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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.