Activities For Bichon Yorkies

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Introduction

The Bichon Yorkie is not a purebred dog; they are the cutest combination between the Bichon Frise and the Yorkshire Terrier. They are small and petite in size, although no one has thought to tell them that. The Bichon Yorkie is an adventurous pup who loves to be the center of attention, and loves people! They make a great companion but can get bored with repetitive games or routine. It's crucial that you try to inject some variety and adventure into their day. Take them with you when you go out visiting. They will love the car ride as they strain to catch the scents wafting in their face from the open window. Seeing others is also a great socializing event that teaches them how to behave,  and to meet and greet other people and dogs. This builds your pup's confidence so that they don't get fearful of strangers.

Hay Bale Fun

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Any Day
Moderate
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30 - 120 min
Items needed
Bales of hay
Toy
Treats
Activity description
Stuck for something to do with your dog? Here is a novel activity that only involves buying two to three bales of hay. After you have played several games you can use the hay around the garden. The idea is to have the hay outside either in the open or perhaps in a garage or barn on a wet day. Break parts of the bales up to make a tunnel, a jump or just have it loose and fluffy. While your dog is not looking, you can hide a treat or two deep in the hay and have them find the treats. For a small dog like the Bichon Yorkie, a few bales will be a large pile of hay to get lost in. They will have a ton of fun digging for treats, finding a hidden toy, or just jumping on, over and around the bales. It will be something different for them to do, as how many dogs get to experience a bale of hay these days? While it will be fun, it is also a way of training them to solve a problem and use their nose to find an article. Give it a try, your dog will enjoy just rolling in the hay.
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Getting it set up
The first thing on the list is to go online and source where you can get a couple of bales of hay. Once you have purchased these, bring them home and set up an area by pulling apart the bales, or by making a tunnel through one side and out the next.
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Bring in the dog
Now comes the fun part, introducing your dog to this funny stuff. At first, they will be curious and wander around it. After that get them to sit and stay where they can't see you hide a treat or two, and then call them in to find the yummy bits. They will soon get the hang of the game and will be all over the hay.
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Hide the toy
Time to hide a toy, preferably a new one or one they haven't played with for a while. Show it to them, and get them to sit while you hide it. Then, call them to begin the fun. Let them dig, tunnel and bounce over the hay as they search. Encourage your Bichon Yorkie to get really engaged. Repeat the hiding of the toy, then when the game is over, they keep the toy, and the hay is stored away for another day.
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Playground Amusement

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Sunny Day
Cheap
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20 - 40 min
Items needed
Doggy Waste Pickup Bags
Leash
Water bottle
Activity description
Playgrounds are awesome places for children but they can also be great areas to take your dog. Sometimes you can have the playground to yourselves! You can teach your dog to go down the slide, or to sit on the merry-go-round and enjoy a ride. Depending on how good your Bichon Yorkie is at balancing you could even get them on the seesaw for a gentle turn. These are all new things for your dog, and any children there will be only too happy to help out. Who knows, your dog even may get a game of chase or fetch! Your dog may be able to sit in the bucket seats they have for small children on the swings and they can enjoy a gentle back and forwards motion. Just take the swing or seesaw easy in case your dog panics and jumps off. For a little dog, it can be a long way down to the ground and you don't want them to be hurt. Trying new things will build your dog's confidence. Park play is also a great way to socialize your dog.
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Find a playground
Go online to see where the playgrounds are in your area. Find out if they are pet-friendly, and what amenities they offer. Remember to keep your dog on a leash if you are walking there. The walk is the warm up to the activities. Once at the park, respect other parkgoers and be aware of their comfort around dogs.
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Be patient
Teach your dog how to play on the merry-go-round - you may have to go on with them, to begin with. They will soon get the idea and will be enjoying whizzing around and around. A treat or two for being so brave will help. Then, move on to the other play obstacles such as the slide or the swing. Be patient and don't let your adventurous Bichon Yorkie take on more than you think they can handle.
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Take a break
After some flat-out fun, your dog may need a rest and a water break. Meeting new friends, canine and human alike, will be stimulating and beneficial to your pup. By the time you pack up to go home, they will be tired out. They may even need a bit of a carry if you are walking home. You can be sure they will sleep well once they get home and will relive every single minute of the trip in their dreams.
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Mini Day Trip

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Sunny Day
Moderate
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1 - 2 hrs
Items needed
Water and treats
Doggie Waste Pickup Bags
Map of the route
Activity description

Whether you plan a day out or just hop in the car after strapping your dog in, go out for the day or at least half a day. Get away from it all, cruise to a park and then to the markets. Chill out at a nearby beach, river or lake. This will be valuable time spent together, reinforcing the strong bond that you already share. It will be a welcomed outing for your Bichon Yorkie, especially if they have been tied to the house most days while you are working. Give them a break in their daily routine by adding some variety like a mini road trip. A trip such as this helps them practice their social skills, and also puts their training into practice. Dogs and cars go together like crackers and cheese - they are just a natural match. So warm up the car, strap your little Bichon Yorkie into their booster seat, and off you go to explore. 

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Lets get this road trip started
Like the ideal friend, your dog is always willing, or should we say excited, to be invited to go out with you. They don't need a reason, they just want to hang out with their human. They don't even care where you are going, but count them in! Either plan a route in advance or just hit the tarmac and see what you find.
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Stop where you please
As you are driving along and see a fun park, pull over so you and your buddy can stretch your legs. When you have had enough of that, hop in the car and off you both go again. Maybe it's the markets next, where your dog can wheedle a nice treat from a dog stall vendor. Keep the trip light-hearted and fun.
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Final stop before home
If you can finish the trip by some time out chilling on a beach, river or lake then so much the better. Grab yourself a snack and one for your buddy, then chill out for a while. Let your dog splash about for a while before you head for home. Once back, your dog will be wanting to snooze in your lap and will relive every single moment of the trip again.
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More Fun Ideas...

Winter Fun

If where you live doesn't get snow, why not take a day or two off and go and visit an area that does get some of that fluffy white stuff? It will be a whole new experience for your dog and they will have a ton of fun rolling in the snow, sliding along on the snow or just sitting with you on a sled as you whiz along. You can build a snowman, your dog helping by digging the snow for you, then when it's done, take a selfie with you and your dog before giving them the order to destroy it. Make sure you get it all on film, it may be the next viral clip on social media!

Refresh Tricks

Every now and then it pays to go over some basic training to refresh your dog's memory. How long has it been since you asked your dog to roll over? What about sit and stay while you walk a distance away before calling? How about picking up their toys and putting them away in a basket? Like us, dogs can get a little rusty when they haven't done something in a while. Go over all your dog's basic commands and see how well they do each task.

Slippers Please

There are many things you can teach your Bichon Yorkie that will make them feel important. Fetching your slippers is a task your Bichon Yorkie can easily learn. First, you have to teach your dog the name of the slippers. After working on that, put the slippers on the other side of the room, and ask them to fetch the slippers. Help them out for the first few goes, and give a lot of enthusiastic praise and encouragement. When they get it right, they get a treat. That alone will inspire them! 

Conclusion

Plan your activities around what your dog loves to do. While this statement may seem the obvious thing to do, how many times do we just drag out poor pup along to something they don't really enjoy? For example, if your Bichon Yorkie is not a keen swimmer, don't push them to join in the poolside fun. Let them sit back and watch and who knows, without the pressure, they may want to learn to enjoy it. If your dog is a natural couch potato, don't try to make them into a marathon runner. Work with something they like. If your dog enjoys playing with a ball, play a game of soccer or fetch. If your dog is a friendly outgoing pooch, then take them to the markets, to a puppy school class or even to visit a retirement home where your dog's love of people will be put to good use.