Scotteses are a relatively new hybrid breed of dog, which means owners don’t entirely know what they’ve got until they get one. They consist of both Maltese and Scottish Terrier and can be a loving, gentle, playful and sometimes stubborn dog that requires at least an hour of physical activity per day. While you can have other pets and children when you own a Scottese, they do need supervision and children must be taught not to tease. You may also benefit from early socialization to avoid the anti-social behavior that can occur. If you’re running out of ideas for ways to entertain your pup, take a look at these options below.
The dog park is a free and easy activity from which your Scottese is bound to benefit. If you include hour-long outings to the dog park when the sun is shining on a regular basis, you will find they get on well with other dogs and learn how to share their toys and play nicely. What’s more, if you have a small yard, a dog park opens the door of opportunity for your pup to get that much-needed hour of physical activity every day. Even more convenient is if the park is in proximity to your home. All you need for this outing is a leash, a toy to play with, and a dog bag to clean up after them.
Even though it seems like a game of tug of war is more suitable for a large dog, there is no reason why your Scottese won’t like the game as well. Because of their small size, you will need to use less force than you would with a big dog. Tug of war is an excellent activity for Scotteses because you can play in any weather, it can only take 20 minutes to wear them out, and it’s an affordable and effortless game to play. All you need is a tug toy and plenty of enthusiasm and energy. If you’re playing inside, you may also like to clear an area to ensure nothing gets broken.
Scotteses are very loyal to their owners, which means they want to be everywhere you are. If you’re going on a family Sunday drive and it’s a somewhat cold day, why not take your pup along for the ride? They will love being with their humans, and you can treat them to different sights and sounds they will see out their window. The perfect car ride for a Scottese is one that lasts no more than an hour – and don’t forget their seatbelt harness! If it’s a sunny day, leave them at home with shelter and plenty of fresh water. Taking your dog in a hot car without ventilation can be dangerous.
Scotteses require at least 60 minutes of physical activity per day, which is why a walk can be suitable. You can get that much-needed outdoor time yourself, all the while helping to keep your dog fit and healthy at the same time. Invest in a leash or a harness and be prepared to pull them back from any wildlife they see.
If you don’t have a large yard, but you want to make the most of it, invest in a pet-friendly and non-toxic bubble blower. Fill it up, blow the bubbles out, and watch as your pup runs around trying to catch them. After 10 or 20 minutes of that, they will be more than ready to take a break.
Your Scottese is going to think you’re pawesome no matter what activity you decide to do. However, depending on the hybrid combination, you may find some of these are more suitable for Maltese or Scottish Terrier traits. Take the time to find out what your dog likes then treat them to hours of fun entertainment.