Activities For Cairicockers

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Introduction

A Cairicocker is a relatively rare breed, which means there is not a whole lot of literature on what you can expect when you adopt one. They could get the sass and spunk of the Cairn Terrier, or they could be a lover of families and children like the Cocker Spaniel. Until your Cairicocker grows a little older and you mold them into a dog you want them to be, you’re not going to know who your pooch tends to take more after. Fortunately, that doesn’t matter so much as long as you love them. Provide them with fun activities, spend time with them, and include them as part of the family. You may even like to try out these activities below. 

Hand Stripping

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Any Day
Cheap
Normal
30 min
Items needed
Treats
Activity description

If your CairiCocker takes more after the Cairn Terrier instead of the Cocker Spaniel, then you will need to consider hand-stripping your pooch at least twice per year. If you haven’t had a wiry-haired dog before, the process might be foreign to you, but it’s a necessary one if you want them to look at their best at all times. While you could take your Cairicocker to a groomer, you can spend a fraction of the price to do the job yourself. It will only take around half an hour and it should not bother your dog all that much. 

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Get comfortable
If your Cairicocker is running around like a mad man, having a lot of fun, then that’s not the right time to be hand-stripping them. You have to pick your time, get comfortable, and make sure your dog is calm and relaxed too. If you hand-strip your dog correctly, it will not be an uncomfortable process. What’s more, if you load them up with treats, it may even be something they enjoy!
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Be gentle
Hand-stripping should not be an uncomfortable process, but you do need to put thought into how you go about it. Set them up on a counter surface such as what you would see at a vet clinic or grooming parlor, or in an area they can’t escape such as a pen. Avoid hand-stripping anywhere where removing fur will be almost impossible.
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Hand-strip
Use your forefinger and thumb to grab a few of your dog’s long, wiry strands and slowly begin to pull them out. They should come out with not a lot of effort. If they don’t, they are not ready. Remove the dead fur from the top coat by the roots to have your dog’s fur looking healthy, shiny, and ready for new growth.
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Treasure Hunt

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Rainy Day
Free
Normal
30 min
Items needed
Treats
Toys
Activity description

If the rain is stopping you from taking your dog for a stimulating walk, then you need to come up with activities you can do inside. A treasure hunt is one of them. Use your dog’s keen senses to their advantage, providing a fun and free game they can enjoy for at least half an hour before they tire of it. Gather a few treats and toys, hide them around your house, then set about encouraging your dog to find them. This activity has a regular difficulty level which is still sure to provide your pooch with a little bit of a challenge. 

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Choose items
The best things to use for a treasure hunt are items your dog likes. There’s no point in hiding a boiled cabbage or anything else they’d rather never see again! Hide your dog’s favorite tidbits or toys they never let out of their sight. They will be more likely to want to find them if that’s the case.
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Hide items
Once you gather everything you want to hide, it’s time to put them in places your dog will have to smell out. Make sure you haven’t hidden the things so well that your dog will never find them. Otherwise, you may forget where they are too! Put toys hanging out from under cushions, in footwear, and treats sitting beside their bed and in other prominent places.
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Hunt items
You now get to go and find everything you hid! Use a high energy voice to help your dog get into the thrill of the hunt. Take them to the most obvious treats and toys first to help them understand what they are supposed to do. Then, walk with them as they discover the rest. This activity will be fun for both you and your furry friend.
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Nature Walk

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Sunny Day
Free
Easy
1 hr
Items needed
Leash
Waste bag
Harness
Activity description

Both the Cocker Spaniel and Cairn Terrier love being outside. Both dogs had a job to do, and it usually involved hunting or being outdoors. Therefore, your Cairicocker will be right at home outside. Appeal to this natural passion with a walk in the great outdoors. Set aside an hour, put away your wallet, and head out with a leash, waste bag, and man’s best friend. The best part is, there are many lovely nature walks that are bound to appeal and are beneficial for all experience levels. There’s no time like the present to head out on an adventure with your dog. 

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Select a track
No matter where you live, you will likely be within proximity to a walking trail that’s suitable for dogs. However, to be safe, you may like to do some research. Have a look online and find out what’s available near you. Alternatively, you can meet up with a friend and discover them by accident. Some excellent options include Acadia National Park in Maine, Runyon Canyon in California, and Fairmount Park in Pennsylvania.
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Get ready
Before you make nature walks a regular addition to your dog’s schedule, ensure your dog is prepared. Before you head out, think about their leash skills and whether they are any good on a harness. And, what will you do if you come across other dogs? Make sure you have full control of your Cairicocker and that they are comfortable and happy with their leash and harness as well as any dogs they might encounter.
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Walk
Grab your leash, harness, or both, and hit the road. You can now head out into nature on an hour-long walk. Your dog can take in the kaleidoscope of senses, while you get to enjoy the small amount of exercise on a frequent basis. The more often you go for a walk, the more well-behaved your Cairicocker will be.
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Bark Training

If your Cairicocker takes after the Terrier parent, you may have a barker on your hands. Rather than have to apologize to your neighbors all the time, you can carry out bark training. Get expert help or spend the time to identify the bark source, distract them from it, then reward good behavior when they don’t bark. It’s not the most rewarding game for your dog, but it’s a necessary one. 

Obedience Training

Cairicockers don’t always get on well with other dogs, which is a trait from both parents. If you’d like them to be as social as possible, then consider obedience training. Begin at puppy school from a young age, then work your way up to obedience training. Your pooch can learn all about how to play nicely with others while taking on new skills as well. 

Conclusion

Cairicockers can be unique dogs to own, given that you never know what you’re going to get. One thing’s for sure; they are going to fit right into your home life. The Cairicocker loves families and children, spending time with you, and doing fun things that involve playing, running, and mental stimulation. It’s impawtant to do at least one fun thing every day to stimulate their senses.