Activities For Pom-Cotons

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Introduction

A cross between the spirited Pomeranian and the ridiculously adorable Coton de Tulear, the Pom-Coton is one playful and affectionate breed. Famous for their cheeky personality and love of people, this breed simply loves human company and wants to be doing whatever you're doing.

But Pom-Cotons won't do well if they don't get sufficient interaction from their people, and leaving your dog in a backyard alone all day long will quickly lead to boredom and unhappiness. That's why it's important to always be on the lookout for new and interesting games and activities your Pom-Coton will love to experience with you. Here are a few of the best.

Muffin Tin Game

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Any Day
Free
Easy
10 - 15 min
Items needed
Muffin tin
Tennis balls
Treats
Activity description

If you've got an old muffin tray lying around in your kitchen drawer, you might not be aware that you can use it for much more than just baking delicious snacks. This humble piece of cooking equipment also forms the basis for one of the simplest yet most ingenious doggy games ever invented.

The muffin tin game is the paw-fect solution to rainy-day boredom for pets and their owners. It's quick to set up and offers a wonderful and mentally stimulating challenge for your canine pal. Best of all, they also get to enjoy a few tasty treats once they work out what to do.

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The setup
Grab a muffin tray out of your kitchen cabinet and place a few of your Pom-Coton's favorite treats in a few of the holes. You can then cover each of the holes with a tennis ball -- they fit so snugly that it's almost as if they were designed to go there. Then it's time to call your pooch over and let the fun begin.
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Find the treats
Place the muffin tray on the ground in front of your dog. Not only will they be intrigued by this highly unusual sight, but as they investigate it, their powerful sense of smell will help them detect the fact that there are hidden treats nearby. Of course, your dog will have to work out exactly where those treats are and how to get to them, which provides wonderful mental stimulation and also lets them enjoy a delicious treat at the end.
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Round Robin Recall

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Any Day
Free
Easy
10 min
Items needed
Dog kibble
Activity description

Dinner is one of the highlights of your dog's day. But whenever you treat your Pom-Coton to this fun family game, they'll look forward to their daily meal even more.

The basic idea of this game is to make your pooch work for their supper. This will provide excellent mental stimulation for your furry friend, and help train them to come when called to you and various other members of the family.

Best of all, it's fun, easy to play, and something the whole family can enjoy doing together. Here's how to play a game of round robin recall with your pet.

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Get ready
Gather your family together and split your dog's regular mealtime serving of kibble up between each person. You and your family members can then spread out around your living room or, if it's a nice day, move out into the yard and do the same. Your dog will quickly pick up on the fact that something exciting is happening, while their sense of smell should let them know that there are tasty snacks nearby.
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Get going
Get your dog to stand in the middle of everyone and then call them to you. When your pooch comes, reward them with lots of praise and by letting them eat some of the kibble in your hand. Other members of the family can then take turns calling your Coton-Pom to them, and rewarding them with a few treats when your dog does as asked. As your dog gets the hang of the game, you can increase the space between each person so your pooch has to travel a longer distance to get to their next bite. Eventually, you'll end up with one tired, happy and satisfied dog.
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Pictures with Santa

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Moderate
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30 min
Items needed
Leash
Treats
Activity description

Christmas is a wonderful time of year to spend with friends and family, and your family of course includes your fur-kid. Next Christmas, why not create holiday memories that will last forever and get your pet's picture taken with Santa?

In the lead-up to Christmas, there are several organizations that set up pet-friendly Santa photo shoots. Some are for pet stores or animal welfare charities, while others are arranged by shopping malls. Whatever the case may be, it's a paw-some opportunity to get into the Christmas spirit with your canine pal, so here's what you need to do to get the perfect shot.

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Find Santa
The first step is to locate your nearest pet-friendly Santa photo booth. A little online research should help you find somewhere suitable, but make sure you read the fine print closely to find out where and when you can get your dog photographed, and whether there are any special rules (such as keeping your pet on a leash) you'll need to obey.
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Tire your dog out
For many dogs, waiting around to get your photo taken and then sitting still on a stranger's lap can be a challenging experience. To increase the chances of everything going off without a hitch, treat your dog to a long walk or play session before heading off to see Santa. A tired dog is a happy dog and will hopefully be more likely to wait patiently and smile for the camera.
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Smile!
Now you can head to the photo booth and join the line of festive Fidos waiting to get their photo taken. You can dress your pet up in a Christmas costume if you want, and it's worth having a few treats on hand to reward your pooch for waiting quietly. Then, when it's your turn to meet the big man, make sure you tell Santa what your dog wants for Christmas before letting the photographer do their thing. Who knows -- you might even want to get several prints made up to share with family and friends!
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Doggy Dinner Date

The next time you eat out for breakfast, lunch or dinner, book yourself a table at a cafe or restaurant that welcomes dogs. Your pooch will be thrilled with the opportunity to join you on an interesting (and tasty) outing.

Pick up Toys

If you're tired of cleaning up after each play session with your dog, you might want to train your Pom-Coton to pick up their own toys. This skill can take a while to master, but training it will provide an excellent mental challenge for your pooch.

Conclusion

When you welcome a Pom-Coton into your life, you're rewarded with a loving, devoted and mischievous canine companion. There's never a dull moment when you've got a Pom-Coton around, and it's up to you to find exciting and amusing activities to keep your pet entertained. And as long as those activities mean that they get to spend plenty of time with you, your Pom-Coton will be happy to do just about anything.