Activities For Pekingeses

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Introduction

The Pekingese is truly a royal pooch! The breed was originally intended as a companion dog for the Chinese Imperial family. Known as the Lion Dog, a traditionally groomed Pekingese does resemble a little lion. Keep this in mind when choosing activities for the breed. Additionally, you'll want to ensure that whatever games and exercise you partake in will not cause this brachycephalic pup to become overly tired or too hot, as this short snout condition can cause the dog to experience breathing problems under those circumstances. Plan for exercise in short intervals several times a day. This spritely companion pooch will enjoy spending time with you in a number of activities.

Indoor Fun

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Any Day
Cheap
Normal
30 min
Items needed
chew toys
treats
Activity description
The Pekingese, due to their size, is happiest indoors. Therefore, you need to plan for activities which can be carried out indoors. Start your Pekingese puppy off with a game of hall ball (which is fetch only slowed down a bit). You can also play games such as hide and seek indoors, and you can make little "dig" centers for your sweet pooch to enjoy. You might bring in a few toys that also provide mental stimulation for your sweet Pekingese. Food puzzle toys will occupy your pooch for quite some time. Afterwards, you can enjoy a cuddle on the couch.
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Let's play fetch
Because the Pekingese is so small, you can play fetch indoors no matter how rambunctious the two of you get. However, when your furry friend is under twelve months of age, it is best to keep the fun low-impact. Start with hall ball. Simply roll the ball down the hallway and allow your buddy to scamper after it. After the one-year mark, you can toss the ball and let them run normally.
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Hide and seek
Hide and seek can be played in a great variety of ways. First, you can play hide and seek with treats. Let the pup watch as you "hide" treats, then encourage the Pekingese to find them. You yourself can become the object to find. Go into another room and call your pup, then add a bit of chase once they find you. Finally, you can hide treats under blankets or pillows and let Fido dig for them.
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Interactive toys
There are a number of great interactive toys that will stimulate your Pekingese's mind and occupy them for hours. Food puzzle toys are a reward within themselves. Place a treat or some small kibble inside and encourage your furry friend to get the reward out. Some interactive toys encourage play by making noise that no dog can resist.
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When in Doubt, Walk!

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Sunny Day
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30 min
Items needed
leash
waste pickup bags
Activity description
Walking in itself might seem rather boring, but, with your energetic Pekingese along for the stroll, boredom is the last thing you should expect. Walking is, in fact, the best exercise for the precocious Pekingese. You can walk around your neighborhood, taking time to meet and greet your neighbors. You can head over to the local park to take advantage of safe walking trails. You can also go to the dog park, while there you can let your Pekingese off-leash. They might enjoy being able to scamper as they please in the enclosed dog park. Sometimes, if you have a large yard, you might just walk and play there together.
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Stretch
You might be surprised to find that you can stretch prior to a walk with your dog. Have your pooch stand across from you. Gently take their left front paw and help your Pekingese to stretch out their muscles. Do the same with the right front paw. For your own stretches, sit down and extend your legs in front of you. From this position, reach for your pooch. This will benefit the both of you.
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Start slowly
You should begin walking your Pekingese outdoors after about sixteen weeks. This will ensure that your pooch has completed all vaccinations and any necessary booster shots. Begin by taking two or three ten-minute walks in your yard or in the neighborhood. Eventually, you can work up to two fifteen to twenty minute walking sessions per day.
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Use caution
Keep in mind that the Pekingese is a brachycephalic dog. This means that their snout is short, and breathing, at times, can be quite difficult for the dog. Extreme weather affects the Pekingese's breathing. This means that you should only walk the dog in the early evening or early morning hours. Furthermore, never let your Pekingese get too excited or overly tired during play. This can cause shortness of breath and could lead to more serious problems if the dog is not allowed to cool down right away.
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Fun Outdoor Games

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Sunny Day
Cheap
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30 min
Items needed
tennis ball
flirt pole
doggy disc
Activity description
Even though the Pekingese is a short-nosed dog, don't let this fact keep you from enjoying the great outdoors with your canine companion. Be mindful of the time of day that you go outside, and break up activities into short periods of time. You can engage in fun activities such as using the flirt pole (into which you can incorporate a game of chase). You can also throw the Frisbee around. In addition, you can play a traditional game of fetch with a tennis ball. Be sure to have plenty of water available while outdoors.
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Flirt pole
Never heard of a flirt pole? It resembles a fishing pole of sorts, and the premise is the same. You can purchase a flirt pole at a pet supply store, or you can make your own. Simply grab a dowel rod, tie craft string to the end, and attach a toy to the string. Use the flirt pole to "tease" your pooch into play. You can even get your dog to chase you while playing.
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Go fetch
The Pekingese will enjoy a rambunctious game of fetch with you. Grab a tennis ball (you might want to get a smaller tennis ball for your pint-sized pooch; these are available at pet supply stores). You can also purchase a doggy disc at your pet supply store. A doggy disc has more flexible sides (unlike the rigid Frisbee) which will not damage your dog's mouth.
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Involve the family
Get the whole family involved in playing with your Pekingese. Young children seem to have enough energy to match that of the Pekingese, so let them play together. You might also join in the game yourself! Develop a game of tag between the group at play. Call your pooch's name and get them to run to you. Then have another family member do the same. Again, watch for overexertion in your dog.
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Dog Park

The Pekingese will enjoy the socialization and activities offered at your local dog park. From agility courses to open walking tracks, your Pekingese will thank you for a fun outing at the park.

Grooming

Grooming your Pekingese between groomer visits can be a fun and relaxing activity for the two of you. However, begin the routine when the dog is young so that they are familiar with the process.

Conclusion

The Pekingese is a fun, active little dog who is adaptable to almost any activity in which you choose to participate. From your very own living room to the dog park, the Pekingese will find enjoyment in simply spending time with you. Remember to keep the dog from becoming overly tired, and keep lots of water handy.