Activities For Malti-Pugs

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Introduction

The Malti-Pug is an adorable little pup that is perfect for any type of dog owner - from first-time pet parents to seniors who live in an apartment. The Malti-Pug is extremely smart; their playful nature will win you over immediately. This hybrid breed is not overly active, and you will want to choose activities that you can complete both indoors and out. Should you decide to spend a little time teaching Fido a few tricks, they will pick up on them rather quickly. However, the Malti-Pug primarily enjoys activities where both of you can play together.

Animal Assisted Therapy

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Any Day
Moderate
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60 min
Items needed
leash and harness
treats
Certification
Activity description
The Malti-Pug is likely to inherit the sweet, outgoing nature of the Maltese pet parent. Because of this, the Malti-Pug makes a great therapy dog. One should keep in mind that therapy dogs are not service dogs; therefore, they do not require a great deal of specialized training unless you choose to enroll them in classes for such. Therapy dogs can simply provide companionship - if you take them to a retirement home, for instance - and in some instances, you can take your dog to hospitals for patients to pet and be talked to. For pet-assisted tasks, however, the Malti-Pug will require some training.
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Training
You may not need to enroll your Malti-Pug in classes to become a therapy dog but most organizations will require it. If you decide to participate in pet-assisted tasks, then your pooch will need some training. The AKC offers several classes in multiple locations across the US for pet-assisted task training, should you choose to go this route. Many cities also have training facilities that will offer certification once your dog has been assessed and approved.
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Community needs
There are many opportunities for a well-behaved dog to serve as a therapy aid right in your area. Start at local hospitals, particularly in oncology units and in the children's area of the hospital. If there is no program available for this type of work, then check with local assisted living residential facilities. Many residents have to leave pets in order to move into one of these homes, and they miss the companionship of their dogs, so the therapy dog in these places is rather welcome.
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Participate often
Once you have established a relationship with facilities that will allow you to bring your therapy dog, set up a regular schedule for your Malti-Pug to visit each facility. If your dog is a pet-assisted task dog, you'll want to practice in between visits to keep them fresh for the patients. Take them out for socialization opportunities often and work daily on tasks like sit, stay and lie down.
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Freestyle Musical Dance

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Any Day
Cheap
Normal
15 min
Items needed
portable stereo with a CD player
Activity description
A fairly new interactive activity that you can enjoy with your Malti-Pug is freestyle dance. Freestyle dance is not so much about actually boogieing with your energetic pup, but inviting interaction with your furry friend. You should choose music with a strong beat, and lyrics are not necessary to dance a jig with your furry pal. You want to ensure that you include certain moves in your routine, such as weaving, circling and twisting. You will also want to perform both off-leash and on-leash if you wish to compete in freestyle dance competitions with your dog.
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Observe first
Before embarking on participating in freestyle music dance, you should observe a competition so that you are sure this is what you really want to invest time into doing. This will also give you some ideas as to how to create your routine. Furthermore, you can make some connections to people who can help you on your journey.
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Learn heeling
An integral component of preparing to do freestyle dancing with your pooch is their knowing how to heel. Place your dog on your left side. Make sure you have aromatic treats in your left hand and your clicker in the right hand. Slowly walk forward and use the treats to entice your Matli-Pug forward alongside you. Every few steps, click and treat. The point is for Fido to follow your lead and stop when you stop, not walk ahead of or behind you.
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Create your routine
Once you have gotten heeling down pat, you can begin choreographing your routine. You might want to enlist the help of a friend who has experience with dance. As you move, you'll signal your pup to move as well. Utilize the clicker to reinforce positive behavior as you go. Training may take some time, but make all practice sessions fun for both of you.
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Outdoor Errands

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Sunny Day
Cheap
Normal
60 min
Items needed
leash
harness
Waste Bags
Activity description
Believe it or not, dogs love to run errands - especially if you are planning to visit a few pet-friendly restaurants or shopping centers. A quick perusal of the internet will give you some information about pet-friendly places in your state. All fifty states have pet-friendly places that you and your furry friend can attend. These places include various campgrounds, off-leash dog parks, patio dining areas and places to shop that welcome your four-legged friend. Furthermore, you may also find walking tours that allow your Malti-Pug to attend. This provides something different in your exercise routine and will promote the bond between the two of you.
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Plan your destination
Again, go online to find the names of places that you and your dog can attend together. You may also want to call ahead just to confirm any regulations that they may have. Plan your travel time, and plan for alternative activities should the weather become inclement. If you are traveling a long distance, map out places you can pull over to walk Fido during the ride.
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Pet-friendly restaurants
Many restaurants have a patio area where you and Fido can enjoy grabbing a bite to eat after shopping or riding for a long distance. Again, plan for inclement weather. However, some patios are covered so that rain won't ruin your lunch date. You might find a pet-friendly restaurant that actually caters to your pup and their nutritional needs! However, if not, remember to provide your pup with a nutritionally balanced meal that involves grilled chicken and whole grains.
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Dog-friendly shopping
Just as there are pet-friendly restaurants, there are also pet-friendly shopping areas. Some of these are outdoor markets (unfortunately, where food is sold, you won't likely be able to bring your canine companion unless they are service dogs). Other shopping centers that welcome pups are pet stores. Certainly, you'll want to pick up your sweet pup a treat while perusing the aisles, and there are many experts who can help choose suitable toys or chews for your special pup.
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Chew Toys

Your Malti-Pug may be a tad on the laid-back side. If so, you can provide them with chew toys that prevent boredom. The Kong toy is a unique puzzle toy that allows your dog to play with their food.

Grooming

The Malti-Pug may need regular grooming in addition to the day-to-day care of their coat and nails. Prepare them at a young age by handling their paws and brushing them regularly. Sometimes, a trip to the groomer will involve a relaxing massage as well.

Conclusion

The Malti-Pug is a delightful designer dog that does not require much in the way of activity. However, you'll want to plan activities that keep the Malti-Pug from gaining weight (the Pug pet parent is prone to weight gain due to inactivity). To keep your pup happy and healthy, you can plan to go to pet-friendly places in your area, or you can involve the Malti-Pug in freestyle dancing competitions.