Activities For Silky-Lhasas

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Introduction

A Silky Lhasa is the intentional cross-breeding of a Silky Terrier and a Lhasa Apso. The resultant breed is a 10-13-pound toy breed with a long silky coat. They love to spend time with their family, go for walks, have fun, and play with toys. What they don’t enjoy, however, is being left alone to their own devices. When you do so, you can expect to come home to a yappy, destructive and bored dog with a lot of making up to do! To stop destructive behavior, you can do the following activities with your Silky Lhasa. 

Swimming

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Hot Day
Free
Easy
1 hr
Items needed
Towel
Toy
Doggy Life Jacket
Activity description

Given that a Silky Lhasa has a long, silky coat, you would think that such a breed would not enjoy being in any water. However, for most Silky Lhasas, that couldn’t be further from the truth. On a hot summer’s day when you have an hour to spare, they can love nothing more than getting out into the water and spending time playing with a toy. All you need to do is select a swimming spot, grab a toy and towel, and enjoy this free activity. What’s more, it’s bound to deplete their energy resources more than you’d think possible! 

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Swimming type
Before you bring your Silky Lhasa swimming, you need to work out where you’re going to take them, and where will be appropriate. Some Silky Lhasas can be nervous around new people, so bringing them to a densely populated watering hole may not be the best option. Instead, why not consider a hydrotherapy pool, your own child’s paddling pool in the backyard, or a watering hole a little off the beaten track?
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Go slow
Depending on where you’re taking them swimming and how experienced they are, you may need to start the process slowly. You can introduce your dog to the water by getting in yourself being encouraging with a favorite toy. Or, you can lay the groundwork with life jackets in advance, so you can keep a handle on your Silky Lhasa while they are in the water.
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Swim
Once you know your Silky Lhasa is happy to go swimming, then you can begin! Even though you will only be taking part in this activity for an hour, it will be an exceptionally rewarding hour. You can both frolic in the water, enjoy the sunshine, then return home after drying off with a towel. You can then both sleep the day away after knowing it’s been a well-spent hour!
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Fetch

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Rainy Day
Cheap
Easy
20 min
Items needed
Fetch toy
Activity description

If you live in an apartment or it rains a lot where you live, then you will need to come up with plenty of rainy-day options to keep your Silky Lhasa entertained. Fortunately, for a small dog, fetch makes an excellent indoor game. You only need a cheap fetch toy, 20 minutes to spare, a spacious room, and you can be playing a fun, high-energy game that will see your Silky Lhasa tired and ready for a long nap! What’s more, it’s both a rainy-day activity and one you can carry out when you don’t feel like venturing outdoors. 

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Select a toy
Believe it or not, there is a right and wrong toy for your furry friend. Given their small size, they will need something that’s aerodynamic but not too heavy or large. Remember, they need to be able to pick it up with relative ease and bring it back to you. It also needs to be a fairly heavy duty product. Silky Lhasas can be tough little chewers with a remarkable talent for creating confetti out of solid toys!
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Clear space
To make sure your game of fetch is safe, you need to clear an area. A regular home’s hallway can often be an excellent option, but a living room with obstacles out of the way can also be suitable. The goal is to be able to throw their toy as far as possible, making them run further to retrieve it. The further they have to go, the quicker they will tire out!
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Play
Once you have cleared an area and purchased a toy, you can then park yourself on the sofa and throw your Silky Lhasa’s toy for them to chase. After around 20 minutes, you will most likely find they will slump themselves down on their bed and have a well-deserved rest after all that hard work!
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Treadmill

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Any Day
Expensive
Normal
30 min
Items needed
Treadmill
Treats
Leash
Activity description

Whether you’re short on time or your Silky Lhasa has become a little bit round over the colder months, it might be time for you (both) to step on the treadmill! Fortunately, you can not only buy one for yourself, but your four-legged companion as well. Treadmills for dogs are becoming more common by the day, and even though they can be expensive, it’s an exercise in the normal difficulty range that only takes up half an hour of your time with the use of a leash alongside the treadmill. If you live somewhere where it’s not convenient to walk your dog, you may find getting your Silky Lhasa a treadmill could be an excellent idea. 

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Buy a treadmill
When you’re new to the world of fitness equipment for dogs, you may not know which is going to be the best option for you. However, buying a premium treadmill is essential. You may find that a sturdy, seamless treadmill is going to be safer for your furry friend. What’s more, it should also have a treat holder to help them learn to use it in the beginning, a console for checking out distance, speed, and time, and an emergency stop button. Even better is if it comes with a remote for you to control it from a distance, with a natural running platform and manual incline options.
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Groundwork
Your dog isn’t going to jump on the treadmill and begin using it immediately. You need to lay the groundwork. Begin feeding your pup around it, put treats on it, and even play with their toys around it. You want them to become as familiar as possible with it. You can then reward them with a treat and positive praise when your Silky Lhasa stands on it or checks it out closer. You can also use it yourself, with them watching close by to see that it’s not something that hurts or is scary.
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Start
Put on your dog’s leash then bring them onto the treadmill. Make it a volunteer action as opposed to dragging them onto it. Start it on the lowest setting and offer treats and encouragement if the noise or movement scares them. Start with short 30-second sessions until they become accustomed to it.
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Doggy Massage

When you’re stressed and tense, you often go for a massage. Therefore, if you find your dog has been tense or stressed, you can always treat them to one as well! Doggy massage is something you can do at home and takes minimal effort. Begin by rubbing their head, moving down their neck with gentle to firm pressure in circular motions. The rhythmic motion can be enough to send them to sleep! 

Car Ride

Silky Lhasas are lap dogs around the house, but they can also enjoy being lap dogs in your car! Most Silky Lhasas love the opportunity to go for a ride, getting out of the house and becoming a people watcher. This activity is one you can include in your everyday errands without having to set aside any extra time. However, remember to leave your dog at home with shade and water on a hot day as opposed to bringing them in your car with you. 

Conclusion

The Silky Lhasa is a fun, energetic, and passionate little dog with so much love to give. However, they are a not a pooch you can leave at home for hours on end and expect to come home to the property how you left it! Instead, it’s likely to look like a bomb has hit it. Rather than risk that, fill your dog’s excitement meter with these activities above. Swimming, car rides, massage, and even walking on a treadmill can be all it takes to stimulate your pup both mentally and physically.