Activities For Silkshire Terriers

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Introduction

You may think with having a small dog such as the Silkshire Terrier, that you wouldn't have to worry about keeping them entertained. The truth is the complete opposite! The Silkshire Terrier is energetic and always on the hunt for something fun to do. Big on personality, this inquisitive canine doesn't seem to realize that they are a small dog, and they are often fearless and outgoing. You need to keep this dynamic little pup busy with interesting activities. They are devoted companions, so try to take them with you as much as possible. Well trained, they can become patient and well behaved as you mingle with other people. Start their day with an energetic walk to keep them well exercised and they will be happy to sit quietly and listen to what is going on around them.

Winter Wonderland Fun

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Cold Day
Moderate
Normal
1 - 4 hrs
Items needed
Waste pick up bags
Leash
Doggie Jacket
Activity description
Depending on the season and where you live, a day in the snow can be a really fun day out for your dog. They may need a vest or jacket if the weather is exceptionally cold. A booster seat is ideal for a small dog when travelling, as your Silkshire Terrier will want to gaze out the window and try and catch a breeze from the vents. If you have children, it will be a fun day of playing in the snow, snow boarding, and making snowmen! Your dog will get plenty of exercise as snow can be hard work. If your little pup tires, you may have to tuck them in your jacket and carry them for a while. The activity will provide a mental and physical workout, and will be good bonding time for all.
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It's road trip time
Plan the day the night before so you can just get up in the morning and head away. A booster seat for your small dog will enable them to see out the window and enjoy the road trip. Once you have reached your destination, let your dog out to explore the snow. If this is their first contact with snow, it will be a big moment for them! Keep your dog on the leash unless the area allows for free running dogs. Let your Silkshire Terrier explore and get to grips with this new stuff.
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Time to hit the slopes
If you have children, then the action will be fast and furious as they slide down the slopes on their sled or boards. Grab a sled and your dog and introduce them to sledding down the slopes. After the first trip, they will race you to the top and wait for you so they can go again, and again, and - well, you get the point. By lunchtime, they will need a rest and some food for an energy top up. Even though it is cold, they still need water (warm water will chase away the chills) so make sure your small buddy has everything they need.
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Home time
After the lunchtime rest and relaxation, it's time for some more fun. Let your dog help you make a snowman. They can dig the snow and you can build. Once built, take some photos of you and your dog for the memory album. Then a few more turns sliding down the snow, and some fun chasing snowballs before you call it a day and load everyone into the car for the ride home. A few songs on the way home will keep the holiday feeling and will get you home before you know it. Then, its time to snuggle in some dry winter wear and curl up with your dog to relax.
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Tidy up the Toys

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Any Day
Cheap
Easy
30 - 60 min
Items needed
Toys
Storage baskets
Activity description
Any day is great for this activity, although it fills in a wet or cold day perfectly. Pets seem to accumulate as many toys as children do, or so it seems! When you seem to have toys in every nook and cranny, maybe it is time to sort them all out. Train your pup to go and collect the toys and bring them back to you. This activity in itself is great training and will make your dog feel important. Your dog has the capacity to learn many names, such as yellow duck, or blue ball. Teach them the names as you go so that future clean-ups will be quicker. As they bring you each toy, check it for broken bits or if it's a bit dirty, put it aside to be washed. Repair the toys if possible but if not, sneakily put them in the rubbish bin. If your dog has a ton of toys, hold onto a few and put them in the cupboard for another day. When you bring them out they will be like new toys for your dog.
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The toy police pooch
Your dog's toys may be spread all over the place. From the lounge to the bedrooms, not to mention the garden, patio or the car! This is good training for your dog. Go with them and when you see a toy, ask them to fetch the yellow duckie or whatever it is and bring it back to you. Instruct your dog to drop the toy in the basket and then continue on. Your dog will be like the toy police pooch, rounding up stray toys! They may get side-tracked and start playing with the toy, but give a reward for their help and get them to focus on what you want.
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Toy go-over
Once all the toys are collected, then you and your pup can sit and go over each toy. Now your dog can have a play with each toy as you check for broken bits or dirty toys. Those with sharp or broken pieces need to weeded out of the toy collection. For well chewed and slightly dirty toys, well, they need a bath! Have a bin for each purpose - washing for one, renovating (or rubbish but don't tell your dog) for the other. This activity can take time, as your dog will want to have their toys back please! So get cleaning and drying the toys, and while they play with these lovely fresh toys, sneak the damaged beyond repair ones into the garbage.
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Divide and conquer
If your dog has a lot of toys, put some away for a rainy day. Leave their favorite toys out, but sneak a few away so that next time they are bored, you can give them a 'new' toy. This activity can take quite a while if your dog has a shop full of toys. You will both need a rest after doing all this. Let your dog climb onto your lap and spend some time just quietly relaxing. As you look around, the house will look like it has had a spring clean. Only a few clean toys gracing the floor. A job well done!
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Singing in the Rain

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Rainy Day
Free
Easy
30 - 60 min
Items needed
Doggie raincoat
Leash
Waste Pick Up Bags
Activity description
So you woke up to cold, wet weather... again. Rain can make you less inspired to go outside, but your Silkshire Terrier has to have a walk sometime! Rather than become stuck inside, put on your wet weather gear (and your dog's) and head out the door. Your daily walk will seem totally different as the rain makes a tune on your umbrella. The splash, splosh of feet on the wet pavement is quite a soothing sound. Your Silkshire Terrier will enjoy the change, and they will want to explore this wet wonderland. You can guarantee they will walk through every puddle they can, and will chase after the raindrops splashing on the ground. A walk in the rain is great for releasing pent up energy, so you will both benefit from this activity. You will have the parks to yourself, so have fun and enjoy this wet walk.
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Just get up and go
Rain can make you want to stay inside and hibernate, especially after a few days of wet weather. But at some stage, you just have to take the plunge and go for a walk. Your dog won't be so fussy, most dogs like a bit of a play in the rain. They will enjoy the change in their walk as everything seems different in the rain. Puddles can be fun, so let them have a splash. They can be rubbed down later and cleaned up. You will find few people will venture out and the parks will be almost deserted. It makes quite a nice change to walk in the rain, and whether you decide to sing or not is up to you!
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Explore the wet park
As your dog will tell you, wet parks are different to dry parks. Everything smells fresher! Plus, the place is almost empty, so your dog can play on the fun stuff that is normally taken over by kids. The small slide will be fun, or maybe you could swing with your dog all safe in your arm? The roundabout will be fun, your dog has always wanted to try that thing! There is so much that seems different that you will probably stay out longer than you planned.
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Time to head home
Enjoy talking to your dog as you wander along in the rain. Take a different route home and let your dog explore new sights and smells. When you get home, ditch the wet weather gear and give your wet mutt a good rub down with a soft towel. Then give them a warm broth for a treat while you enjoy a hot drink. Now you can feel justified sitting and relaxing. With your dog snuggled on your lap and contented as a bear with a pot of honey!
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The Tummy Crawl Trick

Crawling along on their tummy is not a normal thing for a dog to do. To teach them this trick, get them to lie down and stay. Get down to their level and offer them a treat by hand, just out of their reach. If they try to stand up, command them to lie down and stay again. When they try to wiggle forward on their tummy, praise and reward them. Then just repeat the whole thing till they get the idea. Soon you will just give the order and they will perform.

Bobbing for Tennis Balls

On a hot day, fill up a paddling pool with cool water, throw in a dozen or so tennis balls and let your dog loose to dive in and retrieve the balls. As they try to grab the ball, the ball will sink, so it is not as easy as it sounds. Not only will your dog cool off, but they will get exercise without having the worry of overheating in summer. Plus, it's a whole lot of fun.

A Walk on the Beach

The beach is a great place to take your dog. As long as the beach is dog-friendly, you can let your dog loose to play with the other dogs, run in the sand, or even let them splash in the shallow waves. You can let them dig to their heart's content, or just wander along the beach while your dog checks out every rock and shell. Tidal pools make ideal fishing spots for your dog. There is so much to do for a curious Silkshire Terrier!

Conclusion

Give the Silkshire Terrier plenty to do and make them part of your life, and your terrier will be all the merrier! Make training fun and positive, teach them tricks to show off to visitors (they love attention), and get them to do chores around the home such as to pick up their toys and put them in a designated basket. If you work, see if the boss will allow your pet to join you for a day. Or plan for a pet sitter to pay your lonely Silkshire Terrier a visit once or twice a week. There are many things you can do to produce a well behaved, contented dog. A lot of it starts with their environment and having things that they can do. Give them affection and cuddles, but give them a variety of activity as well and you will have one happy Silkshire Terrier!