Sniffons, which are an intentional breed from Miniature Schnauzer and Brussels Griffon parents, are fun, energetic, playful, and loyal little dogs that will provide no end of pleasure for their owners. Whether you’re a family or individual with a fenced yard or an apartment dweller with no grass in sight, a Sniffon can make an excellent pet. They are quick to adapt, only require around an hour of exercise per day in smaller increments, and don’t need a lot of maintenance either. However, Sniffons are cheeky in every sense of the word, so physical and mental stimulation is required. You need to make sure you can keep them out of trouble, and monitor their playtime as well. If you’re stuck for play ideas and want to give your Sniffon the best and safest activities, these options below may tick all the boxes.
Fetch is an affordable activity you can play with your Sniffon in any weather. If the sun is out, you can head out into your fenced yard and throw a toy back and forward. If, however, it’s raining, you can still play fetch regardless. You can retreat indoors, clear an area, and have your furry friend run backward and forward collecting and delivering their fetch toy. Fetch is an excellent activity for Sniffons because it enables them to burn off all their pent-up energy in a controlled setting. They will have no qualms about playing indoors with no access to outside, and then you can reap the rewards of a tuckered out pup when they are finished. Fetch is one of the best games for small dogs, so it might be time to put plans in place to play.
Sniffons are quite intelligent dogs, but they often don’t use their powers for good. Instead, thanks to the cheeky and wily personality of the Brussels Griffon, they tend to use their IQ for getting into mischief. If you want to combat this behavior, directing it instead to things they should be doing, then flex your creative muscles with homemade food puzzles. Affordable, suitable for a rainy day, and of a moderate challenge level for your furry friend, they are bound to keep your Sniffon entertained for an hour or more – much to your relief and delight. What’s more, you will have fun creating them.
If you’re looking for a rainy day or apartment activity that will settle your Sniffon down and wear them out, then hide and seek could tick all the boxes. Using what you already have in the way of toys and treats, making it a free activity, you can place them around your house, hiding them in plain sight for your dog to find. This activity is one that will test their patience and intelligence while also keeping them out of trouble and focused on the task at hand. It’s also mess-free, something that always puts a smile on any dog owner’s face!
If you don’t have much time or a backyard big enough to cater to your furry friend’s activity requirements, then go for a walk instead. A 20 or 30-minute walk is all it takes to burn off their energy, making them ready for a nap upon returning home.
Chew toys will always be a sufficient “go-to” activity for dogs that like to destroy your possessions. You can direct this destruction toward their toys, giving them something to focus on for an hour or more.
If you own a Sniffon, there is never going to be a dull moment. This breed is pawsitively delightful, creating a fun and exciting home atmosphere for all to enjoy. However, if you leave them to their own devices for even as much as five minutes, you can find they can create a lot of chaos. Avoid the destruction and mischief by trying out any of these activities above.