Activities For Schapsos

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Introduction

One of the best hybrid breeds for families or seniors looking for a sweet companion is the Schapso, a cross between a Lhasa Apso and a Miniature Schnauzer. Though this small-dog breed is new, they make perfect companions for a variety of folks looking for a nice dog to brighten their lives.  The activities for Schapsos are endless, from walks around the block to small games of fetch and napping on the couch, your Schapso will be ready for most activities with you or your family.

Walk in the Park

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Sunny Day
Free
Easy
30 mins
Items needed
Leash
Activity description
Though Schapsos are small, they still need daily activity, just like you. A walk in the park is the perfect activity for you and your pup to stretch your legs and enjoy some fresh air. Turning your walk into a daily routine will reinforce a schedule for your dog and make sure that they are healthy and happy. Many parks have wonderful trails and paths for walking, and you can even vary your walks if you live close to a few different parks. Make sure you bring a sturdy leash and poop bags to clean up after your dog, and you'll both be ready for a stroll morning, evening, or both.
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Pick your Park
Find the perfect park close to you to take your Schapso walking. You want a path that's the right length for your stroll and that has nice trees and scenery. You can look for parks on your city's website or search for reviews from other people.
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Leash up
Once you know where to go, it's time to venture out with your dog. Make sure you attach the leash to their collar before they get out of the car or house, and head out. Pay attention to the time and how your dog is feeling. If it's a hot day, make sure they don't get over heated and bring plenty of water.
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Set a goal
Once you have a walking routine down, set a goal to help you continue to get outside. Try to go on 30 walks in 30 days or set your sights on walking three days per week for the summer. Mark off each successful walk on a calendar and celebrate when you reach your goal.
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Family Picnic

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Sunny Day
Cheap
Easy
2 hrs
Items needed
Leash
Blanket
Bowl for water
Picnic lunch for the family
Activity description
On long summer days pack up the family and your pup and head outside for an old-fashioned family picnic. This is one of the best activities for Schapsos and their families during the summer break when everyone wants to be outside and play. Schapsos make great family dogs and will fit right into this relaxed family togetherness. Because they don't need to release too much energy, they will be happy to play a little game of fetch and then hang out with you and nap on the picnic blanket while everyone eats their lunch.
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Pack for success
While packing for the family picnic can often be a complicated task, packing for your pup will feel like a breeze. Fill a small backpack with a blanket for your dog, a few toys, some treats, a bowl for water, and a leash. Make sure the bag makes it into the car with rest of the picnic supplies.
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Designate a spot
When you get to your picnic area, designate a spot for your dog right away. Whether it's by the picnic table or right on the blanket with you, make sure they have a spot they can rest when they are tired. A shady area is best and will enable you and your cute pup to enjoy the outdoors while keeping cool.
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Play and rest
Make sure your dog gets enough play and rest throughout the picnic. They will love romping with the kids and playing fetch for a while, but Schapsos are moderate energy dogs, and they may need time to themselves to sleep and recharge in the spot you created for them.
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Obstacle course

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Rainy Day
Free
Normal
30 mins
Items needed
Treats
Chairs, stools
Broom
Activity description
On rainy days it can be hard to keep children and their dogs occupied. If you are looking for rainy day activities for Schapsos, look no further than your living room. You and your family can create an obstacle course for your pup with things laying around the house. This will entertain the family, and make sure your dog gets plenty of mental and physical exercise to keep them happy. You can set up a chair the dog must go under, a stool they need to hop on top of, and prop up a broomstick as a jump. Let your imagination go wild. This is a great training activity for your dog and the perfect way to occupy a rainy day.
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Set up
Collect items from around the house that will work to create an obstacle course for your dog. Keep their size and energy level in mind. Stools are great for jumping on, chairs are perfect for crawling under. Use your imagination and set up a great course.
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Teach the ropes
Begin by teaching your dog how you want them to maneuver each obstacle. Use treats to lure them into a crawl and use previous commands like sit or stay. Use a broom as a low object to hurdle. Each time they figure out the obstacle, give them lots of praise and treats.
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Time trial
When your dog understands each obstacle and what you expect, put all the pieces together for a timed run through. Get your pup excited and run through the obstacles as fast as you can, making sure your dog finishes each one properly. Challenge your family members to see who can be the fastest.
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Fetch

Schapsos love to chase balls and play fetch with their toys. You can play inside or outside if the weather is nice. It's a good idea to purchase a ball that is made for small dogs so they have an easier time catching it and bringing it back. Fetch is a classic way to get your dog some exercise and for you to bond with your dog.

Training class

Sign your Schapso up for an advanced training or tricks class. This hybrid breed is known for being clever and a quick learner, so challenging them to learn some new tricks is a fantastic way to bond and keep them entertained. You can look for classes at your local pet store or dog trainer.

Conclusion

The combination of a Lhasa Apso and a Miniature Schnauzer create the perfect pet for busy families, apartment dwellers, and senior citizens. However, these little dogs still need exercise for their minds and bodies, just like big dogs. These activities for Schapsos will surely keep your pup in shape and out of trouble. Though they love to go on walks and run after balls, their favorite activity will be hanging out with you and your family, so be sure to make time for lots of love and cuddles.