Activities For Mally Foxhounds

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Introduction

With the strength of an Alaskan Malamute and the hunting drive of a Foxhound, Mally Foxhounds are an incredible breed of dog. While not much has been documented yet on this rare breed of pup, there are a few things that are known to be true - they are very active and they crave attention. This means that setting up fun activities and games for your Mally Foxhound is very important and this guide can help you for sure!

Places to Run

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Sunny Day
Free
Easy
30 min
Items needed
Treats
Collar
Activity description
Mally Foxhounds are a very energetic breed of dog and need at least a few hours of exercise every day. While playing inside and going for walks is a good place to start, this breed will really benefit from being able to run freely. Those little dog legs can run fast and for quite a long time! Your Mally Foxhound will especially need designated running time if they spend the day inside a small apartment without access to a yard. Follow these simple steps to ensure that your dog is able to run freely. Running is free to do and best when the weather is nice and sunny.
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Your own yard
If you are lucky enough to have a big yard, this is the perfect place for your Mally Foxhound to run. However, you will want to make sure your yard is fenced in completely. The hound part of your pup's DNA will easily pick up scents and your dog will wander off following a scent trail, so a fenced in yard is a must!
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Sports parks
If you live near a local sports field, see if there are fenced in areas where you can bring your Mally Foxhound to run. Tennis courts, basketball courts and running tracks are often surrounded by fencing making them the perfect place to bring your dog when there are no activities going on. Your dog can run and play as long as you'd like, just be sure to bring a doggy bag and pick up after your pup.
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Indoor runs
If the weather is prohibiting you and your dog from going outside, you can easily run indoors instead. Head to your stairwell (either in your home or the stairwell of your building) and start at the top. Throw a tennis ball down the stairs for your dog to chase and then call them back up. Throw the ball again and again until your Mally Foxhound is exhausted - this may take a while!
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Sled Dog Training

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Cold Day
Moderate
Hard
2 hrs
Items needed
Dog Sled
Treats
Harness
Activity description
Alaskan Malamutes may not be the most well-known sled dogs but they have been used throughout history to pull sleds through the icy snow. Since your Mally Foxhound is a hybrid of the Alaskan Malamute, they have plenty of sled pulling ability in their DNA. The Foxhound side of your dog will also love to pull a sled as it is a fantastic form of exercise, giving your dog a great workout! It can be a little pricey to purchase all the equipment needed and it will take a good deal of time out in the snow with your dog but this activity is fun for everyone!
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Equipment
Purchase a dog sled and also a well fitting harness for your Mally Foxhound. Let your dog wear the harness around the house every day to help them get used to the feeling of the harness on their back. Also, keep the sled inside, somewhere that your dog can see it daily and become accustomed to the sight and smell of the sled.
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Walk and pull
When you have a decent amount of snow on the ground, head outside with your dog and attach the sled to their harness. Your dog may not move at first as the feeling of a sled on their back is a new sensation. Coax them forward using treats and say "mush" as you walk. Your Mally Foxhound will likely move forward toward their prize, pulling the sled behind them. Work on other necessary commands such as "hike" and "whoa".
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Mush for fun
Once your dog is comfortable pulling the sled with no weight on it, add a little weight, then a little more until you are able to stand on the sled while your pup pulls forward. Have a friend stand in front of your dog and say "mush" to indicate to the dog that they should walk. After practicing and adjusting your process to suit your Mally Foxhound, you will soon be racing through the snow, calling "mush" as your dog runs forward.
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Hunting Games

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Any Day
Cheap
Easy
20 min
Items needed
Treats
Remote Controlled Car
Bones
Activity description
The Foxhound side of the Mally Foxhound is going to always be looking for a hunt. No matter if these dogs have ever gone on a real hunting trip or it is just ingrained in their DNA, they love to sniff, track and pounce on any small moving object. Follow the steps in this activity to appease your dog's need to hunt and keep boredom at bay. Each of these mini games can be set up in a matter of minutes and they do not cost much to play. You can also alter these games depending on the weather, making it possible to play inside or outside.
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Treat search
Have your dog sit and stay in one room while you hide a few treats throughout your house. Then, return to your dog and ask them where the treats are. Your pup will likely start sniffing the air and run immediately to where you have hidden the treasure. Make the treat search harder by hiding the treats up high or underneath furniture.
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Bone dig
When the weather is nice outside, bury a dog bone in your yard. Bring your Mally Foxhound outside and ask them to find the bone. Your dog will be able to smell the bone and the freshly turned dirt, easily digging up their prize. If the weather prevents you from going outside, bury the bone indoors in a pile of dirty laundry instead.
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Car chase
Attach a stuffed animal to a remote controlled car and then place it on the ground in front of your Mally Foxhound. When your pup gets close, make the car go, racing away from your dog's grip. Your pup will love chasing the toy car around the house and it will feel like they are hunting a wild animal! Bring the toy car outside for even more fun.
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More Fun Ideas...

Dog Parks

A dog park is the perfect place to bring your Mally Foxhound to play and run freely. Be sure to bring your dog frequently to keep them social and aware of how to behave around other dogs.

Agility Training

The Mally Foxhound needs a lot of daily exercise and teaching your dog how to run agility courses will help them expend extra energy while also learning new tricks. Find an agility center near you or set up your own course in your yard.

Conclusion

When you have a very active dog like a Mally Foxhound, you need new ideas to keep them busy. The one thing you don't want is a bored Mally Foxhound on your hands as this will lead to destructive behavior and even aggression. However, all of the activities on this list were handpicked just for this breed, meaning your pup will surely love each and every game! Now the question is, what should you and your dog try first?