Activities For Schipeses

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Introduction

If you have a small backyard, not a lot of space, or you live in an apartment, then it’s no wonder you own a Schipese. As a Maltese and Schipperke designer breed, this small and bouncy dog is suitable for any kind of property. What’s more, even though they have big grooming requirements, they have small requirements for exercise. Rather than spend chunks of your time running them, walking them, and wearing them out, you can break their play time up throughout the day. However, coming up with fun and stimulating activities for your Schipese can be hard. If you are finding it a challenge to keep them entertained, take note of the activities below. 

Obedience Training

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Any Day
Moderate
Normal
1 hr
Items needed
Leash
Treat
Activity description

When you first bring your Schipese home as a puppy, you will quickly learn these small fluffy dynamo dogs like to be in charge. They can be stubborn, try to be the pack leader, and only sometimes do as you tell them if they can’t find something better to do. Therefore, it’s a good idea to book them in for obedience training sooner rather than later. At obedience training, which you can do at an all-weather facility, your pet can learn the basic commands, as well as how to become a well-socialized and well-rounded pooch. While it does cost a moderate amount of money, it only takes an hour of your time a week for around six or eight weeks. 

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Book a trainer
As a pet owner, you must decide whether you want to hire a trainer for your dog or attend puppy school. Between the ages of eight weeks old and six months, you may find a puppy school is in their best interests. They can learn along with other dogs of similar ages, as well as benefit from early dog-to-dog socialization. However, if your Schipese is a little older, you may see the benefit of seeing a dog trainer in a separate facility.
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Train
Once you have identified a trainer, it’s time to go to training. You will need a leash and treat to help, but you are sure to find that positive reinforcement and a firm hand can help your Schipese learn far quicker. At the facility, your pup can learn how to sit, stay, and come back to you when you call them.
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Practice
Practice makes perfect, and it’s crucial that you continue training at home. While your dog’s trainer can get the ball rolling, it’s up to you to keep teaching at home so that your dog remembers what you expect of them. Before long, they will be able to sit, stay, and listen to you with far better ears than they did before.
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Swimming

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Hot Day
Free
Easy
30 min
Items needed
Towel
Toy
Activity description

While the Maltese breed is less of a water dog, the Schipperke is all about the water. Used on boats with skippers, they are a dog that is more than happy to spend their days on ships and in the water. Therefore, when you mix the two dog types, you get a breed that enjoys playing in rivers, lakes, and pools on hot days. If you have half an hour on a beautiful sunny day, consider adding a pool to your backyard or taking your dog for a swim. This free and easy activity requires minimal effort for a maximum amount of fun. 

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Swimming options
Given the small size of the Schipese, at between nine and 12 inches in height, you have plenty of opportunities for where to allow your dog to have fun in the water. You can set up a paddling pool at home, take them to a watering hole, or even your local beach. If you set up a pool in your backyard, however, you don’t have to worry about having a wet and soggy dog in your car!
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Play in the water
Whether you decided to leave the house or play in your yard, you will find your dog will have endless fun when you include a toy into the mix. Throw the toy into the pool then wait for them to retrieve it. The best part is, the endless backward and forward into the water will see them tire out quicker than you would expect.
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Dog Park

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Sunny Day
Free
Easy
1 hr
Items needed
Leash
Doggy waste bag
Toy
Activity description

If you are looking for a free and easy activity that won’t take up a lot of your time, then a trip to the dog park is an excellent idea. For the most part, Schipeses are a social breed. They play well with others but are not tolerant of teasing or tail pulling from humans. However, with dogs, it can be another story entirely. By incorporating trips to the dog park into your pampered pooch’s routine from a young age, you are ensuring they get adequate socialization when it’s most crucial. What’s more, it takes only an hour out of your day, and you need to bring a leash and toy. 

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Find a park
Because of how small your Schipese is, it’s in your best interests to find a dog park that caters to the smaller dog variety. While there’s no denying that larger dogs will be as eager to play as your furry friend is, their size can be their downfall when it comes to rough play. Therefore, talk to friends, family, and look online to find a dog park that separates the dogs by size as opposed to having one big free area.
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Go play
If you have found a park that ticks all the boxes, it’s time to grab your dog’s leash and a toy and head out to play. When you first bring them to the enclosure, let them sniff around on the lead before you unclip them. It’s a good idea to give them time to familiarize themselves with their surroundings and the other dogs first. Then, when they have taken in all the sights and sounds, you can unclip them and let them play for an hour or more.
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Walk

Because Schipeses have such low activity requirements, you will find that even a brisk stroll around the block is enough to cater to their needs. In fact, 20 minutes to half an hour is ample to give them the stimulation they require for that time of day. You can even take them for an hour-long walk in total but split it up into three 20-minute strolls. 

Fetch

On a rainy day, or if you live in an apartment, you will find that fetch is a great way to help your pooch burn off energy. All you need to do is clear obstacles in your home then throw your dog’s favorite toy while they retrieve it. After 20 minutes or so, you will find their short burst of energy is over, and they’re ready to nap again. 

Conclusion

Schipeses are fun-loving, energetic little dogs that will think you’re pawesome no matter what stimulation you give them. However, if you want the best bang for your buck while giving them the time of their lives, try any of these activities above. Before you know it, they’ll be curling up in a ball by your feet after wearing themselves out with fun games.