Activities For Schnockers

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Introduction

Riddle time! What is cuddly, super-friendly and a lifelong friend? Give up? A Schnocker, of course! These playful dogs come in different sizes, but they will take up all the space in your heart. Schnockers were bred from two pure-bred families, the Cocker Spaniels, and the Miniature Schnauzers, and they are too cute for words. They love having company and get excited about the smallest things. These are endearing qualities, but if they are left unchecked, they will resort to destructive boredom. The only way to prevent puppy terror is by keeping your dog busy. Don't worry, we have a few ideas to help you out.

Lick Away

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Hot Day
Free
Easy
30 min
Items needed
Freezer
Dish
Water
Dog Toy
Activity description
Summertime is a fun time. It means time for your summer wardrobe, days by the pool and hours spent by the beach, depending on how hot it is. Summer also means desperate searches for iced drinks, hours spent underneath an air-conditioner on full blast and trying to prevent sweat stains. Sure, summer is fun, but it has its drawbacks. If that is how we feel, how must our poor dogs feel? The worst-case scenario for us is a tank top and shorts, but our dogs are covered with fur designed to keep them warm! To be fair, many of us shave our dogs (and take pictures, because it's hilarious; don't judge, you've done it too.) But there are other ways to keep your dog cool and busy while you melt on the couch.
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Choose a toy
We're all a little guilty of buying a few too many dog toys. How can you resist though? Our little pups deserve all the toys in the world. We also know that they do not play with all their toys. Dogs have their favorites, and that is the toy you must choose. The more they love the toy, the more they will want it back.
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Submerge and freeze
Take your chosen toy, put it in a dish and fill the dish with water. When you're done (it is okay if the toy floats a little) you can pop it in the freezer to let it freeze. You should probably do this the night before, a few hours before you want to give it to your dog. You could also freeze different toys at once to let the fun last longer or to save time.
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Watch your dog
Your dog is bored. The heat is unbearable, and you cannot face going outside to take them for a walk. Take the frozen toy out, and let your dog figure out how to release their toy from the ice. Keep a careful eye on your dog, and stop them from biting the ice. The objective is for them to lick the ice away. Biting might cause damage.
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Little Pawddlers

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Hot Day
Cheap
Normal
1 hr
Items needed
Dog Flotation Vest
Towel
Toys
Pool
Activity description
Swimming is a great way for you to cool down and have some fun. Teaching your dog how to swim is also a good way to cool down while having a blast. If your dog knows how to swim and how to get in and out of the pool, you can rest easy knowing that they are safe. This game teaches them how to swim and enjoy it by putting a simple twist on the classic game of fetch. You can decide to go swimming too, or just lounge by the pool. If you do not have a pool, you could always make do with a little kiddie pool for toddlers. Your dog will love it.
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Choose a spot
Deciding where to sit may not seem like an important step, but you want a spot that offers some refreshment and is close enough in case your dog needs assistance. If you decide to swim with them, you could always sit or stand in the pool. That should get them curious enough to want to join you.
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Throw the toy
If your dog seems unsure or does not want to go near the water to start off with, you can begin by playing fetch. This will give them a sense of familiarity and they will become immersed in the game before they become immersed in the water. Once they are in the game, throw the toy into the water. This is a great way to get them in the water and start paddling. A flotation vest may give your dog a sense of assurance; don't hesitate at all to use the vest in any case.
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Supervision
Even if your dog is an experienced pawddler, you still want to keep an eye on them. If they are not used to swimming or are beginners, show them how to get in and out of the pool with ease. Do not worry, your dog is a natural swimmer and will get the hang of the skill in no time.
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Dig a Hole

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Sunny Day
Moderate
Normal
1 hr
Items needed
Sand
Planks
Activity description
Dogs love digging. It is something that they do instinctively and most dogs seem to enjoy the activity. Unfortunately, they do not have the best sense of where to dig. This may result in some destructive behavior and some inconvenience. In some cases, it requires some fixing. Life is all about balance, though, and you could turn a destructive habit into something fun for you and your dog. Building a sand pit will not take a lot of time and it will result in hours of fun for your dog. They can dig in peace, and you can let them dig in peace. You could even play with them in their new sandpit.
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Build a big box
The size and depth of the box really depends on you. How much space are you willing to give up and how many planks could you get? If you are not handy with a hammer, you could try and order one from your local carpenter or see what can be found online. You're probably going to order the sand online anyway.
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Fill it with sand
When you fill the box with sand, do not fill it all the way to the top. When your dog gets excited, sand will fly everywhere, and you are trying to prevent a mess. It does not matter where you get the sand, and you can use any type of sand. Although fine sand would be easier for your dog to play with.
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Bury some toys
Start the fun by burying a few dog toys. Your dog will have to use their nose to find the toys and will have a lot of fun digging them up. In time, your dog will become used to their sandbox and will dig there if they want to hide something or just get rid of some extra energy. Keep the sandbox covered when not in use so that it stays clean and dry.
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More Fun Ideas...

Fetch Times Two

We have already discussed a variation of this game, but it can be adapted in an infinite number of ways. It is such a classic, but still a lot of fun. One way to do this is by playing with two balls (or sticks or whatever you play with). Throw them one, then when they come back, throw the other one. This will cause them to drop the first one and chase after the second.

Good Dog, New Tricks

A great way to keep your dog physically and mentally stimulated is by teaching them new tricks. We are sure that you have already built up an impressive repertoire, but there is no limit to the number of tricks you can teach your dog. Just remember to keep practicing them!

Conclusion

Time for another riddle! What is cute, playful and all tired out? Your Schnocker after a rewarding day playing with you. All a dog really needs (besides food, water, a bed, toys, and treats) is you. Your dog wants your attention, not all of it (although that would be nice), but enough. By spending some time with them and playing these games you will be closer than ever and your mind will come up with different games that the two of you can play together. It is a lovely cycle that results in an unbreakable bond. There's nothing better than spending time with your best friend.