Activities For Schnus

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Introduction

The Schnu is a Shiba Inu and Miniature Schnauzer hybrid breed which equates to a small, energetic, and happy family pet. Even though this mix of two unlikely dogs seems unusual, the result is a dog that will fit into your home life seamlessly with nothing but love to give. For all the love on offer, though, there is also a whole lot of energy. This small but mighty dog requires a substantial amount of daily physical activity, mental stimulation, and play time. When you’re stuck for ideas for your Schnu, you may find these options below helpful.

Obedience Training

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Any Day
Moderate
Hard
1 hr
Items needed
Treats
Leash
Toys
Activity description

To successfully train your Schnu, you are going to need a lot of patience, plenty of treats, and the bribe of toys. Even though your Schnu is intelligent, they are also very stubborn. As a result, you can forecast that they will do whatever they feel like doing at the time, rather than what you want. Therefore, you will find that when you bring your puppy home for the first time, you have a fight on your hands for correct obedience training. Sit, stay, and come, are all necessary commands but not ones your puppy may pick up quickly. Set aside an hour a week for moderately-priced classes in any weather, arm yourself with a leash, treats, and toys, and get training.

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Find faults
Before you head to a training class, think about what you want to teach your dog. If you don’t have a clear vision in your mind of what you need your pampered pooch to learn, then you may struggle to take your dog on the right path. Do you want to teach the basics such as sit, stay, and come? Or, are they a more mature dog with behavioral problems you want to address? Take the time to compile a list before you begin looking for a trainer.
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Find a trainer
With a list of things you want to address with your dog and trainer, it’s now time to find one who can help you. If your Schnu is a puppy, they may benefit from the early socialization with other dogs in puppy school. Here, they learn the basics such as sit in a controlled group with other dogs. For an older Schnu, a one-on-one trainer could be a better idea. Trainers are adept at dealing with behavioral issues and correcting them accurately.
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Begin training
Each week for six or eight weeks, you will undergo one-hour dog obedience classes with your pup. It won’t be a leisurely activity given their stubborn nature, but with perseverance, plenty of praise and treats at home, you will slowly find they are learning new skills they didn’t know before.
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Dog Park

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

If you are looking for an exciting, free, and simple activity that will only take an hour of your time, then a trip to the dog park is a good idea. When you get into the habit of taking them out on sunny days for a visit from an early age, they will learn vital social skills that they can’t pick up through training time with you. Playing with other dogs offers them a whole host of benefits, which is why this is an activity that can prove to be one of the most popular with dog owners. Grab a toy, doggy waste bag, leash, and your furry friend, and take a wander down to your nearby dog park for some fun.

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Find a park
Even though Schnus are small dogs, they sometimes forget how little they are. As a result, they try to run with the big boys and stand up to them when it suits them. Unfortunately, this can be a recipe for a disaster which means you need to find a park suitable for their small size. Look online, ask around, and choose an enclosure that separates the dogs by their size. You can then rest assured they will only be able to play and run with dogs of a similar size.
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Take it slow
Depending on your Schnu’s age, you may find it’s in your best interests to start their regular dog park trips slowly. Let them sniff around the area on their leash – even before you take them inside. You may also find it beneficial to let them see and smell other dogs on the outside. Take note of their body language. If they don’t appear to want to play and instead show signs of aggression, it’s best to re-evaluate the situation.
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Play
If you have given your dog plenty of time to adjust to their new surroundings and they react positively, it’s time to play. Get out the toy you brought with you and let them play with it in the enclosure. As they love spending time with their humans, they may stick close by to you. However, if they see other dogs, you may find they want to play with them as well.
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Jogging

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Sunny Day
Free
Easy
30 min
Items needed
Leash
Doggy waste bag
Activity description

If you want a fast, free, and fun way to help your furry friend burn off their pent-up energy, then include jogging on your list of activities. If you’re an avid fitness enthusiast, then you can rest assured your pup is more than up for the challenge. On a sunny day, they will love nothing more than seeing you grab their leash and waste bag, knowing it means you’re off for a half-hour run. The best part is, it’s beneficial for both you and man’s best friend. There is no time like now to start including regular jogs into your pup’s activity routine. 

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Set a route
If you only ever want to run for a certain amount of time – say, half an hour, then it’s a good idea to get organized and plan. The last thing you want to do is find yourself on a longer than usual running route which makes you late for other activities. Take a look at Google. You can locate nature walks, trails, and all manner of excellent walking and running locations to appeal. Or, you can take a run around your neighborhood and catch up on the latest changes.
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Run
Even before you get a chance to grab your running shoes, your pup will be ready to pound the pavement. Schnus can surprise you with how much energy they have, so you will be pleased to know that a jog can go a long way to burning some of it off. The result of which is less destructive behavior at home!
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Chew Toys

If you are a fan of your footwear, then it’s a good idea to invest in chew toys specifically for tough chewers. Opt for brands which provide thick, hard-wearing rubber toys – ones that your Schnu will find nearly impossible to penetrate. Not only is it a fun challenge for them, but it will keep them entertained for hours.  

Hide and Seek

If it’s a rainy day and your pup is bored, you may find a game of ‘hide and seek’ is fun for you both. Hide their toys or treats around the house then help them to locate them. As they are an intelligent breed, it won’t take long for them to pick up the gist of the game.  

Conclusion

Owning a Schnu is a rewarding experience. They are a fun-loving, energetic and loyal dog of which you will be proud to own. However, they also need your time and lots of it. Try out any or all of these activities above and benefit from a dog who’s more likely to sleep than become destructive in your home!