Activities For Poshies

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Introduction

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

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Free
Easy
10 min
Items needed
Leash
Activity description

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. 

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Before getting started
Before setting out for your first speed walk with your Poshie, decide on your route. For the first few walks, use a familiar route as it's likely there will be fewer novel distractions for your dog. Pick a route that you can walk in 7-10 minutes. Your Poshie is small and may, therefore, tire easily especially in your first training sessions. Knowing your route will prevent breaks, which is the purpose of the speed walk! It's also recommended you allow your pup to do their business before getting started so they don't need to along the way!
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Setting the pace
After your pooch is set to go and you know where you're going, set out on your walk. Power walking is all about maintaining a regular, quickened pace compared to a standard walk. You don't need to run, or jog, instead walk as fast as you can, keeping a consistent pace throughout. Keep your pup close to you by shortening the slack given; this will discourage them from taking a rest break. If they try to stop, give a gentle tug to indicate it's not time. The mission-driven side of your Poshie should be thrilled with the task.
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Taking regular walks
After a few speed walks, your pup will get accustomed to the faster, shorter stroll. You can still keep regular walks in your Poshie's exercise schedule, so they can learn to distinguish between the two. Alternate the types of walks you take, and regularly revisit speed walking, so you don't have to re-teach your expectations.
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Agility Exploration

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Cheap
Normal
30 - 60 min
Items needed
Leash
Treats
Jump Obstacle
Tunnel
Weave Poles
Activity description

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! 

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Learning how to jump
Poshies are quite small, so your jump obstacle will need to be low to the ground. To teach your pooch to jump, begin with them on a leash at your side. Lead your Poshie to the obstacle and using a treat, guide them over. Instinctively, they should jump, if they stop, use positive reinforcement to encourage them over. Couple the jump with a command and practice repeatedly until your Poshie can do the jump without being guided by a leash. Positioning multiple jumps, and learning different jumping styles, such as reverse jumps, can make this activity both physically and mentally stimulating.
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Using a tunnel
Tunnel obstacles are "pawpular" for agility courses. With a tunnel, a dog must learn to enter it from a specific side, which is ordered by the handler. It's common to incorporate a tunnel after a sprint, adding in an element of obedience to the physical endurance aspect of the course. To teach your pup how to enter the tunnel, use a visual cue to indicate which side to enter, and a verbal command. Your Poshie may run through the tunnel without an issue. If they are hesitant, use treats and climb through the tunnel to show them how it's done, or guide them with the treat.
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Weave pole fun
Weave poles are a series of poles organized into a straight line. The poles have just enough space between them for a dog to weave in and out as fast as possible until they finish the obstacle. To train though, you will need to start with the poles further apart, and staggered; this is the "V Method". You must guide your pup down the track on a leash, rewarding them when they complete the track, before adding the weave. Once your Poshie masters the track walk off-leash, introduce the weave by moving the poles closer together to bring them back into alignment. Start again with them on a leash. This can take various sessions to learn, be patient and teach the trick in steps.
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Drive-in Movie Bonding

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2 - 3 hrs
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Dog Bowls
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Comfortable Bedding
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Activity description

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! 

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Finding a theater near you
With a generous number of active drive-in theaters, you should be able to find one relatively close nearby. If not, you could modify this activity to your own back yard or even your couch, if you have the AV equipment and drive to set it up. Once you find a theater, check out the show times and decide when you're going and what you're seeing. Pick a movie to match your theme if possible, such as an animation movie with dogs!
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Packing for the Date
The best part about the drive-in is being able to pack your own snacks. There is usually a food bar available at the theater, but dog treats may not be on the menu! Bring lots of snacks, water and of course bedding for your comfort. Remember a leash and waste bags because it's inevitable that you take bathroom breaks!
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Taking Small Breaks
If you get to the theater early, begin your date night by taking a stroll through the theater park. Allow your pup to do their business so they don't need to go during the film. Most theaters play two movies in a row, giving you time to take another break between. Bring along a leash and tidy up after your pup so everyone has a good time.
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Keep Away

Keep away is a fun activity that can get your Poshie moving, both indoors and out, if you have space! For this activity, grab a family member and one of your pup's favorite toys. Bring them to your play area and spread yourself about 10 feet apart. Toss the toy back and forth and watch in amusement as your Poshie runs to retrieve the toy. Keep them engaged by letting them win every once in a while!

Herding Games

Shelties belong to the herding category of dogs which is why herding games, such as Treibball, are perfect for the Poshie breed. Teaching your pooch to herd is a whole activity in itself. By using incentives such as treats and praise, you can have your Poshie pushing a ball or herding it through the yard!

Conclusion

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!