Don’t be fooled by this small, adorable, and friendly dog. For even though all signs point to them not being in need of fast-paced physical stimulation, they require more than you think. These Dachshund and Shetland Sheepdog hybrids are small, sweet, loyal, and suit family life perfectly, but they also require you to dedicate up to two hours of time per day to their activity requirements. After all, both parent breeds traditionally had a job to do, so you need to make sure their offspring do too. Stuck for ideas? Check out these below.
For a dog that has bursts of energy when they are already a high-energy dog, fast-paced stimulation is crucial. Even if you can rely on the kids to wear them out through chasing and games, they still need a fun activity that tests their physical and mental levels to the limit. Agility courses tend to be expensive, but they do provide an hour or more of entertainment in sunny conditions that your Shethund may find relatively challenging. As a result, it could be the very thing they need to burn off energy and stimulate their senses at the same time.
Nothing burns a dog’s energy quicker than time with other dogs. Therefore, if you find that you can’t keep up with your furry friend’s need to run and play, then a trip to the park is an excellent idea. Here, they can meet new friends, socialize, and run and jump to their heart’s content. The best part is, it’s entirely free. Bring your dog on a leash, a toy to play with and a bag to pick up their waste, and you can have an hour of fun in the sunshine. Even if you don’t have a park nearby, the car ride is another fun activity you can include to get the best of both worlds.
Shethunds show a firm interest in small animals - be it your family cat or a smaller dog. While they can live in harmony with other animals, you may like to curtail the predatory behavior with a toy such as a weasel ball. Weasel balls are affordable to purchase online, are easy to play with, and only require batteries. You can then release them onto the ground while your pup spends at least half an hour in awe of what they’re doing. If you want to provide your furry friend with something fun and different to do, then a weasel ball could be the answer.
If you have an hour to spare and the sun is shining, why not put on your sneakers and head out for a walk? The kaleidoscope of smells is sure to grab your dog’s interest, while also putting all their senses on high alert. Because they are having to use their mental and physical senses, you will find that upon arriving home, they are spent and ready for a sleep!
If you don’t have time to head out for a walk with your Shethund, then you can’t leave them to their own devices. Instead, you need to make sure you thoroughly stimulate them with the likes of a chew toy. The best chew toy for your dog is one that features a hard and durable rubber material and lasts a long time. The last thing you want is to be picking up rubber confetti in five seconds!
It’s easy to assume that a small dog has a small need for exertion, but with a Shethund, that couldn’t be further from the truth. When it comes to catering to their physical and mental stimulation requirements, you need to put your best paw forward. Otherwise, you may find they can bark a lot, get into mischief, and have the time of their life chasing the family cat!