Activities For Sco-Shis

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Introduction

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

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Any Day
Cheap
Easy
30 - 60 min
Items needed
Bottle of Bubbles
Activity description

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.

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Buy the bubbles
You can purchase a bottle of the non-toxic bubbles in the toy section of your local department store. This age-old composition of water and soap is also something you can mix up yourself at home, and using any item with a loop, ring or circle on a plastic or metal handle will work as the “applicator.” Alternatively, your local pet shop will have them, too.
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Pick your place
When selecting the venue for this game, be sure to allow for sufficient open space to permit excited “dancing” as your pup chases the bubbles. The selected space should also be one which can tolerate “spills” or wet spots which are sure to happen. Also, remove any objects from the game space which could become hazards or get broken in the melee of fun that can erupt at any moment.
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Dip and dive
Now it’s time for fun! Dip your “applicator” into the container of bubble solution and “wave” the applicator through the air. This motion will create bubbles of various sizes, reflecting a variety of colors, that will float on the air currents in the area. Kids (of any size or age) and canines alike never seem to tire of chasing those bubbles, trying to catch or burst them before they touch something and disappear on their own. Exaggerated movements with the dipped applicator will invite playful prancing and joyful jumping from the participants as they repeatedly seek to “catch” the bubbles.
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Sprinkler Sprint

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Hot Day
Cheap
Easy
30 - 60 min
Items needed
Movable yard sprinkler
Water hose
Activity description
The sprinkler sprint is a favored activity for those long hot days of summer or as a year-long form of entertainment for those who live in tropical or subtropical regions having hot and humid weather most of the year.  For this exercise, all you'll need is a movable type of lawn sprinkler and a water hose that you can connect it to a water source.  Hook it all up, turn on the water and then do what you probably did as a child when your dad watered the lawn - run through the sprinkling water streams as they spiral or swing to and fro!  This game will bring back many pleasant childhood memories of hot summer days, and massive bouts of laughter.  Such tender memories are still possible these days, but the players are almost entirely different, with your precious pooch, your children and maybe even you, too running through that streaming water.  We doubt you’ll find an activity which is easier or more enjoyable!
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Select the sprinkler
For many homeowners, lawn sprinkling has become an automated operation, with the sprinkler heads and irrigation piping buried in the grass. This activity will require the use of an old-fashioned movable sprinkler which connects to a water source via a water hose. There are various styles of portable sprinklers that include those that spin, swing back and forth or disburse pulses of water. Pick the style that fits the need and space you plan to use.
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Scope the space
The space you’ll want to employ in this game will need to be reasonably open without rocks, trees, bushes, flowerbeds or other obstacles which could become hazards to the participants. A grassy area works best as you can provide irrigation while you play, creating less possibility for mud and the mess associated with it.
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Soak your Sco-Shi
Now comes the fun part! Now that you’ve got your game area organized and set up, it is time to turn on the water and encourage your Sco-Shi to run through it. You may need to sprint through the water stream a few times alone before your pooch gets the idea and begins to follow along. Invite the kids to join you and make it a family affair, creating an exceptional bonding experience for all involved. We suggest that you limit your playtime to 30 to 60 minutes; otherwise, you will likely create a muddy mess which will take a little time to resolve. Repeat as often as desired, with less coaxing required for subsequent playtimes.
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Daily Walks

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Any Day
Free
Easy
30 - 60 min
Items needed
Collar or harness
Leash
Drinking water
Dog Waste Bags
Activity description
The daily walk is a primary activity for all dogs.  While it isn’t necessarily as inventive as the others listed here, it is not without its benefits.  The action of getting outside into the fresh air and sunshine with your furry best friend is essential for many areas of health for both you and your pooch.  The pace, as well as the duration and distance of the journey, can be adjusted to fit the physical capabilities of the participants, making it something that almost everyone can do.  Your pup has as one of their breed parents, the Scottish Terrier, who is a hunter at heart, and depending on which parent has the most influence in the gene pool; this could make your trek an interesting one!  The reason that you should keep this fact in mind as you stroll along your chosen path is basic instinct, as your Sco-Shi may wish to pursue small animals encountered along the way.  The enterprise is easy, free and done in any weather you choose, provided you equip all appropriately.
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Pick your path
Pick the path for the walk. This route can vary each time you walk, as can the time of day in which you take it, a variety of scenery, as well as new and exciting scents for your canine companion is always well appreciated. Be sure to prepare your best buddy for the weather, equipping them with a sweater and jacket if needed. Don’t forget the drinking water for both of you, an especially essential step in hot weather.
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Collar and leash
The next step is to place the collar or harness on your pup unless they already wear it all of the time. If you're sensitive to the idea of the collar, be sure to utilize a harness as a means of keeping your pet under control and safe from the variety of hazards along the way. Of course, after collaring (or harnessing) your pooch, the leash connection is the next step. Attaching the leash may not be as easy as it sounds because your barking buddy has likely already gotten the message that a trip outside is afoot (pun intended). Do the best you can to get your dancing doggie connected to the leash because the next step is where the fun begins!
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Bask, breathe, bond
This step requires that you open the door, step across the threshold, and behold the beauty of nature, the warmth of the sunshine (or moisture from the rain) and breathe in the fresh air! While there are many others, these things are only a few of the benefits you will gain from the walk you are about to embark upon with your four-legged furry friend. Appreciating the wonders of nature is a vital exercise for both you and your dog as you walk along, becoming part of your surroundings. One of the more essential things of which you need to be aware during your daily walk is the fact that one of your pup’s parent breeds is a Scottish Terrier, a canine bred traditionally for hunting activities, and those instincts may play a significant part in their behavior when you encounter small animals.
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Interactive Games

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. 

The Box Game

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.

Conclusion

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!