Activities For Shih Tzus

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Introduction

The Shih Tzu (also referred to as Chrysanthemum Dog) is one of the most popular and beloved dog breeds all over the world. In fact, chances are you have seen this shaggy little toy breed in a household or two, since they are a top choice for a home pet. This breed is well-known for valid reasons; Shih Tzus are small, easy to train, friendly and are very loyal to their owners. These dogs are little balls of fur and of energy can brighten anyone’s day. The proper amount of stimulation, both mental and physical, can make your Shih Tzu’s day. 

Hometown Tourist

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Sunny Day
Cheap
Easy
8 hrs
Items needed
Leash
Activity description

Traveling is always a fun thing to do, whether domestically or internationally. It can even be made more fun and exciting when you get to bring your pooch along. But when was the last time that you became a tourist in your own city or state? It is natural for us to want to discover new places and sites but sometimes, we forget to explore our own. On your free day, why not check out the top tourist sites and attractions near you? You might be surprised at the many beautiful places that you are missing out. This activity is a great way to discover new attractions and get to do some quality bonding with your dog at the same time. 

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Do your research
As a local, you would probably know what your city or town has to offer in terms of tourism. Hence, little research is needed. In case that you do need to research, websites such as TripAdvisor are very helpful when it comes to choosing the sites that you would like to visit in your area. Another important part of your research is to find out if dogs are allowed on the sites you want to visit.
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Be a tourist with your pooch
When you have picked out the places that you want to go to, make a list and itinerary based on the places you chose. Don’t forget to bring a leash for your dog and make sure to follow the rules regarding bringing of dogs to these spots. Also, pack some food and water for your dog after a long day of exploring.
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Spa Day

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Any Day
Moderate
Easy
1 - 2 hrs
Items needed
Leash
Activity description

The Shih Tzu is one of the best choices when it comes to dog shows. A good reason for this is the breed’s coat, which opens up a lot of possibilities when it comes to how they will look like. However, it is also their coat that makes them a high-maintenance breed. Shih Tzus love being spoiled and groomed. Apart from that, this breed is also known for wanting comfort and attention. These qualities make the Shih Tzu the perfect spa day buddy. One of the best ways to spend a free day with your dog is to head out to a spa and indulge yourselves with some rest and relaxation. 

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Find a spa
Doggy day spas are a dime a dozen and any town or city in the United States will most likely have one. Nowadays, there are even some new specialty spas that cater to both dogs and owners that have been popping up everywhere. Do your research by searching online or asking pet lovers in your area. Whether you want to get pampered under one facility or separately is up to you.
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Enjoy your day off at the spa
When you find the perfect spa, call beforehand and find out about the requirements, rates, rules and all other necessary information that you need to find out about. After all the arrangements have been made, head down to the spa and give instructions about how you want your dog groomed and pick out any other service that you want your dog to enjoy. In general, doggy spas offer services such as grooming, nail treatments and massages, among others.
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Doga

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Any Day
Cheap
Normal
30 - 60 min
Items needed
Yoga mat
Activity description

A combination of the words “dog” and “yoga”, Doga is all the craze among dog owners these past few years. As its name suggests, the activity involves the traditional yoga but with your dog incorporated into your poses and movements. There are lots of benefits that come with practicing yoga with your pooch. For one, Doga is a good way to change up your dog’s exercise routine, which is usually limited to a walk around the park or a game of fetch in the backyard. Additionally, practicing mindfulness helps you enhance your present relationship with your furry buddy. Lastly, yoga does a lot to keep yourself and your dog calm. 

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Look up some doga videos
Doga might seem simple but it comes with a lot of effort, especially for first-timers. One of the best ways to get started with this activity is by following some instructional doga videos. There are lots of instructional DVDs that can be bought, ones made by doga experts. If you do not want to spend a dime, you can also search online on sites like YouTube for some beginner videos.
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Try out the poses
Once you find the video showing instructions on how to do doga, start with the basic poses and try them out with your dog. Shih Tzus are the perfect size for doga, especially if you want to try poses which involve carrying your dog’s weight. Make sure that your dog is comfortable and willing before you try any of the poses. As an incentive, you can even give your dog a treat or two for participating in your yoga session.
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Enroll in a doga class
If you find yourself enjoying your doga sessions, you can take things to the next level by joining a physical doga class with your dog. Go online and search for any doga classes being held near you and find out how to enroll. This is also a great way for you and your dog to socialize with other dog-owner tandems in your area.
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Go on a Picnic

Take advantage of a lovely day by going out on a picnic with your Shih Tzu. Pack up lunch for you and your dog. Don’t forget to bring along a big blanket you and your dog can lay on as well as some toys which your pooch can play with. 

Cycling

Cycling is a fun and unique way to have your dog explore the outdoors. The Shih Tzu is a toy breed, which means they are compact in size and can easily be carried on a bike. You can do this by either having a basket or a pet stroller attached to your bike. There are also some special “backpacks” that allow you to carry a dog on your back. 

Conclusion

Spending time with your dog is an integral part of dog ownership, one that must be taken seriously. The activities you do together have a huge impact on the kind of relationship you will develop. Shih Tzus are easy to get along with and to please. By trying the abovementioned activity ideas, you get to improve your relationship with your furry baby. Not only that, you get to keep your dog happy and healthy.