Activities For Miniature Feists

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Introduction

The Miniature Feist is a smaller version of the Mountain Feist, a born hunter. The Miniature Feist is a small game hunter; in addition, they are courageous and smart yet dependable and affectionate. The Miniature Feist is spirited and energetic, so the breed requires a moderate amount of exercise. Always versatile, Miniature Feists enjoy working alongside their humans on family farms, but they are just as comfortable sitting beside you on the couch watching television. Of course, with a boisterous pup such as the Miniature Feist, you'll want to ensure that they get enough exercise.

Let's Dig

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Any Day
Cheap
Easy
20 min
Items needed
toys
pillows
blankets
sand
a raised box
Activity description
The Miniature Feist is a hunter by nature, and, in some instances, the Miniature Feist will engage in - for many owners, behavior that is undesirable - digging. However, use this penchant for getting to the bottom of things to your advantage. If indoors, create an area in which your Miniature Feist feels free to dig. You only need to utilize some pillows or blankets (or both) to give your dog something to dig into. Should you wish to encourage the dog to dig outdoors only, you can build a sandy area in which digging is allowed. Just find some suitable toys and let Fido have fun.
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Don't fight the feeling
You may notice your Miniature Feist attempting to dig - in the furniture, in the water bowl, or possibly outside. Since you do not want your yard to be destroyed, why not supply Fido with a personalized digging area? You can set this up inside or outdoors, and it might be best to do so near a place you've noticed your dog attempting to dig out.
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Indoor digging station
Grab some bite-sized treats; this works particularly well if you can use smelly treats. Hide these treats under a pile of pillows and/or blankets (HINT: You might want to use only pillows that you do not mind getting torn.) The first couple of times you do so, you might need to show the pooch what to look for under the blanket. Do this anytime you notice your dog attempting this undesirable action.
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Get out and dig
The Miniature Feist most definitely enjoys digging in the yard, so why not make a place where this is acceptable to do so? While this author personally recommends building a raised box in which to store the sand for your digging area, to do so is not necessary. Simply take a few toys and "bury" them (the first few times you do this, you might need to have a portion of the toy sticking out of the sand). Encourage your pooch to dig and enjoy.
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Bubbles and More

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Any Day
Cheap
Normal
30 min
Items needed
pet-safe bubbles
treats
hula hoop
mini cones
Activity description
There are a variety of interactive games that you can play with your furry friend in order to provide exercise and mental activity. One game that requires little brain power but provides great physical activity is chasing bubbles. You can purchase pet-safe bubbles (your Miniature Feist is likely to swallow a few bubbles while chasing them) at any pet supply store. Next, you can hide treats for your pup to find (this is also a great indoor or outdoor activity). Finally, you can create your own obstacle course for your canine companion to run through. These games are all about interactive fun.
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Bubbles
You might be surprised to find that your fun-loving pup isn't interested in bubbles initially. Start by getting your dog's attention, then blow a few bubbles. Make sure that your pooch is following the bubbles (with their eyes). Encourage your pup to catch the bubbles. You may need to set an example if it seems that your dog is still disinterested, catch the bubbles yourself and make it seem like a great deal of fun.
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Hide and seek
Turn your kitchen or living room into a game room and play a round of hide and seek. The initial game should be played where treats are in view. Encourage your Miniature Feist to go after them and praise them for a job well done. Then, take your dog out of the room and place the treats in hidden areas. You will want to use aromatic treats for this. Your intelligent pooch will catch on quickly.
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Agility games
While coursing your dog through obstacles at the dog park can be fun, an agility course need not be complex to create. Pick up a hula hoop and encourage your canine companion to walk through it. Raise the hula hoop each time you work with your pooch; eventually they will learn to jump through the hoop rather than walk. Stack pillows or blankets and encourage them to jump over the "obstacle." There are many easy ways to encourage agility games.
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Rainy Day Games

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Rainy Day
Cheap
Normal
30 min
Items needed
step stool
kitchen chair
treats
Activity description
The Miniature Feist is small enough to join you indoors to play some fun games. While our title is "rainy day games," you can actually take part in these fun activities regardless of the weather outside. Keep in mind that the Miniature Feist is likely to be a highly energetic dog that requires a moderate amount of physical activity in order to not only remain healthy, but also to ensure that your furry friend is not in the midst of mischief due to boredom. These games involve many household items, and set up is generally quite easy. Whether it's hot and sunny or rainy and cold, your pooch will thank you for inviting them to play these fun indoor games.
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Over, under, and through
Setting up agility games is actually quite easy by simply using household items. Grab a kitchen chair or a step stool. Set it up in the middle of the floor, and call your dog to come to you. "Show" the chair to your pup, then walk on the opposite side of the chair so that it is between you and your dog. Coax the dog to come to you, but make sure that they walk under the chair legs. Praise a job well done with treats.
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Stairway dash
If you happen to have an indoor stairway (or a covered porch with steps), you can use this activity to promote physical activity even on the worst of weather days. Go to the top of the steps and encourage Fido to run to you. Have treats ready for a quick reward.
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Tag, you’re it
Do you happen to have a fairly long hallway? Perhaps your kitchen is open to the living room area? Get a partner and supply him or her with a handful of treats. Next, call your canine companion to you. Give them a treat simply for obedience. Then, your partner should call out to them. Each time you call the dog, move (back out of the kitchen, eventually going into another room). This promotes recall and requires the dog to utilize their sense of hearing to find you (and your partner).
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Scent Trials

Because the Miniature Feist is a hunter at heart, inviting your dog to participate in scent trials is a great way to allow for your pup's inner hunter to excel. Check the American Kennel Club website for local clubs that sponsor trials.

Hide and Seek

Take a few yummy smelling treats. Place them in inconspicuous sites in your kitchen or living room. Encourage your pooch to "find" the treats. The first time you perform this game, you might need to leave the treats where your dog can easily find them.

Conclusion

The Miniature Feist is a capable companion who is a born hunter. This small yet energetic pup will require a moderate amount of activity, and the best choices include games that provide both mental and physical exercise. Because of the small stature of the Miniature Feist, the dog can participate in activities both indoors and outside. Simply include your pup in family activities to promote a happy and healthy pooch.