Activities For Silky Tzus

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Introduction

When a mommy and daddy Silky Terrier and Shih Tzu love each other very much…. A Silky Tzu is born! And, with the personality traits of both the Terrier and Tzu, you will love how well-rounded and lovable this breed is. Whether you live in a high-rise concrete jungle or you have sprawling fields at your disposal, your Silky Tzu will be effortless to care for all the same. You can also rest assured that whether you have all the time in the world or only a few hours to spare, your Silky Tzu will enjoy your company – lots of it or not much at all. However, if you want to spoil your furry friend, here’s how. 

Doggy Dates

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1 hr
Items needed
Leash
Toy
Activity description

Silky Tzus are dogs you need to socialize from an early age. If you try to introduce them to other dogs when they are a little older, it can take some time to get them to warm to them – if they even will at all! That’s why as soon as you bring your Silky Tzu home for the first time, you need to put a few feelers out to get your friends involved in doggy dates. This all-weather activity is one that can benefit both you and your dog, while being free and easy to complete. All you need to do is arrange a regular one-hour session every week, and have a leash and toy at the ready. 

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Choose a dog friend
You don’t walk up to every human you meet and immediately become their friend, so you can’t expect that of your Silky Tzu, either. It can take time, a few meetings, and you may still not get them to form a connection. However, to have a fighting chance, meet up with a friend who has a dog similar to your own. The same personality and size can help create a lasting bond, as can having both dogs spayed or neutered.
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Meet
The best way to introduce two dogs is by first meeting on neutral territory. Keep both dogs on a leash at a safe distance, then walk them toward each other without crossing paths. Then, allow the dogs to walk over where each other has just stepped so they can become familiar with new scents. You can then walk them toward each other, making sure there are no signs of hostility and aggression.
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Play
If you are happy with how the meeting went, you can then take their leashes off and allow them to play! Introduce a toy and make sure they are in a secure, enclosed area. Make sure to supervise them while they play. Try to meet as often as possible to maintain that social connection.
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Grooming

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Any Day
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1 hr
Items needed
Faucet sprayer
Hair clippers
Towel
Cotton wads
Blow dryer
Activity description

Grooming may not seem like a fun game for your Silky Tzu, but this all-weather activity for dogs is one that can bring you both closer together while saving you money. Grooming is something your Silky Tzu is going to need often, and if you can save money by doing it yourself, why wouldn’t you? It’s expensive in the beginning when you outlay money for hair clippers, a faucet sprayer, cotton wads, dog towel, and shampoo, but once you do that, it’s a standard activity you can set time aside for every six weeks or so. When you carry it out from a young age, your Silky Tzu may also grow to love it. 

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Mats and tangles
The first step to grooming is removing any mats and tangles. Apply a detangle solution if you have one, and gently loosen the knotted fur with the help of your brush. You may need to clip any larger knots before beginning the grooming process.
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Brushing and combing
Once you have cleared all the matting and tangles, paying attention to trimming around the belly, feet pads, hocks, and chest, you can then begin brushing and combing. Start at their head, moving from the front to the rear, and the top to the bottom. A soft bristle brush may work best with your Silky Tzu, but you can talk to your local groomer about any other products you may require.
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Bathing and drying
Now that they have a fresh new look, you can hook up that new faucet sprayer, get the shampoo and blow dryer out, and get the final process underway. Put a non-slip mat in your tub, put cotton wads in their tiny sensitive ears, and shampoo their coat. Lather the shampoo in and avoid contact with their eyes. Work your way from head to tail before rinsing it off using your faucet sprayer. You can then towel dry and blow dry them on a low setting.
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Shake Hands

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Any Day
Free
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5 min
Items needed
Treat
Activity description

If you want your dog to be the life of the party, or you want to see them learn new skills, then try to teach your Silky Tzu how to shake hands. Silky Tzus are intelligent dogs, so you are likely to find it’s not overly difficult to teach them, and it also only takes five minutes at a time. You can teach them how to shake hands in any weather, spend nothing at all except for handing out treats, and know that it’s stimulating them mentally every time you spend that crucial one-on-one time with them. Teach your Silky Tzu how to shake hands today! 

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Teach sit
If your dog doesn’t sit on command, then the first thing you need to do is make sure they master this. If your dog doesn’t know how to sit, then learning how to shake hands may not be that easy. The first part of shaking hands is having them sit in front of you, with all their attention on you (and the treat in your hand).
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Trigger word
Your trigger word is going to be ‘shake’ so you need to instill this word in your Silky Tzu’s head. Make them sit, then hold up a treat. Hover it around their paw, using your hands to lift their paw to help them make the connection. When they give you their paw, say the word ‘shake’ and offer them the treat.
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Practice
Learning how to shake hands can take some time. You may need to set five minutes aside every day to drill it into them. The goal is to have them raise their paw; you grab it, then they get a treat. The reward is going to be a huge highlight, so make sure you have plenty of kibble on hand!
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Fetch

If you want a fun activity you can do inside and out, then fetch is it. All you need is a fetch toy and you can have your furry friend running backward and forward, bringing it to you and wearing themselves out. You can play it in your hallway, another spacious area of your home, or in a secure yard.  

Walk

Silky Tzus do not have a significant need for physical activity. You don’t have to take them for mountain hikes, track running, or sprints. Your Silky Tzu will be happy to leave the house once a day with you for a leisurely stroll around your local park or block. Half an hour or an hour is ample to not only give them some new scenery to view but will keep them fit and healthy too.  

Conclusion

Silky Tzus are very low maintenance dogs that bring so much pawsitivity and joy into your life. They are energetic, fun-loving, and are very intelligent as well. What’s more, they don’t need a lot of your time. Spend half an hour or an hour every day playing fun games with them and they will be more than happy. It might be time to welcome a new Silky Tzu into your home.