Activities For Boston Yorkies

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Introduction

The Boston Yorkie is a hybrid breed. The parent breeds are the Boston Terrier and the Yorkshire Terrier (or Yorkie). Because the hybrid breed is descended from the terrier group of dogs, the Boston Yorkie owner can look forward to a pup with tenacity, intelligence, and maybe a little bit of a stubborn streak. The Boston Yorkie will be a fairly active dog, but one should take caution when allowing children to play with the pup (because the dog is often quite small, children with no experience with small dogs should be supervised). You'll enjoy time walking and playing with this happy pup.

Toy Play

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Any Day
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20 min
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balloon (blown up and tied)
laser pointer
balls (small tennis balls)
rope toys
Activity description
The Boston Yorkie cannot be involved in a great deal of high-impact exercise, but your pup can engage in play with a variety of simple toys. Furthermore, the Boston Yorkie will enjoy playing with some toys that are unconventional. The laser pointer toy (for those of us with both cats and dogs, you may have a laser pointer for your kitty) is just as much fun for the pup as it is the feline. Boston Yorkies love playing fetch with small tennis balls and sturdy nylon rope toys. You can keep these indoors for your pal to have fun with at any time.
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Choose the toys
The Boston Yorkie will play with the most unusual things and experience hours of happiness as a result of playing with these toys. One of the odd things a Boston Yorkie will play with is a fully inflated balloon (only do this with oxygen, not helium, in the balloon). Just blow it up, tie it off, and then let the Boston Yorkie play at will. It's rather entertaining!
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Laser pointers and noisemakers
The Boston Yorkie will also enjoy playing with a laser pointer. The Boston Yorkie will jump, chase after, and bite at the laser pointer. The pup will play quite aggressively with the quickly moving light. Be careful not to allow your small dog to put too much pressure on their legs or move with jarring motions while chasing the quickly moving light.
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Rope toys or chew toys
A good idea is to keep a "basket" of toys available to your pup at all times. Fill this basket with chew toys, rope toys, and small balls that you can pick up at a pet supply store. Encourage your pup to pull toys out of this basket and play at will. After your pup is done playing, you can also train them to return the toys to the basket.
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Nose Work

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Sunny Day
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30 min
Items needed
smelly treats
leash
Activity description
The Boston Terrier parent breed loves to scent out items. (For anyone who has a Boston, you understand that many of them will drag their owners down in order to inhale an interesting scent.) The Yorkshire Terrier is also quite the scent "hound." Engaging your pup in play with scents allows them to satisfy their natural urge. You can do a little nose work with your pup on your own. Grab some strong smelling dog-safe essential oils such as anise, place some on a towel, and help your pup as they "find" the scented item. You can also enter local nose work (scent trials) if you choose.
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Begin training
To begin nose work, one must provide their pup with a little training. You'll start by having them search for a food item or a favorite toy. You might have to let the dog see you as you "hide" the toy, then encourage them to "find it." As your dog learns the commands, hide the food treat without the pup's knowledge - they will have to depend on their nose.
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Introduce the scent
Start with a smelly treat or something strong. Some nose work events (should you decide to participate) utilize strong essential oils such as anise and lavender to encourage pups to participate in nose work. Let your Boston Yorkie smell the scent (you should have already hidden the scented item; let them smell the essential oil bottle). Then, tell your pup to "find it."
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Participate in trials
If you would like, you can also choose to participate in nose work trails. Check with your local dog club to find out about any upcoming events that you and your Boston Yorkie can participate in. No local club? Contact the American Kennel Club for more information.
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Teaching Commands

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Any Day
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15 min
Items needed
treats
Activity description
You can teach your pup commands at any time of the year, regardless of the weather. You can do this indoors or outside (again, depending on the weather). Pups are not known for their success in recalling items for long periods of time. This is why it is necessary to take breaks but regularly practice the commands that the dog has successfully learned. Remember that some commands depend on the knowledge of other commands. Be sure that your pup has a good grasp on one command before moving on to another. You can participate in a number of games once your Boston Yorkie has demonstrated an understanding of some simple commands.
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Start simple
Start by teaching your pup very simple commands such as "sit." This command is quite easy. Grab a treat. Let your Boston Yorkie see the treat in your hand. Keep the pup's attention. From a standing position (for your pal), raise the treat (and your hand) so that the pup's head rises and their bottom lowers itself naturally to the floor. Repeat "sit" while you are doing so.
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Increase difficulty
Once your pup has gotten the hang of the simple commands, increase the commands to something more difficult. You can utilize a game of tug-of-war to teach them to "give." This is important when your Boston Yorkie does not want to give up a toy or similar item. Never pull the item from the dog's mouth. Get the dog's attention. Say "give." Hold out your hand. When the dog releases the item, praise the pup.
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Practice makes perfect
Your dog should be presented with lessons - even on commands that they have mastered - at least once a week. Unfortunately, dogs do not do well with recall. This is why you will need to practice even the simplest of commands (sit and stay, for example). Once or twice weekly to practice will suffice.
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Walk

The Boston Yorkie also enjoys taking a couple of short, brisk walks with you daily (in fact, this is often the best way to exercise them). Schedule walks early in the morning and in the evening to avoid the hottest times of the day.

Swimming

The Boston Yorkie naturally loves the water! Be sure to outfit your pup with a swim vest, and never allow them to swim without supervision.

Conclusion

The Boston Yorkie is a pleasant, happy dog that is more than happy to join in family activities. Your pup generally only needs a couple of brisk walks to stay happy and healthy, but, to mix things up a bit, you can include nose work and interactive toys which promote mental activity and prevent boredom.