Activities For Jack Tzus

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Introduction

A cross between the lively Jack Russell Terrier and the adorable Shih Tzu, the Jack Tzu is a little dog with a larger-than-life personality. Loyal, loving and playful, these cute canines thrive on human companionship and love to spend time with their people whenever possible. 

If you've recently welcomed a Jack Tzu into your family, you'll no doubt be well aware of the need to provide food, shelter and love for your furry friend. But did you know that your dog also needs regular exercise, games that challenge their brain, and lots of daily interaction with their people?

There are stacks of great games and activities that can help you add fun and excitement to your Jack Tzu's life -- here are a few of the best.

Barkour

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Sunny Day
Free
Normal
30 min
Items needed
Leash
Treats
Activity description

The humble walk is a staple for dog owners the world over -- it's easy, free and a whole lot of fun, and it helps your dog get their daily exercise. 

But strolling along the same old route day after day can get a little tiresome, which is why you might like to spice your daily walk up with some barkour. The canine version of the sport of parkour, this essentially allows you to turn the urban environment into your pet's very own agility course.

It's a paw-some way to add an extra physical and mental workout into your dog's daily routine, so here's what you need to do.

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Vet check-up
The first thing you should do before trying this high-impact activity is make sure your dog is physically capable of participating. Strenuous exercise can place unnecessary stress on a growing puppy's joints and bones, so you may want to check with your vet to make sure it's okay for your pooch to give barkour a go.
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Train the basics
You can now start training basic barkour skills whenever you're out for a walk. For example, you might want your dog to jump onto benches, crawl under railings, weave in and out of bollards, or jump from one low wall to another. You'll need to show your pooch exactly what you want them to do and repeat a verbal cue that they'll come to associate with different activities -- remember to offer a treat whenever they do as you ask. Just make sure not to ask them to tackle something too difficult, and never put your pet at risk of injury.
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Practice makes perfect
You can now work a little barkour into your daily walk whenever you feel like it. Your pint-sized pooch will love the chance to burn off a little extra energy, and you'll have a paw-some time watching your little athlete strut their stuff.
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Charity Fundraising Walk

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Any Day
Moderate
Easy
1 - 2 hrs
Items needed
Leash
Activity description

There are thousands of wonderful animal welfare charities right across the United States that work tirelessly to improve the lives of pets in need. We all like to help out a worthy cause when we can, and if we can have a bit of fun while doing so -- well, all the better. 

The fundraising dog walk is a staple activity for tons of charities across the country, so why not help out a good cause and sign up for a walk near you? You'll be raising money and awareness, you'll get some exercise and have fun with your pet, and you'll get to meet lots of other dog lovers and their pooches as well.

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Find a walk
Check out local events calendars and animal welfare charities in your area to see if there are any dog walks coming up. When you find one that's suitable, register yourself and your pooch and start asking if any of your family and friends would like to sponsor you. You can also check out the route and see whether there's any other pet-themed entertainment happening on the day.
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Get moving
When the big day arrives, leash up your pooch and head to the appointed starting point. Then, all you have to do is make your way around the course at whatever pace you like. You can run or jog to work up a bit of a sweat, or just take the time to enjoy taking a stroll with your pooch. You'll probably meet plenty of other dog lovers and their furry friends along the way, while many of these walks end with a day-long festival with heaps of fun games and activities for pets and their owners.
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Doggy Toy Swap

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Any Day
Free
Easy
30 min
Items needed
Toys
Cleaning supplies
Activity description

Has your dog grown tired of their toys? Would your Jack Tzu jump for joy if all their toys were suddenly replaced by an array of new and interesting toys? 

Well, you could always rush out to the pet store and spend big money on your credit card, but why would you do that when you can arrange a doggy toy swap with one of your pet's doggy friends? This is a simple and fun way to mix things up for your pooch and give them a little bit of mental stimulation.

It's also pretty simple to organize, so here's what you need to do.

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Find a swap partner
Take a few minutes to think about your dog's furry friends -- which one of them has the most similar playing style to your pet? For example, some dogs love any toys that can be used for a game of fetch, while others will love nothing more than chewing. When you've found a suitable pooch, give their owner a call and ask if they'd be interested in a toy swap.
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Clean your pet's toys
Chances are your pooch doesn't wipe down their toys after each use, so now it's time to gather all their toys together for cleaning. Wiping them with a damp cloth or scrubbing them with warm, soapy water should do the trick, and it's a very important step in terms of hygiene.
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Swap
Arrange a time to meet up with your fellow dog owner and exchange all your toys. This is also a grrr-eat excuse to organize a puppy playdate, so why not treat your furry friends to some playtime? Then, when you get your pet home, watch as they discover that they've got a whole new box of toys to play with!
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More Fun Ideas...

Go to a Drive-in Movie

Treat your pet to a night in front of the silver screen by taking them to a drive-in movie. You and your canine pal can snuggle up together, eat some tasty snacks and watch a paw-some pet-themed film.

Pooch Party

Spoil your furry friend by throwing them a birthday party and inviting all their canine pals. All the doggy guests can play games, eat dog-friendly cake and generally have a grrr-eat time.

Conclusion

With these furrific activities in your bag of tricks, you should be well on your way to providing plenty of variety, excitement and interest for your furry friend every day. And when you put in the time and effort required to have as much fun and interaction with your Jack Tzu as possible, you'll be rewarded with your pet's never-ending love and devotion.