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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.