Activities For Maltipoos

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Introduction

The Maltipoo is a very popular designer dog breed. The Maltipoo is a mixture of the Maltese parent breed and the Miniature Poodle breed (Note: Sometimes this Poodle parent might be toy-sized.) A small pup with medium-length, wavy hair, the Maltipoo is often a fun-loving, sweet, and playful dog. Finding activities for the Maltipoo is a rather easy task. The breed is just as happy to take a couple of short walks with you as they are to play fetch, run on the beach, or head out to the dog park with you. The Maltipoo is a versatile dog; they are happiest when spending time with you.

Walking

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Sunny Day
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Easy
40 min
Items needed
leash
doggy waste bags
Activity description
Walking is the most popular exercise that pet parents enjoy with their Maltipoo. Of course, walking your dog may seem like a task that requires no special preparation, but, because of the small size of the Maltipoo, owners should be careful in how they ease their pups into an exercise regimen. Maltipoos, like all puppies, should not be exercised outdoors until they have reached a certain age and have completed necessary vaccinations. Even then, one should be cautious about easing the Maltipoo into regular exercise. One does not want to encounter joint problems later in life where the Maltipoo is concerned.
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Be sure vaccinations are complete
No puppy should be allowed to exercise and play outdoors, other than in their own yard, until they are twelve to fourteen weeks old. This should ensure that your companion has completed all vaccinations, including booster shots. Ideally, you should wait until your puppy has not only received the vaccinations, but also completed a two-week waiting period after the last round of shots.
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Develop a workout plan
When beginning with a pup, set a goal of two ten-minute walks close to home (these walks can even take place in your own backyard). At first, get your curious pal used to walking on a leash. Introduce commands such as "heel" and "sit." After a few weeks of these short walks, you can increase the time of the walks.
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Adult exercise demands
As your Maltipoo grows, you can slowly increase the time in which you walk. Again, start your pup at ten minutes per walk. Increase by five minutes each session. Wait seven days, then increase the exercise time by another five minutes. Watch your Maltipoo and determine whether or not they are becoming exhausted. Remember, watch for signs from your dog that they are ready to rest, especially in very hot weather.
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Outdoor Play Sessions

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Sunny Day
Cheap
Easy
20 min
Items needed
small tennis ball
toy appropriate for fetch
Activity description
In addition to taking your Maltipoo for two short, brisk walks per day, you should consider adding a twenty minute outdoor play regimen to your dog's exercise routine. You can put together any kind of play routine in order to give your pup exercise. However, it is this researcher's advice that you incorporate some games that stimulate the mind of the Maltipoo while still giving them some physical activity. You may find the old tried-and-true games such as fetch and tug-of-war to be right up your alley. Engage your Maltipoo in a game of chase (this works particularly well with families that have small children). Involve the family! Have fun during these play sessions.
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Fetch
One of the easiest games to play with your Maltipoo is fetch. Grab a small tennis ball (available at pet supply stores) and begin by rolling it and encouraging your pup to retrieve it (this works well with pups). As your little ball player grows, begin throwing the ball and asking them to return the ball to you. Be sure not to overexert the Maltipoo.
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Build a dig zone
Do you find that your active pooch enjoys digging? Get some sand and grab a few chew toys that your pup plays with regularly. "Bury" the chew toys (let your pup see you as you do this), and then encourage them to dig them up. Reward your dog with a treat when they bring you the newly uncovered toy.
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Involve the family
The Maltipoo naturally loves children, so it is only logical that you would encourage all members of your family to become involved in Fido's playtime. Get your young children to engage your dog in a game of chase (do watch for overexertion). You might teach your pal a few tricks (roll over, to stand on their hind legs) and you can practice with them outdoors. Just involve the loving Maltipoo's entire family and they will be quite happy.
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Winter Exercise Routine

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Cold Day
Cheap
Normal
20 min
Items needed
doggy winter jacket
Doggy waterproof rain jacket
Activity description
Although the Maltipoo is not a cold-weather dog, you should not ignore their exercise needs during the winter months. Think about the Maltipoo's fitness as you would your own. If you stay sedentary for the winter and then begin a walking routine once the spring arrives, your muscles will need to work up to a respectable workout. The same is true for your pup. So, dress your dog warmly (don't forget to bundle up yourself), grab a waterproof jacket for the days when snow is on the way or icy rain is falling, and hit the walking trail! Your pup will thank you.
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Dress appropriately
Because the Maltipoo has hair rather than fur, you will want to be sure to put some type of coat on your pup to ensure that they do not get too cold. There are also waterproof jackets that you can utilize when icy rain is in the forecast or snow is falling. Some pet parents also put booties on the Maltipoo to protect their tender feet.
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Adjust the workout
The recommended time for pups to play outdoors (taking a walk or free play) is about sixty minutes. Certainly, you'll want to modify this play time. Spend ten minutes per walk - one in the morning and one in the evening. You might also want to move the outdoor playtime indoors. You can play fetch in your hallway or work on commands right in your living room.
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Indoor games
Develop some indoor games that your pup will enjoy playing with you and the family. Hide treats and encourage your Maltipoo to "hunt" for them. Build an indoor obstacle course. Work on commands a few times a week so that your dog does not forget them. There are many things one can do to engage the intelligent Maltipoo.
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More Fun Ideas...

Running Through the Sprinkler

On hot summer days, there is nothing more fun than running through the sprinkler! Invite Fido to join you as you cool off during the dog days of summer.

Agility Course

Your local dog park may have an agility course already set up for you and your pup to enjoy. If not, you can create one in your own yard. There are many DIY websites that explain how to do this.

Conclusion

The Maltipoo is a small, lovable pup with enough energy to fuel them while they play with you and your family. The Maltipoo does not require a great deal of exercise; often a simple walk will do. However, your pup will enjoy any family activity in which you include them.