Activities For Pomstons

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Introduction

The Pomston is a small dog with a large personality! This hybrid breed is a mixture of the Boston Terrier and the Pomeranian. This cute pup has a winning personality as well as the moderate energy level of the Boston Terrier. They love activities that involve the family; they will enjoy spending time with you out for a walk in the neighborhood or at the dog park. The Pomston is most definitely an indoor dog, so you should plan for some activities that will allow you to play together indoors. You can spend time outdoors together as well; however, keep in mind that you should not allow the Pomston to become too hot or excited while playing.

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Any Day
Free
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30 min
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water
leash
waste bags
Activity description
The Pomston is a hybrid dog; one parent breed is the Boston Terrier, who has a brachycephalic snout. A brachycephalic snout can be described as a shortened snout; some would describe it as a snout that runs down into the throat of the dog. While the Boston Terrier loves to run and play, they are not recommended to do so for an extended amount of time. They are also discouraged from becoming too hot or excited during play. This is due to the fact that the shortened snout prevents proper panting that normally cools a dog. Because the Pomston may inherit the same trait, it is best to exercise during cooler hours of the day and to split activity time in short bursts rather than one long exercise session.
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Choose the fun
Never fear - the Pomston can exercise much like any other dog. They simply need to modify the activities so that they take about fifteen minutes of time. Avoid going over thirty minutes of activity in one session. Although there are few activities to avoid altogether, jogging or running with the Pomston should be avoided. Otherwise, with planning, you and your Pomston can have a great time together.
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Plan for the best times
Pomstons do not do well with extreme weather. This means that you should not plan to exercise in the middle of the day (or during the hotter hours of the day - 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.). Rather, you should plan your outdoor activities - particularly during the summer months - early morning and late evening. During the cooler months, plan outdoor exercise when the temperature is warmest.
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Avoid overexertion and excitement
Of course, you'll want to avoid allowing your Pomston to become overexerted while exercising outdoors. However, your Pomston can become too excited while playing a game of fetch indoors with you. This is why you should always insist on breaks every fifteen to thirty minutes. Encourage them to drink plenty of water so that they are hydrated and cool.
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Train for Tricks

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Any Day
Cheap
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15 min
Items needed
Treats
Activity description
The Pomston is a highly intelligent dog, so teaching this hybrid breed a few tricks will be fun and enjoyable for both of you. The Pomston will enjoy getting a mental muscle workout; you'll enjoy being able to teach Fido some tricks that will impress your house guests. Begin with some simple commands (you'll have to use them in order to teach a few tricks). Then move on to teaching the actual tricks. The Pomston is a quick learner. Teach them to shake hands, roll over, and to stand on their hind legs. There are many others which the Pomston will easily learn, making the trick training sessions a free yet, challenging time of fun.
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Learn a few commands
First, you will need to teach your dog to sit and stay prior to teaching many of the tricks listed here. Teach them to sit by having your dog come to you. Show them a treat; hold it at their nose. Slowly raise the treat above their nose so that their rear naturally lowers to the floor. Say "sit" as you do this. Once they have mastered sit, work on "stay." Slowly step away from the dog while saying "stay." Reward them for remaining in the seated position.
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Shake hands
Learning to shake hands is an easily learned trick. Your dog should have mastered the command "stay." When your dog is in the seated position, show them a treat in the palm of your hand. Make a fist with that hand. Keep the fist offered to the dog. The dog should naturally begin to paw your hand. Praise and treat them, and try again, this time with an open palm (keep the treat in the other hand). When your dog paws your hand, grab it and say "shake." Shortly, Fido will learn this trick.
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Roll over
Your dog will need to know how to carry out the "down" command before you move on to this fun trick. Have your dog get into the prone position and command them to stay "down." Show your dog a treat and hold it at your dog's nose. Move your hand toward their shoulder which should encourage them to move to their side. Praise and treat. Next, move the treat from one side of their head to the other. This will encourage them to roll over. Praise and treat again!
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Dog Park

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Sunny Day
Cheap
Normal
1 hr
Items needed
doggy waste bags
bottled water
Activity description
The dog park is a great place for you and your Pomston to interact together rain or shine. Better still, the dog park is a great place for the Pomston to become better socialized. It is also a safe place to play if you live in an apartment or do not have a large yard for the Pomston to play outdoors. Most dog parks have enclosed areas for you to allow your playful dog to go off-leash and play without worrying that they might get into mischief. Also, there are obstacle courses and walking tracks that you can utilize at the dog park - all for free!
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Walking track
Most dog parks have enclosed areas in which you can take your Pomston for a walk. If you do not feel comfortable allowing Fido to run free, you can keep them on the leash while walking on the enclosed track. Your dog will be able to walk on a track that won't damage their paws. You can walk them in safety, and, if you wish, with a buddy.
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Obstacle course
The Pomston loves activities which encourage them to flex their mental muscles. The obstacle course area of the dog park allows for both physical and mental activity. There are hoops that you can prompt Fido to jump through. There are likely agility poles for your canine companion to traverse. As always, keep exercise sessions to a thirty-minute minimum.
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Socialization opportunities
One of the greatest benefits of the dog park has to do with socialization opportunities. There will be a great many dogs of all shapes and sizes available to interact with your pooch. At first, it is wise to supervise your canine companion while they play with other dogs. After some time, you may actually find dog park buddies for both yourself and your dog. When you build trust with other pet parents, you can allow Fido to play off - leash.
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Walk

The Pomston's favorite form of exercise will be a good, brisk walk with you. Plan for walks lasting about about fifteen to twenty minutes in both the morning and the evening.

Hide and Seek

The Pomston will love this indoor game. "Hide" a few pieces of kibble and allow your curious pup to find them. As they munch the tasty treat, say, "Find it! Good!" Begin to hide kibble under the edge of the couch and in not-so-conspicuous places to increase the challenge.

Conclusion

The Pomston is a highly interesting designer breed. They are very versatile, and you can enjoy a wide variety of activities with them. You will want to plan activities that do not tax the respiratory system of the Pomston; rather, plan short bursts of activity that do not overexert your dog.