Activities For Peke-A-Boos

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Introduction

Crossing a Pekingese with a Bolognese creates the energetic and loving Peke-a-Boo dog breed. Just as their name implies, this small breed enjoys games and mental challenges. They make for flawless apartment dogs as they don't require an extensive amount of daily exercise. 

From their Pekingese parent breed, the Peke-a-Boo inherits distinctive physical traits including a noticeable under-bite and short coat. From the Bolognese, your Peke-a-Boo is likely to be graced with a friendly demeanor and temperament, making them "pawfect" family dogs. Like most small breeds, however, the Peke-a-Boo can respond aggressively if handled incorrectly, so supervision is always recommended with young children! Though they do enjoy moderate exercise, the Peke-a-Boo is an easy breed to maintain. Short, brisk walks and outings are some the many activities you can explore with your energetic companion. 

Beach Day

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Sunny Day
Free
Easy
2 - 3 hrs
Items needed
Dog Toys
Fresh Drinking Water
Towels
Activity description

Taking your Peke-a-Boo to the beach is one activity they're sure to enjoy as they don't do well in hot weather. Taking walks in the heat can cause your pup's temperature to rise, which can be extremely uncomfortable for them. That's why the beach is ideal. Walking by a large body of water will prevent any overheating, because they have the "oppawtunity" to dive in and cool down.

The only requirements for this activity is finding a dog-friendly beach within a convenient distance for the two of you to visit. Pack up the car and make it a whole day adventure, by bringing lots of drinking water, snacks and an umbrella or tent to give your pooch access to shade at all times. Lounge on the beach or swim in the water, depending on how you and your Peke-a-Boo are feeling. 

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Finding a beach
To find a beach, hop online and look for a location close by that's dog-friendly. If you know your community and you have a municipal beach, that’s one "pawssibility." If beaches aren't an option, try out a quarry, conservation area or river if that's more convenient. What's "impawtant" is having a cool body of water for your pooch to take a refreshing dip in. Once you know where you’re going, brush up on the rules and regulations. It’s likely you will need to bring your pup on leash and of course, tidy up after them.
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Packing for the day
When you pack, consider how long you plan to stay at the beach. A short visit or beach walk may warrant only a few supplies, such as a leash and waste bag. If you live within walking distance to the beach, take advantage of your ability to take daily walks. If you visit less frequently, pack up your car and make the most of your day together. Bring snacks, refreshments, towels and something for shade.
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Monitoring your Peke-a-Boo
Always monitor your pup when visiting the beach, especially if it’s an extremely hot and sunny day. Having some form of shade, such as an umbrella, is ideal for the two of you. If your pup appears to be hot and tired, use treats or carry them to the water to cool off. Always monitor your pup to ensure they’re having as much fun as you, and if they appear to be ready to escape the heat, pack up and head home!
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Speeding Up Your Walk

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Any Day
Free
Normal
10 - 15 min
Items needed
Leash
Activity description

Speed walking is a "grrreat" activity for your Peke-a-Boo because it's quick and easy while still giving the two of you a good workout. Speed walking is very similar to a normal walk, except you take away stop-and-sniff breaks as well as bathroom breaks. You can do these activities prior to beginning your walk, but the purpose of a speed walk is to move at a constant, quick pace, without breaks.

Though this is something that may take your Peke-a-Boo some time to master, it's an effective activity for working their cardio while concurrently challenging their obedience. Maintaining a routine and practicing your quickened pace regularly is one way for your pooch to catch on swiftly. 

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Preparing for your walk
To prepare for your speed walk, you could begin by bringing your pooch outside and to a place where they can use the bathroom. As soon as they've done their business, you can dive into the activity. Keep them on leash so the transition is smooth and soon they will learn as soon as they're done, it's time to focus for the walk. You may also choose to wait until the end of your walk for the break -- whatever you do, be consistent.
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Establishing a pace
Keeping your Peke-a-Boo's leash manners in check, walk at a quickened pace. It's important your pooch remains at your side while walking, so they don't lag behind and try to take breaks. Establishing and maintaining a consistent pace is essential for instilling a routine in your pup. Note that if your pup is overweight, suffers from a chronic illness or is elderly, you don't want to push them too hard, which is why consulting your vet prior to completing the activity is recommended.
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Creating a routine
Whether you decide to speed walk daily or spontaneously throughout the week, practicing the activity regularly will lead to the establishment of a routine. Having a routine is important as your pooch will learn your expectations and excel at the activity.
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Doggie Spa Day

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Any Day
Moderate
Normal
1 - 2 hrs
Items needed
Nail Clippers
Brush (Pin or Slicker)
Shampoo
Comfortable Bedding
Dog-Friendly Nail Polish
Towel
Activity description

What better way to celebrate your Peke-a-Boo than pampering them at home in a do-it-yourself spa setting? As Peke-a-Boos are satisfied with lounging around, this activity is a “pawfect” way to enhance their relaxation. 

Search your house for useful items you already have before heading out to the pet store. Ideal ways to enhance your pup's experience is by satisfying their senses. A diffuser and essential oils coupled with soothing music is one way to set the mood. Having products on hand for a luscious wash is another idea. Once your spa is ready to go, grab your Peke-a-Boo and start pampering! 

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Choosing your activities
Decide on the types of activities you want to provide for your Peke-a-Boo so you can set up your at-home salon. Some ideas include: giving your pooch a refreshing wash coupled with a brush down and petting massage; diffusing calming essential oils such as lavender to enhance their comfort; creating a warm and comfortable resting area for relaxation after the spa treatment; trimming nails; and nail polishing. When massaging, focus on your pup's head and shoulders, and when selecting essential oils, beware there are oils that are toxic to dogs which must be avoided.
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Preparing the salon
For starters, you want to set up your salon in a comfortable location where you can complete all your pampering activities. If you have access to a large bathroom, this could be the spot for any washing activities, with your comforting activities set up in a separate room. A garage or outdoor space could also be used, depending on what’s accessible to you. You’ll want to have all your supplies in the right places and areas set up before bringing in your pup in. Creating the atmosphere and setting the mood should be fun, be creative and keep your pup's interests in mind.
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Visiting the spa
Start off your Peke-a-Boo's visit by bringing them in and giving them a warm bath and wash. Follow up your bath with a pedicure, where you may even choose to use a dog-safe nail polish to enhance their appearance. After their pedicure, give them a relaxing massage in their comfortable sleeping area you prepared. During the process, have lavender diffusing and calming music playing to satisfy all your pooch’s senses.
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Drive-In Movie Date

Peke-a-Boos are known for their affectionate and cuddly behavior which is why taking them out for a night at the drive-in is a "grrreat" activity to do together! Bring along snacks and blankets to make the most of your experience at the movies!

Obedience Training

As the Peke-a-Boo can be a independent and somewhat stubborn breed, being a strong leader is important to maintaining control over your pup. Obedience training will reinforce compliance and work your Peke-a-Boo mentally. Use plenty of "pawsitive" reinforcement and treats to encourage behavioral responses to commands.

Conclusion

Without a doubt, the Peke-a-Boo is a loving and affectionate petite pooch who needs only a moderate amount of exercise. As a result, they’re ideal for apartment living and older couples looking for a cuddly companion. Peke-a-Boos are content with relaxing throughout the day, but finding ways to stimulate them mentally and physically is important to maintaining good health.

Explore your outdoor options together such as by spending a day at the beach, or speed walking through your community. You can also make the most of your time together by turning your home into a doggie spa for the day, and treating your Peke-a-Boo like never before. It’s always a good idea to introduce obedience training at a young age so your pooch learns their role in the pack, and you can begin command training after they’re 8 weeks old! Spending a night at the movies is another way to add excitement to a Friday night. Whether cuddling, moving, or playing, there’s a variety of ways to spend your day with your Peke-a-Boo!