The Sco-Shi, a hybrid breed resulting from breeding a Scottish Terrier with a Shih Tzu, is a small, compact, loving and loyal canine combination that doesn’t require a great deal of exercise to maintain good health. Generally being under 25 pounds in weight and no more than ten inches tall, they are perfect for homes of any size, with temperaments allowing them to get along with most ages of humans. The Sco-shi pup will adore cuddling, but they’re also game for activities inside the house, outside or at the dog park at the drop of a hat, with 30 to 60 minutes of exercise per day keeping them healthy and happy. This little hybrid is especially perfect for those who can’t always get out to walk them daily or for those owners who can’t engage in strenuous exercise themselves, their pup enjoying many indoor as well as outdoor activities equally.
Bubble chase is such a fun game! Did you play this game as a child? Perhaps you play it with your small children even now. This particular enterprise is one which can be done indoors, out in the yard or at the dog park, so the weather isn’t a concern. It involves a bottle of bubbles, either commercially prepared or homemade, some open space, you, and your dog. Inviting other family members to participate creates an atmosphere ripe for bonding and fun for all involved. The bubble solutions aren’t expensive, and the motions required to make the bubbles float through the air are effortless. Feel free to play this game as often as you desire, allowing about 30 minutes or so each time, to entertain and exercise your precious pup, keeping them happy, healthy and engaged.
This game is similar to the cup game in that it requires the use of at least five boxes of medium size, taller than your pup. Into these boxes, you will place a heavily scented treat or snack while the puppy is not watching you. Mix them up so that the treat-laden container is not in front, then bring your pet into the room or area, encourage them to sniff and search for the treat, rewarding them with it when it is found.
Interactive games require your pet to get involved, just as the name suggests. This involvement is usually in the form of tapping a lever with a paw, or nosing a button or retrieving a treat or toy. These activities strengthen their minds and develop their problem-solving talents, which so often in our present society are unaddressed in their training. While this activity may not be the most strenuous, it provides the mental challenges needed to avoid boredom and the inappropriate behaviors which accompany it.
Today, we have talked about some activities which are both fun and challenging in a variety of ways. While not all of them require a great deal of physical exertion, all of them engage their minds in some form. The Sco-Shi hybrid is a canine who doesn’t mind being left alone for long periods, making them a perfect choice for a working couple or family. For the working couple, you also don’t have to be as concerned about the annoying and destructive behaviors which we so often see associated with separation anxiety. We would remind you that, like you, your pup needs mental stimulation, too, perhaps as much as physical stimulation!