Activities For Cock-A-Tzus

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Introduction

A combination of the affectionate Cocker Spaniel and the playful Shih-Tzu, the Cock-A-Tzu is a sweet-natured and gentle family companion. Capable of adapting to life in a house or an apartment, this lovable little pooch is a real "people dog" and loves being with their people as much as possible. 

As well as plenty of interaction with their humans, the Cock-A-Tzu also needs regular physical activity as well as mental stimulation to give their intelligent mind a workout. The good news is that there's no shortage of simple ways to make sure all of your dog's needs are met. The paw-some Cock-A-Tzu activities listed below should get you started, but make sure you're always on the lookout for new ways to entertain and amuse your furry friend.

Lunch Date

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Sunny Day
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1 hr
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Cock-A-Tzus bond strongly with their owners, and you'll no doubt be well aware that your dog likes being by your side no matter what you're doing. So if you're looking for a way to involve your pooch in your daily life as much as possible, not to mention give them an exciting treat at the same time, why not take them out to lunch? 

Not only will your furry friend love the chance to go on a fun outing with you, but they'll get plenty of mental stimulation simply from the change of scenery. And besides, you'll also be doing your bit to support a dog-friendly local business.

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Pick your venue
The first thing you need to do is research dog-friendly eateries in your local area. If you're lucky, you'll be able to find a restaurant that specializes in dishes for dogs and their humans. If nothing like this exists near you, there should still be plenty of cafes, restaurants and bars that welcome dogs in their outdoor areas, so find a good spot and book yourself a table.
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Eat and enjoy!
Head to the cafe, find your table and get set up for a relaxing lunch. Make sure your dog has access to plenty of water and a shaded spot to sit, and remember to bring a few treats along for your canine pal if there's nothing on the menu for them. Apart from that, all you have to do is sit back, relax and enjoy a delicious meal with your pet at your feet.
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Doggy Digging Zone

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Sunny Day
Free
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30 min
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Sand pit
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Is your Cock-A-Tzu obsessed with digging? Do you regularly come home to find holes in your yard, or that your beautifully tended garden looks like it's been hit by a tornado? 

If this sounds like your dog, you'll obviously want to train your dog not to destroy your garden and yard. However, as digging is a natural and healthy behavior for dogs, sometimes the best approach is to redirect your dog's digging efforts elsewhere by creating a special digging patch.

With their own zone set aside for digging, your pooch can get their paws dirty and have some fun without wreaking havoc on your beautiful yard. Here's what you need to do.

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Find a spot
First, decide where you want your dog to dig. You might set aside a special section of the yard or garden for the purpose, or even set up a sandpit specifically for your dog. Whichever option you choose, make sure there's plenty of shade for your dog and that the ground is soft enough for them to dig safely.
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Make it interesting
Now you need to encourage your dog to dig in the right spot. To do that, you need to make it worth their while. Try burying some "treasure" just below the surface, such as treats, toys or even a juicy bone. You can then lead your dog to the spot and encourage them to start digging.
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Keep it interesting
Once your dog is happy digging in the designated digging zone, make sure they don't stray into other areas of the garden. You'll need to keep their dig pit interesting at all times, so add different toys to the area or add a few treats when you need to entice your dog back to the right spot.
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Therapy Dog

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When you welcome a Cock-A-Tzu into your life, you're rewarded with a loving and affectionate canine companion. But rather than keeping your dog all to yourself, you might decide that you want to share their sweet and gentle nature with the world -- and one of the best ways to do that is to get your dog certified as a therapy dog.

Therapy dogs visit nursing homes, hospitals, schools and other facilities to lend a helping paw to people in need. They relieve stress, provide a welcome distraction, and generally offer a calming influence in a wide range of scenarios.

If you think your dog could be suited to therapy dog work, here's what you need to do.

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Get certified
Before your dog can start work as a therapy animal, they'll need to undergo some training. Check with local nursing homes, hospitals and other facilities near you to find out what sort of certification is required. There are a variety of programs available -- some are offered by local groups while others are nationally recognized courses, so choose one that's right for you and complete the necessary training.
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Get out there
Once your pet has undergone the necessary training, it's time to get out there and start visiting people in need. From kids with autism to elderly nursing home residents suffering from loneliness and social isolation, there are so many people whose lives can be immeasurably brightened simply by getting to spend a bit of time with a dog. Not only is this incredibly rewarding for you, but it provides wonderful mental stimulation for your canine pal.
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Puppy Playdate

Invite your pooch's best canine pal and their owner over for a fun play session. This should not only tire out your pooch but give you both a grrr-eat opportunity to do some socializing.

Pamper Session

Treat your dog to a special grooming session to make them feel like a million bucks. Give them a bath and a thorough brush, paint their nails (with a dog-safe polish) and spoil them with plenty of tasty treats -- they'll love it!

Conclusion

Whether you're spending a lazy afternoon at home or heading out for a big day of adventures, the most important thing is that you're enjoying some quality time with your canine pal. Quite simply, Cock-A-Tzus need as much love and attention as you can give them, so make sure your pooch always knows exactly how important they are to you. If you can give them the care and affection they need, they'll be a loyal friend for life.