Activities For Maspyrs

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Introduction

The Maspyr is a hybrid dog breed combining the traits from two parent breeds known for their massive size and physical strength: the Great Pyrenees and Mastiff. The Great Pyrenees is another one of the dog world's "friendly giants" with a somewhat intimidating appearance but gentle nature towards others, including children. This breed is relatively large and comes equipped with the ideal qualities of being a guardian and loyal companion. The Mastiff, likewise, has a somewhat aggressive appearance, though this breed is surprisingly gentle in nature, calm, and loyal. A devoted and reliable family member, Mastiffs are also known to be good with children.

The combination of breeds makes for a large and loving pooch, “pawfect” for providing both protection and companionship. The hybrid breed is classified as large, though some pups can have the “giant” status, depending on the parent traits inherited. This pooch’s high energy level calls for moderate to intensive physical exercise daily for at least an hour. Due to their large size, apartments are not ideal for this breed, but backyards are definitely a bonus if you own a Maspyr. Enhance your Maspyr’s daily exercise routines by exploring a variety of activities geared towards this breed! 

Training Your Maspyr

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Any Day
Free
Normal
45 - 60 min
Items needed
Treats
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Obedience training is one way to stimulate your pooch mentally, and depending on the commands being taught, it can also require physical endurance. Obedience training is cheap and ultimately free if you already have some form of treat to reward your Maspyr -- a favorite treat would be best! It can be done in your own home and doesn't require a lot of space, making it a convenient activity. 

When it comes to training your Maspyr, you may decide to combine at-home training methods with obedience classes. Either way, you want to begin at a young age, as this is likely to yield a higher success rate. Educate yourself on common training strategies, specifically conditioning and command training. This simply requires pairing a wanted behavior with a reward to promote the behavior again in the future. Be patient with your Maspyr but have fun teaching them basic and then more complex commands and tricks! 

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Being a leader
Teaching a dog how to understand and follow a command is quite simple. On part of the pack leader, this requires confidence, clarity, and consistency. For a pack leader to be successful, they must be confident when giving commands. Consistency in command language and body language is also key to successful learning.
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Start with simple commands
Start with a simple command, such as "sit". Teach your pooch by clearly stating the command and pairing it with a gesture (e.g., pointing your right fist upward). Once your pooch does the correct behavior following the command, reward it immediately. You want your pooch to associate both the verbal and visual command cues together, so only one is necessary in the future when the command is fully mastered. Teach more commands after each successful learning session, increasing the complexity of the tasks.
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Rewarding obedience
Rewarding the successful completion of an instruction or command is an essential aspect of obedience training. The reward, whether a physical treat or authentic verbal praise, will reinforce the behavior, increasing the likelihood of its repetition in the future. Your Maspyr will learn to associate the positive reward with the behavior and learn to love following commands! After mastery of a trick or command, omit the treat and only give positive reinforcement in the form of praise to continue encouraging it.
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Enrolling in obedience classes
Enrolling in obedience classes is another way to enhance your pup's training, even if you're doing sessions on your own at home. Professional trainers have the knowledge and experience to work with any dog. Check out what courses your community has to offer and decide if this is something you want to pursue for your Maspyr.
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Digging Games

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Sunny Day
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15 - 30 min
Items needed
Digging Space
Treats
Toys
Activity description

Digging is a natural behavior many dogs partake in. That being said, finding a controlled way to carry out this activity will result in both happy owners and happy Maspyrs! Maspyrs, like most dogs, are known for their love of digging. It's easy to find ways to meet this need in your pup if you have the right type of space and patience when it comes to tidy-up time.

The "ultimutt" place for your Maspyr to participate in digging games is a predesignated area in the backyard just for your pooch. This area can be identified using fencing or wood boards, and its sole purpose is to satisfy your pup's craving to dig. Digging games involve enhancing your standard dig by hiding objects such as treats and toys for your pooch to retrieve. The games can be fun, time-consuming and energy-burning for your Maspyr!

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Creating a digging space
Before beginning your games, you first need to create the optimal digging space. Select an area of your backyard you're willing to sacrifice. Use some form of marker to identify the area for your pooch. Try to make the area at least four square feet -- though if it's bigger, that's better! If your pooch has an area they love to dig in already, consider this spot as a first candidate for your selection.
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Introducing the game
To introduce the digging game, hide various objects within the designated digging zone. Hiding favorite treats and toys is one way to spark some engagement from your Maspyr. Also, letting them smell the item beforehand is a good idea. Don't let your pooch watch you hide the toys, and start with more shallow holes until they get the hang of the game. Hide and dig isn’t the only game you can play involving the dig zone, but it’s great to start off with!
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Rewarding the find
Bring your pup to the dig zone and give the command to search or dig to start your pooch off. As they dig, cheer them on using praise so they're encouraged. If they do find a treat or toy, increase your praise level. Depending on what you hide, you may want to provide an additional reward. If your pup has mastered the sport and is no longer searching for edible objects, treats are always appreciated!
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Hill Drills

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Any Day
Free
Easy
15 - 30 min
Items needed
Water
Leash
Activity description

Hill drills are an exciting way to get the heart pumping and the blood flowing. Like a traditional walk, this activity requires no extra materials. All you need is a hill and some endurance. Depending on the types of exercise you're looking to do, you can try an assortment of drills.

Before setting out for your first hill, consult with a veterinarian to ensure your pooch is healthy enough to withstand this activity. You always want to consider safety first! When you have the go-ahead, grab your leash and walk over to the closest hills you can find. Coupling this activity with a walk means double the exercise for your Maspyr, but if that's not possible, take a car ride together. Begin with short drills, as the activity is strenuous, working and strengthening an assortment of muscles in your Maspyr. Hill drills are not only "grrrreat" for your pup, but they can also help build your endurance, too!

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Consulting with your vet
Before starting any kind of new, physically demanding activity, consult with your vet to make sure your pooch is up for the challenge. They'll be able to tell you if there are any health concerns to beware of, or any cautions in your pooch participating. Once you're given the go ahead, begin your search for a hill!
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Finding a hill to run
Finding a hill is simple, especially if you know your area. If you live in an urban setting, check out local conservation areas, or if you're lucky, swing by a nearby national forest. A big hill isn't necessary -- little hills are another option. You'll just need to complete more repetitions if using a smaller hill.
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Introducing drills
Introducing the drills is simple. Keep your Maspyr on-leash and show them how to run up and down the hill by going with them. Take a direct route up the hill; don't run at an angle. Give commands while you run so that they can learn to complete the drills on their own without you at their side. Ideally though, this is a "pawtastic" way for the two of you to work out together.
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Intensifying the activity
After your Maspyr has come to master the activity, you can use different strategies to make it more challenging. This, of course, if another good time to check in with your veterinarian first. Inquire about using a dog backpack to add weight during the drill. You can also begin to increase the number of repetitions being done. Keep in mind this drill is intense and should be done in short increments (15 to 30 minutes max).
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More Fun Ideas...

Drive-in Date Night

Enjoy dinner and a movie together by packing a picnic and hitting up a nearby drive-in. Check online for drive-in movie locations near you. Most drive-ins "offur" double features, so prepare for intense bonding and cuddle time with your Maspyr!

Hide and Seek

Hide and seek is one of the ways you can make use of your obedience training and digging activities combined. You can play a typical game where you hide a treat or toy and command your Maspyr to start searching!

Conclusion

When it comes to the Maspyr hybrid breed, these "friendly giants" are loyal companions awaiting a family to guard. Though large and seemingly intimidating at first glance, the calm and gentle nature of these giants makes them "pawfect" for households with children.

The only thing they ask for in return is both mental and physical stimulation in the form of engaging and entertaining activities such as date nights at the drive-in and outdoor exercise. Hill drills require endurance and stamina and will help your Maspyr maintain a healthy physique. Likewise, digging, though entertaining, is also physically stimulating, so if you have the space, give it a try! Obedience training is a must for all dogs as it not only teaches them their status within the pack, but also provides them with intellectually challenging tasks that get their brains working! Revamp your day-to-day routines with your Maspyr by exploring new activities to meet their need for moderate to intensive exercise!