Activities For Schneagles

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Introduction

The Schneagle is a hybrid dog, boasting parentage from the Miniature Schnauzer and the Beagle.  In case you hadn't noticed as yet, both of these parent breeds are dogs bred for hunting small animals, tasks for which they are excellently suited.  Not only are they excellent at their hunting jobs, but they are also exceptionally good at cuddling up close to their human families.  This very social, small dog bonds affectionately with their human family, needs a lot of attention and doesn't do well when left alone for long periods of time.  This darling doggie will play energetically or curl up peacefully next to you on the couch for hours.  The breed is quite intelligent so activities in which you wish to involve them will need to challenge not only their inexhaustible energy but also their tendency toward boredom.

Scavenger Hunt

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Any Day
Cheap
Easy
1 - 2 hrs
Items needed
Collar
Leash
Toys
Treats
Old shoes or socks
Activity description
As we look back into our childhood, scavenger hunts were always so much fun, and we remember many hours of sleuthing as we searched for specific items using the clues provided to us.  These activities gave us many hours of enjoyment as we grew up and similar entertainment is available for our furry family members.  Schneagles are dogs that were created by breeding two hunting purebreds, resulting in a hybrid that has an extremely sensitive nose and inquisitiveness, combining tenacity and intelligence and seeming boundless energy.  They love to search and seek out the unseen, utilizing this intelligence to problem-solve.  They bond with their human family and, because they are eager to please, they are easily trained and guided in the realm of scavenger hunting.
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Choose the items to hunt
For the most straightforward and most successful scavenger hunt ever, be sure to choose your dog's favorite toys, yummy treats and other "interesting" items for which they will naturally want to search. If you select items that your dog customarily prefers, the dog's interest will be more quickly piqued.
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Choose the hiding places
If this is your first attempt at scavenger hunting with your dog, it is a good idea to keep those hiding places relatively simple. You will need to get your dog interested in the hunt during the first couple of times you play this game; then you can make those hiding places increasingly more challenging.
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Encourage the hunt
Probably the best way to encourage your dog to begin the hunt is to tease them a little with a tasty treat. Allow the dog to sniff and eat a bit of the yummy tidbit, then lead your dog to a beginning point. The sensitive nose of your dog will likely take over and do what comes naturally. If there are toys involved in your hunt, you may need to entice your furry family member with a toy, tossing it toward one of the hiding places once they have "gotten the scent" of the toy. Repeat as often as necessary for increasing fun!
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Drive-in Movie

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Any Day
Cheap
Easy
2 - 3 hrs
Items needed
Collar
Leash
Dog treats
Blanket
Activity description
Do you remember drive-in movies?  Are you old enough to remember those sultry, summer nights spent curled up in the car, maybe with a blanket if the night was a little chilly, watching a movie with your parents and siblings?  Or, perhaps you were watching that movie with your favorite "squeeze" or your best friend?  Though drive-ins are harder to find these days, that experience can be shared with your furry best friend even today.  Your precious pooch will love the car or truck ride to the drive-in theater, taking in everything that passes their nose as they gaze through the passenger window, leaving drool and nose prints on the glass.  A drive-in movie affords another opportunity for bonding, as you snuggle down for big-screen entertainment.  You, your best bud,  a can of soda, iced tea or water and a bag of popcorn (or doggie treats); oh yeah, it just doesn't get any better than that!
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Pop some corn, gather dog treats
The smell of popcorn is irresistible! For many, this delicious snack brings back fond memories of many movies past. And, popcorn, it seems, holds a similar appeal for our canine companions, often bringing them from afar for their fair share, so be sure to pop extra to make sure you get your fair share!
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Movie and drive-in theater location
In some parts of the country, drive-in movies are a thing of the past. In fact, for many of our younger generations, haven't the foggiest idea of what is meant by the term "drive-in" movie, only having experienced the sit-down type of theaters. If you have a drive-in in your area, this is a relatively cheap opportunity for some fun and bonding with your family members and precious pet.
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Drive, park, snuggle down and enjoy
Now, for the best part of the whole experience! Now, that you've arrived, paid your entry fee and located a parking space (hopefully one that is close to the restroom and concession stand), you can snuggle down and get ready for a great movie! Not only can you get a whole carload of people as well as your furry family member in for one price, but the theater may also allow you to bring in your snacks if you like, or, you can purchase your fare from the concession stand and keep it simple.
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Sick or Homebound Visits

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Any Day
Free
Easy
30 - 60 min
Items needed
Collar or halter
Leash
Activity description
Those folks confined to hospitals, nursing homes, hospice care or who are homebound represent a group of people to whom canines can provide a great deal of joy.  Many of these people may have had pets of their own in the past and pine terribly for them, having either lost them in death or have had to give them up because they couldn't care for them any longer.  The opportunities abound to bring a bright light of joy into their lives when you bring your furry bundle of love into the facility to visit them.  While not all such facilities will permit animals to come in, there is an increasing number who see the value to their patients in this volunteer effort. You should expect to produce immunization records to obtain permission to bring your precious bundle into the facility.  Be sure to have your pooch appropriately collared (or harnessed) and leashed for the safety and protection of all concerned.  Your extraordinarily social and loving Schneagle will welcome the opportunity to visit these very appreciative people with you.
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Locate immunization records
Most, if not all, facilities allowing animals inside, will require that the animal be appropriately immunized and will require you to provide documentation showing your dog's up-to-date shot records. Keeping your dog current with their immunizations is essential for the health of your pooch as well as for the safety and protection of all with whom your dog comes into contact. If your dog's shots are not current, take this step before attempting to visit any of these facilities.
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Collar and leash your dog
For the protection of all people involved, be sure to attach the collar or harness your pup securely. Attach a leash of sufficient length that will allow you to maintain control of your dog at all times when in the facility. Your dog will not be permitted inside unless they are appropriately collared or harnessed and leashed.
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Spread the joy and light
Select the hospitals, nursing homes, hospice locations or homes of those you wish to visit. After providing the appropriate identification for you and the immunization records for your dog, inquire of those in charge as to which residents might benefit the most from your dog's presence. Be sure to see as many people as you can, spreading the joy and light as far as possible.
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More Fun Ideas...

Play Tug of War

Tug of war is probably the most common game, perhaps second only to fetch, that we play with our dogs.  It involves getting a length of rope, an old tube sock, or rubber tug of war toy and both you and your dog pulling from opposite ends.  Expect loads of fun and lots of growling-type noises in this game.

Fly Ball Fun

This activity is a game played on a course with hurdles the dogs must negotiate, with a box containing tennis balls at one end of the course.  Once the dog has managed the obstacles, they must tap a button or lever to release a tennis ball, which the dog must catch and return to their handler at the starting point.  This game usually involves dogs working as teams and will achieve the exercise and agility goals they need.

Trips to the Dog Park

Dog parks, found in more and more cities and locales, are parks which cater to canines and other animals, giving them ample room to run and play as well as ample "sniffing" and searching opportunities.

Agility

This activity allows you to either use established agility facilities or to create your own at home.  You can run your pet through the course on a regular basis, giving them exercise and fitness training.

Conclusion

All in all, activities for Schneagles can include anything that allows them to spend the impressive amounts of energy they possess; anything that permits them to use those exceptional hunting and tracking skills and anything which affords them opportunities to be close to you.   Exercising your pet will help to keep them healthy and fit, providing many years of love, loyalty, and companionship for both of you.