Activities For Scotti Apsos

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Introduction

The Scotti Apso is a hybrid created from breeding a Scottish Terrier with a Lhasa Apso.  This delightful little breed possesses excellent watchdog talents, is quite the family clown and is very content to sit beside you as you drive down the road in your car, or on your lap as you watch your favorite TV program.  Neither of the parent breeds contributes to the need for a great deal of exercise, but they do require a weekly run and short to moderate daily walks to keep them from becoming obese and unhealthy.  Since their exercise requirements are not excessive, the activities in which you involve them are both comfortable and inexpensive and can be done both indoors as well as outside.  The simplicity of their exercise needs also doesn’t necessitate purchasing extra equipment or memberships to achieve the goals, something that is also a plus for pet parents of any age, or who live in any style of housing. 

Indoor Treat Seek

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Any Day
Free
Easy
30 min
Items needed
treats
Activity description
The indoor treat seek is an activity which can be done anytime, anywhere and in any environment.  As its name indicates, you play this game in the house, in a specific room or a combination of places.  Additionally, any member of the family can be involved in this enterprise, and inviting other family members to join in is a great way to build deeper relationships in both the human as well as the canine participants.  You can start with any treats or snacks or virtually any items that are favored by your Scotti Apso.  As you select the goodies, your dog will undoubtedly watch your every move, salivating and anticipating the tasty interlude that will surely follow.  So focused are they on those tasty tidbits, they won’t mind at all if they need to work a little bit to get them!  Be sure to let them watch you as you tuck those yummy mouthfuls into their hiding places.  It’ll surely be lots of fun as you watch them sniff and ferret them out of those hidey holes!
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Pick their pleasure
You get to decide what tasty tidbits you employ in this game. It can be your pet’s favorite doggy yum-yum, or a new one you’re trying, or even something you cooked up in the kitchen! You’re in charge so let your imagination run wild as you devise the perfect plan to entertain and break your pup’s food monotony. Once you’ve decided what those search items will be, keeping in mind that too much of even healthy foods and snacks may not be suitable for your Scotti Apso, then it’s on to the heart of the exercise.
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Stash the snacks
This part involves your imagination. Since the game takes place indoors, your hiding places will differ from those you might use outside. Instead of hiding something under a bush, you would use a chair or footstool, or instead of tucking something away behind a flower pot, you would stash the snack behind the sofa or umbrella stand. An essential part of this step is the inclusion of your dog as you shelter those tasty tidbits from view while they’re watching! If you allow them to watch (and hopefully remember) where you hide the treats, it adds to the fun of the next step!
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Furry friend feast and fun
When all the treats are hidden, give your Scotti Apso the go-ahead to find the goodies! Getting them involved won’t be a problem at all, in fact, it is more likely that you’ve had some difficulty keeping them from munching away while you’ve completed step 2! Watch them with amazement as they sniff and search, possibly remembering some of the hiding places, utilizing their natural hunting instincts. This enterprise employs not only those natural hunting instincts but also kicks in their genetic problem-solving talents as they work out the logistics of “rescuing” the reward!
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Park Walk

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Sunny Day
Free
Easy
30 - 60 min
Items needed
Dog collar or harness
Leash
Drinking water
Dog Waste bags
Activity description

Walking in the park is an enjoyable activity for people and dogs of all ages and physical condition, providing an opportunity to soak up the warm sunshine, breathe in clean, fresh air, and stretch those not-nearly-used-enough muscles of both man and beast.  This exercise goes beyond all of these vital things - it also presents an excellent chance to bond more deeply with your Scotti Apso - a priceless dividend indeed! Walking, an action well-known to be healthy and doable for those in any stage of life is something that you can do on the spur of the moment, requiring little to no planning or preparation.  You can go for a walk with your best friend in virtually any weather, though sunny and warm conditions are likely preferred by most, and you don’t need any special equipment aside from comfy walking shoes, a collar or harness and leash for your best bud, and some drinking water. Not only is this venture easy, free and full of healthy advantages, it also gives you and your dog daily opportunities to enjoy the wonderment of nature, and you can change up that view as desired by choosing another location in which to walk!

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Pick your park
Regional, municipal, county and other types of local park areas abound in our country today. There are not many places in the United States, or even perhaps in most of the world, in which you don’t have the freedom to walk and enjoy the sunshine, the fresh air and the wonders of nature, whether on publicly owned or personally owned locations. You might even have a place on your property in which you and your four-footed friend can bask in the warmth and simplicity of nature. The point is, you have a vast choice of venues in which to walk your pup, providing you all the variety you desire.
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Connect the collar
If your dog doesn’t already wear their collar or harness throughout the day, you will need to put it on them. This action alone will send a signal to them that an outside function is afoot (pun intended). Some pet parents may utilize a collar for most activities but prefer to use a harness when walking. Using a harness instead of a standard collar is an acceptable option if desired. It is probably a good idea to be ready to roll when you perform this step because your Scotti Apso certainly will be full of anticipatory excitement of what is to come. Attach the leash and off you go!
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Explore, examine, enjoy
Make your way to the preferred park, whether by car or on foot. Choose your path and walk along at a comfortable pace for both you and your precious pup. Watch as your canine companion raises their head, nose pointed high into the air, sniffing and searching the surroundings. Take note of how their demeanor and even the way they carry themselves change as they pick up the variety of intriguing scents along the way, being sure to allow them to alter the chosen path somewhat as they let their instincts to drive them. Notice the flowers and fauna of the area, which can differ with the change of seasons. Enjoy nature and the bonding opportunities which abound when you take a walk in the park!
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Hide and Seek

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Any Day
Free
Easy
30 - 45 min
Items needed
Treats
Activity description

The game of "hide and seek" is one most of us have most likely played as kids.  It involved one person proclaimed as “it” and the remaining members of the group being responsible for finding hiding places in which the “it” person must find them.  This dog activity is very similar to that which we played as children - with the exception that your Scotti Apso is “it” and you are the object of their search.  The activity can be played indoors or out, in any weather or time of day.  Making it more fun by including other members of the family can deepen the relationships and strengthen those bonds of all involved.  While there are no additional items to purchase to participate in the game, it is recommended that for outdoor venues, some means of containment of your precious pooch be maintained for their safety and security of all participants. Choose the fenced yard or dog park for ouside fun, rooms in the house, or perhaps even the closed garage.  You could also add a bit of a chase to the mix for even more enjoyment.  This exercise is easy, free and loads of fun for all!

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Pick a perfect place
The perfect place to hide doesn’t have to be ingenious or devious. It merely needs to be fun. Keeping the hiding places relatively simple will go a long way toward keeping your Scotti Apso engaged for more extended periods of time. The hiding places can be inside the house, within a specific number of rooms, or if you’ve decided to play outside with your pup, those hiding places can be anywhere within an enclosed or fenced area where safety and security are easily maintained.
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Prompt your pup
Your pup will need to learn that, upon command, they need to seek the “object” of the search, whatever the number of those objects. Get the family involved to increase the fun for all, and invite them to encourage the “it” dog to find them. Remind your other players to keep the hiding places relatively simple so that any training of your Scotti Apso is more easily done. The hidden family members can prompt your pup from their secluded locations by calling the dog to come and find them. So as not to confuse the dog in training, also remind the hidden human search “objects” to call your dog individually, instead of everyone at once.
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Call to chase
Once your Scotti Apso has located the hidden human “objects,” more fun is afoot (pun intended) when you call them to chase, run and play. As you can readily see, this game can become pretty rowdy, potentially unruly, when this step is employed, making it essential to achieve and maintain control of the pace of all parties involved. The fun and bonding that stems from this exercise are repeatable as often as desired. Giving your pup a treat on occasion during the game will keep their interest piqued!
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More Fun Ideas...

The Cup Game

The Cup Game involves snacks, cups or similar objects and your pup’s hunting instincts.  Begin by offering a treat to your doggie, letting them sniff, lick and taste it before allowing them to eat it.  Then arrange the cups, shells, boxes or other similar objects open side down on a table, placing a tasty tidbit beneath them.  While your pup watches, shuffle the cups around, mixing up the arrangement of them.  Command your pet to find the treat, then watch in delight as they sniff and search! 

Toy Toss

The toy toss game is an inside or an outside activity and can involve any number of people or toys or dogs.  The canines can be invited to play and run once they have retrieved the toys to add to the fun.

Conclusion

While your Scotti Apso is a delightfully darling doggie who has many talents and skills, they also don't need a great deal of exercise to stay fit and healthy.  Activities like these may be done on a daily basis or several times a week to prevent obesity, provide fun and allow time for deeper bonding with your canine companion.  Keep it simple and fun and invite the whole family to participate.