Activities For Poochins

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Introduction

The Poochin is a combination of the beloved Poodle and Japanese Chin dog breeds. Japanese Chins actually originated in China, but were given to the royalty of Japan as gifts. They were revered in Japan and only introduced into the Western half of the world during the 19th century. Poodles have been around since at least the 1400s when they were bred as fowl hunting dogs in Germany. The regal look of Poodles quickly turned them into companion and show dogs. 

Poochins are usually bred from the smaller toy Poodle, though they can also be bred from standard and miniature Poodles. They are typically small in stature with wavy fur that needs regular grooming.

Obedience Training

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Free
Easy
1 hr
Items needed
Harness
Leash
Treats
Activity description

Poodles are gorgeous, regal and stubborn. Your pooch will get half of those traits. The stubbornness can make teaching commands difficult. Simplify the process by finding local obedience classes that cover the basics, such as sit, stay and down. Teaching your dog to come when called can be a literal lifesaver.

While your Poochin may be tiny, you don’t want them to be a terror. Obedience training not only teaches your pup manners, but it also builds the foundation for exercising, playing and even feeding time. Training classes usually start at a young age, but you really can teach old dogs new tricks.

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Find a local class
Finding a local class is the easy part. Choosing a reputable trainer who uses proper positive reinforcement methods can be more difficult. Dogs live in the moment, which can make it difficult to train your pup acceptable behavior from unacceptable behavior. A training class can help that. Some trainers are even willing to come to your own home, if your pup doesn’t get along well with other dogs.
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Teach the basics
Beginner training classes are usually an hour a week for 8 weeks. That is just enough time to train a class of hyper puppies the most basic commands. It is important for you to practice during the week between classes. Your puppy will learn faster if you are consistent in your practice.
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Advanced classes
If your pup does an amazing job in the obedience class, consider moving on to a harder class. Some dogs are more eager to learn than others. Or you can retake the original class later to refresh your puppy's memory. But you should be using the commands regularly to keep them fresh in your dog’s brain. Remember, dogs live in the moment.
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Flirt Pole

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Any Day
Free
Easy
45 min
Items needed
Old Sock
String
Pole
Activity description

Flirt poles are the dog version of a cat’s feather and string toy. Dogs like to paw at things waving in front of their faces just as much as cats. You can cheaply make your own with random items around the house. They can be used indoors or planted in the ground outdoors for hours of entertainment. 

You can even take the activity up a notch and make several flirt poles. Teach your pup to walk between them like an obstacle course. If you prefer a pre-made flirt pole, they are sold in any pet store. Be sure to supervise your pup so they don’t eat the toys.

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Gather old socks
You can make your own flirt pole with an old sock, a tennis ball, or anything that will interest your pup when waved in front of them. Dogs are easily amused, so it can be any item. However, make sure it isn’t anything they can catch and choke on or an item toxic to dogs.
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Find a pole
To complete the flirt pole, you will need a thin pole or stick to attach to the sock. It should be long enough so that the pup can reach the pole when you are standing upright. If you choose a stick, make sure to remove all the bark so your pup can’t eat it.
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Plant the pole in the ground
You can use the flirt pole to play with your dog indoors on rainy days, but that requires you to hold it for them the entire time. If you can plant the pole outdoors, they can play with it long after you’ve been tired out. This is great for little dogs with big energies.
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Spa Day

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Moderate
Hard
3 hrs
Items needed
Dog Shampoo
Scissors
Dog Nail Clippers
Activity description

Poodles are notorious for their amazing curly fur. While your Poochin probably won’t have the same tight curls, they will have wavy hair that is fast-growing. Most small breeds need to be groomed every six to eight weeks. Those costs can really add up. If you feel that you are a patient person who can handle it, consider learning how to groom your pup yourself. Have a spa day at home every few weeks and brush daily between grooming times. Part of keeping a happy pup is having hair that isn’t matted or disheveled.

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Bath time
Bathing your pup is the easiest part of grooming. Most dogs put up a struggle but secretly enjoy getting clean. Poochins are small enough that they can be washed in the kitchen sink -- just be sure they don’t jump out. There are a ton of dog shampoos on the market, but ones with oatmeal can be soothing for your pup’s skin.
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Cut hair
To cut your pup’s hair, you can use special scissors or clippers. Cutting hair on the paws and face area can be difficult, so consult a groomer if you have problems. Small dogs tend to get eye boogers that can take professionals to remove. Remember that wet hair looks longer than dry hair, so cut carefully.
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Cut nails
Cutting a dog’s nails take a lot of patience and focus. Their nails have “quicks” that will bleed if cut too short. Many dogs don’t like nail clipping, so it is important to train your pup early. Constantly touching their paws without trying to clip them is a good way to get them used to eventual nail clippings. Some people use a small amount of peanut butter to distract their dog.
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Therapy Dog

After your pup has successfully completed obedience classes, continue their pupducation with therapy dog classes. Your Poochin will be the perfect combination of fluffy and cuddly for the job. Find local classes and then contact hospitals, nursing homes or even colleges to see if they have any therapy dog openings.

Walk on the Beach

Many dogs enjoy long walks on the beach as much as humans do! Find a dog-friendly beach and let your pup do the doggy paddle in the waves. Be sure not to let them eat sand, as that can cause fatal digestive issues in all dog breeds. A spa day might be necessary after a day at the beach.

Conclusion

Poochins are happy, playful dogs who love a good romp at the beach. Poodles have a stubborn streak, so your Poochin will do well with a few obedience training classes. If those are successful, you can continue with therapy dog courses. Poochins are adorable little balls of fur that bring a lot of people comfort and joy. 

Poochins have fur that is wavy instead of the tightly curled fur of purebred Poodles, but they still require a lot of grooming to keep their fur manageable. You can take them to a groomer or have a relaxing spa day at home. These are just a few ideas for activities your Poochin will pawsitively love!