Activities For A Cheeks

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Introduction

Cheek dogs are a cross between Chihuahua and a Pekingese. They are small, friendly dogs whose favorite place is your lap. Given their small size, they are a low-energy breed that will do well with a few short walks per day or an indoor play session. Leaving them alone outdoors isn’t recommended.

These dogs do best in homes with older children, as the dog can get snippy when mishandled by younger children. If you’re looking for a very active dog, this might not be the breed for you. The Cheeks can’t tolerate extreme cold or extreme heat and prefer to stay indoors most of the time, so keep this in mind when planning your activities.

Speed Walking

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Any Day
Free
Easy
15 min
Items needed
Leash
Harness
Waste Bags
Activity description

Speed walking is a bit different than regular walking; it’s walking at a faster pace than your normal stroll. Keep in mind that your pup’s legs are really small. You can let them choose the speed or you can change it up by teaching them to run when you yell, “Run!” and walk when you say, “Walk.”

Walking -- normal or speedily -- is free and can be done in any weather, though your Cheek will prefer mild weather. A speed walk of 15 minutes should be enough for your pup, but if it’s not, go on multiple walks throughout the day.

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Use a harness
Neck collars can rupture a small dog's trachea. A harness goes around your pup’s torso and gives you more control over your dog’s walk than a collar would anyway. When you purchase a harness, it’s important to find one that fits your dog properly so that they aren’t uncomfortable and can't get loose.
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Walk around the neighborhood
If you live in a suburban area, you can simply walk your pup around the block a few times. If your dog seems bored with the same scenery every day, try to find a dog-friendly park in the area. If your town has an off-leash dog park, you can take Fido there. Many dog parks have special areas designated just for small dogs, to keep them safe from bigger dogs.
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Introduce your pup
Socialization is important for all dogs. They need to learn how to approach and interact with dog strangers without fighting or becoming aggressive. Obedience training can help with this, if your pup displays aggressive behaviors. Another perk to getting to know the other dogs is playdates or neighbors who can dog-sit for you when you’re out of town.
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Day Trip

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Cheap
Easy
4 hrs
Items needed
Leash
"Pet Me" vest
Activity description

Dogs love road trips, too! Large towns and cities are much more pet-friendly than rural areas. Many bars and breweries allow dogs to accompany their owners. There are hundreds of websites dedicated to finding the closest pet-friendly businesses. If you can’t find any, you can always take a road trip to watch a parade or enjoy a festival.

When you take your pup in a car, your dog should be secured in a crate or car harness. Sure, it’s cute to ride with your dog on your lap or just sitting unsecured in a seat, but it’s also really dangerous if there is an accident. Many dogs have been lost after getting loose after an accident. The safest thing to do is secure your dog like you would a child. 

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Pick a dog-friendly destination
Before you begin on your road trip, you should find a pet-friendly destination. Or if you’re not looking to stop anywhere, you can map a road trip that has parks along the route. If you’re planning an overnight trip, many hotels allow pets to stay for an additional fee. However, it’s easier to find a pet-friendly hotel in advance instead of on the way to your destination.
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Secure your dog's seatbelt
As mentioned above, it is very important to have your Cheek safely secured. You don’t want to risk your pup getting lost if there’s an accident. You might be a great driver, but that doesn’t mean everyone else on the road is a great driver!
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Take potty breaks as needed
Like people, dogs need regular potty breaks on road trips. Many service areas have dedicated areas for dogs to go to the bathroom. So, when you are packing for your road trip, don’t forget the doggie waste bags!
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Spa Day

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Any Day
Cheap
Normal
1 hr
Items needed
Dog Brush
Oatmeal Shampoo
Hair Clippers
Activity description

Cheek dogs don’t need a ton of grooming. They can make do with a bath every few months. However, spa days can be a bonding time for you and your pup. Your dog’s fur might be a bit longer than other small dogs and will need weekly brushing. Your dog’s teeth also need to be cleaned regularly. Small dogs are prone to dental issues, so regular teeth brushing can help your pup avoid future problems.

The spa day is more about you bonding with your dog and training them on how to sit still for professional groomers. You may want to play with your dog after spa day as a reward for good behavior and to let them work off energy. On the other hand, they may just want to sleep afterwards.

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Touch your dog's paws
Dogs, especially small dogs, need their nails clipped about every six weeks. You can take your pup to the groomer, vet, or do it yourself at home. No matter what you choose, you should be touching your dog’s paws often and randomly to get them used to the professionals doing it. During spay day is a great time because you’re supposed to be earning your pup’s trust. Give treats or praise to help prevent your dog from getting snippy when their paws are touched.
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Time for a bath
Cheeks only need baths a few times per year. Otherwise, you risk stripping their fur of the essential oil their body needs to stay hydrated. Given the small size of your dog, you can easily bathe them in the kitchen sink or a tub. Many local pet stores have dog bathing areas for customers to use, too. You can use oatmeal shampoo to treat any skin irritations or flea shampoo to keep fleas and ticks at bay. If you use flea treatment, you should wait a day or two after a bath before applying the ointment. Be careful not to get any shampoo or flea treatment into your pup’s eyes.
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Brush your pup's coat
After the bath, dry your pup’s fur with a hair dryer or let air dry. One their fur is completely dry (both the top coat and the undercoat), brush your dog. This helps prevent tangles and matted hair. Brushing also evenly distributes the natural oil that keeps your dog’s fur soft and nourished.
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Obedience Training

Little dogs need training, too! Small dogs can be more aggressive toward humans and other dogs than large breeds for two main reasons -- fear and simply not knowing their own size. Cheek pups are willing to learn, but can be stubborn. Repetition and practice are how your dog will learn.

Fetch

Your Cheek pup has a small mouth, which limits what types of toys they can fetch. For an easy solution, observe your dog playing. Whatever toy they play with the most is the one you want for fetch. Given their small size, a rousing game of fetch can be as short as 15 minutes. Indoor fetch is best because they can get too hot outdoors.

Conclusion

The Cheek dogs are a pint-sized breed who are mostly quiet, indoor creatures. However, they do like moderate amounts of exercise, especially walks. Cheek puppies can be more playful than the older dogs and may be more interested in a game of fetch. Given the size of the breed’s mouth, they fetch sticks better than balls.

The dogs are eager to please, but stubborn. Obedience training will help a lot with learning commands. Sure, you can just pick the dog up when they start misbehaving, but obedience training will help your pup enjoy spending time with other dogs. Cheeks are friendly, but can be timid around new dogs and people. A day trip or a spa day are other activities you can do with your Cheek dog.