Activities For Cairneses

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Introduction

The Cairnese is a designer dog that is developed by mixing two dog breeds – the Cairn Terrier and the Havanese. The former is known for their vermin hunting skills while the latter is a rare breed originating from Cuba that is part of the Bichon family and famous for being a companion dog. Because both parent breeds are intelligent, it is expected that the Cairnese will also inherit this quality. Moreover, Cairneses are known for being loving and affectionate, which are traits that are prominent in the Havanese parent. While small in size, this breed packs a whole lot of personality and can add life to any household that they join. 

Digging Pit

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Sunny Day
Cheap
Normal
30 - 45 min
Items needed
Shovel
Sand
Brick or timber
Activity description

Similar to all the other members of the Terrier family, the Cairn Terrier is also fond of digging since this is a part of their nature. Thus, it is to be expected that the Cairnese can inherit this knack for digging from the parent breed. This digging instinct may be problematic especially when your dog is left unsupervised in your backyard. One way to remedy this problem is by creating a designated digging pit for your pooch. The purpose of the digging pit is to create a boundary for your dog and to allow them to satisfy their need to dig. 

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Assign an area
To start building the pit, you first need to choose an area that you will assign to your dog. The ideal spot would be somewhere spacious and far away from your plants. This is to prevent your pooch from destroying your plants. Also, some plants have harmful effects on dogs so you need to make sure that your dog is free from any harm.
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Build the pit
When you have picked out the area that you will assign to your dog, the next step would be to create the pit. Dog owners usually build a sandbox-type area since this sets a visible boundary that your dog could follow. Till the soil and add the sand afterward. To create the border, you need to frame it with bricks or timber.
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Bury some items
Having a digging pit is pointless if your dog does not know how to use it. To train your dog to dig in the designated area, you can bury some toys or old items in the pit. Make sure that your dog is watching while you bury the items so that they know where to dig. Then, you can leave your dog on their own and they will do the rest. Every day, check on the pit and replace the items that your dog has dug up.
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Pet Store Stroll

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Any Day
Cheap
Easy
30 - 60 min
Items needed
Leash
Waste Bags
Activity description

Shopping is a fun activity that is enjoyed by practically any person. But did you know that you can turn it into a dog-owner activity as well? Cairneses, much like their parent Havanese, are clingy and compassionate dogs who love to spend as much time with their owners as they can. So, the next time you visit your local pet store, why not let your four-legged friend tag along? There are plenty of doggy items and play things that can help stimulate your dog physically and mentally and keep them occupied for a while. You can even let your dog pick out which toy they want to bring home.

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Choose a pet store
The first thing you need to do is find a pet store that you would like to visit for the day. There are probably lots of options to choose from and most of these pet stores allow their customers to bring their pets with them. You can do some online research and check reviews about the various pet stores in your area to help you make your decision.
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Pay the store a visit
Once you pick out the pet store that you would like to check out, put on the leash on your dog and head out for a drive or walk to the store. When you arrive, let your dog take the lead and allow them to play and explore to their heart’s content. Don’t forget to socialize with the other customers who also have their dogs with them.
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Dog Work Day

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Any Day
Free
Easy
6 - 8 hrs
Items needed
Leash
Food
Water
Toys
waste bags
Activity description
In recent times, workplaces have constantly evolved in order to create the best environment for the employees. One of the most popular policies that some companies have implemented is allowing workers to bring their dogs to work. Various studies and surveys suggest that a dog-friendly workplace helps increase employee satisfaction, productivity and morale. Moreover, the presence of dogs helps reduce stress and makes employees feel more comfortable. In addition, pets provide a common point of interest and can be used as a vehicle for communication and socialization. On the dog’s end, they will also appreciate not being left behind at home, which in turn helps strengthen your current relationship with each other.
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Assign a space for your dog
Upon arrival in your workplace, you need to assign a specific area where your dog will stay. Ideally, you should set this place up with a dog bed or pillow in order to make your dog feel safe during working hours. Do not allow your dog to choose their own place because this can lead to them being territorial.
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Bond during your free time
During your break time, put your dog on a leash and explore your workplace. Say hi to your workmates with your dog in tow; this also doubles as socialization for your pooch and will make them feel more comfortable during their stay. You can also take a quick walk outside to help physically and mentally stimulate your pooch.
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Which Hand

A simple game that you can play with your Cairnese is the “which hand?” game. In this game, you simply place a treat in one of your hands and make your dog guess which hand has the treat. If your dog guesses correctly, you will give them the treat as a reward. This game is a fun way to give positive reinforcement and mental stimulation. 

Quiet Time

This might seem a bit odd but spending some quiet time with your dog – no phones, no toys – is actually a great way to bond. Take your dog out to your favorite spot and just hang out with each other as you appreciate the lovely day out. Your pooch will surely appreciate the quality time spent together. 

Conclusion

A tiny dog with the biggest of hearts, the Cairnese is the ultimate pet dog to own. With proper care and training, this nosy little fellow can surely dig its way into your life and will give you all the love, affection and companionship that you are looking for in a pooch.