Activities For Cairmals

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Introduction

If you own cats and dogs but have space left in your heart for another furry companion, then a Cairmal should be at the top of your list. This lovable, personable little pooch is one that you will welcome into your home with open arms. As they are a cross between a Maltese and a Cairn Terrier, they make an excellent apartment dog, but they also get on well with cats, dogs, and even young children in a family home environment. They are an all-around delightful dog with a high need for attention but only a moderate need for exercise. Fill your pup’s schedule with these fun activities below. 

Tug of War

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Any Day
Free
Easy
10 min
Items needed
T-shirt
Scissors
Activity description

If there’s one thing you will learn quickly, it’s that a Cairmal doesn’t like you to leave them alone. They want you to be around them all the time, which is why you should choose activities such as Tug of War that involve you and your dog playing together. This activity is free, you can play it in any weather, and it will provide your pooch with around ten minutes of stimulation. You also only need an old t-shirt and a pair of scissors. Once you build the rope, it will become your dog’s favorite activity in no time at all.  

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Build the rope
While you could go to your local pet store and purchase a tug rope, there might not be any need. As long as you have an old t-shirt lying around your house, you can build one yourself. Cut the shirt along the top shoulder stitching, so you get one long piece of fabric. Cut it into nine even strips, then separate the material into three piles. Tie all pieces together at one end then begin plaiting the rope. Tie knots at every third section of it to give it strength. Tie the end once you finish braiding it.
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Clear a space
Even though your Cairmal isn’t that big, they love to move around as they play tug of war. Remove obstacles out of the way or set up an area of your home that’s free for dog play at any time. The center of your living room, with furniture pushed out of the way, is also an acceptable play area.
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Play
Take one end of the toy and give the other to your dog. Gently pull the rope but only enough to provide a bit of resistance. Let your dog pull as hard as they like, scooting their back legs around the floor. Let them win the majority of the games but take a few wins for yourself as well. Your Cairmal will love spending time with you playing games!
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Pupsicles

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Hot Day
Cheap
Easy
1 hr
Items needed
Bully sticks
Water
Bouillon cube
Popsicle trays
Activity description

In the hot summer sun, it’s not all that easy for your Cairmal to get relief. They have a relatively thick coat, and the shade indoors can only do so much. If you want to cool them down quickly, make some pupsicles to get your Cairmal through the summer months. Affordable, effortless to make, and only requiring a few ingredients, they will be something your dog looks forward to all the time. Head to your local grocery store and buy a popsicle tray, low-salt bouillon cubes, bully sticks, and drinking water. You can then create delicious and refreshing treats your pooch will adore. 

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Create a mixture
Mix water with a bouillon cube until it’s quite diluted. Ensure it is a low-salt version and watered down to a faint taste and odor. If the mixture is too salty, your dog will end up far thirstier than when they first began to indulge! What’s more, the regular stock can be high in salt which is not healthy for your dog.
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Create pupsicles
Add the mixture to the popsicle trays then pop them in a freezer. After 40 minutes or an hour, push the bully stick to the base, so it sets in place. Check on them again in another hour to ensure they are fully frozen. You can also leave them to set overnight.
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Obstacle Course

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Sunny Day
Free
Normal
30 min
Items needed
Stools
Treats
Leash
Tunnels
Weaving poles
Activity description

Cairmals can be quite tricky to entertain, especially as they don’t want to go off and do their own thing without you. However, if you set up an obstacle course in your yard, you can appeal to not only your Cairmal but any other pet you have at home too. It’s something of which everyone can benefit. You will need stools, poles, tunnels, treats and a leash, and then you can get to work setting up this course in the sunshine. It doesn’t cost you any money but can provide at least half an hour of entertainment for your furry friends. 

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Set up the course
Knowing how to set up an obstacle course won’t come naturally, so you may need to do some research. Look at pictures online and think of items lying around your house that you could use. Remember, your Cairmal is small, so the lower the obstacles, the better they will be able to navigate the course.
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Lead them
All your Cairmal will see is a whole lot of items in your yard that are a little bit scary. They won’t know it’s a fun and exciting obstacle course! Clip on their leash and walk them through the course. If they are scared or nervous, give them a treat and a break and try again. You may need to re-evaluate a few components if your dog struggles.
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Independent run
After several runs of the course with your dog on a leash, you can now unclip the rope and let them run through it unattended. Be on hand to guide and encourage, but you should have no problems getting your intelligent Cairmal to spring through the course on their own.
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Doga

Doga, also known as dog yoga, is a relaxing exercise you can carry out with your dog. You can do yoga alongside them or focus purely on their yoga techniques. Doga is something you can do in the comfort of your home on the floor or yoga mat, or at a proper facility where dogs are more welcome now than ever before.  

Massage

Cairmals love their downtime just as much as you do, so cater to their need for relaxation with a massage. Once they come up onto the couch to sit with you, you can get to work. Start at their head with gentle pats, then use your full hand in gentle motions down their body and along their chest. Your dog will be snoring their head off in no time!  

Conclusion

There are very few dogs that fit into your established family as neatly as a Cairmal. Even if you already have other pets like dogs or cats, it will be like they have always been an impawtant part of the family. However, you will notice that you can’t do a lot without them, which can make satisfying their needs challenging. Try these activities above and reap the rewards of a happy pooch that can’t stop wagging their tail!