Activities For Muggins

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Introduction

Muggins are a friendly and affectionate combination of Miniature Pinscher and Pug. These small pooches are eager to please their humans, and they make for excellent companions! While they usually weigh less than 20 pounds, packed in that small body is plenty of energy that needs to be burned off so you have a happy and stimulated dog. Certain activities suit Muggins better than others, and there are paw-lenty of fun things for you to do with your pooch no matter the weather, how much time you have, or how much money you want to spend on an activity!

Visit a Dog Park

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Any Day
Free
Easy
60 mins
Items needed
Water
Doggy Bags
Collar
Leash
Activity description
Keeping your Muggin active will not only keep them happy, but it will also help keep the weight off because they are prone to gaining weight easily. Visiting a dog park is an excellent way to keep them active and healthy. Their social nature suits dog parks perfectly, and they can race around to their heart's content. On extremely hot or cold days, it's best to avoid outdoor activities with your dog, but most days, this is a fun and (usually) free activity. If you'd like to run around with your dog, you can do so, but another thing that makes dog parks so convenient is that you can just sit and watch them if you're not feeling quite as energetic as they are!
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Find a local dog park
Research dog parks in your area and pick the one that sounds best for you and your dog. Try to find out ahead of time if the park supplies water and doggy bags or if you need to bring your own. You can also find out if the park has seating, shade, and separate areas for big and small dogs.
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Visit the dog park
Now that you've picked a park, pack up any supplies you need and head out for a fun day at the dog park! Most Muggins are happy to explore the dog park for at least an hour, but when the weather is very hot or cold, you may want to limit your visit.
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Visit a Dog-Friendly Beach

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Sunny Day
Free
Easy
1 - 2 hrs
Items needed
Beach Towel
Leash
Dog Toys
Doggy Bags
Water
Collar
Activity description
Heading to the beach with your dog is a wonderful way for the two of you to spend some time together! While you're there, you can relax on the sand with your dog, walk (or run) on the beach with them, or even splash around in the water with them. You can usually visit a beach for free, and dog-friendly beaches are great places for you and your dog to meet other humans and their pups.
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Find a dog-friendly beach
If you search for dog-friendly beaches in your area, you'll be able to plan your trip and the supplies you'll need to bring. Some dog-friendly beaches provide doggy bags and water for pets, so be sure to find out ahead of time. You will also want to see if the beach allows off-leash activity or if your dog needs to be restrained during your visit.
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Visit a dog-friendly beach
Time to have fun in the sun! Now that you've picked a dog-friendly beach, you and your Muggins are sure to have a great day. Find a spot to set up in the shade at beach, and scope out areas with drinking water and doggy bags ahead of time. If you brought dog toys, your pet can play with them in the sand, but chances are, your pet won't need anything to have a great time at the beach!
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Go For a Hike

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Sunny Day
Free
Normal
1 - 2 hrs
Items needed
Water
Hiking Gear
Doggy Bags
Collar
Leash
Activity description
Even though Muggins aren't big dogs, they can keep up well on adventurous activities like hiking. You won't want to overdo it on a hike with your dog, and because Muggins are so eager to please, they may not let you know when they've had enough. Try to keep your hike between one and two hours and be sure to stop for water breaks. Unless you're hiking in a national park that requires an entrance fee, hiking is a free activity that can be done in almost any city and during many kinds of weather. By the end of your hike, you'll have one happy and tired dog on your hands!
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Research dog-friendly trails
When you research dog-friendly hiking trails near you, you'll be able to find out how difficult the terrain is, how long your hike will take, and what you can expect to see along the way. Be sure to check for things to look out for, like bears, ticks, or snakes.
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Plan for your hike
Once you know what to expect from the hike you choose, you can pack the supplies you'll need. For longer hikes, be sure to bring more water. Pack your dog's leash, harness, and a water bowl, and don't forget their doggy bags. Bringing a supply of bug spray and a first aid kit is a good idea, too!
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Hike with your dog
Now it's time to head to the trail you've picked and set off for an adventure with your dog! Be sure to follow leash laws in the area. These are meant to keep you and your dog safe, and you could face a fine if your dog is off-leash when they're not supposed to be. During your hike, offer your dog water on a regular basis and be sure to stop for photo ops along the way!
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More Fun Ideas...

Give Your Dog a Puzzle Toy

Muggins will have fun with puzzle toys, including toys that have treats hidden in them. These are a good way to occupy your dog when the weather isn't ideal for going outside, and they can keep your dog busy for hours.

Teach Your Dog a New Trick

Muggins are smart dogs who are quick learners, so they'll have lots of fun learning new tricks from you! You can start with simple things like sit or stay, and eventually work your way up to more complicated tricks.

Conclusion

As the proud owner of a Muggin, you know firsthand how much fun they are to have around! There are so many ways to have a pawtastic time with your pooch, and they will be happy to spend time with you no matter what you're doing. Head out for an adventure with your Muggins or stay in to enjoy an activity at home — you're sure to have a great time together!