Activities For King Charles Yorkies

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Introduction

The King Charles Yorkie is a delightfully pint-sized pup who descends from the regal Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and the spirited Yorkshire Terrier. This designer breed is primarily a companion dog, though many have found success in therapy work. This breed has shown a tendency to exhibit signs of "small dog syndrome", a generalized term for anxious, aggressive, or excitable behaviors that small breeds display when faced with overwhelming sensory experiences (such as being around large groups of people). 

Owners and trainers of this breed should spend plenty of time working with this breed on their confidence and manners in social settings from an early age. We've compiled a list of plenty of activities to keep your King Charles Yorkie busy and social all year round.

Check out the Drive-In

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Sunny Day
Cheap
Easy
2 - 3 hrs
Items needed
Reflective harness (optional)
Doggy bags
Activity description

Dying to see the new sci-fi movie but don't have a sitter for Spot? A change of venue may be just what your pack needs! Drive-in movies are an inclusive and inexpensive option for large families (with and without pets), besides allowing you to enjoy an awesome movie in the comfort of your SUV. Drive-ins are also known for having tail-waggin' good chow, so make sure you hit the snack bar before the credits roll. Don't get the grub too early though; Fido very well might get their tummy full and snooze the whole movie away!

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Work on manners
Barking doesn't add anything to the movie plot, though it may be hard to convince Fido otherwise. Social situations can sometimes trigger excessive barking, growling, or excitement in small breeds such as the King Charles Yorkie, especially if there are hundreds of people around them. It may be necessary to work with your pup on social interactions and following commands (even with distractions) before hitting the drive-in.
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Pack a bag
You won't need many things for a drive-in adventure, but you'll definitely need to bring doggy bags. Another great addition to the doggy bag is reflective leashes and harnesses. Though they aren't required, reflective gear will aid motorists' ability to see you and your dog, should Fido need to take a potty break during the show. You'll want to throw in some dog treats and treats for the HHIC (Head Humans in Charge) to snack on if your drive-in doesn't serve food -- coolers with ice, water, and sodas is never a bad idea either. Always bring cash to a drive-in. Some take credit but its always good to be on the safe side.
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Take an Obedience Class

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Any Day
Moderate
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30 - 60 min
Items needed
Leash
Activity description

King Charles Yorkies benefit from obedience classes for several reasons besides simply learning their "manners". Obedience classes are a great op-paw-tunity for dogs who don't ordinarily get time with other dogs to meet some friends and learn how to be polite in doggy social settings. Obedience training could actually save your dog's life in certain situations where the dog needs to practice recall to avoid a threat (such as another animal or motorist). Classes can get pretty expensive so you may want to shop around and read reviews before you commit to one facility.

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Socialize your dog first
Before you go signing Fifi up for puppy school, you'll need to handle a couple of things first. For starters, all the puppies will need to get their shots; this will protect both them and their peers. Once the painful part is out of the way, you can start on the fun stuff -- socialization. Paw-sitive dog and human interactions are crucial for this breed, so try to get your pup out and about as early as you safely can.
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Work with Fido at home
If you leave the dog training at the obedience class, your dog probably won't exhibit those newly-learned behaviors at home. Be consistent -- we can't stress this enough -- it may sound cheesy, but repetition and praise are what works! A few treats now and then don't hurt the learning process either.
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Doggy Dinner Date

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Any Day
Cheap
Easy
1 hr
Items needed
Leash
Water
Waste bags
Activity description
Going out to eat is another non-physical activity that encourages positive interactions with other humans. Besides being a great way to meet two-legged friends, it's also delicious and doggone fun. Don't know if your dog is ready for a sit-down meal yet? Hit the drive-through for some foodies and enjoy a nice picnic in the park instead. We're pretty sure that this may be the King Charles Yorkie's favorite pick from this whole list! King Charles Yorkies are recommended to be on a diet of half a cup to a full cup of dry kibble a day, so don't let Fido go too hard on the takeout!
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Look for a patio
Often, places with outdoor dining will allow four-legged patrons. Though this isn't a hard and fast rule, a quick internet search can reveal some hot spots that you never would've known were dog-friendly. It's always a good thing to call ahead to double check that a restaurant has canine-friendly seating available. Some outdoor seating areas, paw-ticularly those that are open-air, close during rainy and inclement weather.
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Scout the menu
Once you've found potential dining joints to try with your pooch, try to look up their menu to see if they have canine-friendly menu options. Grilled chicken, carrots, potatoes, brown rice, and scrambled eggs are all delicious and nutritious options for most pups, though the possibilities are almost limitless. Never order your pup dishes with onions, chives, garlic, grapes, tomatoes, avocado, chocolate, caffeine, large amounts of sugar or salt, or nuts.
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Go Shopping

Since this breed is quite small, they often don't have the physical stamina for strenuous activities like long hikes and agility. One thing that they do have the stamina for is shopping. These little pups will shop till they drop with their owners and quite enjoy it! Paw-sitive social interactions are so important, because when this breed isn't socialized frequently, they sometimes develop "small dog syndrome."

Check out a Brewery

Nowadays, many breweries are going dog-friendly, with some also allowing well-behaved dogs in the tasting room. Just remember, even if you can't find a sit-down restaurant to enjoy with Fido, you can almost always hit one of these spots for craft brew and a canine-friendly time.

Conclusion

If it involves food, pets, or car rides, your King Charles Yorkie is probably down. Early socialization should be the goal of this breeds paw-rents. Getting your small dog used to both humans and other animals at an early age is super important to raising a well-rounded and happy pet.