Activities For Miniature Boxers

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Introduction

The Boxer is undoubtedly one of the most popular and beloved dog breeds in the United States. This is largely due to their tough look and set of lovely qualities. One of the drawbacks of getting a Boxer, however, is that maintaining this dog can be a bit costly. They also require a huge space to live in and regular exercise because of their high levels of energy. Therefore, some fans of this breed who cannot meet the abovementioned requirements go for the next best thing – the Miniature Boxer. This designer breed is a result of mixing the Boxer with the Boston Terrier. This smaller version retains most of the beloved qualities of the original Boxer but is more low-maintenance. 

Jump Rope

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Any Day
Free
Normal
15 - 20 min
Items needed
Jump rope
Cane or pole
Treats
Activity description

One of the joys of having a dog is teaching them some impressive tricks. Because of their intelligence, dogs can learn plenty of different tricks, even ones that seem beyond their abilities. A remarkable trick that you may want your furbaby to show off is the jump rope. After all, most dogs typically jump a lot during their daily routine, whether it is during playtime or simply just jumping up on the couch or bed. Teaching your dog how to jump rope not only helps curb unwanted jumping behaviors, it is also a good form of exercise for your pooch. 

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Start simple
To train your dog how to jump rope, you should start simple and use a pole or a cane instead of a jump rope. Using one hand, hold it a few inches off the ground while your free hand holds a treat on the other side. Call your dog’s attention and command them to jump over the cane or pole to get the treat. Do this repeatedly until your dog gets a good grasp of the “jump” command. As you progress in the training, you can also increase the cane’s height.
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Introduce the jump rope
When your dog gets used to jumping over on command, you can then add the jump rope into the mix. Tie one end of the rope to a pole or something secure while you hold the other end with your hand. Hold the rope some height off the ground and ask your dog to jump over the rope to get the treat on the other side, similar to the first step of training.
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Start moving the rope
The final step is to eventually train your dog to jump over a moving rope. Start by gently swinging the rope side to side and commanding your dog to jump over it. Over time, you can start making slow circles using the jump rope. As soon as your dog gets the game, you can gradually increase the speed. Your dog will have fun playing with you and soon you won’t even have to use treats.
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Doga

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Any Day
Moderate
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30 - 60 min
Items needed
Yoga mat
Activity description

Yoga is a practice that has slowly become more and more popular. This is because of the many benefits that come with it, including increased flexibility, strength development and anxiety relief, among others. But did you know that there is a way to make your yoga experience more rewarding? Yes, this is possible by adding dogs into the mix. Doga – yoga with dogs – is a new trend that dog owners are getting into recently. In this activity, you get to reap all the positives of yoga that you are used to but with the additional advantage of bonding with your pet. Doga can also be beneficial for your pooch because it allows them to be more open to touching, which can help with activities such as grooming. Also, it helps bring you and your dog closer because of the constant engagement and contact throughout a Doga session. 

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Get a Doga guide
With Doga becoming a popular option for dog owners looking to try something new with their four-legged friends, the number of available guides to the practice has also increased. There are lots of available Doga books that can help you get started. If you are more of a visual person, you can also get find instructional Doga videos online.
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Practice at home
Once you have a guide that you can use, you can try doing actual Doga with your pooch. Start with the easiest poses that you can find and focus on technique and form. Find yoga exercises that work well for you and your pooch. Since the Miniature boxer is medium-sized, you can try some more complex yoga poses such as carrying your dog on your legs.
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Join a Doga class
While practicing Doga at home seems like the practical move, nothing beats having a professional Doga instructor to help you and your pooch out. In Doga classes, you learn how to incorporate your dog into your typical yoga routine. Oftentimes, your pooch serves as a prop while there are some sessions where more engagement takes place, such as doggy massages.
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Flirt Pole

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Any Day
Free
Easy
30 - 45 min
Items needed
Pole
Rope
Plastic bag or toy
Activity description

Like most dogs, the Miniature Boxer has a ridiculous amount of energy that can have them going for hours. This is why playtime is an important part of any dog’s daily routine. One of the easiest ways to let your dog expend some extra energy is through the use of toys. The flirt pole is a simple but effective device that could get your pooch up and running. Also known as a flirt stick, this toy is basically a long pole that has a rope with a lure attached to it. The objective of the flirt pole is to have your dog chasing the lure, thereby providing physical and mental stimulation. 

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Prepare your flirt pole
Since this is game relies heavily on the flirt pole, you would have to get one to play the game. Flirt poles are extremely simple to make; all you have to do is get a pole, a rope and a lure. The commonly used lures include a plastic bag or one of your dog’s toys. Attached your chosen lure to the rope and tape the other end of the rope onto the pole. If you do not feel like making your own flirt pole, you can simply buy one in a pet shop.
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Lure your dog
When you have prepared or bought your flirt pole, it’s time to put it to good use. Take your dog out to your backyard or any area with a wide space where you can play. Then, entice your pooch using the lure. Once you have your dog’s attention, start moving and waving it around while your dog goes crazy trying to catch it. To make things more challenging, you can also run away with the lure while your dog chases you.
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Road Trip

Road trips are best enjoyed when you have a fun companion to go with. Your Miniature Boxer can be the ultimate road trip buddy. Take a day off and just drive out to the next town or city and discover some cool places along the way with your pooch. 

Make Ice Cream

Everybody loves ice cream, including dogs! However, some ice creams may contain ingredients that are harmful to canines. The best way for your pooch to enjoy this sweet treat is by making your own. Look for dog-friendly ice cream recipes online and make one that your dog can devour.

Conclusion

If you want a dog with all the desirable traits of the Boxer but in a smaller body, then the Miniature Boxer is the right one for you. These mini versions are lovely dogs that thrive in social activities so make sure that you let them be a part of your daily routines and get-togethers. When given the right amount of exercise, care and attention, the Miniature Boxer can be a lovely addition to any household or family.