Silkyties are the result of intentional breeding of a Silky Terrier with a Shetland Sheepdog. It may seem like an odd combination, but the resultant breed is one that’s small, independent, suitable for homes with other pets and children, and has a moderate need for physical and mental stimulation. You may find a Silkytie is ideal for life in an apartment or a house, but they do require at least an hour or more of activity per day to keep them happy and healthy. Here are a few ideas to get you started.
Silkyties like a challenge, and if you’re short on time to devote to your furry friend, then you can let a puzzle for dogs do all the work. While you will need to supervise them for a time with this activity, it’s merely to make sure they don’t get themselves into trouble while playing with a puzzle. This all-weather activity has a varying price tag, a regular difficulty level, and will help keep your Silkytie entertained for around an hour, if not longer. The best part is, it’s something they will enjoy because it stimulates them mentally while rewarding them every time they get the answer or sequence right.
Given that the Silkytie is a smart dog, albeit a bit stubborn, you may find that teaching them new and exciting tricks is an excellent way to pass the time. It gives you something to do, but it also stimulates your pup mentally – something that can be a challenge to do at the best of times. That’s why teaching your Silkytie how to high five is an excellent activity. It offers you a project to carry out in five-minute increments over a period of days, while being free and relatively straightforward for your convenience. All you need is time to spare, a bit of motivation, and a few treats on-hand. Your Silkytie will be the life of the party in no time.
If you find it challenging at the best of times to shop for loved ones for Christmas, why not take all the hassle out of it by making a dog calendar? Calendars are something that every household has, but imagine if each month of the year could show your dog in a different pose or costume? This activity is fun, has a moderate price tag if you go out and buy costumes, and can be a bit of a challenge for you and your furry friend. You should also spend no more than half an hour on each calendar month to stop your dog from getting bored. Regardless, they are going to enjoy how much attention you are paying them at any one time. Gather some costumes, treats, a camera and tripod and get the calendar underway!
Silkyties love other animals. Usually, it doesn’t matter whether it’s a cat or a dog, they will share their home with most new arrivals. That’s why it’s imperative to include trips to the dog park in their routine. If you don’t have other pets for them to play with at home, they may not get the socialization they require to be well-rounded. It doesn’t have to be a long trip, but half an hour to an hour once every week or fortnight can be enough for them to have fun and spend time with other dogs.
Don’t let your Silkytie’s small stature fool you. Boy, these dogs like to run! When you’re bursting to get out in the great outdoors, then make sure you bring your Silkytie along for the ride. Put on your trainers, grab their leash, and head out for a 30-minute run. The outing can benefit both your physical and mental health.
When you invite a Silkytie into your home, you’re not going to have a ruff time. This breed is pawsitively delightful, with so much love to give and requiring not a lot in return. If you want a dog that’s small in size but large in character, a Silkytie is the one for you. You can then take part in any of these activities above to provide for them both mentally and physically.