Activities For Silky Cockers

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Introduction

Silky Cockers are a sweet and playful mix of the Cocker Spaniel and the Maltese. These dogs are known to be easy to train and devoted companions to anyone in their family. Though they are small, these sweet pups have a high energy level. They love to play and run with anyone and everyone who will join in the fun. Activities for Silky Cockers should help them stay socialized and give them confidence. Activities should also keep them fit and let them explore outside. They love to play or go for a walk and then sit by their master's side and take in all the love.

Small Dog Fetch

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Any Day
Cheap
Easy
15 min
Items needed
Treats
Smaller sized balls
Activity description
Silky Cockers love to play, and they will take to fetch easily. Because they are so small, it's important to find tennis balls that will easily fit in their mouths and allow them to run freely. Small dog fetch uses several balls at once to keep your dog interested, engaged, and always guessing. This game can be played indoors or outdoors, so the weather outside doesn't matter. Small dog fetch is one of the best activities for Silky Cockers because it will give them all the exercise they need and keep them thinking. You'll love it because watching your dog happily jump at the next ball that goes flying by will make you laugh long and hard!
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Bring it
The first thing you need to do is teach your Silky Cocker how to get a ball and bring it back to you. Teaching "bring it" should be an easy task. Start with the ball close to you and ask the dog to pick it up and give it to you. When they do, say "good, bring it." Keep moving the ball farther and farther away until they can get the ball and bring it back to you no matter where it is.
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Fetch one ball
When your dog has the basic idea of getting a ball and bringing it back to you, you can start to play fetch with one ball. If you're outside, throw the ball a short distance and tell your pup to "bring it." If you're inside, you can roll the ball on the floor, so you don't accidentally break something. It won't take long for your dog to get the hang of it.
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Multiple balls
The fun of small dog fetch is to change it up by using two or three balls at a time. Start with one ball and as soon as your dog brings it back, toss another ball in the next direction. It will surprise them and keep them guessing about what comes next. Using more than one ball for fetch will challenge them to think, and will be fun to watch as they jump and turn to get all the balls.
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Red Light - Green Light

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Sunny Day
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Hard
15 min
Items needed
A flat-buckled collar
Five foot Leash
Waste Bags
Activity description
Even small dogs like the Silky Cocker need to learn how to walk on the leash without pulling. Just because they can't pull you over like a bigger dog, doesn't mean it's healthy for them to pull and doesn't make the walk enjoyable. You can teach them that walking with a loose leash is more fun than pulling by playing Red Light - Green Light. In this game, your dog hits a red light when they hit the end of the leash and doesn't get the green light to go until there is slack. This game takes a lot of patience, but eventually, your pup will learn to walk without pulling on the leash.
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The right gear
For this game, you want to use a collar that is different than the regular harness you use to walk your dog. It's essential that your dog distinguish between training time and walking time in the beginning or they will never understand you want a change in their behavior. After they have learned the Red Light-Green Light game, you can transfer this skill to their normal, everyday harness.
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Red Light - Green Light
Clip your leash to your dog and head out for your walk. When your dog hits the end of the leash, stop and stand. Your dog will be confused and may continue to pull on the leash because it's always worked for them in the past. When they finally try backing up and create slack in your leash, hit the green light and move forward. If they rush ahead and begin to pull again, stop until they allow slack in the leash once more.
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Slow progress
The first time you play this game, you might not even get out of your driveway. It takes a long time to change old habits. Make sure you have lots of patience and don't get frustrated if it takes your Silky Cocker a long time to learn how the game works. With consistent practice, they eventually will learn that Green Light mode is way more fun, and to get there they need to leave slack in the leash.
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Spin Around

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Any Day
Cheap
Easy
15 min
Items needed
Training treats
Activity description
Silky Cockers love to please their owners and are easily trainable. Taking time to teach them new skills and tricks will quickly become a favorite past time for you and your dog. One of the easiest tricks to start with is to teach them to spin around in place. Your zippy little pup most likely does this trick often on their own, so teaching them to spin on command shouldn't take too much time. Training tricks is also a great activity for Silky Cockers that you can do in any weather, inside or outdoors. All it will cost you are some training treats.
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Treat lure
The first step is to have your keen Silky Cocker stand in an area free from clutter and with plenty of space to move about freely. Hold out a treat above their nose and lead your clever companion in a tight, slow circle. Give them the treat and plenty of praise.
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Fast spin
After a few rounds of slow spins, start to speed up the pace so your dog is giving a little bit of effort and working to keep up. Start saying, "spin" at you are guiding them with the lure. This will introduce them to the name of the command and help you slowly take the treat lure out of the equation.
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Spin on command
After several sessions of practicing with your dog, you will start to notice they are starting to turn before you start turning the treat lure. Now is the time to take the treat out of it. Hold the treat in your hand, but instead of moving it in a circle with your dog, say "spin." If they spin without the guidance of the treat, celebrate and give them a few treats. Keep practicing until they spin each time you ask for it.
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Dog Park

Your Silky Cocker loves to play and is very social. Take them to the dog park to meet other pups and run all over with new friends.

Bath Time

As their name suggests, Silky Cockers need to be bathed and brushed frequently to keep their coat clean and from getting tangled. You can pair bath time with nail clipping to keep up on doggy hygiene.

Conclusion

Funny, friendly, and full of life Silky Cockers are wonderful dogs for families and individuals who need company. These frisky pups will bring a smile to your face with their silly antics and warm your heart when they curl up next to you for a snuggle. Activities for Silky Cockers should have them running around to use up all their energy and challenge them mentally. These dogs enjoy chasing after balls and sticks in a game of fetch or simply going for a walk with you. They are easy to train and love to please, so learning new tricks and skills will keep both of you entertained and feeling young.