Activities For Scotteses

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Introduction

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. 

Dog Park

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

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.  

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Find a park
If your Scottese is new to the family, or you’re new to the area, you may not know where the best dog parks are. What’s more, your idea of the best dog park may not be suitable for other dogs, or vice versa. Think about your dog’s temperament and decide if a quiet or busy park is in your best interests. If your Scottese features more of the Scottish Terrier, they tend to be more territorial and feistier than Maltese dogs and can take some adjustment and socialization from a young age.
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Take it slow
Given the hybrid combination of both fun-loving and dominating, you may find your first few ventures to the dog park require you to take it slow. You may need to walk them around the enclosure, let them smell other dogs through the fencing, and give them time to become accustomed to the area before you let them in to play. You should also pay attention to their body language. If they aren’t going to play nicely with other dogs, the dog park is not the best activity for them.
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Play
If you take your Scottese to the dog park from a young age, you will most likely find they get used to their surroundings quite quickly. If you’re happy with their behavior at the dog park, get out their toy, and it’s time to play! You may find a game of fetch is appropriate, or you can add a rope toy and let your pup play with others.
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Tug of War

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Any Day
Cheap
Easy
20 - 30 min
Items needed
Tug toy
Activity description

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. 

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Buy a toy
Before you play a game of tug of war, you need to select an appropriate toy which can involve a trip to the pet store. You can buy a small rope suitable for the tiny mouth of your dog, or you can opt for long rope toys with additional pieces to chew. Toys like that are ideal for when you play together and for when they play alone. Once you have found the perfect toy – one that will last the distance – it’s time to play.
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Play
When you play tug of war, you have to remember your Scottese is a small dog. You don’t need to pull too hard to win the game. What’s more, it’s a good idea to let them win, then you win, then take turns dropping the rope. You can include throwing into the game as well, making your dog run to retrieve the toy before bringing it back. After around 20 minutes, they are bound to be exhausted.
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Car Ride

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Cold Day
Free
Easy
1 hr
Items needed
Car seat harness
Activity description

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.

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Buy a harness
Before you go for a trip in the car, it’s essential to buy a car harness. Scotteses are always on the move, which can be dangerous for the driver as well as being a distraction. To avoid them moving around, while still giving them the opportunity to look out the window, invest in a high-quality car seatbelt harness. If your pup is a chewer, avoid the low-quality ones and select the more robust seatbelt material options. They hook onto their collar or on their body like a harness, then slot into the seatbelt, keeping them firmly in place.
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Hit the road
As soon as your pup sees you grab their leash and everyone heads to the car, they are bound to lose their mind with excitement. Many dog breeds love going for a ride in the car with their human, and Scotteses are no different. The best part is, they never know where they’re going but they’re excited to be there for the experience. To treat them, why not stop in at the dog park on the way home?
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Walk

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.  

Bubbles

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.  

Conclusion

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.