and can last however long you and Fido want it to. It also gets your dog up and moving on days they might otherwise just be lounging around. You can also easily modify the game to be simpler or more challenging, depending on how your pup does.
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Give the toy a name
It might seem silly, but in order for this game of hide and seek to work, your dog will need to know what you want from them! Make sure you refer to the toy you're going to hide by a common name. For example, when your dog is playing with their ball, make sure to emphasize it's a ball. This will make it much easier for your pup to understand when you say, "Find the ball! Go get the ball!"
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Hide the toy
Once your Mal-Shi understands what they're looking for, hide the toy for the first time. Start with an easier hiding place, such as underneath the kitchen table or behind a pillow. The more you and your dog play, the tougher the hiding spots can become. A couple of examples of a tougher hiding spot would be inside of a pillowcase or in a clothes basket full of clothes.
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Find the toy
Begin the game by encouraging your dog to "find the ball" or whatever toy was hidden. Get up and run around with your Mal-Shi as they seek out the toy. If they seem to lose interest, that's okay; keep encouraging them! If your dog succeeds in finding the toy you hid, cheer for them and reward them with a treat. Repeat as many times as you and your dog would like — or at least until your dog catches on and hides the toy themselves!
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Take Your Dog to Work

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Any Day
Free
Hard
8 hrs
Items needed
Leash
Collar or harness
Blanket or dog bed
Treats or a toy
Waste bags
Water bowl
Activity description
It's a dilemma that every dog mom and dad faces: You need to go to work, but you feel bad leaving your fur-baby home alone all day. Why not bring Fifi along? Mal-Shis are small dogs, so if you work in a relaxed environment, ask if you can bring them to work with you. You'll need to bring along a few supplies to keep your dog content while you work, but a laid-back Mal-Shi might just want to snooze in your lap all day. While bringing your dog to work is free and can be done in any weather, it can be tricky to do. Focusing on work for eight hours is hard as it is, but with a dog around, it might be even harder. For that reason, it's a good idea to start with bringing your pup for only part of the day.
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Clear it with your boss
Don't just show up to work with your canine companion in tow! If you want to bring your dog to work with you, talk to your boss well in advance. Not only will they need to approve it (or get it approved by their boss!), but they'll also need to find out if anyone in the office is allergic to dogs. There are a lot of logistics that come into play, so it's best to work those out ahead of time.
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Set up at your desk
Once you have your boss's approval, make your space dog-friendly! Put your dog's bed next to your desk, set out their water bowl, and give them their favorite toy. If you find your dog seems anxious and wants to run around, don't hesitate to hold them in your lap and let them burrow underneath a blanket. Mal-Shis love hiding underneath a blanket, and being in Mom or Dad's lap will only make it better for them!
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Adjust your routine
As fun as it is to have your furriend at work with you, you're going to need to make some adjustments. Make sure you remember to take your dog outside every so often so that they don't have any accidents. (Trust us, your office-mates will appreciate it!) Ask a coworker to help out by holding your dog if you need to run to the copy room or use the restroom. It's always a good idea to have a plan B in a hectic work environment. Of course, at the end of the day, be sure to thank that person and your boss; it'll leave a good impression for the next time you want to bring Fido along!
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Go for a Walk

You'd be surprised by just how far those short legs can take your Mal-Shi! When the weather is nice out, there's nothing better than taking a walk with your furry friend. If you really want an adventure, visit a nearby hiking trail instead of just taking a walk around the neighborhood. Don't forget your waste baggies!

Visit the Drive-In

If you have a drive-in movie theater nearby and your dog doesn't mind lounging, bring them along for the fun. Most drive-ins allow your dog to attend a screening with you as long as they are well-behaved and remain on a leash.

Go to the Dog Park

If your Mal-Shi likes playing with other dogs, there's nothing better than a visit to the bark park! Not only will this allow your pup to further their socialization skills, but it also gives them a chance to burn off any excess energy they may have. The dog park is also the pawfect place to play a game of fetch.

Conclusion

The Mal-Shi is a small dog that loves spending time with their family, their friends, and other dogs, which means they're happy doing a variety of activities. Whether you're out and about exploring together or just having a furrific time at home, the attached Mal-Shi is going to have a ball spending time with their favfurite human!