Activities For Schnekingeses

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Introduction

While a Schnekingese is not the most natural breed to say or spell, its complication ends with its name. The type of dog itself, a mixture of Pekingese and Schnauzer, is a loving, easy going and fun dog that will suit families with older children, or professional couples in apartment buildings. Growing no larger than 20 pounds, they are also suitable for owners who have time for activities but not for hours at a time. However, the interest and attention span of your Schnekingese will wane over time, which means you need to have new activity options up your sleeve continually. If you’re stuck for ideas, these below may be of assistance. 

Obedience Training

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

Obedience training is essential for Schnekingeses, not because they are naughty dogs, but because they are hard work with socialization. With a high prey drive and even higher stress levels, you need to be able to socialize your pampered pooch from a young age to ensure they will play nicely with both humans and dogs of all ages. As soon as you bring your Schnekingese puppy home, book them into a training facility or puppy school. This all-weather activity can be quite expensive, but as you only need a leash and treats to start, it’s a small price to pay for what can set your dog up for life with an even temperament. Take the time now to review your options and get training underway.  

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Choose a type
When it comes to training your dog, you have two options. You can either choose a puppy school, which is suitable for dogs between eight weeks and six months old, or you can take them to an obedience training facility at any age. If you want to give your puppy the best start to life with early socialization, you may find that a puppy school is an excellent option. Right from the beginning, you can surround them with other dogs of the same age but different sizes, showing them it’s okay to have larger and smaller friends than themselves, and that they aren’t a threat.
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Training with patience
When you are training your dog as a puppy, you will find they can pick up the necessary early skills quickly. Both Pekingese and Schnauzers are intelligent, which means that you won’t have any problem getting them to understand. However, they do have a short attention span. As a result, don’t forget to bring plenty of treats with you, while learning how to be patient and offer a firm and guiding hand.
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Practice at home
Training doesn’t end when you leave the teaching facility. Instead, you need to carry it on at home by reiterating all the new skills they learned. Sit, stay, and come are the most vital, and alongside socialization, are skills you need to keep repeating over and over again. Once you leave the routine of a puppy school or training facility, remember to keep meeting up with new dogs to reiterate the social aspect of training too.
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Fetch

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Cheap
Easy
20 min
Items needed
Toy
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Fetch can be an excellent activity for a small dog such as a Schnekingese because it’s something they can play inside and outside. While you wouldn’t play Fetch inside with a Great Dane, it’s more of a valid option with a 20-pound dog. As a result, this game is an all-weather or rainy-day activity that is very affordable and only takes 20 minutes of your time. Purchase a cheap toy from the pet store, clear an area in your home or yard, and let them run amuck so that they can settle down and relax afterward while you carry on with errands and chores. 

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Buy a toy
The best toy for fetch is one that has aerodynamic components, grabs a dog’s attention, but is hard to destroy. There are many options on offer – both online and at pet stores – that fly through the air well but aren’t a toy you would leave alone with your dog for them to nibble and destroy. When you buy a new toy for fetch, consider how easy it will be for your small dog to carry and bite as well.
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Clear an area
If you live in an apartment building with your Schnekingese, you will no doubt already have plenty of dog-safe spaces in your home. However, if you are playing fetch as a rainy-day activity, you will need to clear an area of obstacles and things they can break. A hallway or a living room clear of clutter may tick all the boxes. Bear in mind, because your Schnekingese has small legs, they won’t need to run far to burn off energy anyway.
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Play the game
To play fetch, all you need to do is throw the toy into the area you previously cleared, then encourage your dog to go collect the toy. Because Schnekingeses have short legs, this may take a while. When they bring it back, throw it again, and repeat this process until their little bodies tire. Usually, you can exhaust your little pup within 20 minutes to half an hour of intense exercise.
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Laser Games

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Rainy Day
Cheap
Easy
30 min
Items needed
Laser light
Activity description

If you live in an apartment complex, have limited time, or it’s raining outside, then you will need to think outside the square when it comes to choosing activities to play with your Schnekingese. While they don’t need a lot of physical exertion, an hour broken into smaller increments per day is going to be a recommendation. Therefore, laser games can be of assistance. Schenkingeses have a high prey drive, which means that a small red light running across the floor is going to evoke a lot of excitement. It’s a fun, all-weather activity for your furry friend that won’t break the bank but will kill half an hour. 

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Buy a laser
If you are planning on playing laser light games with your dog, it’s crucial to select a device that’s going to be suitable for your dog. There is a vast range of laser lights on the market, but you may find it’s in your best interests to buy one from a vet or pet store. Vets and store owners consider these models to be safe for pets but pay attention to the safety advice on the packaging for use.
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Laser fun
Playing with laser lights is straightforward. Clear an area in a poorly lit area of your home then run the device’s beam along the floor. Before long, your dog (and even your cat if you have one), will see the light and chase it. After half an hour, all that cardio will have them yawning and ready for bed in no time.
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Walk

A straightforward and effortless activity that will benefit both you and your pampered pooch is a walk. Whether it’s a quick 20-minute walk or one that takes an hour, both you and your dog will enjoy the time you spend together. Because of your pups’ high prey drive, however, make sure you walk them on a leash at all times.

Car Ride

If you’re popping out to the shops or on a Sunday drive with your loved ones, don’t leave your dog at home. Schnekingeses love to hang out with their owners, and if it involves time in the car, then it’s a win-win. Clip on their seatbelt harness to keep them securely in place then take them on a journey with you. However, if you don’t have air conditioning and the temperatures are skyrocketing, leave them at home with shelter and fresh water instead. 

Conclusion

Schnekingeses may be a challenging breed to say and spell, but they are going to become your best friend in no time – and are in no way as complicated as their name suggests. They may bark at strangers and have trouble with young children, but they are the perfect companion for older couples or families who don’t mind including them in their daily activities. And, if you include some pawesome activities such as these above, you will have no trouble keeping them entertained and out of trouble.