Activities For Chinese Crested Dogs

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Introduction

The small Chinese Crested dog is not your typical pooch. This tiny dog is lively but not overly active. Most of the dogs are happy to spend their time snuggled up beside their owners. They don't crave a great deal of activity, and they are far from hyper. However, these pooches always want to please their owners. Some Chinese Crested dogs are hairless, but others have a soft, silky coat. The breed bonds very tightly with their family but is not overly friendly to strangers. Adequate socialization is a necessity to keep the dog from becoming nippy with people they do not know.

Shopping Together

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Any Day
Moderate
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2 hrs
Items needed
Pet Carrier
Pet stroller
Leash and Collar
Activity description
Throughout the nation, there are numerous businesses, stores, and malls that let you shop with your pet. A bit of research will reveal the closest locations. Even an outdoor farmer's market is a fun activity to enjoy with your Chinese Crested. Since your tiny dog probably doesn't like walking extensively on a leash, especially in crowded areas where they can be accidentally stepped on, you might want to consider using a pet carrier or a pet stroller to chauffeur your pooch around. Most Chinese Crested dogs adore the attention of being carried through public places. Before entering any establishment, make sure the business allows dogs.
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Entering the premises
When it's time to go shopping with your dog you will want to load your adorable pooch into the stroller or carrier. Many dogs hesitate at first, even though they love going bye-bye. Offer lots of words of encouragement and even a dog treat or two. Always leave the dog's leash on if you will be in a public establishment, just in case your pooch gets loose.
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Don't forget a canine present
While shopping, it's easy to start to focus on the things you need and not what your pooch might enjoy. Ideally, you should pick a small toy or dog treat to buy your canine buddy to make the day even more special and memorable. Most dogs are ecstatic over a simple toy or treat. While shopping, you may run across a pet bakery where you can score some yummy treats for your canine. Dog bakeries are springing up across the nation and have become popular gathering spots for dogs and their owners.
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Taking a break
Shopping can make you both thirsty and hungry so why not look up an establishment where you can dine with your canine? There are numerous restaurants to be tried that welcome well-behaved dogs. Some even provide treats and water refreshments for your canine buddy. When eating at one of these establishments, always keep your pup by your side and be aware of non-dog-toting patrons.
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Beach Break

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Sunny Day
Cheap
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4 hrs
Items needed
Sunscreen
Towels
Leash
Collar
Activity description

Some people forget that little dogs enjoy beach time fun too. Your Chinese Crested dog wants to be with you, so why not head to a dog-friendly beach for some fun in the sand and surf? The beach can be located along an ocean or a lake. Remember, some locations have strict rules that state your dog must be kept on a leash at all times but others allow canines to run free. Either way, when you first arrive, you will want to take things slow with your little buddy. If your dog has never been to an ocean beach, they may be overwhelmed by the crashing waves and the sounds, so offer plenty of encouragement. 

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Preparations
If you own a Chinese Crested that has no hair then it is imperative that you take precautions to keep the dog's delicate skin from burning in the sun. Applying a full spectrum waterproof sunscreen to your dog's skin is a necessity. Some owners even dress their dogs in light clothing items for added protection but if your dog is going to play in the water, clothing may not be an option.
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Water introductions
When you first introduce your furry friend to the water, they may be afraid. Such a small dog can easily be carried in your arms so why not take things slow? Let your dog see you dipping your toes in the water and having fun before you try to place Fido's feet in the refreshing water. At first, your dog might hesitate, but chances are good they will quickly adjust and enjoy playing right alongside you.
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Beach time fun
If you brought some toys, it's time to try digging. First, you dig a hole in the sand, place the toy into the hole, and then lightly cover it with sand. Now, encourage your small dog to dig up the item. Offer ample amounts of praise when your dog actually performs the action. Most Chinese Crested dogs genuinely enjoy digging in the sand or soil so this is a fun game the two of you can enjoy together. Even if your Chinese Crested pooch is not a retrieval dynamo you can still enjoy a simple game of fetch in the sun. Don't throw the toy a great distance but keep it close to you. Many Chinese Crested dogs simply don't like to leave their owner's side to play catch and therefore, keeping the game close makes this small dog happy.
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Kayaking

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Any Day
Moderate
Normal
2 hrs
Items needed
Life vest
Leash and collar
Kayak
Paddles
Treats
Sunscreen
Activity description
Many parks rent kayaks if you don't already own one of these fun canoe-like contraptions. They are a great way to enjoy the water without making a substantial financial investment. A small Chinese Crested dog is the perfect size to sit in the kayak with you while you paddle the waterways. The calm nature of this little dog and their desire to continually be at your side makes them the perfect kayaking buddy. Most dogs flourish getting out in the warm sunshine and fresh air. Many dog owners who have small dogs enjoy indulging in this sport with their canine sidekicks.
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Entering the water
Prior to heading out on your kayaking journey, you will want to put a life vest on your pooch just in case. Although most Chinese Crested dogs can swim, it is still a good idea to have your pooch wear a safety vest. The Chinese Crested is such a small dog that they can easily be carried in one arm as you board the kayak and sit down. If your dog is hairless, be sure to apply sunscreen because the sun is highly reflective off the water's surface and can burn your dog's delicate skin.
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Heading out
As you embark on your kayaking journey, you will want your dog to sit patiently in front of you so you can keep an eye on them with a firm hold on the animal's leash. Always avoid hooking the leash to the kayak in case you should overturn. You don't want your dog to be trapped and possibly drown.
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Paddling along
The calm nature of the Chinese Crested breed makes them a great kayaking companion. As you paddle across the water offer lots of praise to your pooch, pointing out interesting things along the way, and giving the pooch a few treats to hold the dog's interest. Kayaking with dogs has become a common sport because of its relaxing nature.
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Snowy Adventure

Many owners coddle their Chinese Crested dogs. If it snows, they don't take their small dog outdoors. However, this can be a mistake because even if your dog lacks fur, they can still benefit from some fresh air. If you shop online or at a local pet store, the chances are good that you will find a warm winter coat, hat and even booties for your pooch. Some owners also make or modify clothing for their canine companions. Even if it snows, you can still bundle your furry buddy up in warm layers and embark on a wintertime adventure together.

Biking

Many owners of larger dogs bike with their canine buddies jogging alongside the bicycle. However, the Chinese Crested is a small dog and cannot readily keep up with a big bike so you will need to invest in a front or rear basket. Many are designed as small dog pet carriers. They safely hold Fido on the bike while you pedal in the city or down a country trail. Most dogs genuinely enjoy bicycling. You could pack a lunch and make a picnic of the day together. Just always keep an eye on Fido as you bike along to make sure your dog isn't overly hungry, tired, or in need of a bathroom break.

Conclusion

Even if your Chinese Crested pooch lacks fur, you need to remember that your best pal is still a canine and loves to do doggy things. This means fun adventures outdoors or inside. You can enroll your little buddy in an obedience or socialization class, so the dog learns basic obedience and to play well with others. Some Chinese Crested dogs even excel at agility or flyball tournaments. The dog's small size doesn't matter because your tiny friend has spirit and is always willing to give 100 percent to make you happy and proud, so why not share a few golden experiences with your pooch?  The above activities are great ways for you to both have fun.