Activities For Silkyties

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Introduction

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. 

Puzzles

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1 hr
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Puzzles
Treats
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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. 

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Choose a puzzle
It can be a challenge to choose a new puzzle for your Silkytie because you need to make sure it matches their intelligence level. Silkyties are smart dogs, however, so you’ll find there are plenty of options at your local vet or pet store to cater to their needs. Many have switches, dials, and items they have to move and lift to get to treats, while others involve stuffing treats within larger items which they have to shake and roll to remove. Make sure the puzzle isn’t too easy, as your dog will soon grow bored!
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Select treats
Silkyties are small to medium dogs that like to run around and be active. However, they also like to be the lone soldier of the family and can get away with no exercise at all. Rather than risk having an idle, overweight dog, you need to make sure you’re careful with what you feed them. Instead of high fat and high salt dog snacks, opt for their regular vet-approved kibble within the puzzles or even more natural alternatives like cabbage, pumpkin, and frozen sardines.
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Play
Now that you have treats and a puzzle, you can set them up inside or outside for an hour of fun. You can then carry on with your household chores, keeping an eye on your Silkytie, knowing they are having a ball trying to get the treats out of the puzzle!
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High Five

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5 min
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Treats
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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. 

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Sit
If your Silkytie doesn’t yet know how to sit, at least not on command, then that will be the first thing you need to master. If your dog does, then you can move onto step two. Teaching your dog how to sit is one of the first commands you show them. Use treats and position them above their head, naturally encouraging them to move back and sit down to receive it. When they sit, use positive reinforcement and give them the treat. Eventually, using the same motions and commands, you can have them sitting without the need for a treat, and they won’t need to be on a leash either.
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Paws at the ready
The next step is to have your dog sit in front of you, allowing them to spot one of their favorite treats in your closed hand. Show the treat to the dog, close your hand again, then encourage them to paw at your fist – holding it around four or five inches from their face. Once they tap your fist to try and get it, use your trigger word ‘high five’ or ‘five’ and give them the treat. At this point, don’t actively grab their paw to force the movement.
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High five
After repeating step two over and over again, encouraging your dog to paw your hand for the treat, you can now hold your hand up in the same place but as an open hand. Keep your treat in the other one. Once they hit your free hand, reward them with the treat. Keep repeating this motion over and over until they understand what an open hand means.
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Dog Calendar

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30 min
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Camera
Treats
Costumes
Tripod
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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! 

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Plan months
To make a fun and exciting calendar, you need to plan out each of the 12 months, and potentially even a front and back cover. Try to include a mixture of natural poses and dress-up days, giving your dog a break from having to wear a silly outfit. Where possible, add themed costumes depending on the month. For example, your Silkytie can wear a Christmas hat or outfit in December, or pumpkin attire in October and November.
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Start snapping
To get your dog’s interest, you are going to have to use a lot of positive reinforcement and treats. Some dogs are camera shy, especially if it involves the flash. If you know your Silkytie isn’t going to appreciate their photo shoot, try to include as many natural shots as possible. Keep the camera flash off and take photos in well-lit areas. To get the best shots where they are looking at the camera, hold a treat above your camera to lure them in. You can then send your photos to a printing company to create your new calendar!
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Run

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.  

Dog Park

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. 

Conclusion

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.