Combine a Pomeranian and Shetland Sheepdog and what do you get? The result is the amiable and energetic Poshie breed. Both parent breeds are energetic, loving and playful, making for ideal family pets. The Pomeranian is a small breed only weighing between 3-5 pounds. Though tiny in size, Pomeranians are bold, curious and always up for an adventure, probably due to their dog sledding ancestors.
The Shetland Sheepdog, commonly called a Sheltie, is larger than a Pomeranian, but still relatively small, weighing approximately 20 pounds. Shelties are bright and eager to please making them a "pawfect" contender for obedience training. Shelties, like Pomeranians, have lots of energy through their exercise needs aren't extensive. For a Poshie, moderate exercise is required to meet their high energy level, which can be accomplished by playing indoor games, taking walks and supplementing with alternative physical activities.
Speed walking is a fun way to maximize your Poshie's walk as they exert more energy by walking at a quickened pace. Speed walks are the same as a standard walk, except during a speed walk, which is also known as a power walk, you maintain a pace that's faster than a walk, but not quite a jog, and you do not take breaks.
This concept will be new to any dog who is likely used to walking along at their own pace, making stops and smelling the scents around. You will need to train your pooch how to speed walk, and repeat the activity throughout the week, even if you decide to alternate between walk types. Bring along waste bags for your Poshie's bathroom break before or after the walk.
Poshies are intelligent pups with a need to please thanks to their hardworking Shetland Sheepdog parent. With an obedient and devoted personality, Poshies are easily trainable from a young age. This is why agility training is a fitting activity for this breed. With a need to please and the ability to learn, your Poshie will likely enjoy the opportunity to perform tricks using obstacles.
To start off your Poshie's agility training, begin by introducing each obstacle one at a time. Jumping obstacles, tunnels and weave poles are excellent starting obstacles for your Poshie. Acquire the required materials you need for these three obstacles if you don't already have them. Select an area to set up the agility course, and take into consideration the room that's needed to build momentum for certain obstacles like jumps. Ideally, you want to set your course up in a space where it can remain at all times!
Take advantage of the cuddly nature of your Poshie by spending a night together under the stars at the drive-in theater. Believe it or not, there are still drive-in theaters "offured" throughout North America available for you and your Poshie to enjoy!
For a drive-in movie night, pack all the necessities to make the most of your outing. Bring along food including treats and snacks for the two of you, as well as water and whatever bedding you'd like to make your stay comfortable. Pillows, blankets, and even your pup's dog bed are other useful items to take with you. Don't forget a leash and waste bags for your restroom breaks between films, or throughout if needed! Most drive-in theaters have double features playing, so you could choose to stay if you're up for it! Drive-ins do have a cost, though the fee is usually far less then going to the movies, plus you can bring your Poshie and your own treats!
Poshies are marvelous companions characterized by a bold and busy temperament. Keep your Poshie happy and healthy by providing them with both mental and physical stimulation throughout their day. Diversify their schedules with different opportunities and exercise for at least 30 minutes a day.
As Poshies are intelligent and have a need to please, they're the "pawfect" candidates for agility training. Herding games, such as Treibball, are also useful for getting your Poshie thinking and moving at the same time. If you're looking for a quick energy outlet for your excited Poshie, take them on a short power walk or play a game of keep-away inside. Though the walks are brief, they require mental focus and raise your pup's heart rate with the quickened pace. Without a doubt, Poshies are small in size though gigantic in personality, which is why you'll need to have a handful of activities to keep them busy and active!