Activities For Silky Pugs

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Introduction

The Silky Pug is a mix of two purebred breeds: the Pug and the Silky Terrier. The parent breeds are very small, so the Silky Pug is a cute mini pup as well. With a Silky Pug, you will get a combination of both breed temperaments and characteristics. This dog is a wonderful family dog and is the ideal indoor dog. This cuddly canine can live with you quite happily in an apartment or small home. This breed is considered a “posh” or “celebrity dog” because of their tiny size and stunningly adorable face. You may even see a Silky Pug in a baby carrier, a little fancy carrier, or even in a purse with their head sticking out!

Find the Treat

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Any Day
Cheap
Hard
30 min
Items needed
Scrumptious treats
Activity description

Nose work requires dogs to use their sense of smell to sniff out something, such as a treat. Nose work makes the perfect indoor activity and is a good choice when fun is the idea on a rainy day. This nose work activity, Find the Treat, gives your pup the chance to play hide-and-seek, but not with people! Hiding a scrumptious treat in a room and seeing if your Silky Pug can find it is just as fun for you as it is for them! You may have to start out slowly, but it can be a successful game for the both of you.

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Start with treats
Find delicious treats for your dog to sniff out. You can use carrots, small pieces of chicken, a commercial dog treat that you know your dog loves, or any other healthy snack. Once you decide on a treat, think of places that you can place them. Start off easily at first, so your Silky Pug will get the hang of what is expected.
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Hide it in sight
Show your Silky Pug the treat and then put it in a spot while your dog is watching you. Say something motivating like, “Get the treat!” Then, repeat this activity a few times until your pup gets the idea. When the treat is found be sure to give your companion praise!
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Now, out of sight
See if your clever Silky Pug can sniff out the treat without watching you hide it. You can place the morsel under the edge of a rug, under the edge of a chair or couch, or behind a table. Tell your dog to go find it and see what happens. You may have to lead your little one in the right direction, but see how the activity goes without showing your dog too much!
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Playdate

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Sunny Day
Cheap
Easy
30 - 60 min
Items needed
Leash
Harness
Activity description
All dogs need socialization with people and other dogs. One way to give your dog exposure to others is by going on a daily walk. A daily walk will make your dog more comfortable around the noises of the town and being around other people. But there are other ways to have your pup make friends. Silky Pugs, like other dogs, need socialization early on to get along with other dogs. A more creative way besides taking a walk is by arranging a playdate with a friend. There are many places you can meet for your dogs to play together, such as a dog park, your home, or somewhere in town!

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Plan the event
Contact a friend who has a dog and ask if a playdate can be arranged. Set the time, date, and location of where you would like to meet. Perhaps there is a park nearby, or maybe you have a fenced yard. Either way, making arrangements with a person you know who has a friendly dog is the first step.
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Meet and play
Meet at the designated “play spot.” You can take small toys if you wish to add to the fun. Balls, squeaky toys, a frisbee, and any other toy you know both dogs will enjoy will add to the amusement. While the dogs are having a little social time, you and your friend can talk and catch-up as well!
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Discuss more fun
Discuss other play dates to have in the future. If there is a dog-friendly mall close-by, maybe you could do a little shopping with your pups. Or, you could both plan a walk or hike with your furbabies in tow. Any day out with the ones you love, including friends, is a joyful day. Consistently going on outings with your Silky Pug will increase their social skills and enable them to feel comfortable any time unfamiliar dogs are around.
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Obedience Training

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Any Day
Moderate
Hard
1 hr
Items needed
Harness
Leash
Activity description

If your Silky Pug is more of the hyperactive type (typically from the terrier side), you should consider enrolling your pup in obedience training. Many dog owners do this because their dogs are easily excited and hard to settle down. Obedience training allows your dog to learn the much-needed commands such as "sit" and "stay". Pet parents also choose obedience training because their dogs may be aggressive or the growling type. Simply not obeying commands and possessing negative behaviors, such as jumping up on people, can be a reason anyone chooses training. If you choose to enroll your Silky Pug, be sure to speak with the instructor about everything your little one will learn.

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Find a class
When looking for a class, you will find there are many options. You can look online or ask your veterinarian. If you have difficulty deciding which one can fit the specific needs of your dog, call and ask questions. You can also ask other people who have taken the classes with their dog and get their feedback.
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Attend class regularly
Be sure to attend every class. Sessions are often six to eight weeks in duration, and typically, classes are held once a week. The amount and longevity of time depend on the instructor and the program. It is essential for both you and your Silky Pug that you do not miss a session. You may find that you learn just as much as your pup!
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Practice makes perfect
When it comes to obedience training, you will need to follow the instructor’s directions and practice at home. Home practice is critical in following up on what your dog learned in class. Practicing how to say the commands and assisting in teaching your companion will make it all worthwhile. Also, it will be a bonding experience and quite fun for you to see what your smart little Silky Pug has learned!
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Laser Pointer Fun

This is always a fun activity. Take a dog- safe laser pointer and shine it on the carpet and walls (not in your dog's eyes!). Watch your little one's reaction and see if your Silky Pug tries to "get" the red dot! This is an ideal indoor activity!

Fun in the Sun

It is always fun to cool off on a hot day. If you have a space in your backyard or on your deck, you can enjoy a little water time with your furry friend! If your Silky Pug likes a bath, then they may enjoy some pool time outside. Just be sure to keep the depth of the water in the pool very shallow, since your baby is quite small!

Conclusion

Your Silky Pug will have a mixture of Silky Terrier and Pug attributes. Enjoying fun activities with your pup will make your dog happy and fulfilled, as physical and mental activities will keep your companion stimulated. Doing things from going on a walk each day to playing games indoors will keep you both bonded for life!