Activities For Schnugs

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Introduction

Schnugs are adorable, fun-loving, energetic, and are often the life of the party at any gathering. This adorable combination of a Pug and Schnauzer are often willing to please their owners, happy to go play with a ball or go for a walk, and can have a mischevious side. This means you need to have plenty of activities for Schnugs up your sleeve to keep them entertained, healthy, and out of trouble. Luckily, these intelligent pups excel at a variety of activities. Whether you're going for a walk,  playing ball in the house, or curling up on the couch, you'll have a friend to keep you company.

Park Walk

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Sunny Day
Free
Normal
30 min
Items needed
Leash
Doggy Waste Bags
Treats or snacks
Activity description
Schnugs like to be seen, so taking them out for a walk is the perfect way for them to burn some energy, stay fit, and strut their stuff. With their unique features, they often sport the Schnauzer beard and curly Pug tail; people will stop you in your tracks to learn more about your cute buddy and to give them a scratch. As well as social times, walks can be a vital part of the Schnug's fitness routine. If not exercised regularly, these dogs can put on weight quickly which can result in many health problems.
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Pick your park
It's important to pick the right spot for your dog walk as well as the time of day. You want to make sure the park allows dogs, and you want to know about any off-leash hours or rules. Some parks are off-leash during certain hours while others have designated places for dogs to run off leash. You also want to pick a prime time to walk your dog, so they have a chance to meet the most people possible on all walks.
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Take a walk
When you decide on the place and time, pack up your pooch and head out for a stroll. Don't let your dog pull on the leash and work with them on proper loose leash walking techniques for the most pleasant experience. Walking with your Schnug may cause quite the commotion as passersby do double takes watching your interesting dog walk by or stop to say hi. Your dog will take it all in stride and happily greet their new friends and admirers.
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Make a habit
Make walking in the park part of your daily routine. These dogs typically have a moderate energy level and need to get their energy out at least twice a day. Walking in the park will keep them fit and help stave off any weight gain they may experience. Walking is also an excellent exercise for you and can help relax and clear your mind as you stroll with your furry best friend.
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Roll the Ball

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Any Day
Cheap
Easy
30 min
Items needed
Several small balls
Activity description
If you don't have time to take your dog outside for a long walk or the weather is bad and neither of you wants to venture out, one of the best activities for Schnugs to keep handy is roll the ball. Because of their Schnauzer heritage, these dogs love to chase anything that moves, and they are good at it. You can keep them tired out and entertained by playing a quick game of roll the ball. This game is perfect for indoor play because the smaller balls don't take up too much room and rolling the balls on the ground is much safer than throwing or tossing them in the air.
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Find the right balls
While tennis balls are easy to find and readily accessible, they can sometimes be a little big for smaller dogs like Schnugs. For maximum fun find a pack of brightly colored, smaller balls at your local pet store. You will want to have several on hand for this game, as it can sometimes pick up speed. You want to challenge them with more than one ball to chase, pounce on, and bring back. Having more than one ball is also helpful in case a few go missing during the game.
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Start the game
Roll the ball is a great game to play indoors with your dog on rainy days or when you are short on time but still want them to get in some active play time. It's a simple game, but your Schnug will get plenty of entertainment and exercise out of it in a very short time. Sit on the floor and show your dog the ball. Wave it around and get them excited, Then, roll the ball very fast across the floor for them to chase it. When they bring it back, roll it again in a different direction.
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Up the excitement
When your dog is getting quick or anticipating your ball rolls, add in another ball. You can roll two at the same time, or roll the second one just as the dog has finished returning the first. The addition of a new ball will up the excitement and help keep your dog guessing and interested in the game. It's helpful to have another person on hand to bring you back a stray ball. You can also encourage your dog to find extra balls they may have missed in the excitement and bring them back to you.
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Obedience Training

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Any Day
Moderate
Normal
1 hr
Items needed
Clicker
Leash
Training treats
Activity description
While your Schnug is a people pleaser and wants to make their owner happy, they may have inherited a stubborn streak from one or both of their parents. Both Pugs and especially Schnauzers are known for having a mind of their own. This can make obedience training a little more challenging but also even more necessary. Working on obedience with your dog is one of those activities for Schnugs that will help turn your dog into a true companion. By signing up for a class or working with a professional, you will learn how to train your dog to be a polite and happy pet.
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Find a class
To start your Schnug off on the right paw, you should enroll them in an obedience class with other dogs at a local training facility. Schnugs have a tendency to be stubborn and a trainer can help you learn the proper way to work with your dog. Learning in a group environment is helpful for you to see how others are performing the commands, and it gives your dog an opportunity to learn socialization and impulse control.
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Practice daily
Your class may only be once per week, but it's important to practice what you've learned at least once per day in between lessons. You need to reinforce each lesson and give your dog a chance to perfect each command. Working with your dog also creates an important bond between the two of you that will help your training in the future. The time spent together learning obedience commands will show during the next class when you tackle new skills.
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Keep going
Once you finish your basic obedience class, sign up for more advanced classes. This is one of the best ways to continue learning for both you and your dog. With the help of a trainer in a group setting, you can continue to hone your dog's skills past just sitting and staying, and trouble-shoot any behavior issues your dog may have as they grow up and start to challenge you. Obedience is a life-long learning skill and the more time you put in, the better behaved your dog will be.
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More Fun Ideas...

Movie Night

When you're tired from the day or there is a storm raging outside, it's the perfect time for a movie night with your Schnug. Pop some popcorn, pick a dog movie, and curl up together to watch the action.

Pug Club

Many Pug owners throughout the country have formed Pug clubs to get their dogs together for weekly romps. These clubs often allow Pug mixes in on the play. You can search for a local Pug owners meetup and enjoy the company of like-minded dog owners.

Conclusion

Activities for Schnugs are easy to find because these little dogs are versatile. They can handle long walks during the day and nights on the couch hanging with you. They are always up for any social activity, but their favorite thing to do is spend time with you. If you are lucky enough to have one of these special, goofy dogs you know how much fun and joy they bring to any room. They love to be the life of the party, so find games that are fun and exciting and they will be happy companions for a long time.