Activities For Scorkies

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Introduction

If you live in an apartment, don’t have a lot of time for physical activities, or want a pampered pooch that’s small and easy to maintain, then a Scorkie is for you. This beautiful, even-tempered and delightful dog is a faithful companion to any couple or family with older children who desire a loyal, dependable, and a small dog. However, even though Scorkies, a mixture of Yorkshire and Scottish Terriers, don’t require a substantial amount of physical exertion, they still do need mental stimulation. If you don’t give them enough, they can dig holes in your yard, chew your new favorite pair of shoes, and ultimately become destructive. To counteract this behavior, try these activities below. 

Bubbles

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Any Day
Cheap
Easy
20 min
Items needed
Bubble blower
Activity description

If you live in an apartment or it’s not convenient to take your pup out a lot, playing with bubbles is an excellent way of keeping them entertained – especially when they are young. While not all Scorkies will be thrilled at the sight of bubbles, many will be. All you need to do is purchase a bubble blower with non-toxic liquid, then set aside 20 minutes to engage with your furry friend. The best part is, it’s an affordable, effortless, and fun activity that you can play inside our outside. Just remember, if you’re playing inside, you may want to keep a cloth handy to clean up bubble residue.

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Buy bubbles
Not every bubble toy you come across on the market is going to be suitable for pets, which is why you need to put some thought into the shopping process. Read the fine print and be aware of customer reviews if you are going to buy online as well. Typically, bubbles that are safe for children are going to be safe for pets. Make sure they are non-toxic and don’t stain if you are going to be using them inside.
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Play
Now that you own bubbles, it’s time to start playing. It will only take approximately 20 minutes of exertion for them to utterly wear themselves out because your Scorkie is small with such short legs. Create a mixture of big and small bubbles to capture their attention, and be sure to create energy in your voice and body language to keep them excited and engaged. Once you are finished blowing bubbles, wipe up the residue and put the toys away for another day.
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Grooming

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Any Day
Free
Easy
30 min
Items needed
Wire-pin brush
Soft slicker brush
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Believe it or not, the majority of Scorkies will jump at the chance for you to groom them. And, given their long fur and sensitive skin, it’s something you are going to want to do often. Unlike other dogs you can bathe when they get dirty, you should only bathe Scorkies on a rare occasion. As they are prone to skin issues, the bath water can strip the natural oils out of their fur, irritating their skin beyond the benefits of the bath. Therefore, in any weather, you may like to set 30 minutes aside and take part in this fun and free activity. For your pup, the brushing motion is akin to a relaxing massage. 

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Choose a brush
Believe it or not, there is a substantial variety of dog brushes on the market. You can buy bristle brushes, wire-pin brushes, and even slicker brushes. Each is suitable for various dog fur types. In the instance of your Scorkie which features two dog breeds with thin, long coats, you are going to need a wire-pin brush and a slicker brush (soft).
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Condition the coat
Before you get your brush out, condition your dog’s coat to moisturize their skin and prevent splitting or damaging their fur. Mix five parts of water to one part of dog conditioner in a spritzer bottle and moisten their coat before you start.
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Brush
To brush your Scorkie's coat effectively, you need to part their fur using the backside of the brush. Make sure it doesn’t have a rubber back, or this will tear their coat. You can then brush the fur from root to tip, ensuring the natural oils are evenly distributing throughout. Pay attention to your dog’s temperament while you’re brushing – occasionally patting them as you go. No doubt, they are relaxing and enjoying the experience anyway.
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Chew Toys

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1 hr
Items needed
Chew toys
Activity description

Even though Scorkies don’t require a substantial amount of physical exertion, they do need mental stimulation and something to do. If they are bored, they tend to become destructive which can be troublesome if you are renting your property, have a small yard, or you live in an apartment building. To counteract this behavior, buy chew toys for your furry friend. In any weather, they can then sit down for an hour and let their minds focus on the task at hand. Not only do they benefit from this mental stimulation, but you benefit from it being a fun, affordable, and easy task you can let them do every day. 

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Buy toys
Chew toys are relatively inexpensive if you know where to shop. And, given that Scorkies are small dogs, you will find they tend to be more affordable than for larger dogs. Buy a selection of sizes, shapes, and colors, to appeal to your dog’s moods. You may also like to buy a basket within which you can store them.
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Play
While you supervise, your Scorkie can enjoy spending time chewing, throwing, and playing with their new chew toys. New toys always bring about excitement, so you can watch as they burn off all that pent-up energy they have. Remember to supervise them while they are chewing. Otherwise, they can create chew toy confetti!
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Fetch

Even though the Scorkie is small in stature, that doesn’t make them any less eager for a game of fetch. All you need for this game is their favorite toy and a bit of space for them to run. Throw their toy, then wait for them to bring it back to you. After 10 minutes, they will be ready to curl up on the couch for a nap.

Walk

If you have 20 minutes to half an hour to spare, take your Scorkie for a well-deserved walk. Every now and again, your pampered pooch wouldn’t mind seeing what’s on the other side of their fence. They can take in the sights and sounds, enjoy the sunshine, and feel the wind blowing through their fur. 

Conclusion

When it comes to activities for Scorkies, you need to put your best paw forward. While their physical needs are minor, their mental ones aren’t. Failure to curb boredom can result in destructive behavior which you’d rather not have. If you try these activities above, however, you may notice the freshly dug holes in your yard are few and far between.