Activities For Malinois Greyhounds

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Introduction

The Malinois Greyhound is a hybrid crossed between the Belgian Malinois and the Greyhound. The combination makes for a large dog that is physically agile and bright. Offspring can exhibit traits from either of the parent breeds; however, this mixed breed tends to have more characteristics of the Greyhound, making for a friendly companion.

Both the Greyhound and Belgian Malinois are intelligent, but the Malinois has a much higher energy level and more intensive exercise needs compared to the Greyhound. The Greyhound tends to be calm, docile, and friendly, especially when it comes to children. Entertain and challenge your Malinois Greyhound with physically and mentally stimulating activities.

Treibball

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Any Day
Moderate
Hard
1 - 2 hrs
Items needed
Exercise balls
Goal Net
Treats
Activity description

Treibball is a sport designed for dogs who were born to herd. The activity is an alternative for the pups who don't have access to animals for herding. You'll train your pooch to move eight exercise balls from a playing field into a designated net within the allocated time. 

While moving the balls, your pooch must follow their handler's commands so that the balls enter the net in a specific order, adding another element of difficulty to the game. The actual sport does have requirements for the size of the exercise balls used, the time allocated, the area of the playing field, as well as the size of the net. If you're playing for fun, you can just use the general guidelines to modify the game for your Malinois Greyhound. 

This activity is ideal for Belgian Malinois cross breeds due to their history as herding dogs. Treibball requires both obedience and physical endurance, making it the "ulti-mutt" workout! 

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Prepping for the game
To play Treibball, you must first acquire the necessary equipment. The canine sport of Treibball uses eight balls in the course. Each dog directs all the balls into the net within a seven-minute timeframe. If you don’t want to play the official sport but intend to modify the activity, start off using just one exercise ball. You can make a net using a large cardboard box, or use a child’s sports net if you have one handy.
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Finding a space to play
Depending on your housing situation, you may have a large enough back yard or basement to play the game — the more space, the better. Be sure the area you play in is void of breakables, as your pup will be pushing balls around trying to maneuver them into the net. You also want to be able to spread the balls out and position them far enough away from the net to make it a challenge for your pooch to herd them in.
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Teaching your pup the basics
Treibball is a sport that requires your pup to follow a variety of commands. You will need to indicate which ball you want them to move into the net in a clear and concise manner. Before doing that, you’ll need to teach them how to “herd” the ball with their body. This can take time to teach -- you might want to use a leash. Be patient, have fun, and keep lots of treats at your “paw” tips to use during the training process.
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Fetch

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Any Day
Free
Easy
30 - 60 min
Items needed
Toy
Activity description

There's a variety of running games you can play with your Malinois Greyhound to get them moving on a daily basis, but one game every breed loves is fetch!

Malinois Greyhounds are known for their tendency to chase anything that runs, which is why running games, such as fetch, are a "pawfect" way to harness this natural tendency. All object retrieval activities are free to play, with only small costs for the toys and treats you use. Fetch is straightforward and can be done anywhere, though it is better when you play in an area with lots of space. Play the game anywhere from 15 minutes to an hour, depending on your pup’s interest and energy levels.  

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Introduce the object
Fetch is a canine favorite that your pup should take to quickly. To play fetch, simply start off in a large open area. For this activity, you will need an object to toss, such as a ball or toy. Stand before your Malinois Greyhound and hold out the toy. Allow them to sniff the toy before you make your toss.
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Tossing the object
Toss the toy as far as you can and command your pooch to retrieve it. Your dog should chase after the ball and grab it before circling back to you. Sometimes, the hard part with this activity is getting them to give the ball back! When you first play, using a toy to incentivize this process can make the activity go more smoothly.
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Practicing returning the ball
This is something you can practice outside of the normal parameters of the game by giving your Malinois Greyhound the ball and using treats to reward them when they return it. Practice often while watching TV or just hanging around the house. The more you practice, the better your pup will get!
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Play Frisbee

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Any Day
Cheap
Normal
1 hr
Items needed
Frisbee
Treats
Activity description

Frisbee is an exciting and engaging activity to play with your Malinois Greyhound. Depending on your pup's energy, you can play for hours. Frisbee is similar to fetch, except when you use a Frisbee, the goal is actually to catch the object before it touches the ground.

With Frisbee, your pooch will improve their "mouth-eye" coordination by readying themselves before the toss so they can catch the object before it lands. After grabbing the Frisbee from the air, they'll return and repeat the action. The sport is easy to play, though it may take some time to learn. You can play Frisbee rain or shine, making it an optimal activity for any weather.

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Introduce the Frisbee
Begin by introducing the Frisbee to your Malinois Greyhound. Let them take it in their mouth, but practice having them give it back to you. You want them to be comfortable and interested in the object, which could take some incentivizing on your part, but be patient -- most dogs love the Frisbee once they learn what it does!
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Baby throws first
Once they have taken an interest in the Frisbee, bring them to a large open area. Stand before them with a few feet between you. Practice throwing the Frisbee to them and encouraging them to catch it before it hits the ground. Repeat this activity many times to ensure they understand the goal before adding in a long throw.
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Mastering the game
After they’ve mastered the baby throws, move on to a medium toss. Start with your pooch about ten feet in front of you. Call for their attention and give the command to “get it” as you toss the Frisbee so it will land a few feet past your pup, forcing them to run to retrieve it from the air. If they miss, don’t be discouraged. Grab the disc and try again! Keep playing, and as they improve, increase your toss distance. Eventually, they may be jumping high to catch the Frisbee mid-air after a long toss!
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More Fun Ideas...

Visit the Beach

Take advantage of the many dog-friendly beaches in America by going for a swim with your Malinois Greyhound. Bring a toy to enhance their experience and get them moving in the water. Pack a lunch for the "pawfect" day at the beach!

Build an Agility Course

Another way to combine your dog's obedience skills and agility is by building an obstacle course. Use household objects to create jump, tunnel, or ramp obstacles for your pooch to explore. Enjoy teaching them commands as they master the obstacles.

Conclusion

Make the most of your time with your Malinois Greyhound by filling your days with various activities that not only engage but also stimulate. For starters, Treibball is a unique dog sport that is ideal for any pooch with herding instincts. Your pooch will be love "herding" the balls into the net and following your commands. You may also consider adding the element of jumping to your standard game of fetch by using a Frisbee instead of a ball. Frisbees are easy to bring along on day excursions, like a trip to the beach. Another physical activity for you to explore is building an obstacle course so your pooch can become a master of agility. 

Overall, Malinois Greyhounds are energetic and intelligent, which is why it's important to stimulate them both mentally and physically for at least an hour each day!