Activities For Sniffons

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Introduction

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

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Any Day
Cheap
Easy
20 min
Items needed
Fetch toy
Activity description

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. 

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Buy a toy
While you can use whatever you have lying around at home as a toy for a game of fetch, it’s a good idea to select a toy from the pet store that you will dedicate to the game. Therefore, every time your furry friend sees that toy come out of hiding, they will know they get to play a game of fetch. The toy should be aerodynamic so that it goes further, and it should not have any small parts that could fall off or shake loose with impact. Your pet store is bound to have a range of excellent options to suit.
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Clear area
The second step is to clear a space in your home. You can’t expect to play a game of fetch properly if you have obstacles everywhere. What’s more, if you don’t clear space, you run the risk of hitting your prized possessions, sending them clattering to the ground to break or scare your dog. An excellent area for fetch is either outdoors in the sunshine, or indoors in a hall with confined space that’s free of furniture.
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Play
With an area to play and a toy selected, you can now play fetch with your Sniffon. Throw their toy a fair distance away, then wait for them to bring it back. Go to them if they are “forgetting” what the aim of the game is. You can then repeat this process for the next 20 minutes, remembering to use your high-energy voice, so your dog feeds off the vibes and uses up all their energy as well.
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Homemade Food Puzzles

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Rainy Day
Cheap
Normal
1 hr
Items needed
PVC pipe
Muffin tray
Toilet paper rolls
Shoe box
Drill
Treats
Activity description

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. 

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PVC treat shaker
The PVC treat shaker is a toy that your Sniffon will love, even if you have to put up with the sound of treats rattling around in plastic for hours on end. With a drill, PVC pipe, and snacks, you can create this toy that involves your dog having to work hard to get treats out of the tube. Gather a PVC pipe, two cap ends, and a drill. Drill holes into the pipe then remove a cap off the end and put kibble inside. Put the lid back on then roll the tube in front of your dog so they can see how it works. Now, the fun begins!
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Muffin toy
Another excellent activity, which doesn’t require you to use too much imagination, is a muffin tray obstacle. Get out your metal muffin tin, place it upside down on the ground, so the bottom is facing upward, then scatter kibble throughout the lumps. Your dog will then have to work their tongue throughout the tin, trying to get every last treat they can find.
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Shoebox challenge
The shoebox challenge is a food puzzle that will test your Sniffon’s smarts to their very limit. As a result, you are bound to find it’s a toy that will entertain (and frustrate) them for hours on end. In a shoebox, place as many toilet roll tubes as it takes to fill the box tightly. Then, put biscuits down each hole. Your dog has to use their powers of destruction to get all the treats out. This toy creates a mess, but it’s one that will be fun to watch!
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Hide and Seek

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Rainy Day
Free
Normal
20 min
Items needed
Treats
Toys
Activity description

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! 

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Gather toys and treats
Gather a pile of things you want to hide for your dog. They can include their favorite toys and treats. Make sure all items are things your dog is familiar with and likes. You wouldn’t go and hide food they don’t want, for example. Once you have around five or six items, you should be ready to conceal everything.
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Hide the items
When you hide the toys and treats for the game, make sure they’re not too challenging. Aim for under couch cushions, in shoes, behind doors, and even slightly peering out from under their bed. If you don't remember where you hid everything, write it down, so you don’t forget.
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Seek!
With the items hidden, you can now grab your four-legged friend and go on an exciting adventure around your home to find them. Start with the most apparent toy or treat, pulling it out of its hiding place with excitement and enthusiasm. After two or three items, your dog will understand what the game is about and will join in to find things. You can repeat the process once you discover all the objects.
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Walk

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

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. 

Conclusion

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.