The breed ‘Silky Coton,’ a Coton de Tulear and Silky Terrier mix, sounds more like a garment washing instruction tag than a dog, but you will be surprised at how well loved they will be in any family environment. Whether you’re a professional or older couple, or a family with or without children, a Silky Coton will take it all in their stride. As a small dog, they also have minimal physical activity requirements, and tend to be happy with both human and other pet companionship. If, however, you want to treat them to stimulating activities, here are a few to get you started.
Silky Cotons have a medium, wavy coat, which tends to be relatively low maintenance for the most part. However, that doesn’t mean you can neglect their grooming because they aren’t as demanding as other dogs. On a regular basis, you still need to pay attention to proper brushing, grooming, ear cleaning, and nail clipping. This all-weather activity is one you can carry out at home or with professional help, is affordable, and only takes around half an hour. What’s more, you only need to make a one-off investment in a fur grooming set, nail clippers, a brush, and a small treat for when you complete the job.
There is nothing cuter than a small dog begging for their dinner. Therefore, if it’s too rainy to head outside for a walk, and you want something to do for five minutes over a series of days, teaching them such a trick is a good idea. While it may be challenging from time to time, and you will need to have a steady supply of treats on hand, your Silky Coton will be the life of the party when they nail it. What’s more, it teaches your furry friend that they have to work for their dinner as if they would have had to in the wild.
Not every dog is comfortable or feels safe in a car. While many pups love nothing more than riding with you, some can often be fearful of the experience. Therefore, an excellent all-weather activity for a nervous Silky Coton is to learn car etiquette. For this moderately-priced activity, you will need a range of tools – a leash, harness, treats, crate, spray bottle, and a chew toy. All of these may come in useful, or only some of them will. The aim is to try everything to make your dog feel safer in a traveling car. Try out the activity in 10-minute increments to stop them becoming stressed or noisy.
Silky Cotons do not have a high need for physical activity, which makes a walk more than suitable to deplete their energy resources. You can take them around your neighborhood, through the park, or even for a quick trip through a local field. A half an hour walk can be all it takes to see them nap the remainder of the day away.
If you want your pup to learn valuable socializing techniques, then why not plan doggy dates? Find a friend with a dog of a similar size and meet up for coffee. Half an hour of running around playing with a new friend will surely put a smile on their face as well as yours.
Silky Cotons are small, easily-adaptable pups you will love having around your house or apartment. They are low maintenance, require minimal exercise, and are pawsitively delightful to own. Take the time to try out these activities above and reap the rewards of a well-rounded, well-behaved furry friend. You are also sure to find the experience brings you closer together.