Activities For Malteagles

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Introduction

The Malteagle is a hybrid breed; the parents are the Maltese and the Beagle. This designer dog is extremely smart and very playful. This means that the Malteagle will enjoy participating in a wide variety of activities with their loving family. The Malteagle will enjoy mental stimulation that might involve scenting activities, but this fun-loving pooch will also enjoy taking brisk walks with you. Plan for daily playtimes with your Malteagle; they thrive on spending time with loved ones. This designer breed will love taking trips to the dog park; if you don't have access to a dog park, you can still enjoy the great outdoors at a city park with walking trails and open places to play.

Outdoor Fun

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Sunny Day
Cheap
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30 min
Items needed
tennis balls
rope toys
treats
Activity description
The Malteagle is healthiest when given a wide variety of exercise opportunities. Although the Malteagle is just as happy to exercise indoors, when the weather is pleasant, they will also enjoy outdoor play. Grab a tennis ball and play a game of fetch. You can also create places outdoors for the Malteagle to "treasure hunt" (read - DIG) for their toys. You can also engage in games of tug-of-war as well as playing chase. If you're rather handy, use everyday objects to create your own obstacle course. Because the Malteagle thrives on interaction with their family, any activity is sure to make your furry friend happy!
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Play a game
The Malteagle is a fun, playful pooch. Certainly, any game which you introduce to this furry companion will turn into raucous play time. Grab a tennis ball and play a game of fetch - the Malteagle is a natural. Engage the Malteagle in a game of tug-of-war. Enlist the kids to play a game of chase with your furry friend.
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Make a dig station
Certainly, most all dogs enjoy digging. However, we humans are not enthused when our sweet pooches get into flower beds or dig holes in our lawns. However, you can create a dig station just for your furry friend! Grab a few toys that can withstand being buried in the sand, pile up some sand (this can be purchased at a hardware store), point Fido in the right direction, and let them go!
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Create an obstacle course
Do you have an old broom just lying around? How about some gallon-sized paint cans? You have all the tools you need for an outdoor obstacle course. Do you have a stool? Add that to your repertoire. Grab the leash and lead your dog through the course a few times. Shortly, this very intelligent pooch will run the course on their own.
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Walk it Out

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Sunny Day
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30 min
Items needed
leash
doggy waste bags
Activity description
Walking is the top exercise recommended for dogs, and the Malteagle's top recommended exercise is also walking. Walking in itself may seem like a less adventuresome method of getting physical activity, but, you can make walking as much fun as a game of fetch. The Malteagle is the perfect size for walking around the neighborhood, and your friends in the community will love greeting your Malteagle. No place in the neighborhood? Head over the city park, where there are sure to be safe walking trails. Make a play date! Invite a friend with a pup of their own so Fido will have a friend to keep pace with.
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Walk in the neighborhood
Because of the small size of the Malteagle, walking in the neighborhood is a great option for you and your canine companion. Your neighbors are sure to strike up a conversation regarding the appealing Malteagle, and your furry friend is likely to charm anyone they meet. This is a great opportunity for socialization with a variety of people.
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The dog park
If you have access to a dog park, then this is a great way to provide your pooch with a productive walk. Many dog parks have a built-in walking track. If your dog park features an enclosed walking track, take advantage. Allow your pooch to go off-leash and scamper about with other dogs.
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Make a playdate
If you do not feel safe walking your dog in your neighborhood (you may have too much traffic, for instance), you can always make a playdate with a friend who also has a furry friend. Many city parks have walking trails that are perfect for both you and your pooch. Again, this is another socialization opportunity. This time, your furry friend can spend some time with another dog.
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Nose Work

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Sunny Day
Cheap
Normal
1 hr
Items needed
scented items
leash
treats
Activity description
The Malteagle's Beagle parentage lends itself naturally to this activity. The Beagle is a dog that was bred to scent prey and track it down for the dog's human hunting companion. While you are certainly not planning to take your Malteagle on a hunt, you can still utilize the designer breed's skill concerning scent. There are many options for nose work. You can play "hide and seek" with treats or small kibble. You can go outdoors and track a scented item. This mental activity mixed in with some physical activity will keep the Malteagle from boredom and possible mischief-making.
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Play hide and seek
This is a fun indoor (or outdoor, if you choose and the weather is agreeable) game. The first time you do this, it is best to leave the pup in the room with you. Allow them to see you "hiding" the treats. Next, instruct the pooch to "find" it. Once your dog masters this, hide the treats while the dog is out of the room. The Malteagle will have to depend upon their nose to find the treats.
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Indoor scent work
Next, begin training your Malteagle for scent work indoors. Slice open a hot dog and rub the insides on a rubber toy. Begin in the same way you did when finding treats. Hide the toy in plain sight as your dog watches. Use the same command - "Find it." Once the dog understands how to play, begin hiding the scented toy in earnest. Reward them with a treat each time the toy is successfully found.
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Scenting outdoors
Once your Malteagle has mastered finding scented toys indoors, it's time to take things outside. Start with the scented toy. Refresh the scent on the toy. You might even want to hide the toy in an open area so that the dog understands that the game is the same. Reward your Malteagle for a job well done with a treat.
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Take a Hike

You will enjoy taking the Malteagle on short hiking excursions. Visit your local city park and explore the walking track. The Malteagle has great endurance and can keep the pace with you for at least a half hour to forty-five minutes.

Flirt Pole

The Malteagle loves to interact with you during play time. A great method of play is the flirt pole. You can purchase this item at your local pet supply store; use the item like a fishing pole. The inner hunter of your Malteagle will enjoy chasing the "prey" of the flirt pole.

Conclusion

The Malteagle is a delightful little dog that has a great deal of energy. They need daily physical activity in order to remain happy and healthy. In addition, any time you can sprinkle a little mental stimulation into the activity mix, you will be benefiting your dog in a number of ways. Whether you are out for a walk in the park or enjoying a game of hide and seek in the kitchen, the Malteagle is a precious companion.