Activities For Shetineses

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Introduction

Your Shetinese is a hybrid mix of the Shetland Sheepdog and the Pekingese breeds.  This combination results in a loving, loyal and energetic and over-sized lap-sitter extraordinaire.  This hybrid is also intelligent, and when mixed with the higher activity needs of both parents breeds, creates a cute canine companion that loves to play and learn new things.  Your Shetinese needs about 1 to 2 hours per day of exercise and playtime to maintain good health and stay fit.  We've come up with top-notch suggestions about how to achieve these goals in a fun and engaging manner.  These activities will not only be exciting and entertaining for your four-legged family member, but you’ll also be delightfully whisked away, too!

Spin in Circles

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Any Day
Free
Easy
10 - 15 min
Items needed
Yummy dog treats
Activity description

Your Shetinese is a "spinner" by nature - or at least as contributed by the Shetland Sheepdog breed parent.  The Shetland Sheepdog parent adds an attribute that includes wariness of strangers as well as excitability, especially when in the company of other dogs, which displays itself as spinning like a top perhaps while barking constantly.  Since this trait is genetic, teaching your frisky friend to spin in circles should be less complicated than it is in other canine breeds.  This activity is one that can be done in any weather or climate, inside or out and repeated several times a day if desired.  The price is perfect - it's free - requiring only your time, attention and a doggie treat or two. 

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Taste the treat
Locate a space in your home or outside that provides ample room to move about without obstacles. Place that yummy doggie treat on your pup’s nose, allowing them to sniff and even lick it without eating it. Encouraging investigation will get your pet’s interest in the gift, making following it more desirable for them.
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The spin
Next, move the treat a few inches to a foot from your dog’s nose and allow them to follow it. Incorporate a circling hand motion as you move the food as this is the signal that you will likely want to use when trained. Be sure to permit sniffing and a few licks so that your doggie will continue their interest in the snack. Move the tasty tidbit a few more inches to a foot, again encouraging them to follow it, including the hand motion in step by step procession.
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Complete the circle
Repeat step two until the circle completed. At the completion of the round, be sure to reward your pup with the treat. Repeat the exercise at least one more time before removing the snack from the mix, including the hand motion with each move or step. If your pup doesn’t respond to a “snackless” hand motion to circle, incorporate the treat in your practice sessions until your Shetinese spins in a circle with a command or hand motion without the presence of the yummy reward.
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Shake Paws

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Any Day
Free
Easy
5 min
Items needed
Doggie snacks
Activity description

This activity is a cute doggie trick that most dog breeds learn quickly.  Once mastered, your playful pet will likely submit their paw to anyone and everyone they meet! It teaches and encourages your furry family member to greet people in a friendly and non-threatening way.  What a delight for you to observe this congeniality in your Shetinese!  If you begin this type of training early in your pup’s life, this will increase their sociability with family, friends and welcomed visitors as they mature.  The monetary cost to you of this activity doesn’t get any better than free, but the intrinsic investment goes way beyond that!  This neat trick for your dog, done in any weather or climate, inside or out, brings beautiful bonding into your lives as you gently encourage your pup to shake “paws” with you.  

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Seat your student
Have your pet sit. If your pawed playmate hasn’t yet learned to sit upon command, then you will need to teach this step before you can begin this activity. Train your canine to sit using a small training treat, placed in your hand and held just above their nose but not high enough to encourage them to jump. Slowly move the snack back toward the ears, and at some point, the dog will naturally sit back and place their rear on the floor. When your dog’s hocks and bottom make contact with the floor, immediately praise them and reward with the treat. Keep practicing these steps, adding the word "sit" to the process several times a day for several days, eventually phasing out the gift.
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Tempt with treat
Once your pup is seated, place the treat into your hand and show it to them, but don’t allow them to take it from you. Close your fist around the snack and wave it under their nose, adding the command to “shake.” The dog will investigate the contents of your hand, usually sniffing and pawing at your fisted hand. When your pet’s paw touches your hand, immediately praise them and give them the treat.
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Share the shake
Repeat the above steps for 5 minutes several times a day, and your precious pup will soon be offering their paw when you least expect it! Be prepared to provide a nudge or other encouragement if your furry friend is a bit reluctant to learn the trick. Most dogs learn this adorable skill quickly, but some are a bit timid and may need more patient urging to step into the unknown.
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Dancing Partner

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Any Day
Free
Normal
15 - 20 min
Items needed
Doggie Kibble
Activity description

Teaching your best bud dance steps can be a challenge, especially if that best bud has four legs!  But, the entertainment, exercise and emotional bonding that results from the effort is priceless!  This particular activity is one that is both simple and complex at the same time, depending on the scope you choose.  There are multiple steps involved in teaching your pup a variety of moves or routines, but we're condensing them to provide ideas for exercise and energy management for you and your pet. We will keep the moves simple, with the expectation that you can build upon them if you choose.   This activity involves a great deal of patience on the part of the trainer and a comparable amount of attention on the part of the trainee.  Dancing with your doggie is something you can do anywhere, anytime, and in any season, inside or out.  It’s a free enterprise regarding financial investment, but it’s loaded with value regarding relational bonding with your Shetinese.

Step
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Teach the twirl
Teach your dog to spin in circles first as described in one of the alternate activities of the guide, laying the foundation for instructing your pup in the art of the twirl. To avoid confusion, when you teach these moves, use different commands to identify which direction you desire for your dog to go. For example, use the word "spin" to go clockwise and the command "twirl" to turn counterclockwise. Once the twirl and spin moves are mastered, then you can move along to step 2.
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Wag and weave
The weave involves getting your canine to move between your legs, first with you remaining stationary and then building from there to a forward or backward movement by you with your dog walking between your legs. First, the stationary weave: stand with your dog facing you, your legs parted enough for your dog to walk through. With a doggie treat in your right hand and their collar in your left, displaying the gift to your pup behind you through the opening in your legs, entice them to move between your legs to retrieve the treat on the other side. Guide your pooch where you want them to go using a gentle hand on their collar, rewarding and praising them when they behave as expected as well as at various points in the movement.
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Forward weave
Once mastered going around both right and left legs, move on to the forward weave, moving your right leg forward (as though you’re taking a step without actually doing so) and encouraging the dog to walk through the opening in your legs. Repeat with the left leg, being sure to reward and praise them when they behave as expected. Repeat the stationary and forward/backward weave until your Shetinese is comfortable with the movements. Once your frisky friend has mastered these simple movements, you are ready to put them to music. Choose a music type that fits into the pace that both you and your pawed partner can maintain. At first, keep the length of the snippet to one or two minutes, lengthening it as the two of you progress in your dance expertise. These are basic movements upon which more complex routines are built if you so choose.
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More Fun Ideas...

Make a Dog Calendar

Creating a dog calendar is a fun enterprise for anyone who enjoys taking pictures.  Your Shetinese is likely to engage in cute photographic style poses and activities on any day and at any time.  Feel free to snap photos and assemble them into a 12-month arrangement, assigning one snapshot to each month of the year.  Using your photoshop programming or that of the local drugstore or department store, create a personalized calendar for yourself as well as for family members - perhaps as gifts?

Frisbee Fetch

This activity involves tossing a Frisbee disk into an open space and encouraging your pup to do what comes naturally - chase it!  Encourage them to retrieve the Frisbee, and sometimes, you might actually get them to bring it back to you! 

Conclusion

These activities are designed to manage both the intellectual energies as well as the physical energy of your Shetinese.  And, you get a benefit as well when you patiently and gently train your darling doggie to be better mannered and responsive to your commands.  The cost of these enterprises is minimal, but the value of the emotional bonding that takes place between you and your pet is priceless!