Activities For Raggles

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Introduction

Raggle dogs are crossed between the American Rat Terrier and Beagle. They are small, energetic dogs with a high prey drive. They make great guard dogs because they are always on high alert. The curious nature of the breed will keep you on your toes!

Raggles need at least 45 minutes of physically and mentally stimulating exercise per day. They are adventurous dogs who need to be trained in recall, which ensures they will return to you when called. However, the little dogs can be stubborn when it comes to training. As far as exercise, anything that includes using their noses will bring out their rat hunting instinct.

Doggy Toy Swap

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Any Day
Cheap
Easy
30 min
Items needed
Toys
Activity description

Doggy toy swap involves exchanging your dog’s toys with another dog’s toys. It is usually done with toys that your dog hasn’t shown an interest in. You can gather all the dogs and let your dog pick which toys they want, but some dogs can be toy-aggressive and may not be keen on sharing with other dogs.

Swapped toys should only be toys in good condition. Dog toys can be expensive and if you find that your pup quickly loses interest in new toys, this game could be a way to keep your costs down and entertain your dog at the same time.

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Find willing partners
You can hit up the local dog group to find swap partners or peruse one of the websites dedicated to exchanging toys. If your dog has one particular pup pal that they have play dates with, that would be a great opportunity to try the dog swap idea out. You have to be careful, though. Dogs can be quite protective of their own toys!
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Wash toys
You should wash any of Fido’s old toys before swapping them out. Plastic toys can be washed in dish soap and rope toys can be thrown in the washer. Taking the toys away to be cleaned also lets you see if your dog has a renewed interest in the toy.
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Say goodbye to old toys
Once you’ve chosen the participants of the swap and washed the selected toys, your next step is to pack up those toys when your dog isn’t paying attention. Just be sure that you aren’t swapping with your dog’s absolute favorite toy. Find the swap meet and rotate out toys to get Fido's next favorite!
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Go for a Hike

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Sunny Day
Free
Easy
45 min
Items needed
Leash
Harness
Water Bowl
Activity description

Hiking with your pup is a little more strenuous than just a regular walk. The American Rat Terrier half of the Raggle was bred almost exclusively to hunt rats and other small rodents. That means your Raggle is great at maneuvering small spaces swiftly and silently. Your pup should be kept on a leash during walks because they can run off to chase other animals at the drop of a hat.

Beagles also have a nose for trouble and are overly friendly with everyone they meet. Your Raggle will enjoy sniffing out all the various scents and meeting other people and dogs.

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Find a dog-friendly park
Before you start off on a hike, you should find a local dog-friendly park or trail. Many state parks are pet-friendly, as long as your pup is kept on a leash. Leashes will protect your dog from chasing after small animals they see as prey and getting injured or running off in the process. Bring small bags to pick up after Fido.
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Harness that pup
You most likely already own a leash, but do you use a collar or a harness for your hike? Harnesses give you more control over your dog during long hikes and protect their neck from trachea damage. Just be sure the harness is the right size so it won’t slip off or cause your dog discomfort.
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Hydrate
Any physical activity can put you and your pup at risk for dehydration. Bring a bottle of water and a bowl for your dog. You can even buy a dog backpack or vest and give your Raggle the job of carrying the water and dish. Raggles love to feel useful!
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Fetch

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Any Day
Free
Easy
45 min
Items needed
Toy
Treat
Activity description

Raggles are very playful breeds who will enjoy a good game of fetch. They are loyal dogs, eager to please their family members. You should easily be able to train your dog to relinquish the toy. Fetch can be played indoors in any weather or taken to the yard or park when it’s not too rainy or hot outside.

If you don’t have fancy dog toys, you can use anything from a sock to a stick and Fido will be happy. A game can last as long as 45 minutes or several shorter games throughout the day. If it’s hot outside, be sure to give your pup fresh water.

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Throw a toy
Fetch can be done with any type of toy -- a rope, ball or makeshift toy from old socks. Anything you throw, your dog will likely chase after, especially Raggles who have high prey drives and hunting instincts. If you have a fenced-in yard, you can play fetch there for more distance. Or you can use stairs or throw the toy from one room into another.
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Teach your dog to retrieve
Once you’ve thrown the toy, encourage your pup to go get it. You can enthusiastically repeat, “go get it!” or go get it yourself. Your dog will likely follow you. Training your pup to fetch is the easy part. The hard part is getting them to give the toy back to you so you can throw it again.
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Give 'em a treat
When your pup has fetched the toy and given it back, treat them! It can be with edible treats, verbal praise or a pat on the head. Dogs love and respond to any kind of affection, and it strengthens your bond. If you choose to use edible treats, don’t overfeed. Beagles are prone to obesity because of their small frames.
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Recall

Recall is an essential command for all dogs to learn. It teaches your pup to come back to you immediately at the sound of your voice or a whistle. This is important for dogs with high prey drives or else they will take off at the mere sight of another dog or animal (or leaf, or blowing piece of paper, or...anything).

Follow That Scent

Follow that scent is a game where you hide a favorite toy or treat of your pup’s and encourage them to find it. Another variation is hide and seek, where they try to find their favorite human instead. This game is best done indoors or in an enclosed area so that your dog doesn’t follow the scent to trouble.

Conclusion

When you’re exercising your Raggle, you will find that your pup loves any game that puts their noses to work. Doggy toy swap and a rousing game of follow that scent are two activities that work your dog’s bodies all the way up to their noses!

Training your dog in recall is important for all dog breeds, but it is especially important if you have a curious pooch with a nose for getting in trouble. 

Tossing a toy around in the backyard for Fido to bring back is a classic exercise that will tire your dog out for a few hours. Your little rascal Raggle will enjoy all the sounds and scents they can discover while hiking dog-friendly trails.