Activities For Pug-Zus

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Introduction

As far as small-sized dog breeds go, both the Pug and Shih Tzu are way up there in the most popular list. Hence, it only makes sense to cross-breed these two to create an even more beloved designer dog, known as the Pug-Zu. Boasting a larger-than-life attitude, Pug-Zus exhibit the amiable character of the Pug and the confident personality of the Shih Tzu. Since both parent breeds are outgoing and cheerful, you can expect the Pug-Zu to be friendly towards everyone they encounter. Whether you are a first-time dog owner or not, taking care of this breed should come as a breeze because of their lovable and trusting nature. 

Charity Dog Walk

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Sunny Day
Moderate
Normal
2 hrs
Items needed
Leash
waste bags
Activity description

If you have ever thought about helping animal-related organizations on a large scale, one of the best ways to do so would be to organize a charity dog walk. Through an event such as this, you are able to extend your love for four-legged creatures to your community. Charity dog walks are also a fun and healthy way to raise money for a good cause and to bring together like-minded individuals who all share the same love and compassion for animals. You can even have your own Pug-Zu participate in this wonderful event. To start a dog charity walk, you will have to go through comprehensive planning and legwork. In the end, however, it will all be worth it if the event becomes a success. 

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Choose a charity
If you are planning a charity dog walk, you obviously need to have a charity that will benefit from your event. This could be an animal shelter in your hometown, an animal health organization, a national animal rescue group or any other associations or parties that are helping dogs that are in need. After you have chosen a beneficiary, get in touch with them and let them know that you are planning an event for their benefit.
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Figure out the logistics
Once you have a chosen organization, the next step, and the most challenging one, is to figure out the logistics of the event. Pick a date (and a backup date) when you want to hold your event. The ideal day would be during the weekend when more people are off duty from work. Then, select a venue for the walk, including the starting and finish point. Other specifics that you need to work out include the distance of the walk, start and end times, payment amounts, permits (if necessary) and other relevant details.
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Promote the event
When you have ironed out the details of the event and have organized everything, the next step would be to get the word out. Create flyers and brochures that you can distribute to veterinary clinics, pet stores and other dog-friendly places. You can also have your beneficiary promote the event for you. Alternatively, you may harness the power of social media by creating events on networks such as Facebook to have a wider reach. Create a news release and send it to local media outlets to help you endorse the event.
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Treadmill

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Free
Easy
30 min
Items needed
Treadmill
Treats
Activity description

The activity level of dogs vary from one breed to another – there are some dogs who are extremely active while there are others that prefer to just laze around the home. Pug-Zus belong to the latter category; this breed is an apartment-type dog that needs little exercise. In fact, they are pretty content at being couch potatoes. However, this does not mean that Pug-Zus should not be physically stimulated since this can lead to health complications. To get your pooch to exercise without having to leave your home, what you can do is put them on a treadmill. Through this machine, your lazy dog can work out at their own pace. 

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On-and-off practice
Training your dog to use a treadmill entails patience and determination on your part. Note that dogs can easily develop a fear of machines, especially ones that make noises. Hence, you should be wary about pushing your dog too hard. The first thing you need to practice is getting your dog on and off the treadmill. Some dogs jump right on to the machine out of curiosity while others might need some extra push. You can use treats as motivation when practicing; give your dog a treat every time they go up on the machine. Do this repetitively for days or even weeks until your pooch becomes comfortable getting on and off the machine on their own.
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Get your dog moving
The next thing to do would be to hold your pet close as you turn on the treadmill. This will allow your pooch to acclimate to the movement of the machine. If they get scared or anxious, make sure to calm them down. Slowly place your dog on the moving belt and give a reward once they are able to stand on the treadmill without panicking. Again, this process might take a couple of days and it is important to not rush the process.
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Build up the pace
Once your dog is comfortable with the moving belt on the treadmill, you can eventually increase the speed and incline of the machine. In doing so, you are slowly coaxing your pet to walk at a faster and more challenging pace. Initially, you should keep your treadmill sessions short until your dog builds enough leg power and stamina.
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Pet-friendly Accommodation

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Any Day
Moderate
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24 - 48 hrs
Items needed
Dog Bed
Dog Food and Bowl
Toys
Leash
Activity description

Most dog owners consider their dogs as loving members of their family and would hate to leave them at home alone, especially while on vacation. Luckily, those days of having to hire dog sitters are gone; it is now possible to take your dog with you, due to the rise of multiple dog-friendly accommodations across the nation. These establishments cater to customers of all kinds and will give your four-legged companion the same respect that they give you. Whether you are going out of town or would simply like to have a “staycation” with your dog, staying at a pet-friendly accommodation will surely be a memorable experience. 

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Do your research
There are literally hundreds of pet-friendly accommodations all over the United States where you and your dog can stay; a simple online search will yield plenty of results and options to choose from. However, before you book, you should take some things into consideration and do thorough research. Some of the factors to consider include location, price, reviews from previous customers and the like.
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Book a room
When you have weighed your options and picked out your accommodation, get in touch with them and find out if they have availabilities on the date you have chosen. If a room is available on your desired date, make the necessary arrangements to confirm your stay. Otherwise, simply look for another place or choose a different date.
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Enjoy your stay
On the day of your stay, pack your (and your dog’s) things, head down to the location of your accommodation and check in. Most pet-friendly accommodations offer a wide selection of activities and facilities for both you and your dog, so make sure to utilize whatever you can during your stay.
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Day Trip

Because of their clingy nature, Pug-Zus will enjoy doing anything as long as they are with you. Take the car out for a spin with your dog riding shotgun and check out some dog-friendly spots in your area. 

Socialize at the Dog Park

Pug-Zus are very sociable and friendly, which makes it easy to bring them with you to public places. Take your pooch to the local dog park for some exercise and quality time. Here, you can befriend other dogs and fellow furparents. 

Conclusion

The Pug-Zu is the perfect definition of a companion; this breed loves to spend time with their owner and will return the same amount of love and affection given to them. Possessing an endearing nature, curious disposition and the right amount of playfulness, Pug-Zus make for a fine family pet. However, don’t count on them to become your watchdog – this breed is too friendly to keep guard!