Activities For A Poolky

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Introduction

Poolky dogs are a cross between Silky Terriers and Poodles. They can also be called Silky-Poos. The Silky Terriers are usually bred with Miniature Poodles instead of Standard Poodles to keep the dogs on the smaller side.

The cross-breeds are affectionate but hate to be left alone. They suffer severe separation anxiety and shouldn’t be left alone outside or in the house for more than a few hours. However, when you are home, your pup will be loyal and ready to snuggle at any time, day or night.

This small dog weighs around 20 pounds and has a moderate energy level. A brisk walk or 30 minutes of tossing the ball around should be enough to keep your Poolky pup "pawfectly" content! The rest of the time, they will be following you around the house endlessly, so you might as well go ahead and remove your doors now -- they won't do you any good unless there are other humans in the house.

Doggie Dress Up

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Any Day
Moderate
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1 hr
Items needed
Dog Outfit
Leash
Harness
Activity description

Is there anything cuter than a little pup wearing dog-sized clothes? Maybe babies in baby clothes, but that’s a close one. You can dress your pup up in sweaters, especially if you live in a cold area. Poolkies are small dogs who can get cold easily.

Most dog clothing comes with sizes of extra-small, small, medium, large, etc. Weight limits are on the labels, so it should be easy to find your pup’s size.

You can also buy accessories such as hats and bandanas with messages on them. Or if your pup is in training or a service dog, you can get bandanas advising people not to pet them.

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Find an outfit
Finding a cute outfit for your pup at the pet store will be very easy! Depending on the season, pet stores have mini winter coats, hoodies, t-shirts, bandanas, and even more outfits! They also sell hats and sun goggles that you might find you need for your pup on your walks (and what is cooler than a dog in shades?).
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Don't force dressing up
Have you ever met a small dog that didn’t love to be dressed up? Even big dogs like it. However, if your dog is not happy in any way, don’t try to force them into dressing in clothing. Some dogs don’t like it, even if they do look so cute! If your dog is hesitant but willing, offer treats the first few times. You don’t want to get in the habit of giving treats every time or your pup will need to go up a size.
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Strut their stuff
You can go for walks for a fashion show! Dressing your pup up won’t be a ton of physical exercise, but it should be something that they can enjoy, and Poolkies love to show off. In cold months, you can even buy doggie mittens for your pup to wear on their paws. Be sure to have the fashion show down the "pupwalk" inside the house before you take your Poolky for a walk in case the clothes are uncomfortable for Fido to walk in for longer periods.
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Follow the Leader

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Sunny Day
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1 hr
Items needed
Leash
Harness
Map
Activity description

You’ll need a leash, harness, and map for your walk -- and yes, it's your walk, because your Poolky is leading you. The map is for the end of the walk, when you may be completely lost as Fido has likely understood they are in control by now and walked wherever their nose has led them!

Most dogs prefer to walk during the sunny weather, but if your pup likes to dress up, you can get them a raincoat for rainy weather and grab your umbrella.

If you live in a hot climate, walk in the mornings or late at night and make sure your pup is hydrated with water.

Half an hour to an hour is more than enough time for your Poolky to get the exercise they need. As small dogs, their little legs tend to get tired easier than bigger dogs. Make sure to pay attention to how your pup is feeling and use the leash at all times.

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Buy a harness
A small dog like a Poolky should be walked using a harness instead of a collar that goes around the neck. Small dogs have weak tracheas that can be damaged from too much pulling on a regular collar. The harnesses should be tight but not too tight. If it’s too loose, you risk Fido running off and getting hurt.
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Find a safe route
If you’re walking around your neighborhood, you probably already know the areas to avoid. If you’re hiking in rocky terrain, bring a map with you so you can find your way out. When you find an area that is safe to let Fido take control, give your pup the reins and enjoy the ride (er, walk). Wherever you go, though, don’t let Fido run off-leash unless it’s a fenced-in area.
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Take water
Your pup will need to stay hydrated, especially if you’re walking in the warmer weather. Many places sell collapsible water dishes that are easy to carry. You can also give your pup water out of your hand if you’re in a pinch. Be careful not to overwater, as that can cause vomiting and is almost as dangerous as not watering enough in hot weather.
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Swimming

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Sunny Day
Free
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1 hr
Items needed
Swim Vest
Towel
Activity description

Many dogs love water and swimming in it. However, your pup needs to be taught to swim. Not all dogs know how to swim immediately. They have paws, not flippers, and they don't all take to water like a duck.

You can use toys as a way to get your pup into the water the first few times. Never throw a dog into the water to get them to learn to swim. 

If an accident happens, remember that dogs swim better than humans and jumping in to rescue your pup puts you both in danger. Of course, your instincts will kick in and you might not remember that. Don’t let dogs walk on icy lakes, just in case the ice won’t hold.

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Find a dog-friendly swimming area
If you’re lucky to live near a dog-friendly beach, Fido will love romping in the waves. If you don’t live near a dog-friendly beach, perhaps you know someone with lake property or a backyard pool that will let Fido swim there. Many public pools also have a dog day at the end of the season where pups can swim in the pool before it is drained.
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Grab a life vest
Even if your pup is an excellent swimmer, they still need a dog-sized life vest. Dogs can become scared or go into shock in cold water. If you go on a boat with your dog, vests are also important at all times. Accidents can happen in an instant. It’s better to be safe. And, of course, don’t force your dog to swim if they hate water.
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Don't forget a towel for the car
Unless your pool is in your own backyard, you probably got to the water by car. Fido most likely will shake off all the water, but you still need a towel to put down to protect your car seats, especially if it’s muddy. You can also try to use the towel to wipe down your pup, though they prefer the method of spraying everyone within 3 feet of them with water to dry off first.
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People Watch

After you’ve taken your pup on a short walk, you can both relax on a bench in the park and watch the people go by. Of course, if your pup is friendly, they will be in heaven with all the people asking to pet them.

People watching is a great way to socialize your dog. Parks might have other dogs walking on a leash, so be careful to keep an eye on your pup at all times. You never know how two dogs -- or a dog and a person -- will react to meeting for the first time.

Get Ice Cream

Dogs can be lactose intolerant, so, feeding your dog ice cream should only be a rare treat. And plain vanilla only, as dogs are allergic to chocolate. Getting ice cream with your pup is a nice treat for summer weather that doesn’t require much more than driving to the ice cream place.

Some bigger chain restaurants also have their own pup treats made from whipped cream or other dog-friendly goodies. Remember, it's not nice to get your own delicious treats and make poor Fido watch you eat them.

Conclusion

Poolkies are small, loyal dogs that prefer to be at the center of attention. They do need regular grooming and at least some exercise daily. Their small size gives them a low-to-moderate energy level. Exercises such as a short walk or a half-hour of swimming are great for your Poolky. Swimming and walking don’t require too much exertion and, since these dogs are prone to separation anxiety, they are great one-on-one or small group activities.

Given that your pup loves to spend time with you, you can take them with you on an ice cream run, hang out in the park to people watch or dress them up and show them off. If you dress up your pup, you can do it for themed holidays or any regular day. Little dogs like your Poolky usually enjoy being dressed in cute doggie outfits because they love attention. You've got a furry friend for life in these sweet little dogs!