Activities For Scobo Terriers

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Introduction

The Scobo Terrier is a hybrid, made up of a Boston Terrier parent and a Scottish Terrier parent. You will find that you get the best of both breeds wrapped up into one with the Scobo Terrier! The Scobo is a medium-sized dog, which makes them perfect for both indoor and outdoor activities. Surprisingly, the Scobo is not an overly active dog; you may have to coax them into some games or exercises. Experts recommend some type of daily activity as the Scobo has a tendency to be a little hyper or aggressive if they do not have an outlet for that energy. Easy to train, the Scobo is likely to learn what you expect of them quickly and provide much entertainment to you as you make exercise time play time.

Nose Work

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Any Day
Cheap
Normal
15 - 30 min
Items needed
treats
sturdy small box
Activity description
Nose work is perfect for the Scobo Terrier. As the name suggests, nose work involves finding treats located inside a box. While all dogs are built for scenting, the Scottish Terrier parent breed was developed to hunt down vermin, even if that meant digging into a burrow. The Boston Terrier was highly adept at not only scenting out small game such as squirrels and rabbits, but they were terrific rat-catchers as well! This exercise can take place indoors or outdoors. Because the Scobo Terrier may inherit the brachycephalic nose of their Boston Terrier parent, be sure to exercise outdoors only during the early morning and late evening hours during the hottest times of the year.
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Introduce the game
The Scobo Terrier is generally very easy to train. Therefore, once they understand what you expect of them, they will be ready to move on to the next step. Hide the treats in plain sight for the pup. (Do this while they are out of the room or play area.) Bring them in on a leash. Say, "Find the treat!" and take them to the treats you've already laid out. You should do this once more, then try them without their leash. Make sure that they stop between treats and only go after the treats at your command. When they will only go after the treats at your instruction, then you are ready to move on to the next step.
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Practice hide and seek
Once your dog has mastered only going after the treats at your command, then you are ready to begin hiding the treats. Utilize pillows or dog bowls to cover the treats. (You may have to remove the dog bowls, but only after you are sure the dog has found the treat without prompting from you.) When you are sure that your pup is using their nose to find the treats, then you may begin utilizing the "gift" boxes in order to increase the difficulty of the game.
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Unwrap the gift box
Again, you'll want to hid the treats with your dog out of the room. You will want to put out boxes that are "loaded" and "unloaded." Then, bring your dog in the room on a leash. Take them to each box, but do your best to make sure that the "loaded boxes" are not the first or second boxes you visit. Be sure that they have had an opportunity to smell all the boxes. Then, relax the lead and let them take over. When they get near a box that is "loaded," begin to praise them. Should they select the box, reward them with the treat therein and heap praise on them.
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Find the Bone

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Any Day
Cheap
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30 min
Items needed
natural dog bone (or cow hoof)
cardboard boxes
Activity description
This game is much like the Nose Work game activity described above. However, instead of looking for treats, you'll need to obtain some natural dog bones. You can use rawhides, but you will need to "scent" them with a hot dog or something similar. Be aware that rawhides tend to unravel and can become lodged in your dog's throat. A really great alternative to these is a cow hoof. It is natural, and you can find them enhanced with a barbeque flavor that your dog will easily scent. Should neither of these appeal to you, you can always pick up a regular bone-shaped chew toy and scent it with a hot dog as suggested above.
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Introduce the fun
Be sure to scent the chosen chew toy before beginning. Using at least three boxes (size should not be the same), hide the bone under one box while your dog is outside the room. Then, just as you did with the original nose work activity, guide your pup by each box. When they get near the box with the hidden bone, show enthusiasm and ask them to "Find the bone."
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Solo practice time
Once your pup has achieved finding the box with the bone under it, let them off the leash. Command them to "find the bone." When they get near the box with the bone, show lots of enthusiasm. Pick up the box and show them that the bone is there. Reward them with praise and a treat.
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Let's play!
Now it's time for your clever pup to find this on their own. Bring them into the room or area where you've hidden their bone (without them seeing, of course). Command them to "find the bone." You may have to assist them in retrieving the bone from under the cardboard box, but make sure that you do not give them any prompting as to which box is hiding the bone. When they do approach the correct box, praise them, assist them in getting to the bone, and then give them a treat as a reward.
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Let's Dig!

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Sunny Day
Cheap
Easy
20 min
Items needed
rubber dog toys
Activity description
The Scottish Terrier parent breed is notorious for their love of digging. Therefore, the Scobo Terrier is apt to love digging as well. This game can actually be adapted for indoors. While the instructions provided herein are mainly for the outdoors, you can bring the game inside for rainy or cold days. You can always use pillows or old blankets to create a "digging" area indoors. You can hide the bone or rubber toy under the pillows and/or blankets within the Scobo Terrier's sight, then command them to dig. They will enjoy working to get to the toy underneath all the pillow piles.
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Choose the toys
Grab some of your pup's favorite rubber toys or a bone that you don't mind getting a little dirty. It's best to have a designated dig area for your dog as you don't want them to think that they can dig anywhere outside. In fact, if you can set up an area with sand, your dog will soon understand that that is their area and they are free to play.
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Demonstrate the fun
You'll need to command your pup to sit and stay. Allow them to watch you bury their toys. In fact, you might want to talk to them while you bury the toys. Command them to look, and say, "Toys!" Continue the sit and stay command until you have completed burying the toys and are away from the digging space.
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Let's Dig!
Once you have gotten away from the digging area, command your canine pal to find the toys. At this point, just let them dig! You can have some treats handy if you'd like, particularly the first few times that you allow them to dig. After that, the digging in itself is a reward.
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More Fun Ideas...

Fetch

The Scobo Terrier will love a game of Go Fetch! You can play indoors or outdoors any time of the year. This game will help work off the nervous energy the Scobo is known for.

Swimming

The Scobo Terrier will greatly enjoy taking the plunge with you! Be sure that they have a doggy swim vest for safety.

Conclusion

The Scobo Terrier is a delightful dog with a penchant for extra energy. With dogs that can become hyperactive, it is best to harness that energy and give the pup an outlet before they develop a behavioral problem. Remember to exercise the Scobo in the early morning or late evening hours of the warm months, and, in times of inclement weather, your Scobo Terrier is small enough that they can work off some of that nervous energy indoors.