Activities For Miniature Pinschers

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Introduction

The old adage “small but terrible” is the perfect definition for the Miniature Pinscher. Often referred to as “the King of the Toys”, the Mini Pinscher (also playfully referred to as “Min Pin”) is a German dog breed that was developed from the Dachshund and German Pinscher. What Min Pins lack in size, they more than make up for in their ferociousness. In fact, this little fellow is known to be quite aggressive and fierce, especially towards strangers. Despite their slightly assertive nature, however, this breed is can be extremely loving and sweet. Equipped with a great sense of humor, a bouncy temperament and the right amount of gutsiness, the Mini Pinscher is a lovely dog to have as a pet. 

Disc Dog

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Sunny Day
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30 - 60 min
Items needed
Disc
Treats
Activity description

Disc dog is a relatively new sport that has gained a nearly cult-like following among dogs and their owners. Similar to Frisbee, this sport involves the dog catching a disc that was thrown and returning it to the owner or handler. You might think that this is only suitable for big dogs due to all the movement involved. However, even toy breeds such as the Miniature Pinscher can get in on the fun. The Min Pin is quite athletic and intelligent, which is why the breed is perfect for the game. Aside from it being a fun activity, disc dog also reinforces the strong connection and understanding between owner and dog.

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Find a spot to play in
The game of disc dog is made for all breeds of dogs. Hence, different sizes of the discs are available in pet stores. Pick one that your Min Pin can easily catch and will fit in their mouth. Once you have acquired this disc, find a place to play in. Common options include dog parks, the beach or even in your very own backyard.
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Play catch with your pooch
Practice your skills by throwing the disc some distance away. However, take into account your dog’s size and capacity. Small dogs are not built for running some distance so avoid throwing the disc too far. Furthermore, throw it at just the right height. Remember that toy breeds such as the Miniature Pinscher have short legs which could be easily injured during a high-impact landing. To get your dog more motivated, give a treat as a reward after they catch the disc.
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Obedience Training

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Sunny Day
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1 hr
Items needed
Treats
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Obedience training is one of the basic activities recommended by dog experts and pet owners. This activity is not only extremely practical, it also helps you develop a potent connection between you and your pup. The ideal time to start this type of training is when your dog is two months of age. Just like humans, dogs are more submissive and can pick up instructions more easily during their youth. Mini Pinschers excel in obedience training because they have a compliant nature. Moreover, they are a smart breed and can easily learn new things that are being taught to them. 

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Begin with the basics
Obedience training can be quite challenging, especially if you do it wrong. In order to succeed, you have to start slow and simple. Begin the training by teaching your dog the most basic commands, particularly “Sit”, “Come” and “Down”. These commands are easy to understand and are practical for your dog to learn, especially since you will be using them often.
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Reward your dog
The most effective way to teach your dog commands is to motivate them. The best way to do so is through giving of treats. Regardless of which command you teach first, using treats as an incentive almost always works. For instance, when teaching your dog how to sit, let your dog focus on the treat while you slowly press down on your dog’s hind legs. This will help your dog associate the movement with the reward. Repeating the process will eventually help your dog master the command. Do this with the other commands that you would like to teach.
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Cycling

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Sunny Day
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30 - 60 min
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Bicycle
Bike trailer
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Going on a bike ride is not only fun but also beneficial for your overall cardiovascular health. It is a good form of exercise that is more exciting than other cardio workouts such as running. However, owners sometimes feel guilty putting on their helmets and going out to have some fun while their loyal furry friend stays at home. Make your bike rides more entertaining by bringing your dog with you. Because Mini Pinschers are small, you can easily take them for a ride using some supplementary equipment. A bike ride is a great opportunity to exercise while spending an important bonding moment with your pooch. 

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Set up your ride
When cycling, dog owners oftentimes just put their dogs on a leash and simply hold on to the leash while they ride at a slow pace. This often works for bigger dogs. However, if you have a Mini Pinscher, you have more options. You may go for a dog backpack which you can wear on your body while you cycle or put your dog on your bike’s basket. Another fun option would be to use a dog trailer. This detachable wagon allows is pulled by the bike while your dog takes in the views of your ride.
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Take your dog on a ride
When your gear is ready or your “dog-mobile” all set up, put your dog in place and ride out of the house and into your destination. Do not forget to stop every now and allow your dog to explore the surroundings. Also, always check on your dog to see how they are behaving.
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Go for a Stroll

Mini Pinschers need a good amount of exercise in order to stay healthy and fit. Sometimes, all you have to do is keep it simple and just go for a regular walk. This activity may be basic but it is one that is thoroughly enjoyed by Min Pins. A 30-minute long walk around the park or in your neighborhood is more than enough to satisfy your dog’s need for stimulation. 

Pamper Day

Mini Pinschers may be active and hyper but they also have some days where they would like to relax. Don’t forget to treat your pooch every now and then by going to a doggy day care or spa. Most of these places have a variety of impressive facilities that were exclusively made for dogs. The most common services include grooming, pet massage, agility training, swimming and a whole lot more. 

Conclusion

When it comes to taking care of Miniature Pinschers, owners have to find a balance between active and lazing around. The breed can be hyperactive at times, but they also need some downtime to just chill and spend time with their humans. These abovementioned activities are great suggestions for when you are brainstorming for the perfect bonding time with your Mini Pinscher.