Activities For Scotineses

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Introduction

The Scotinese is a hybrid combination of the Scottish Terrier and a Pekingese, possessing an exciting mix of spunk, loyalty, and stubborn intelligence.  They can adapt to pretty much any living condition, provided the family members know how to treat them.  Their need for exercise isn’t as high as other breeds, but that doesn’t mean they don’t enjoy the traditional games of Frisbee and fetch as well as the various types of seeking and finding matches. They’re great problem solvers and will thrive if you continue to invite those natural hunting instincts inherited from the Scotty parent.  Entertaining and exercising this feisty little dog doesn’t have to be expensive or extensive, with daily walks being a happy standby for them.  Keep it simple, exciting and fun to maintain their attention and cooperation.   And, they’re just as content to cuddle up with you to watch TV!

Frisbee Fetch

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Sunny Day
Free
Easy
30 - 60 min
Items needed
Frisbee
Activity description

Frisbee fetch is a favorite game for almost every dog on the face of the planet.  Your pup will experience sheer joy when you begin to play this game, and who knows, they might even bring the Frisbee to you to invite you to play!  The game is so easy, requiring that you throw the disk and command your pawed playmate to bring it back.  It may take a few “lessons” before they catch on to the fetch and return idea, but when they do, you’ll probably have to hide the toy to get any peace!  This activity will get you and your dog out into the sunshine, and both of you will get a little exercise, which in our book is a win-win situation. Your Scotinese excitedly anticipates opportunities to spend time with you, and Frisbee Fetch is a superior way to provide that opportunity and bonding time.  All you will need is the Frisbee and an open space in which to toss it - a fenced yard works well to protect your precious pet from serious injury from passing motor vehicles and bicycles.  Try it; you’ll both like it!

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Frisbee familiarization
This step may not be required if your pup has some experience in Frisbee Fetch. If not, then you will need to be prepared to lovingly teach your frisky friend the basic tenets of the game. Let them sniff and “check out” the disk, letting them hold it between their teeth as they get a feel for it in the mouth.
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Teach the technique
Toss the disk a short distance and encourage your Scotinese to pursue it, inviting them to return it to you once they have retrieved it. A treat reward is a great way to let them know they responded appropriately. Allow them plenty of time to check out the new toy before taking it from them and rewarding them with their favorite treat, and be sure to apply plenty of positive reinforcement. They must learn to enjoy and love it, too.
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Retrieve and reward
Continue to toss, retrieve and reward your pawed playmate for learning and to participate in this fun game. Be sure to praise and pet them profusely to let them know they did well! Also, don’t overtire your little buddy or yourself - tomorrow is another day, or maybe even this afternoon! Who knows when your Scotinese will put that Frisbee into your lap, signaling that it’s time to play again?
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Neighborhood Walk

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Any Day
Free
Easy
30 - 60 min
Items needed
Collar or harness
Leash
Doggie Waste Bags
Drinking water
Activity description
Probably the most basic exercise opportunity is the neighborhood walk.  Every dog will love it when you put on their collar or harness and attach that leash.  These actions will send a signal to them that a favorite activity with their favorite human is at hand (or foot).  Unless you are experiencing torrential rains or other inclement weather conditions, the time together in the fresh air will be healthy for both you and your Scotinese.  This activity is the easiest one we can bring to mind, followed closely by snuggling and cuddling in front of the TV or fireplace or under that shade tree in the backyard.  And, you’ll only need your dog’s collar and leash, drinking water, and comfy walking shoes - items that pretty much everyone already has.  Short walks of 30 to 60 minutes duration work best for this hybrid and won’t overwork either of you but will provide plenty of bonding opportunity and investigational opportunity to satisfy both participants.
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Collar the canine
Placing your dog’s collar or harness around their neck will send a signal that something is about to change. Unless your canine wears the collar or harness constantly, this action will tell them that something fun is coming, eliciting those behaviors which generally indicate excitement which is building in them.
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Fetter your furry friend
Next, attach the leash to the collar or harness. Wow! Now that darling doggie is so excited that they’re dancing around the room, making it difficult to finish your leashing step! At this point, if there was any doubt at all about what is to come, you just wiped that doubt away. Your Scotinese is ready to roll, and you had better already have put your walking shoes on and prepared to head for the door. Grab a few doggie waste bags, and you are all set!
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Frolic in the fresh air
Since you're holding the other end of the leash, what follows is entirely up to you! You can choose to walk down the street and back, or travel around the block or even go to the local dog or people park. Any of these choices will provide plenty of fresh air to breath, sunshine to soak up and time to bond for you and your canine companion. Strolling along with the sun shining warmly on your face, the gentle breeze ruffling your hair, and your best friend at your side - it doesn’t get any better, does it?
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Indoor Fetch

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Any Day
Free
Easy
30 - 60 min
Items needed
Favorite toys or treats
Activity description
Indoor fetch is a game that can be played indoors in just about any environment you choose.  Not a lot of extra space is needed, nor do you need any expensive equipment. No extensive training is required for either you or your Scotinese; it's a simple game just for fun.  You can use your dog’s favorite toys or the treats they favor and engage them in any room in the house of your choosing and at any time of day or night.  It doesn’t get any easier or less expensive because you don’t need anything you don’t already possess.  With this type of game, nothing can interfere with your time with your furry best friend - not the torrential rain, nor that foot of snow that fell overnight - you can still have fun with your frisky friend.
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Tasty treats or tantalizing toys
By choosing your pet’s favorite toys or treats, you've won half the battle of teaching this game to your pup. When you bring their favored toys or savored snacks into the mix, you immediately get their attention. They’ll follow you willingly to any room in the house to see what you’re going to do with those treats and toys. Allow them to sniff and investigate, and even taste your choices, focusing on them in preparation for the next step.
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Tuck away the treats or toys
This step involves hiding the toys and treats but doing so while your Scotinese follows along with you through the room or house. Make some of the hiding places easy and some a bit more challenging to keep the game exciting and fun for all involved. You can utilize any number of toys or treats or any combination of both as search items.
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Scope out the search
Now, turn your furry friend loose, commanding them to go get the toys or treats. Their fun begins immediately as they seek those items they watched you tuck away, consuming any of the treats as their reward or coveting their beloved toy when it is found. Your fun begins as they search as well. You can delight in the prowess and intelligence exhibited by your precious pet as they sniff out their “prey".
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Flirt Pole

This activity involves using a long pole with a rope attached to one end.  At the other end of the line, connect one of your pup’s toys, and then swing the toy on the tether around, or drag it on the ground, or loop it in the air while your eager Scotinese chases it.

Interactive Toys

These are a type of toy which requires the input of some sort from your Scotinese.  It might involve rescuing a treat from a slot or other opening or pawing a lever to release a toy, ball, or treat.

Conclusion

Providing exercise and entertainment for your pup enables them to expend their stored up energy and prevents them from displaying destructive behaviors or annoying habits.  These activities also can help maintain a healthy weight for them as many breeds are prone to obesity, contentedly enjoying those cuddling and snuggling moments.  Games and fun enterprises can also achieve significant bonding opportunities for you and your Scotinese, something to which a price or value cannot be attached.