Activities For Maltons

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Introduction

A Cavachon-Maltese mix is called a Malton. Cavachons are also a hybrid breed, a crossing of the Bichon Frise and King Charles Cavalier Spaniel. Since all parent breeds are small, Maltons are small dogs that generally weigh less than 15 pounds. Although these dogs are small, they are fairly active and require daily exercise. We recommend that you make sure that your Malton gets at least 15 minutes of moderately vigorous activity each day, especially if they are cooped up in a small house or apartment. Wag! has a few ideas for fun activities that you can try with your Malton today!

Treat Toys

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Any Day
Cheap
Easy
20 min
Items needed
Treat Toys
Treats
Activity description

If your Malton will do anything for a treat, you can consider burning some of their energy with treat toys. These are interactive toys that contain treats that your dog has to work for. There are many varieties of treat toys, so you can choose the type that works best for your pooch. Some of these toys will require your dog to tip the toy to release small treats, while others like the Kong toys can be filled with a soft, foamy treat or frozen peanut butter or broth for a tasty playtime. Fortunately, most of these toys and the things that go inside are pretty cheap.

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Select a toy
Again, there are so many different options that can offer your pup plenty of fun. You should think about how your Malton plays and the types of treats that they enjoy. You can pick a toy and the treats to fill it with based on your pet's preferences.
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Start playtime
This is the easy part for you. Once you have the toy, you can fill it with treats, and give it to your dog to play with. For the first time, you should monitor your dog with the toy to make sure that they aren't trying to destroy the toy itself. When you are confident that your pooch won't do anything unsafe with the toy, you can let them play unsupervised, which makes this a great activity for those times that you are really busy.
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Fetch

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Sunny Day
Cheap
Easy
30 min
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Toy or Ball
Activity description

Almost every dog loves a good game of fetch! Your Malton is probably no exception. You can find a ball or grab their favorite toy without buying anything new, so this is a very cheap (possibly even free) activity. If you don't have much room in your home, it is best to play fetch outdoors. For this reason, you will most likely only play fetch when it there is nice weather. If your Malton has already passed basic training, they probably know the "drop it" command, which can make fetch a lot easier for you, because they will drop the toy or ball on command instead of starting a secondary game of tug-of-war after each throw.

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Teach the game
If your dog has never played a true game of fetch before, you may have to show them what to do. First, you can throw the toy and instruct your dog to "go get it!" If they don't go after the toy, you may have to run to it yourself. You can also put the toy in your pet's mouth and call them toward you. When they bring the toy to you, you can command them to "drop it."
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Play fetch
These dogs are pretty sharp, so they should pick up on the game fast. Once your dog knows what to do, you can start playing a full game of fetch. If they aren't picking the game up quickly, you can start rewarding them with treats after each correctly completed step. After a few minutes of play, be sure that your dog is resting, and always leave water nearby.
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Treat Hide and Seek

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Any Day
Free
Easy
20 min
Items needed
Treats
Activity description

Everyone loves a good game of hide and seek, and your Malton is going to love this fun version that provides them with a lot of tasty treats. Keep your dog busy for about 20 minutes with a couple of fun rounds of treat hide and seek, where you hide a bunch of treats around your house. This is a great rainy day activity, and it is basically free if you use treats that you already have on hand. Plus, it is super easy to teach your dog, because they are going to be able to sniff out the treats hidden in the house.

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Hide the treats
The first step of the game requires you to hide treats around your home. You will want to put them in places that are easy for dogs to get to, so not behind closed doors or in areas that are going to be difficult for your pet to reach. During this time, you need to make sure that your dog is secluded or is being held by a second person. Before you let your dog go, you will want to let them smell a treat so that they know what to look for.
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Release the hound
When all of the treats are hidden, and your dog has the treat scent, you can let them go. It is a good idea to hide around 5 treats at a time. This will keep them occupied for a few minutes, but you can also make sure that all of the treats have been found. You can repeat the game three or four times, but make sure that you aren't overdoing it on treats.
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More Fun Ideas...

Tug of War

These little dynamos are tougher than they look. A good game of tug of war can easily wear both you and your Malton out, so get down on their level and start a fun game!

Swimming

A nice swimming session can be a great source of exercise for your Malton. Make sure that you are swimming with all of the necessary precautions to ensure a safe activity!

Conclusion

We all know how hard it can be to provide your dog with the exercise they need each day. We are all busy and have a million things on our to-do lists, so Wag! is here to help you come up with a few alternative activities.  A game of hide the treat, a rousing session of fetch and a selection of treat puzzles will give your Malton the mental and physical stimulation required to keep them at their best!