Activities For Schweenies

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Introduction

Schweenies are an adorable combination of a Miniature Schnauzer and a Daschund. They generally have the low-allergy hair that Schnauzers have and the adorable littleĀ legs and long body of the Daschund. They are perfect for families or people living in apartments because they have low energy requirements, and they make excellent companion animals. Though they are small, there are plenty of activities for Schweenies to help you build a strong bond and a happy life with your little dog. They are happiest when involved in the family group and always want to be part of the action. These little dogs make wonderful companion animals for older adults or children.

Family Picnic

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Sunny Day
Cheap
Easy
2 hrs
Items needed
Leash
Small towel or blanket
Picnic goodies
Water bowl for the dog
Activity description
One of the most fun summer activities for Schweenies is to join the family on a picnic. They love nothing more than to be around their people, so taking them along for an afternoon of walks, play, and family fun will be a perfect day in their books. You won't need to bring too many extra accessories in your picnic basket for your dog. They just need a comfy place to sit in the shade, a bowl for water to stay hydrated and a few family laps to snuggle on when they are not playing with the children.
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Find your picnic area
Finding the perfect place for a picnic is one of the most important steps in planning the day. You need to find a spot with plenty of space for the family to run and play and spread out. Most importantly, your picnic area needs to be dog-friendly. Even though your pup is very small, dog rules still apply. Some areas have restrictions on dogs, so make sure you find a space where your dog is allowed to picnic with the family.
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Pack for the day
Making sure you have everything you need before you leave the house is the hardest part of the day. Make a list of everything you need for snacks, sandwiches, drinks, games, chairs, blankets, and anything else you need for this family outing. While you're packing, don't forget your dog's needs. You'll want to pack a blanket for your dog to sleep on in the shade, a bowl for water to keep them hydrated, and dog toys so they can stay entertained or run around with the kids.
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Enjoy the picnic
After you've put in some time planning for everything, you're ready to pack the car and go. Put one of the younger children in charge of watching the dog as you pack and unpack at the picnic site. These are times your small dog could get underfoot or wander away. Set up their blanket and water bowl in the shade so they know where to go, and break out their toys. They will be excited to play with the children and then curl up on your lap for a nap to regain their energy. Schweenies are easy company and will add cuddly fun to a day at the park.
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Obedience Training

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Moderate
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30 min
Items needed
Leash
Treats
Clicker
Activity description
Small dogs like the Schweenie can get a bad wrap for barking or charging or not paying attention to their owners. Because it's easy to pick them up, owners might not challenge them with obedience, and the dog can start to think they rule the roost. Taking them to obedience classes early on is an important part of the process your dog goes through to learn their place in the home. Just because they are small doesn't mean they can skip basic obedience. Finding a class that works specifically with small dogs will help you learn to work with them and ensure they become polite canine citizens.
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Find a class
While it's perfectly fine to join any obedience class that a local trainer offers, try to find a class just for small dogs. Smaller dogs like Schweenies can be intimidated by large dogs. You also want to learn how to train your dog at their level. A class for small dogs will help you learn tips and tricks for working with your dog and providing corrections without intimidating them.
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Everyday practice
Practice each skill you learn at the class every day for at least 15 minutes. Obedience classes give you the skills to work with your dog, but it's up to you to reinforce those skills and help your dog master each obedience command. Make sure every member of your family practices with them so they learn to listen to each person. This will also help your dog master each obedience skill you work to teach them.
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Advanced skills
If you find you and your dog really like obedience and working together to learn new tricks, sign up for more advanced classes. Working through obedience tasks challenges both of you and can really strengthen the bond between you. It can be a lot of fun to work together to learn a new skill and to link several commands together. When you continue working on obedience, your dog will learn to be polite in any situation.
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Bedtime Stories

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Any Day
Cheap
Easy
30 - 60 min
Items needed
Comfortable blanket
Favorite children's book
Activity description
If you have children who are learning to read but are a little apprehensive about reading out loud to their peers, reading to the family dog can help them practice and gain confidence. If your child is having a hard time reading, they may feel shy or embarrassed. Schweenies are patient and caring pups. They will patiently sit at your child's side and listen as a book is read. When they have had enough though, let your Schweenie head off to play so that they will be a willing participant another time.
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Find a favorite book
Bring your child their favorite book and ask them why they like it. What parts are their favorite? How does it make them feel? Get them thinking about how much they love the book, then suggest your Schweenie might like to hear the story. Bring it up gently and keep reminding them how much they like the book. If this is at bedtime, call your dog up into the bed so they can snuggle with your child.
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Encourage them to try
If they feel a little unsure about reading out loud to the dog, remind them that your dog doesn't mind if they take their time. Tell them the dog will like the story just as much as they do. If your child is still feeling shy, find a way to leave them in the room together. Tell them you are going to get a glass of water and you'll be right back. Tell them to try while you're gone. Take your time and quietly come back to the room. If you hear them reading, wait a little longer before entering the room.
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Build their confidence
When your child begins to feel comfortable reading out loud to your Schweenie, encourage them to keep going. Ask them questions about how the dog likes the books. Ask them what the dog's favorite book is. Reinforce the idea that they are helping the dog by reading to it. When they see reading as an important part of caring for their dog, they will take pride in books. Soon they will build confidence to read in front of classmates too.
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Go for a Walk

Daily exercise is just as important for your Schweenie as it is for you. Lace up your shoes, grab a leash, and head out on a relaxing walk around the neighborhood.

Rainy Day Snuggles

One of the best activities for Schweenies on rainy days is just to snuggle up with you. Grab your favorite movie or a new book, and cuddle up under the blankets with your dog while the rain pours down.

Conclusion

Schweenies are adorable little furballs who love nothing more than spending time with their humans. Though they are small, they have big personalities that demand plenty of attention. Finding activities for Schweenies means finding fun forms of play or human interaction where they can let their personalities shine. Whether working hard in obedience classes or cuddled up on the couch with your kids for stories, Schweenies are constant companions. This mixed-breed takes all the wonderful qualities from Daschunds and Schnauzers and wraps them up in a goofy, sweet little package.