Activities For Doxie Scots

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Introduction

The Doxie Scot is a hybrid, or designer dog. The parents are the Dachshund and the Scottish Terrier. While no one knows for certain what traits the Doxie Scot will inherit, most often this pooch will have the long body of the Dachshund parent breed. This means that you’ll need to ensure that all activity is low-impact and does not put undue pressure on the elongated spine of the Doxie Scot. However, this fun and friendly breed is rather agile; they best enjoy activities where they can interact with family members. Keep in mind, particularly while the Doxie Scot is young, that activities which promote socialization are just as valuable as physical activity. 

Socialization Activities

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Cheap
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60 min
Items needed
leash
Activity description
There are many ways that you can promote socialization in your Doxie Scot.  You can first inquire among your friends and acquaintances to see who has a rather docile older dog that tends to be patient with other dogs. You’ll need to ensure that this older dog has had all their required vaccinations, and that your pooch has completed all of their shots and boosters as well. Once this has been confirmed, you can schedule play dates with your dog and the older friend. You can also take your dog to the dog park for other socialization opportunities. A meet and greet session is a free and easy activity that can be enjoyed year-round and has an abundance of benefits!
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Playdate
Socialization is a process that should begin when your dog is as young as sixteen weeks old. Often, when your dog is still quite young, the best opportunity for socialization is to schedule a playdate with a dog that you know is laid back and tolerant of younger dogs. Invite a friend over with their more experienced dog and just allow the dogs to interact. They will likely sniff one another, and don’t be surprised if your pup attempts to act a little dominant over the older dog. There is no set time limit on socialization activities.
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Dog park
Once you have provided your young dog with opportunities to be around more docile dogs, you might be comfortable taking them to the dog park. When first making trips to the dog park, you will want to closely supervise your young dog. Again, expect your Doxie Scot to engage in behavior that appears to be somewhat dominant. Dogs that are unfamiliar with one another often sniff each other and may growl or lead you to otherwise believe they might fight. This is normal canine behavior and shouldn’t concern you. However, it is best to keep your dog on a leash at all times until you know how they will act with other dogs.
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Socialize with humans
This is another form of socialization that you’ll want to start when your dog is relatively young. It is important to make sure that your dog is familiar with different types of people. The Dachshund parent breed is often a one-person dog. While the Scottie parent is friendly and outgoing, again, with a hybrid, you can never be sure exactly what character traits will be passed to the offspring. For this reason, you’ll want to begin exposing your Doxie Scot to other people outside your family at about sixteen weeks of age. If you do not have children, you’ll want to enlist a friend who has children that are experienced with dogs (preferably they are older children). As your pup ages, however, you’ll want to introduce them to younger children (with supervision, of course). You want to ensure that the puppy does not nip or growl at children.
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Play Station Creation

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Moderate
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45 min
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old pillows, towels and blankets
kibble or treats
cubed cheese
Activity description
The Doxie Scot is a pup that is known for having a strong nose. In addition, the Dachshund parent breed enjoys digging. It's what they were developed for! Why not plan activities that encourage them to use the talents they were born to utilize? Often, pet parents worry about curtailing what they perceive to be bad behavior when this behavior is really a part of the breed's talent set. For the Dachshund, often, the bad behavior is related to digging. Fortunately, you can create dig stations that allow them to dig without tearing up furniture or the backyard. There are other "play stations" you can create for the Doxie Scot that will encourage their natural talents without permitting the destruction of your possessions.
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Create digging stations
The Doxie Scot is descended from two parent breeds that are noted for their digging prowess. Why not create a play station that allows them to harness this innate desire? You can make digging stations both inside and out. Keep in mind that neither of the Doxie Scot’s parent breeds is tolerant of extreme weather, so being able to dig while indoors is just as important as digging outside. Setting up the indoor dig station only requires a few old blankets or pillows. Place a few bites of kibble under the blankets and encourage digging. Their strong sense of smell will lead them directly to the treats. Outdoors, simply purchase a bag of sand and allow them to see you burying a favorite toy in the pile. Encourage Fido to go after the toy and praise them when they dig it out.
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Tunnel station
Purchase some of the large waffle blocks that kids use (they might be more durable if you can find these at the pet store), then build a tunnel for your Doxie Scot to crawl through. You can teach your dog to maneuver through this game by getting at the other end where your dog can see you. Call them and offer a treat when they find you.
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Jump through hoops
Some dog parks have areas that one might consider to be obstacle courses. While the Doxie Scot might not need to participate in some of the more demanding obstacles, placing an old Hula Hoop just slightly off the ground is the perfect obstacle for this hybrid breed.
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Canine Sprint Walking

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Sunny Day
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30 min
Items needed
leash
Activity description
Many people take their dogs jogging with them. However, with the Doxie Scot, you should take into consideration the dog's potentially short legs. This means that this hybrid breed is a not great jogging companion - they won't be able to keep up with you! However, this dog will enjoy sprint walking when out on a stroll. Sprint walking is not quite a trot, but it will allow you to enjoy the dog walk more like a workout. The goal of sprint walking is to make your dog focus on the task at  hand without stopping at every fire hydrant or each parked car in order to sniff or mark their territory. Grab your pup's leash and head out the door for this no run of the mill walk!
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Avoid the scratch n' sniff
Anyone who has ever walked their dog understands that dogs tend to want to stop and enjoy every smell available to them. They may also decide to mark their territory while they are there. However, your objective is to make sure that you keep your dog focused on the task at hand. Keep the leash close to your body and do not stop to investigate smells.
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Change up the routine
You can really provide a spike in your calorie-burning potential if you will change up your striding technique. Start out by walking at a brisk pace for about ten minutes, then walking as you normally would with Fido for about twenty minutes. Do this for approximately one week. One week two, increase the brisk pace to fifteen minutes of brisk walking and fifteen minutes of laid-back walking.
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Pre-walk and post-walk recommendations
Remember that your pup will not need to commit to a doggy "warm up" before a workout. However, you might take the opportunity to allow them to assist you as you stretch. Next, keep in mind that if you are sprint walking in order for your Doxie Scot to lose weight, be sure not to overfeed them once you return from your power walk. This will cancel out any of the benefits of your sprint walk.
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Dog Park

The Doxie Scot will enjoy a trip with you to the dog park. The dog park presents many opportunities for socialization as well as exercise in an enclosed area.

Hide and Seek

The Doxie Scot has a strong nose. Put it to use! Hide some cubes of cheese or other "smelly" treats in the kitchen they are out of the room. Then, invite them in and allow them to "find it." Praise for a job well done.

Conclusion

The Doxie Scot is a unique designer breed. No owner can predict the dog's looks nor can they say exactly the personality this hybrid breed will inherit. However, you can plan to socialize this pup so that they know how to behave around all types of people and other dogs. The Doxie Scot will love to join you for sprints around the neighborhood, and they will enjoy digging around in the sandy area you designate for this purpose. A wide variety of exercises and activities ensures that your Doxie Scot is never bored.