Toy breeds grow in popularity by the day, with more and more people preferring smaller dogs for smaller homes. However, if there ever were a toy breed to shine through, it would be the Shichon. Also known as a teddy bear or Zuchon, they are a Shih Tzu and Bichon Frise designer dog that looks exactly like a child’s soft toy teddy bear. They are cute, cuddly, friendly, and are well worth treating to some fun activities. While a Shichon doesn’t need a lot of physical activity, they still require you to provide them with stimulation of around 45 minutes per day to curb destructive behavior. Find out how below.
You don’t need to take your Shichon to a dog park for socialization, but you do need to make sure they play well with others and can burn off energy at the same time. Therefore, there’s no harm in tracking down a friend with a dog of a similar size and temperament for regular playdates. They can run and play together in any weather, all the while learning that other dogs are friends, not threats. The best part is, this is a free activity that doesn’t require you to do any work. All you need to do is meet up with a friend for coffee and let the dogs enjoy an hour of easy play!
Believe it or not, Shichons are brilliant dogs, enjoying nothing more than to please their owners and obey your commands. As a result, they are reasonably easy to train. If you want to go far beyond obedience training into the realm of fun skills, then why not try your hand at handshakes and playing dead? This rainy-day activity is one you can work on for five minutes, three times a day, involving snacks and a normal difficulty level. Contrary to what you may think, this activity is one that your dog will pick up quickly and will enjoy if it involves treats.
A game of fetch is an excellent activity for a small Shichon, due to its versatility. You can play it inside, outside, when it’s raining, when it’s sunny, and if you have a yard or an apartment with no outdoor area. Not only is fetch going to cater to your dog in all situations, but it’s also an affordable and easy activity that can wear them out in as little as 20 minutes. All you need is a toy for the game which you can buy at your local pet store and some space set aside to throw the toy. You can then get started!
Whether you live in an apartment or your dog is getting lazy at home, you may find a daily walk can cater to their physical requirements. You only need a leash and waste bag, but it’s an activity that can take up half an hour of your time while tiring your furry friend out in the process.
When you bring your Shichon home for the first time, you will quickly discover that they like your new pair of shoes as much as you do. It doesn’t take long for your Shichon to become bored, so make sure they always have something to occupy their time – so that your prized possessions don’t end up in the firing line. Small, robust rubber toys are going to be more than suitable for your dog’s chewing requirements. They can then sit down quietly and benefit from that much-needed mental stimulation.
Your teddy bear dog will be the light of your life, and they will think the world of you too. If you want to make sure your furry friend has adequate mental and physical stimulation every day, then treat them to some of these activities above. Both you and your four-legged companion will enjoy the time you get to spend together.