Activities For Scotchons

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Introduction

If you wanted a dog with a lot of energy, but also a lot of love to give, then there’s every chance you would end up with a Scotchon. The Scotchon is a cross between a Scottish Terrier and a Bichon Frise, and they are an exceptionally fun breed that tends to be more low maintenance than you think. However, even though their small stature means they don’t need to go for runs, you do need to dedicate at least 40 minutes per day to exercise – if not more. Failure to do so can result in that favorite pair of shoes being shred into confetti. Take a look at these activity options below if you’re stuck for ideas on how to entertain your Scotchon.

Dog Park Fun

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Sunny Day
Free
Easy
1 hr
Items needed
Leash
Toy
Doggy waste bag
Activity description

On a beautiful sunny day, you may find that the best activity for your Scotchon is a leisurely trip to the dog park. Even though you don’t need to stay there long, this free activity can tire your pup out far quicker than most other options. They get to enjoy time with their new friends, play with a toy, and run and play until they have depleted their energy reserves. Every time you grab a leash and a toy after their first outing, they will think they are off to the dog park for more play. Follow these steps below for the best dog park experience.

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Choose a park
There are close to 90 million dogs in the United States, which makes it clear to see this is a country of dog lovers. As a result, it’s not out of the question to live in a town or city with an abundance of dog park options. The hardest part will be selecting the best one. You can opt for a fun and free park with separate pens for smaller dogs closer to home, or a more expensive option. The parks with an attendance fee typically feature pools and play equipment for dogs to spend time on.
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Play
Now that you have selected the best park for your needs, it’s time to play! Even though Scotchons are small, they typically don’t suffer from small dog syndrome. Instead, if you provide them with early socialization, they revel in the time they get to spend with other dogs. As soon as you head to the park, you are bound to find this rings true. They will be pulling on their leash to get in the enclosure and play with their new buddies.
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Walk

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Sunny Day
Free
Easy
30 min
Items needed
Leash
Doggy waste bag
Activity description

You will be delighted to know that a Scotchon’s physical activity requirements are minimal. As long as you dedicate 30 to 40 minutes per day to helping them burn off energy, you can spend the rest of the time with them carrying out less labor-intensive tasks such as napping on the couch, watching TV and spending time in the garden. A Scotchon is more than happy to do what you do with no complaints. However, you will find that a necessary part of their routine is a 30-minute walk per day. A stroll in the outdoors can keep them in peak physical condition while allowing them to explore their neighborhood in a controlled manner. Set half an hour aside per day, grab a leash and doggy bag, and hit the road.

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Plan routes
An essential part of walking your Scotchon is making sure you have plenty of course options up your sleeve. If you take the same path every day, it will not only get boring for you but your furry friend as well. However, it’s best to plan them rather than head on a different track on a whim. If you did that instead, you run the risk of going for a long journey which your Scotchon may not be able to handle. Plan various routes using Google Maps because you can ensure you keep the distance to a 30-minute maximum.
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Walk
With plans in place for routes to take, it’s time to hit the road. Put your gym shoes and get going! Once you grab your dog’s leash, there is bound to be a burst of excitement as they realize they are going on a journey. The best part about going for a walk with your dog is realizing that it’s benefiting you as well as your dog. You get that much-needed exercise while also strengthening the bond between dog and man’s best friend.
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Bubbles

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Rainy Day
Cheap
Easy
20 min
Items needed
Bubble blower
Bubble liquid
Activity description

When the weather is miserable outside, it can be challenging to come up with fun and low-cost activities that will offer the physical exertion your dog requires. However, you may find that bubbles tick all the boxes. Affordable to buy and fun to play with, bubble mixture can become your dog’s new favorite activity in no time. The mixture comes in different scents such as bacon or bubble gum, and you can choose handheld or mechanical blowers as well. Whichever option you go for, there could be nothing more fun for your pup then chasing bubbles around the house – hoping to catch and pop them before it’s too late.

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Buy a toy
Because of the variety available online and in-store, it can be challenging to find the perfect bubble blower for your pet. You need to put some thought into your budget and whether you want to be involved with the game or not. Manual bubble blowers are only a few dollars and are safe and non-toxic for pets and children. Automatic bubble machines, on the other hand, cost a little bit more, but don’t require you to blow the bubbles yourself. You should also think about whether you prefer the novelty of bubble liquid that smells like bacon, or something a little more natural such as lemons.
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Set an area
There’s no denying that your Scotchon is going to have the time of their life playing with bubbles, but clean-up can be a nightmare if you don’t set a space to play. Even though this is a great rainy-day activity, it’s also a messy one. Where possible, play the game on a sheltered deck area out of the rain. Or, if you’re going to play inside, choose an area of your home with tiles or lino that will be easy to clean when the fun is over.
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Play
For 20 to 30 minutes, your Scotchon is going to see those bubbles floating around the room and will run, jump, and leap, to try and get them. Because you can create different sizes as well, they are never going to tire of what comes out of that blower. After half an hour, however, you will notice that their energy levels are waning. You can then stop the game and give them that much-deserved rest.
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Fetch

If you have a fenced yard or an open area in your home, you may like to treat your dog to a game of Fetch. Fetch is an excellent pastime because it doesn’t require a lot of effort on your part but tires your dog out sooner rather than later. Given their small legs, the backward and forward running will have them ready for a nap within 10 minutes. 

Chew Toys

Scotchons can suffer from bad teeth as time goes on, so chew toys can often be both a fun activity and a necessity. While you should aim to brush your furry friend’s teeth twice per week, it can be easy to forget. Therefore, you may like to get a helping hand from a dental chew toy. These are affordable and available from pet stores and vets, while also helping to entertain your dog for hours on end. For rainy days, chew toys are a fun and affordable activity. 

Conclusion

Scotchons are very rewarding pets to own because of their personality, lovely nature, and social tendencies. If you are the chuffed owner of a Scotchon and want to make sure every activity you treat them to is pawesome, then check these options out above. You are bound to find they are not only affordable but easy to do in all weather.