Ask your dog to go and get their toys. This activity should be taught to your dog as soon as possible. They can be a great help at the end of the day when you are cleaning the house. No doubt your Shiffon has a good pile of toys that they have played with over the week. By now, some of the toys will be dirty and well mouthed. A quick wash and rinse, followed by a cycle in the microwave will sterilize the toys and bring them back to life. Discard any toys that have broken bits and repair any toys that need some maintenance. While your dog looks on, put the soft toys and tennis balls in the wash. Some dogs are mesmerised by the sight of their toys going round and round in the washer or dryer. Once clean, you can hand them back to their owner (your pooch) and it will be like getting a bunch of new toys. Or you could do a swap with your pet's doggie buddy for a whole new bunch of toys. Just disinfect them prior to use with a good pet friendly product first.
The beach is an ideal place to take a curious dog. Try to get away from the crowds to an area where there are rock pools. These miniature pools are perfect for a small dog to explore, swim and 'fish' for minnows. You can wander along for ages on a sunny day. Make sure you have fresh water for both you and your dog. Let them dig and roll in the sand, or dig under a rock and chase the crabs! If you are collecting shells, your Shiffon will want to help too. What a perfect bonding day.
Carnivals are both fun and exciting, as well as a bit overwhelming for some dogs. But, it is a great socializing activity in a small dose for your dog. The excitement in the air, the parades, the people and of course - the food! What is not to love? If it is your dog's first carnival you may need to reassure them often as they adapt to all the activity. If you can grab a spot where you can sit and watch with your dog on your lap, that would be perfect.