Activities For Shar Tzus

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Introduction

A Shar Tzu, while quite rare, is a lovely mixed breed of dog consisting of a Chinese Shar-Pei and a Shih Tzu. They have a sweet nature, are small to medium in body size, and are protective of their owners. While they are not the most popular breed – for no reason in particular – you are sure to find they are more common in households with owners who don’t have a lot of time to spare. Shar Tzus are dogs that don’t require a lot of physical activity and are more than happy to hang out with you. However, given their high prey drive and need for stimulation, you may find that you need to have a few activity options in your repertoire to cure boredom. We have included a few activities below. 

Obedience Training

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1 hr
Items needed
Treat
Leash
Activity description

Shar Tzus never set out to be disobedient or hard to manage, but their high prey drive and stubbornness can mean they are more challenging to train than some other breeds. Therefore, the sooner you book them into obedience training, the sooner you can gain some of that much-needed control. While obedience training, and even puppy school, can be an expensive all-weather activity, it’s one that’s entirely worth it. It also challenges both you and your furry friend. Here, they can learn how to socialize with other dogs, curtail their prey drive, and master the commands of sit, stay, and come, as well. 

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Options
The first thing you need to do is look at your options. Do you think your dog needs to go straight to obedience training? Or, will puppy school be a better option? If your dog is between the age of eight weeks and six months, a puppy school can be a helpful first look at training options. The goal of such a facility is to help your dog accustom to other dogs – necessary for a Shar Tzu, and learn those essential commands as well. Base your decision on the age of the pup and their current mannerisms and behavior.
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Train
During the hour-long training sessions with your dog, you will learn a range of helpful hints and techniques to help train your dog in the most effective way possible. However, these classes will not be without their challenges. Shar Tzus are stubborn and have short attention spans. As a result, you will need to work hard and use positive reinforcement and treats to keep them focused. The help of an experienced trainer will be appreciated.
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Practice
Even once your six or eight-week classes are over, the hard work isn’t over. You then need to go home with your Shar Tzu and practice everything you learned. Practice makes perfect which means you need to put effort into mastering those necessary commands. Without repetition on a regular basis, those classes may all be for nothing.
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Dog Park

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

One thing that Shar Tzus struggle with is dog socialization. If you don’t include it from a young age, you may run into problems with aggression and unsocial behavior later in their life. Even a dog walking past your property is enough to set off a Shar Tzu that has not been around dogs too often in their life. If you want to prevent such behavior, make a point of taking weekly visits to a nearby dog park for an hour at a time. Such a trip, with a leash and toy, can be more beneficial for your furry friend than you think. 

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Set routine
Shar Tzus work very well with a routine, so this first step is a crucial one. When you decide that you will be taking your pup to a dog park once per week, make sure it’s on the same days at around the same time. Therefore, your dog can expect and look forward to the experience without it coming as a shock. There are going to be occasions when you visit on a whim but keeping a consistent routine is going to be beneficial for a dog that’s typically on high alert.
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Introduce the surroundings
If you begin taking a young Shar Tzu to a dog park, you will find it’s far easier to socialize them with other dogs than when they are older. Still, it’s helpful to slowly introduce your dog to the new surroundings at any age, rather than throwing them into a pen with dogs they don’t know. While they are on their leash, walk them around the enclosure and let them see and smell the other dogs. While you are doing this, take note of their behavior. If you see any signs of antisocial behavior move back from the pen.
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Playtime
Once your dog has had a chance to see, smell, and experience their surroundings, you can walk them into the small or medium dog enclosure to let them play with others. Introduce them to the other dogs in there while on the leash, then let them off when you’re satisfied they will play nicely with their toys with other dogs.
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Walk

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

One of the many benefits of owning a Shar Tzu, aside from how much joy they will bring to your life, is that they require minimal exercise. Therefore, even if you live in an apartment with little to no outdoor space, you could own a Shar Tzu without it having a negative impact on your dog. However, you will find that two half-hour walks can be sufficient to cater to their exercise and stimulation requirements. All you need is half an hour up your sleeve, a beautifully sunny day, and a leash and doggy bag. 

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Plan routes
Shar Tzus have very short attention spans. Unlike other dogs that may be happy with the same path every day, Shar Tzus need you to change it up a little. Therefore, if you are planning on including regular walks into their routine, make sure they don’t take you along the same path each time. Instead, have several options to keep your pup’s enjoyment levels up and naughtiness levels down!
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Walk variations
When you go for a walk with your furry friend, you will find it’s an enjoyable experience for you and them both. You can go for trips through the park, along different nature trails, or even through the many streets of your neighborhood. However, because Shar Tzus have high prey drives, be sure to stay away from areas with squirrels and other wildlife that your pup will be inclined to chase.
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Chew Toys

If you live in an apartment or the rainy weather means you have to remain indoors, you need to have a plan B. While your pup is happy to hang out with you, they also need something to occupy their minds. Pay a visit to a pet store or your local vet clinic and select toys that will keep your pup occupied for hours. 

Food Puzzles

Shar Tzus are intelligent dogs, which means that if you want something to occupy their time, a food puzzle is a great option. You can make one at home with a range of items such as muffin tins or PVC pipes, or you can buy food stuffer balls and other toys that require your pup to use their noggin. Food puzzles are also ideal for if you have a small or non-existent backyard and need more indoor play activities. 

Conclusion

It would be a challenge to find a doggo more loyal and loving than a Shar Tzu. However, to keep them out of trouble, you need to put your best paw forward. Invest in chew toys and stimulating activities, and don’t be afraid to invest money in training. Before long, you will have a full repertoire of activities that will keep your pampered pooch entertained for hours!