Activities For Ewokians

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Introduction

If you have ever seen the movies from the Star Wars film franchise, then you are familiar with Ewoks, the adorable, fuzzy creatures that closely resemble teddy bears. Ewokian dogs are a cross between the Havanese and the Pomeranian breeds that end up looking eerily like the Ewoks from film lore. While the resulting dog is still considered a toy breed, don’t let their small size fool you into thinking they don’t need exercise.

They are known to be playful, cheerful pups who are prone to brief spurts of activity between naps. These dogs love to be with all members of their family, including the cat, so it is essential that you engage in playtime with them rather than just letting them out in an enclosed yard for exercise.

Pass the Pup

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Any Day
Free
Easy
30 min
Items needed
A Friend or Family Member
Your Voice
Treats
Activity description
Did you ever play Hot Potato in school or with your friends growing up? Well, Pass the Pup is a game like Hot Potato except with dogs instead of a ball or stuffed animal being used as the potato. And you don't throw your pup, of course. The object is for them to have fun and get exercise. You call them to you and reward them when they listen. Then the other person playing calls Fido to them and so on. The game is more fun when you have multiple people playing and a bigger space to play in.
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Call your pup to you
For the first step in a rousing game of Pass the Pup, you call your dog’s name, and when they come to you, you reward them with a treat, praise, pats on the head or their preferred area, or all three. By now, your pup should know that coming when called means a reward for them. If they don’t know yet, this game is a great training tool.
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Reward with praise or treat
When your dog comes when you call their name, you should immediately reward them with praise, a treat, and a few pats. You will want to make it perfectly clear that coming to you when called is a good thing and it keeps the game going so they are properly exercised for the day.
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Have someone else call Fido
Your pup has successfully approached you when you called their name. You rewarded them for their good job. Now the other person involved in the game should call your pup to them and give out treats and pats. Going back and forth between you and the second, third, or even fourth player will help Fido work off all those extra treats you’ve been giving out.
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Tug-of-War

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Any Day
Cheap
Easy
30 min
Items needed
Dog
Rope Toy
Treats
Activity description

Tug-of-War is a next-level version of fetch that can release your pup's predatory instincts. Be sure to give Fido your best version of a growl to rile them up. If they get too riled, though, it is best to take a short break before things get slightly out of hand. Depending on your pup, they may become more aggressive. If you don't have a rope toy, an old sock or a toy they can tug on will do in a pinch. 

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Purchase rope toy
Purchasing a rope toy is a simple step. They can be found in any pet store. Grocery stores usually have them too, but they are far pricier and made from cheaper materials. If you’re in a pinch, you can use anything around the house, from an old sock to a ratty blanket. Be cautious, though: using an item around the house can lead to your pup being destructive because they can’t differentiate between toys and non-toys.
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Throw the toy
Before you can tug, you have to get the toy in your dog’s mouth. Sure, you can take the easy way and just give the toy to Fido, but where is the fun (and exercise) in that? Make them work for it by throwing the toy across the room and having them bring it back to you so you can play tug.
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Tug!
Fido has fetched the rope toy and is waiting in front of you to play. Grab that toy and pull! Throw some weight behind it and pull from side-to-side. Don't forget to include your growl. Your pup might get too excited while playing, and if that happens, take a short break and redirect their attention to a calmer activity.
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Walk to Local Park

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Sunny Day
Free
Easy
45 min
Items needed
Leash
Harness
Activity description

Ewokians require 30 to 60 minutes of activity daily, so a solid 45 minutes is ample time for your pup to get the exercise they need.

If you live close to a dog-friendly dog park and the weather is nice, why not just walk Fido to the park? Your four-legged companion is sure to enjoy sniffing out the smells along the route.

If you don't live close to a park, you can either drive to one or take a walk around your neighborhood, no car required!

The walk might take an hour or so, if you count all the people who are sure to stop and ask all about your dog. Your pup will love the attention!

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Find a dog-friendly park
Before you trek all the way to a local park with your pup, be sure to check what the park’s rules are regarding dogs. Some parks allow dogs, but only on a leash, while others forbid dogs completely. If the park allows dogs off-leash, you might want to keep Fido on a leash anyway to keep them safe from other, more aggressive dogs.
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Purchase a proper harness
Toy breeds shouldn’t be walked using a collar because of their fragile windpipes. Using a harness removes any potential stress from their neck. However, many people buy a harness that is too big, which increases the risk of your pup slipping out of the harness and taking off. The harness should fit snugly, but not too tightly. Another issue with harnesses is that people aren’t well-versed in how to put them on and often put them on upside down.
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Walk to the park
Walking can be a boring exercise for humans, but it is a delight for dogs. Fido takes the old adage to stop and smell the roses literally and stops to smell every blade of grass along with the flowers. Walks are a simple activity that gets your dog moving while engaging their senses, thus ensuring they will be wiped out by the time you get back home.
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Hide and Seek

Similar to Pass the Pup, Hide and Seek is a great way to teach Fido to come when called. When someone else is holding your pup or your pup is distracted, quickly find a hiding spot and call your dog’s name. Lavish praise when Fido finds you and your hiding spot, then repeat in a different hiding area. (Behind the door seems to get them stumped every time!)

Fetch

If you prefer not to awaken your pup’s hidden predator, you can play fetch without the tug-of-war aspect. All you’ll need is a toy -- balls work great -- for you to throw and Fido to retrieve. All types of toys are available at pet stores, including water toys if you have access to a pool or body of water.

Conclusion

Ewokians are a type of designer dog where two breeds are crossed to produce a combination of both breeds. Cross-breeds tend to have traits from both sets of ancestors, so an Ewokian pup will be very playful and require ample daily exercise to stimulate their mind and keep their body healthy.

Pass the pup, tug-of-war, and a brisk walk to your local dog-friendly park are three cheap, quick ways to exercise your dog to prevent boredom and the unruly behavior that often comes with it.

Ewokians are loyal dogs who prefer to be with their human family as much as possible, so leaving Fido out in a yard alone isn't going to cut it!