Activities For Shih-Mos

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Introduction

The Shih-Mo is a small to average size dog, full of life and loving attention. A combination of the American Eskimo Dog and the Shih Tzu, they sport soft fluffy coats and are usually calm and gentle by nature. But don't think that a quick pat and chat will keep your Shih-Mo happy! Like most dogs they enjoy a variety of activities, and a bored Shih-Mo will start getting into trouble.  Training requires patience but is well worth it. Make it fun by adding in some different things for them to learn. They can learn tricks like crawling along on their tummy, rolling over, or even balancing tricks. You can hide their food so that they have to follow their nose and work out where you hid their meal. Use your imagination to vary your dog's routine and make life a bit more fun and unpredictable. 

Backpacking

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Sunny Day
Expensive
Normal
24 - 48 hrs
Items needed
leash
Backpacks
Water and food
Overnight gear
Activity description
Your Shih-Mo is the perfect companion to take on a country hike. Whether you are staying out overnight or just doing a day long hike, your dog can help you carry the necessities for the trip. There are many setups from a single packs to multiple backpacks attached to a harness that your dog can be strapped into. Not only is your pup helping you, but they get to feel important and helpful. Ensure you check to see if dogs are welcome in the area that you are going to hike. Don't overload your dog, but at the same time, don't underestimate their abilities. This activity provides physical activity as well as a bonding time together. Rest often if it is your dog's first trek, and allow them to enjoy the scenery.
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Get the gear first
Outfit your dog prior to your hiking trip, and make sure you get the right backpack and harness that suits your Shih-Mo's size and build. It is best to take your dog with you to the shop to choose this, as they can vary so much in style and comfort. You will be able to try it on your little hiker to see if it will work for you both.
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Practice at home
Once you get home you can strap your dog into the harness and let them get used to wearing it. Give them a treat for being so good. Then, fill up the bags with some lighter things so your dog gets used to carrying a weight. Again, give them a treat for being so good. Best to try this out at home well before you go on your hike.
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Enjoy the journey
At last, it is time to head out to your planned destination with dog and gear in tow. Once you reach your destination, strap your dog into the harness, pop the leash on so they don't take off after some small animal, and head off onto the trail. Your dog will sniff every bush, plant and rock on the way. stop often for water and food. If you are staying overnight, what fun your Shih-Mo will have!
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Road Trip Holiday

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Moderate
Normal
12 - 72 hrs
Items needed
Leash
Treats
Food and Water
Dog toys
Activity description
There is no reason why you should not take your dog on holiday with you, especially if you are traveling in your own country. These days, motels and cabins are more relaxed about pets, and often welcome them as well. Do your homework and check out the accommodation and places you wish to visit as you travel. If you plan on staying with friends or family, check that they are happy for your pet to come along. As long as your dog is with you, your furry buddy won't care where they are going. The fresh scent trails they find, the new people they meet, and the exciting dog friends they make will all be happily acceptable to them. You will probably have to stop reasonably often for your pup to take a break and stretch their legs, but that is part of the traveling fun.
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Plan in advance
Any trip deserves a bit of pre-planning in advance. It saves guesswork when you actually know about what is available to do in the areas you pass through. Check the chosen accommodation to see if your Shih-Mo is welcome to stay as well. Then, pack and get ready to go. Take a few of your dog's favorite toys so they have something from home with them. Pre-plan a few interesting stops along the way so your dog can stretch their legs.
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Time to go
Your dog will know they are in for a treat when your head out with them to the car. Strap them in securely and make sure they can see out the window and get a bit of a breeze. Check you have everything before you warm up the motor and cruise off to enjoy your holiday. Keep your dog on a leash when out and about, and clean up after them at every stop. Apart from that, relax and enjoy.
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Holiday time
Holiday time is great for trying new activities like sailing, going to a concert, or just chilling with friends and enjoying good food. Your canine friend will touch people's hearts as you go along; all will be smitten by their adorable appearance and good behavior. As long as they have you close, your Shih-Mo will happily try anything and go anywhere.
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Market Day Fun

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Sunny Day
Cheap
Easy
1 - 2 hrs
Items needed
Leash
Water
Treats
Activity description
It is usually the weekends when the markets are open, and you can either drive or walk to the local events. Take your pooch along as it will be an ideal socializing occasion, where they will learn to meet and greet other dogs and people. Wander through the bright stalls, or stop and listen to the music. Rest often for your dog, especially if this is their first market. There is so much to see and the smells and sounds can overcome a young dog's senses. Have a little time out and give them some water before continuing. Before long, your pup will be conning a friendly stall owner for a doggie treat - a treat for a pat sounds like a fair trade!
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Start early
Usually, the markets start quite early on the weekend, so if you want the best bargains, get up and head out first thing. If you can walk to the market, that will give your dog an additional bit of fun. If not, a car trip is always amusing as long as there are sights to be seen. Your Shih-Mo won't mind either way.
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Meet up with friends
After a bit of wandering and watching the entertainment, meet up with some friends for breakfast at a pet-friendly café. Watch as your dog becomes exceptionally well behaved, waiting on a treat! Add that to the new toy you had to buy them and that sweet neck scarf and yes, the market will cost a little bit of money. But your dog is worth it!
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Time to head home
We hope you remembered to put your dog's backpack on so that they can help you carry home all the goodies you bought. Might as well make them work for all the spoiling they have had! By the time you get home, it will be time to snuggle as your Shih-Mo relaxes and relives every single minute in their dreams. So many adventures in one day!
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More Fun Ideas...

One on One Time

Why not make time to just sit and chill with your beautiful Shih-Mo? This can be valuable time to work on your special bond and enjoy each other's company. Invite your dog to snuggle up and read them a story as you pat them, or maybe give them a manipaw by filing their nails. Dogs are often nervous about having their paws touched, so this will build trust if you do it gently and lovingly. Watch a movie together, or just sit in the sun and snooze. Slow down a bit and enjoy the day.

Photo Shoot Time

The Shih-Mo loves to be the center of attention. And with their gorgeous looks, why shouldn't they be? We all love photos of our dog, so why not plan a special photo shoot with your dog dressed up as a princess, a warrior, or maybe even as one of Santa's elves! Or you could tie their long hair into ponytails complete with ribbons or bows. Use props such as having them sit at your computer wearing glasses. Or dressed for going to school? Use your imagination for some original and funny memories.

Windy Day Fun

Take your dog out on a windy day to enjoy a walk and play in the fallen leaves. There is something about dogs and wind in their ears that makes them pawsitively nutty. Encourage them to attack a pile of leaves by tossing a ball into them - your dog will soon follow! Try burying your dog in the leaves, you will be hard pressed to keep them still long enough to cover them. Crackly leaves and the wind make for a fun encounter.

Conclusion

Fun is the name of the game for the Shih-Mo. Anything that gets them special attention is also a winner. When teaching your pup a new trick, keep it short and fun to begin with. If the task becomes boring or you become too demanding, they will switch off and you will get nowhere. Even a rainy day can become fun, with a dash around the block in wet weather gear, stopping to splash in the puddles on the way. Give a special grooming session where your dog gets your undivided attention. Maybe you could whip up a batch of healthy dog treat biscuits, and let them lick the bowl? Perhaps a wander to a new park as a change in your walking routine is just the fit. Mix their daily routine up and you will have one contented pup.