Your Sheltie Pin is a hybrid dog resulting from breeding a Miniature Pinscher with a Shetland Sheepdog, and they get a tremendous amount of energy and intelligence from both parent breeds. Since the breeding blessed this darling doggie with these two attributes, it becomes necessary that you assure your pup gets adequate mental and physical exercise on a daily basis. Your Sheltie Pin will provide hours and hours of fun and entertainment that will be healthy for both of you, and these activities will keep peace in the household, protecting the couch, your favorite shoes, and the kid’s backpacks from the inevitable destruction that comes from a bored Sheltie Pin.
You chase me (and I’ll chase you) is an activity in which any member of the family can engage with your Sheltie Pin, and is played inside the house or out. Ideally, this game is best done outside, in the fresh air and sunlight, in the openness of the backyard, but, if those conditions aren’t available, you can surely improvise by using the family room, great room or hallway as your “course.” This game is one that requires only some space, a dog and a human being - and of course, some yummy dog treats as rewards (something you probably keep anyway)! This exercise also has a very short learning curve since most canines willingly give chase when provided with the appropriate stimulus. A single firm but gentle pushing down on the head of your pet should serve to signal them that fun is afoot, especially if your delightful doggie gives you the “play bow” -- the chest down and “butts up” position which tells you they’re ready to play! When your pet assumes this position, be assured that any running, jumping, nipping and associated frolicking that follows show they’re ready for fun and isn’t a cause for alarm.
Disc Dog is an easy and inexpensive game to play with your pooch. Purchase a Frisbee disc, take them to an open space, fling the Frisbee, and encourage them to chase and retrieve. Repeat for hours of fun!
Fetch the toy is an activity that closely resembles that of Disc Dog, with the exception that, instead of using of the Frisbee disc to fling and fetch, you choose your dog’s favorite toy. Who knows, you may even get them to return it to you with a little snack enticement!
These activities are suggestions of beautiful ways to build closer bonds with your four-legged family member as well as utilize the enormous amounts of energy which this hybrid has inherited. These are, for the most part, entertaining, engaging and inexpensive methods to protect the health and well-being of your best bud, as well as protecting others in the household from the annoying and destructive behaviors which can develop from a bored Sheltie Pin.