The Silkshund is a small dog and is a cross between the Silky Terrier and the Dachshund. Feisty, active, curious and lively describe this little powerhouse. This pup doesn't seem to realize they are small in size, as they have a ton of courage and may task themselves as your protector! This dog requires a lot of interaction with their human and needs variety and stimulation. Work this little pooch and give them important jobs to do. Don't think because they are small they can't complete tasks! Keep them busy which will make them feel important. Get them to work for their dinner by hiding handfuls of kibble from them, letting them work out where dinner is hidden. When you wash their blankets and toys, take them off the clothesline and get your little helper to put them in the basket. They can carry one end of the basket to help you with the load. Train your dog to wear a backpack - they come in all shapes and sizes for dogs. Then they can carry their own toys and water bottle when going out for the day. But don't make it all work and no play, have fun with this lovely dog. The Silkshund also likes a cuddle so don't be stingy - lavish them with the attention they deserve.
Here is a twist on a popular dog activity. Instead of your dog pulling you along, why not train your dog to be pulled along on a little sled or cart on wheels? If you have two dogs, they could be trained to pull the other dog along and then swap places. This is a great activity if you want to go for a long walk but worry your dog might tire. Rather than just carry them, make or purchase a small sled that they can stand or sit on and train them to be pulled along. It is good practice for balance, and teaches your Silkshund to obey your commands. They will love this activity, especially all the attention they will get, and they may not ever want to walk anywhere again!
Sometimes, you just have to get out and explore new territory. There are often areas around your home base that you haven't been to. Choose a town near you, pack up your pooch, and go out for the day to explore the sights and attractions of a new city. Go online first and pinpoint a few activities to start with, for example, a market that may be happening on the day, a park to explore, or maybe a river or lakeside frontage to check out. A bit of a walk here, a chat with the locals there, interspersed with maybe a coffee break or two. Get to know this new area, it can be a lot of fun. It is good socializing and behavior training for your dog. They will get to meet new canine friends and to discover new parks to explore. You could even plan to have lunch in the park. Your dog will love that!
As the seasons change, don't let the cooler air keep you trapped indoors. Take your dog out to the park and have a game of 'bury the dog in leaves'! All those piles of leaves make for an ideal game with your dog. You can bury a toy and get them to find it, or you could partially bury them and film them exploding out of the pile! Before long they will be tunneling through the leaves and entertaining everyone who walks by. The crunching of the leaves appeals to dogs, they seem to enjoy the sound. This activity is ideal for autumn. It is an easy way to get your dog to exercise as well as giving them a whole lot of fun.