Activities For Shorgis

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Introduction

Both the Corgi and the Shih Tzu have now been family pets for many years. However, in recent years, the combined breeding of the two has seen a new dog type come to the fore: Shorgi. Owning a Shorgi means you get to benefit from the loving and loyal nature of both breeds, mixed in with a bit of the domination and anxiety from the Shih Tzu as well. Shorgis can be quite anxious when you leave them alone, which means you need to have plenty of activities up your sleeve to keep them happy and healthy. Why not take a look at these options below? 

Puppy School

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Any Day
Expensive
Normal
1 hr
Items needed
Leash
Toy
Treat
Activity description

When you bring your Shorgi home as a puppy, you will find that they can be quite a stubborn dog. While they are inquisitive and knowledgeable, they are also very set in their ways early on. As a result, you may find a puppy school is valuable from eight weeks of age. The classes take six to eight weeks at one or more sessions per week, and you can take part in any weather. They can be quite expensive, but having an expert help you to train your Shorgi puppy can be a priceless experience. What’s more, all you need to bring from home is a leash, toy, treat, and of course, your dog. 

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Enrolment
When the novelty of your Shorgi’s “cute” behavior has now worn off, it’s a good idea to look at enrolling them in a puppy school. No matter where you are in the country, you are sure to find there is at least one school in proximity to your home. However, before you enroll, find out a few things such as the price, who the trainer is, and what they will learn.
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Attend training
When you go to puppy school with your furry friend, you will be joining a group of other new dog owners with young puppies. Typically, puppies attend between the age of eight weeks and six months old. They learn how to socialize well with each other, as well as how to sit, stay, and come on command.
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Practice at home
Shorgis, you learn early on, are stubborn. As a result, whatever you learn at puppy school you must then keep practicing at home. It may take you weeks or month to always get them to come when they call, but when you finally nail it, you will know it has all been worth it.
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Dog Park Excursion

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Sunny Day
Free
Easy
1 hr
Items needed
Doggy waste bag
Toy
Leash
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When you have a young Shorgi, you will be blown away by their energy levels. Every day, you need to set time aside to cater to their physical requirements, and the dog park is one way of many to help. When it’s sunny, you can pack a leash, toy, and waste bag, and stroll to the park for an hour of fun. At the dog park, your pup can play with other dogs, run around, and take in all the sights and sounds as well. What’s more, if you have taken them to puppy school, you can also reap the rewards of knowing they are now well socialized. If your dog needs to burn off energy, head to your local park and give them the time of their life.

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Choose a park
The area you decide on for your dog needs to fit a few criteria. Firstly, it needs to have separate enclosures for big and small dogs. While large dogs don’t usually intentionally hurt smaller dogs, their big paws and cumbersome nature can mean your tiny dog is at risk. Secondly, it’s quite helpful if it’s close to home. If it’s not convenient to access, you are less likely to frequent it on a regular basis which is necessary for your pup. And, thirdly, it needs to be fully fenced. Your dog will be running around off-leash with other dogs, and you don’t want them to come to harm if they can escape.
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Visit the park
With your dog on a leash and a few toys in-hand, you can now visit the park of choice and find out what it’s all about. Walk around the park firstly with your dog, letting them get to grips with this new environment. They can take in the sight of other dogs, sniff around, and become acclimatized.
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Play
By the time you complete a full loop of the dog park, your pup will no doubt be ready to run in and play with their new-found friends. Give them a toy to play with, then watch from a distance as they run around and burn off all that pent-up energy. Within an hour, you can then take them home and benefit from quiet in the house as they collapse for a nap.
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Puzzle Toys

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Rainy Day
Moderate
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1 hr
Items needed
Food Puzzle
Treats
Activity description

Shorgis are inquisitive dogs, but they are also quite anxious when you leave them alone. However, if you need to shoot out for an hour or it’s rainy, and you can’t cater to their physical requirements, you can give them a puzzle toy. Puzzle toys help tend to their inquisitive nature, enabling them to solve challenges and get a reward at the end of it. What’s more, this activity is something that can entertain them for an hour when it’s raining outside, or for when you don’t feel like taking them for a walk. While they can be quite expensive to buy, you can also make them and keep the costs low.

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Buy or build
The market is full of fun and colorful puzzle toys for dogs they are bound to enjoy. Some are made of rubber while others are hard plastic. When you buy these, you often put food inside them which the dog has to work out how to get it out. Usually, it’s a series of levers and lids that test your dog’s skills to the limit. However, if you don’t want to buy a food puzzle, you can also make them.
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Create a puzzle
Making a puzzle toy for your dog is simple, and only requires a few items you are bound to have around the house. For example, if you have PVC pipe, you can cap off both ends, drill holes in it, and fill it with biscuits. They can then roll it around the house, trying to get the biscuits out. You can also dry sweet potato and put it on a rope for them to gnaw off. Alternatively, flip a muffin tin upside down and scatter biscuits over it, so they have to work their tongues to get them out.
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Think and play
Whether you buy or build a puzzle is up to you, but when you give it to them, they are bound to bounce around with excitement. By giving them a toy that makes them think, you’re able to free up at least an hour of time where they don’t require you to pay them any attention. For some toys, however, you may need to supervise their play.
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Walk

If you are short on time but your dog’s energy levels are high, a 30-minute walk is going to be beneficial for you both. You can tire out their tiny legs with a walk around the block, while you can get home in time to carry on with your chores and errands. What’s more, you can choose a different route each time to spice it up a bit. 

Chew Toys

When it’s rainy outside, chew toys make an excellent activity for your Shorgi. They have sharp little teeth, but they aren’t able to destroy toys designed for tough chewers. As a result, choose your chew toys wisely and let them have hours of fun trying to pull their toys apart.  

Conclusion

When you bring a Shorgi home to become your new family pet, you will love every trait of their personality. They are fun-loving, loyal, and happy to be around you. However, when you don’t pay them any attention, they begin to feel a little ruff. Put your best paw forward and always make sure you provide your furry friend with something fun and exciting to do.