Apartment dwellers and those with small backyards will be rejoicing at owning a Schnauffen. As a designer breed mix of the Minature Schnauzer and an Affenpinscher, they are a little, low maintenance dog with very few physical activity requirements. They get on well with children and animals with proper socialization and tend to prefer short bursts of activity opposed to hours of running around. If you are the doting owner of a Schnauffen but you’re not sure how to keep their bodies and minds stimulated, we’ve included a few options below.
If you have a small backyard or no space at all, then the dog park can quickly become your new favorite hangout. Not only does it provide your pup with the room they require for a little bit of fun in the sun, but the chance to socialize with other dogs as well. As a small dog, the Schnauffen can quickly adopt the “small dog syndrome” characteristics. To prevent it, early and ongoing socialization with other dogs is a great idea. A few times a week, grab your dog, their toys, and a leash, and head to the local dog park for an hour of fun in the beautiful sun. This free and effortless activity is sure to appeal to many Schnauffen owners.
This fun and affordable activity is one that suits many apartment dwellers or those who are cooped up inside on a rainy day. It costs as much as you spend on treats, fills up 30 minutes of your day, and provides your pup with both the mental and physical stimulation they require. What’s more, hide and seek appeals to the Schnauffen’s inquisitive nature. They want to know what’s going on at all times, and the very thought of seeking something out that could be tasty will have their tails wagging and bums wiggling. If you don’t feel like going out with your pup for the day, then this activity you can do at home is an excellent option.
For an inquisitive dog such as a Schanuffen which requires both mental and physical stimulation, a food puzzle is an excellent activity option. This fun game, which is moderate in price depending on whether you purchase or create your game, can provide a lot of fun and entertainment for a dog – especially if they thrive on a challenge. Depending on the dog and the level of the toy, it can be a complicated game but one that engages them for an hour or more. If it’s raining or cold outside or you don’t have outdoor space for a dog, consider a food puzzle to keep their little minds busy.
Not every Schnauffen will enjoy a game of fetch, but a surprising number will. If your pup has a favorite ball or toy, use it in the game. You can play this free and effortless game inside or outside, and given their short legs; they are sure to tire out of after endless backward and forward running up your hallway or in the yard.
Schnauffens only require around 45 minutes of activity per day – including both physical and mental. As a result, you don’t have to think of too many out of the box activities when it comes to their physical requirements. They are more than happy with a 30-minute walk around the neighborhood which gives you both the opportunity for a bit of exercise.
When it comes to providing stimulating activities for Schnauffens, you need to put your best paw forward. While they don’t need too much physical activity, you do need to keep their little minds active to keep them out of trouble. When you get a moment, try out these activities above and watch how quickly their eyes light up and their tails start wagging.