Activities For Cairanians

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Introduction

One part Cairn Terrier, one part Pomeranian, the Cairanian is a small sized hybrid dog that's got a lot of energy and attitude. As these dogs are hybrids, their physical appearance can vary greatly from members of their own species - with some Cairanians resembling Cairn Terriers more than other members of their breed and vice versa. With that being said, one can expect a member of this hybrid dog breed to have lots of fluffy fur, be very outgoing, and enjoy sticking by their human companion's side whenever possible. These dogs are also open to trying out different sorts of activities that other breeds tend to be resistant towards.

Dog Labyrinth

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Any Day
Moderate
Normal
1 hr
Items needed
Cardboard Boxes
Arts and Crafts Supplies
Dog Treat
Activity description
Dog Labyrinths (also known as Mutt Mazes) are fun obstacle courses that you can set up within the confines of your very own home! The materials to make a dog maze are reasonably priced and can be purchased from your local supermarket. Actually setting up the maze can be a bit of a challenge, especially if you're a person who doesn't typically do a lot of hands-on work, so follow the proceeding steps carefully. Since Cairanians are small sized dogs, you don't have to worry about trying to make the largest maze in the world either - just something that will give your pup a challenging, yet fun change of pace.
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Getting ready
The act of setting up the labyrinth will hearken back to the arts and crafts classes of old; you'll be cutting and gluing pieces of cardboard together as if it was going out of style. While there aren't really any hard rules we'd like to enforce here, we do recommend cutting your cardboard pieces in such a way that they'll be able to obscure your Cairanian's vision once they're set in place.
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Let the games begin
After you've set up the course, you'll just need to incentivize your dog to enter the fray. That's where the treat that we mentioned earlier comes into play; hold the treat high up in the air so that your dog can see it. Encourage them to "come get it" (or something along those lines) while placing the treat in the labyrinth's finish line. Your dog will then try to traverse the maze in search of their ultimate prize!
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Find the Food

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Any Day
Cheap
Easy
45 min
Items needed
Food Items
Treats
Activity description
Find the food is a simple scent based activity that can be played inside, any day of the week! It's a lot like hide and seek, only you'll be hiding various bits of food from your Cairanian and will be encouraging them to seek them out primarily via smell. If you have enough food that's edible for dogs already in stock, then you really won't have to spend a cent on this activity! If you're not sure if the dog food you already have will do the trick or is aromatic enough, then simply spend a few dollars on some organic or natural dog treats. Alternatively, you can take a few dog-safe items from the refrigerator such as cheese cubed in tiny pieces or very small tidbits of meat.
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In plain sight
To keep things fun and easy, you can hide the food items in easily accessible areas - that is to say, easily accessible for a Cairanian. Behind the couch, under the dining room table, at the top of a flight of stairs - think about places that will easily allow the smell of the food to waft over to your dog.
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Right under their nose
Here, the idea is to make things slightly more challenging by placing the food items in areas where your dog will need to think and interact with the environment to gain access to their food. We're talking about doing things like hiding the food under boxes, on the seat of a dining chair or within a closet area. Keep in mind that you do not want to place food where your Cairanian is not typically allowed access.
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Cairanian Cardio

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Sunny Day
Free
Easy
15 - 20 min
Items needed
Leash
Activity description
Cairanians aren't the sorts of dogs that need to spend a whole lot of time working out. However they, like any dog, can become a bit restless if they aren't allowed to get out there and stretch their legs every now and again. This activity is catered specifically to the physical needs of a Cairanian. We will suggest ways to give your eager companion a short but effective cardio workout. The outdoor aspects of these free and easy seesions are best attempted on sunny days, with minimal chances of rainfall. On a day of inclement weather, keep the fun inside!
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Short but effective
Depending on the size of your living space, you can help your Cairanian meet their exercise goals by simply walking around your backyard for a few minutes. If you live in an apartment complex, then you can complete a circuit by briskly walking around the perimeter of the building. This activity isn't meant to be a complex affair and you likely won't even break a sweat personally, but your Cairanian will and that's what counts.
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Expand the circuit range
These circuits can be completed by doing things like jogging around your backyard or quickly walking up the street and back a few times. You can also head to the park if you'd like a change of scenery. You should also keep your Cairanian leashed if the two of you head out, as these guys may try to wander or chase after squirrels if they see them. On a rainy day, get the cardio workout accomplished by playing hall ball or traversing the stairs a few times. A fun indoor obstacle course of pillows and tunnels under chairs can provide a time of bonding and exercise.
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More Fun Ideas...

Hopscotch

Hopscotch is a positively ancient children's game that has been played by preschool-aged kids and up for centuries. Dogs are understood to generally possess the mental computing powers of a preschooler, so your Cairanian may very well be able to learn the ins and outs of hopscotch with enough time and practice. You can buy a hopscotch rug and play indoors as well as head to the park with some chalk in order to make your own fun.

Bubble Blast

Just because something is ridiculously simple doesn't mean it can't be ridiculously fun! You and your Cairanian can have hours of fun together by just playing with a good old fashioned bottle of bubbles. You can nab one of these for about 99 cents (or less) from your local corner store. You can also make a mountain of suds using bars and bottles of soap. Just be sure the fun is non-toxic and don't let your pup ingest any liquid.

Conclusion

This little pup will be ready to partake in any activity you can come up with. They are friendly, game for fun and eager to please. Throw in twice weekly socialization activities like obedience class or agility and you will have a very well rounded Cairanian. If you feel that you still need more information to gain a better understanding of these hybrid dogs, we'd like to encourage you to read the Activity and Breed Guides that we've created for the Cairanian's parents - the Cairn Terrier and the Pomeranian respectively. We feel that knowing a hybrid's pedigree is a great way to anticipate what sort of pros and cons the hybrid in question will bring to the table.