Activities For Pekarins

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Introduction

A cross between the Pekingese and the Cairn Terrier, the Pekarin is a small dog with a big heart. These friendly and active little canines love human company and are always looking for excuses to have some fun with their people.

So if you're the proud owner of a Pekarin, you'll no doubt be well aware of the importance of giving your dog all the attention, exercise and mental stimulation they need. To ensure that your dog gets all of these requirements in abundance, why not treat your furry friend to as many new games, outings, boredom busters and adventures as possible?

To get you started, here are three grrr-eat activities your Pekarin will love.

Pup Crawl

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Any Day
Moderate
Easy
2 - 4 hrs
Items needed
Leash
Treats
Water bowl
Activity description

If you're keen to enjoy some weekend socializing with friends, sometimes it's hard to beat a good old-fashioned pub crawl. Good company, a lazy Saturday afternoon and a few refreshing beverages -- what more could you possibly want?

Your dog to join you and your friends every step of the way, of course! A dog-friendly pup crawl is a grrr-eat way to have a wonderful time with your closest friends and include your pooch in all the fun as well.

Your dog will love being able to accompany you rather than being left at home, and there'll be plenty of new sights, smells and experiences for them to enjoy.

They'll also get to meet other canines along the way, so here's how to plan the paw-fect pup crawl.

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Plan your route
Okay, so pub crawls are pretty relaxed affairs where you usually just take things as they come, but a little planning is needed if you're bringing your pup along for the ride. Do some research to find out which pubs in your hometown or city welcome dogs -- and when we say "welcome", are they well and truly dog-friendly or do they expect you and your furry friend to sit at a table so far from the venue itself that you have to dodge passing cars? Once you've found a list of suitable venues, sit down to plan out a rough route.
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Invite your friends (and their dogs)
The next step is to line up all your dog-owning friends who are keen to join you for an afternoon of fun. So send some messages, make some calls and chat to your buddies at the dog park to find out who would like to bring their dog along for a pup crawl. Then it’s simply a matter of choosing a date, nominating a starting time and arranging where to meet.
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Have fun
We don’t really need to tell you how to enjoy yourself on a pub crawl, but make sure your dog is having a good time as well. Check that your dog is comfortable and has somewhere shaded to stretch out wherever you go. Do they have sufficient water? Are they comfortable with their surroundings and getting on well with the other dogs? Take some treats to reward your dog for good behavior, and be sure to keep moving on to new venues to prevent boredom setting in for any of the canine participants. Other than that, there’s nothing left to do but have fun!
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Training While Walking

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Any Day
Free
Easy
30 min
Items needed
Leash
Treats
Activity description

Taking your dog for a walk is one of the simplest and most effective ways to exercise your Pekarin. Not only does it give them a physical workout, but they also get the mental stimulation of exploring different sights and smells along the way. Best of all, they get to spend time with you.

But walks can get a little boring and repetitive, especially if you just follow the same old route every day, so this activity is a paw-some way to mix things up a bit. By working short and sharp training sessions into your daily walks, you'll give your Pekarin an added mental workout and improve their behavior at the same time. Here are three simple training games to try on your next walk.

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Stop and go
This is a pretty basic game that asks you to do exactly as the name suggests. At random times throughout the walk, tell your dog to stop and sit. Reward them with a treat for doing so, but then tell them to stay in position for 30 seconds or so, only moving off when you tell them it's okay to do so. This will teach your dog that you are in control of the walk, and help them get used to listening to you even when there are a lot of other distractions around.
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Follow the leader
Tired of your dog pulling on the leash, trying to drag you this way and that whenever you're out for a walk? Follow the leader is a grrr-eat way to combat this. It's best played in a large, grassy area such as a park, and the basic aim is simply to never walk quite where your dog wants you to go. Instead, you can veer in a slightly different direction to the one your dog is heading in -- they'll need to be paying close attention in order to stay by your side.
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Trick training
Your daily walk is also the ideal time to introduce your dog to the basics of trick training. For example, let's say you want to teach your dog how to shake paws. To do this, you can interrupt your walk by asking your dog to sit, then holding your hand out at knee level. They may try to sniff it or lick it at first, but should eventually paw at it. When they do, shake their paw and reward them with a treat. Before too long, they'll be able to shake hands on cue.
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Stair Ball

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Any Day
Free
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15 min
Items needed
Toy or ball
Activity description

Every dog owner will be well and truly familiar with the classic canine game of fetch, but this activity adds an extra level of difficulty to this popular pastime. You can play it in any weather, but it's an especially useful activity to have up your sleeve for one of those rainy days where the weather outside is miserable but your Pekarin desperately needs to burn off some energy.

The basic premise of the game is simple: a game of fetch, but with the added challenge that your dog has to climb the stairs to retrieve a ball/toy. It works best if you have a two-story house, but you can also play it in any park that features a set of stairs and welcomes off-leash dogs.

Here's how to play.

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Throw
Grab your dog's favorite toy or ball and get them to join you at the bottom of the stairs. With your dog sitting at your feet, throw their toy up to the top of the stairs and tell your pooch to "go fetch". Your pooch will then race up the stairs to hunt down the item.
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Retrieve
After tracking down the toy or ball, your pooch will then happily bring it back down the stairs to you. (Make sure your stairs aren't overly slippery, as the last thing you want is to cause your dog an injury.) When they get back downstairs, encourage your dog to relinquish the toy at your feet -- some dogs will require a bit of coaxing to do this.
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Repeat
If you're playing inside, you might want to give the ball or toy a quick dry with an old towel to prevent slobber flying everywhere the next time you throw it. You can then repeat steps 1 and 2 a few (or several) times until your dog either starts to show signs of fatigue or just grows tired of the game altogether. When all is said and done, you should have one very tired and happy pooch on your hands.
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More Fun Ideas...

Halloween Pet Parade

Let your pooch be the center of attention this Halloween and enter them in a Halloween pet parade. It's fun, a paw-some way to spend some quality time with your dog, and you get to dress them up in whatever adorable costume you choose!

Puppy Paw-ty

Spoil your furry friend by throwing them a birthday party and inviting all their best canine pals to join in the fun. Make sure to set up some fun games and bake a dog-friendly cake for all the four-legged guests to enjoy.

Conclusion

Your Pekarin won't do well if they're just left all alone in a backyard all day long. These dogs need lots of mental stimulation, exercise and, most importantly, love from their humans to stay as happy and healthy as possible. 

The good news is that the activities listed here are a great starting point. Use them to add more fun and excitement into your dog's life, and then continue searching for new and interesting ways to entertain your furry friend. Trust us -- your pooch will love you all the more for making the effort.