Indoor Exercise & Games
There will be plenty of days when outdoor activities are not ideal. On these days, there are many ways to offer exercise for your Maltipoo inside the home. A great way to provide this is to play Hide & Seek. This is a game that your dog will love and begin to look forward to. It is best to play this with a new and special toy that is only used for this game and put away when the game is over.
Begin by making sure your Maltipoo is paying attention to you. Have the special toy in your hand and be sure that your pup sees where you hide it.... Begin with an easy spot, such as under a sofa cushion or under a pillow that is placed on the floor. Encourage him or her to find it...this can be done by pretending that you are looking for it as well. Since your Maltipoo will know where the toy was hidden, it should only take a moment for him or her to find it. When they do, be sure to act very excited with happy words and praise. This will prompt your Maltipoo for more! Then, it will be time to make the game more challenging. If you dog has not yet learned the "Sit" command, this can be a great time to introduce it as you command them to sit as you hid the doggie toy. If they are too young to be patient enough for command training while playing, simply move around quickly and slip the toy in a "harder to find" spot. As the game progresses, you can put it in another room and encourage your Maltipoo to run around and search.
When it is time for the game to end, make the final reward be praise and a small yummy treat. This will be the signal for your Maltipoo to understand that the treat means that the game is over until the next day.
Another great way to provide a fun indoor activity is to simply offer an ice cube to your Maltipoo on a floor that is hard, such as the kitchen's linoleum floor. Your pup will be very amused, trying to hold on to the slippery cube as it slides across the room. This is also a wonderful aide for teething puppies
as the cold cube will give relief to sore gums.
Note: Since the Maltipoo is prone to luxating patella (slipped kneecap) and hip dysplasia (slipped hip joint and socket), common health issues with this breed, be sure that exercise does not include jumping from heights....For example, a young puppy should not be jumping down from the sofa.