Activities For Silkineses

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Introduction

If you own a Silkinese, a mix between a Silky Terrier and Pekingese, you know that they can be pretty rambunctious. These dogs are known for their playfulness, and they tend to love other dogs and children. While they are pretty small, they have a lot of energy for a pooch their size. Since these dogs need a lot of activity in their lives, we have put together a list of fun activities you can do together.

Dog Park Outing

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Sunny Day
Free
Easy
1 hr
Items needed
Leash
Water
Doggy waste bags
Activity description
Silkinese dogs are very social. They love spending time with other dogs, which means that the dog park will be a very exciting outing for your pooch. Bring your Silkinese to a local dog park where they can play with other dogs in the area. While at the dog park, your energetic dog will get to socialize while also getting in a good deal of exercise. Make sure that you bring water with you. While some dog parks have water, not all do. When it is hot out, your dog will need water to stay cool and refreshed while playing with the other dogs. Plus, visiting the dog park can be done for free!
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Find a park
Depending on where you live, there might be a lot of dog parks in your area or not many at all. The first step is to find a dog park that doesn't require you to travel too far. If you can't find one, an alternative would be to go on a walk at a public park. You are likely to run into other dogs and people there, so your pooch will be just as happy. Once you find a dog park, it is time to load up and head that way.
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Let your dog romp
Dogs need time to play without the leash on. This is the perfect opportunity. Unleash your Silkinese and let them romp and play with the other dogs. You will want to supervise the interaction. If there is an altercation, you want to be able to remove your pet from the situation. You can also bring toys to play with at the dog park, but make sure that you are fine with other dogs playing with them, too because it is bound to happen.
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Solve Puzzles

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Any Day
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Normal
30 min
Items needed
Dog Puzzle Toy
Treat
Activity description

Challenge your little pooch to learn how to solve puzzles. With dog puzzle toys, which can easily be found in pet stores and online, you can watch your dog learn to solve complex problems to earn a treat reward. These puzzle toys generally cost less than $20, and you can purchase inexpensive treats to put inside of them. These puzzles can be done indoors on days of bad weather or outdoors when it is nice outside. These puzzles won't require a lot of work from you as the dog owner, which makes this an ideal activity for really busy days in your life.

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Pick a puzzle
Doggie puzzles come in different difficulty levels. If you are just getting started with puzzles, you will want to select an easy puzzle. As your Silkinese learns, you can continue to increase the difficulty. You might want to purchase a few easy puzzles for your dog to master before you move on to the more advanced puzzles.
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Load up the treats
To teach your pooch how to solve these puzzles, you will need treats. You want to get small treats that will fit into the slots on the puzzle. It is best to use small training treats so that your dog doesn't over-eat. Plus, training treats are the perfect size for most of these puzzles. Once you have treats in the desired parts of the puzzle, you can unleash your pooch on the puzzle.
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Let your dog solve it
Now, you can sit back and watch your pooch try to solve the puzzles. Your dog will likely take a little time to learn how to paw the pieces in a manner that will reveal the treat. If your Silkinese is really struggling, you can work with them to teach them how to unveil the reward. Give them some time to try to figure it out on their own, however.
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Hiking

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Sunny Day
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Hard
1 hr
Items needed
Leash
Water
Doggie First Aid Kit
Activity description

Since these little dogs can have a lot of energy, you might want to consider going on a short hike with them as a fun activity. You don't have to live near mountains to have a place to go no a challenging walk. Look for trails or bodies of water that you can hike through. Forests can also be challenging places to hike. Hikes are a great source of exercise for both you and your pooch, which is why it is one of our favorite activities to do with a Silkinese. With an activity of this caliber, it is important that you don't push too hard right away. Start slow to build endurance. This is a challenging activity, but it doesn't cost a lot of money, and it is something that you can do on any day with nice weather.

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Find a route
You need to find a good location to hike before you get started. If you live in an area with mountains or nature trails, this should be pretty easy. However, if you don't live in an area with a lot of good options, you might need to do a lot of research to find a good place to go. Once you have a good location, it is time to start packing.
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Pack up
It is always a good idea to bring a bit too much with you on a hiking journey. Bring a backpack with a pet first aid kit, water, and possibly snacks. You should also make sure that you have your cell phone with you. If you haven't ever been hiking before, it might be a good idea to bring a paper map with you as well as booties for your pooch. The ground might be too much for their feet until they get used to hiking with you.
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Start your journey
Get your dog leashed up and hit the trail. Make sure that you leave your dog on the leash the entire hike. You should also be in control of the leash throughout the trip, because the new sights, smells, and sounds may be overwhelming for your pooch. While it may seem like you are impeding your dog's fun, you are just keeping them safe. Don't go too far on your first outing. Make sure that you are watching your dog. If it seems like too much, it is time to stop.
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More Fun Ideas...

Therapy Training

Silkineses have a calm and friendly temperament, which would make them great therapy dogs. Start your dog in a training program so that you can take them into therapy work situations in the future. This type of training will be challenging, but once certified, you can take your dog to hospitals and schools to help others.

Training

Training classes keep your dog's mind active. Learning new tricks each week and perfecting others is a great way to give your dog a challenge. With other dogs in the training class, your pooch can also socialize.

Conclusion

With a Silkinese, there are so many different options for fun activities. While these are our favorite activities to participate in with a Silkinese, as long as you are allowing your pooch to have social interactions and a lot of exercise, they will be extremely happy living and playing with you.