Activities For Mi-Ki Dogs

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Introduction

The Mi-Ki is a rare, tiny breed of dog that has a wonderful, calm temperament. Known as a toy breed, this dog has origins in Asia. They only weigh a maximum of ten pounds, and they are very calm and content. This is why they are chosen as service or therapy dogs; in addition to being calm, they are quite intelligent and very well-mannered. This dog makes an excellent house dog due to the tiny size; however, this dog can greatly benefit from helping others, as well as any exercise and activities that the owner can offer to this loving and caring pet.

Swim Time

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Hot Day
Cheap
Normal
30 min
Items needed
Kiddie Pool
Doggy life vest
floating toys
Activity description
There are many dog breeds that enjoy the water, and perhaps your little Mi-Ki will as well! There is nothing like a hot summer day and playing in the pool with your little companion. Water is refreshing and a change in pace to other dog activities, and you both will have fun doing this activity. You may have your own swimming pool or you may know of a friend who has one. This is a great activity because it is inexpensive and also provides exercise! Be sure to always have a life vest on your dog that fits snugly and always watch your dog when they are in or around water. If your dog is unable to swim, be sure to always hold your dog. Also, if your dog clearly does not take to the water, avoid this activity.
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Find a pool
You may have a pool, or you may know of someone who does who would love to share their space with your and your pup. If you don't have access to a pool but you would like to introduce your Mi-Ki to water, purchase a small pool, also known as a "kiddie pool" from your local store. A pool like this will only hold a foot or two of water and will give you the ideal way to see if your dog likes to swim and frolic in the water!
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Gather fun toys
Gather a few belongings, such as floating toys and balls so your Mi-Ki can go after them. Be sure your Mi-Ki is familiar with water for this step and avoid having your dog swim far to get a toy. It is important to know your dog and the abilities of your best pal when playing any type of "fetch" in the water (unless you are holding your dog, of course!).
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Find a trainer
Even if your Mi-Ki cannot swim, that is okay. Your dog may be perfectly content with you holding them in the pool (still with a life vest on!) and walking around. If your Mi-Ki seems to like the water and you would like to teach your dog to swim, you could source a trainer to help. A professional can also give you advice on how to help your dog gain confidence in the water and provide safety tips, too.
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Peek-A-Boo

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Any Day
Free
Easy
20 min
Items needed
Blanket
Squeaky Toy
Activity description
Peek-A-Boo is a timeless classic game to play with babies and toddlers, and who says you can't play this game with your Mi-Ki? You may be surprised at how much your dog enjoys a fun game like this, and you will enjoy your time together inside on perhaps a rainy day. The only items needed for this game are a blanket and possibly a squeaky toy (but not necessary). This game is also free or very cheap and can be played over and over again in any location! You can also have your children join in this easy game, and doing so will show your children a safe way to play with their dog.
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Find a place to play
Perhaps you would love to play Peek-A-Boo on the floor, couch, or bed. Anywhere is fine! Just have a blanket (or your dog's "blankie") handy and a cute squeaky toy on hand. This fun activity can be played anywhere, and can be taken outside on occasion for added fun.
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Cover and play
First, cover your dog. Then quickly remove the cover and say "Peek-A-Boo!" Do this again and again. Now, cover yourself. Squeak the toy and see if your dog will try to uncover you! When your little one does, even with your help, say "Peek-A-Boo!"
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Cover the toy
Try covering just the toy, and with your hand under the blanket press the toy to squeak it. See if your dog will try and uncover the toy. If this happens, repeat the phrase again to your dog! Don't forget to praise your dog as well!
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Around Town

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Sunny Day
Free
Easy
1 hr
Items needed
Wearable carrier
Harness
Leash
Activity description

How many times have you run out the door to go on errands or a walk around your town shops? For those of you who live in a small town, complete with farmers’ markets, shops, and little parks to hang out all within walking distance, do you ever take your dog? Getting your dog out of the house breaks up the daily routine and stimulates the senses. Since a Mi-Ki is so small, you can put your dog in a carrier attached to you (similar to a wearable baby carrier) and get your dog out a bit. You may enjoy the company as you peruse the sights around town. You can also let your dog down, attach the little harness and leash, and have a nice walk together. You will get a lot of compliments and requests for cuddles, that’s for sure! 

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Practice first
If your Mi-Ki is new to the carrier, practice at home for a bit before venturing out. Start with short sessions in the carrier, gradually getting your petite pal used to being carried and somewhat confined. Once you have driven to your destination, put your dog in the wearable carrier. If you have chosen to walk to town, go ahead and either carry your pup or walk your dog on a leash. This depends on your location.
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Go for your walk about
Cradling your dog, enjoy the sights and sounds of town. You can window shop, or some places will allow small dogs that are confined, in the store. If you plan on carrying your dog as a regular practice, be sure to have a carrier that is made of breathable, comfortable fabric. Adjustable straps are an important feature for you; you don't want to strain your back while carrying your dog.
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Leash walking
During your explorations, allow your dog down to walk on their own. This will let your dog stretch its legs and get some activity in. If your dog goes potty, make sure you clean it up! Walking is really ideal over carrying as it allows your pup the freedom to enjoy the sights and smells; however, if carrying them is needed at times, just be sure to try and strike an even balance between the two.
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More Fun Ideas...

Plush Ball

Take a soft ball and run it through your hallway and let your dog be at the receiving end. Try to teach them to grab the ball and bring it back to you. If your dog does this, then reward them with a treat and another turn at rolling the ball! This is perfect for a rainy day activity.

Chase the Light

Using a laser pointer (but never shining it in your dog's eyes!) run the red dot up along the wall. See if your little one will jump up or if they will bark at it. You can also run the red dot along the floor and let them chase it! Give your dog a treat every time they paw the red dot so they won't give up easily!

Conclusion

Since the Mi-Ki is the ideal house pet and all-around a real winner in the personality category, you will find that there are many energizing and fun activities to do with your pup. They do adapt to many activities due to their intelligence and willingness to please. Mi-Ki dogs are also good at being little couch potatoes, and they certainly do love cuddles.