Activities For Skip-Shzus

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Introduction

A Skip-Shzu is a unique breed with a long life span. It's not uncommon for this Schipperke and Shih Tzu cross to live longer than 15 years, and even up to 18. What's more, their small size means you don't have to take them out running for miles every day. However, it's important not to be fooled by their small size. They may appear like a lap dog, but their moderate mental and physical requirements make them more work than one. Therefore, you may like to try these activities below.

Puzzles

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Any Day
Moderate
Normal
1 hr
Items needed
Puzzles
Treats
Activity description
Even though your Skip-Shzu may not need a lot of physical activity, they still need stimulation for a large portion of the day. Otherwise, you may find they get into mischief or can even find somewhere to wander! That's why puzzles are such a good idea for this intelligent breed. They keep them busy, out of trouble, and they can interact with them in any weather as well. Depending on what you buy or build, puzzles can come with a moderate price tag. However, given that they can entertain your furry friend for an hour or more and you only need treats to go with them, they can be a convenient activity.
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Buy or build
Do you want to flex your creative muscles and pull out all the stops? Or, do you want to buy a puzzle from your local vet clinic or pet store? If you buy one, there are a range of options to suit - including puzzles with switches and levers for an added level of challenge. Alternatively, you can use many items you have lying around the house.
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Choose treats
Now that you have bought or made a puzzle, you need to work out which treats you are going to put in it. While store-bought treats are sure to get your Skip-Shzu's tail wagging, they will do nothing for their waistline. You may like to consider healthy alternatives like pumpkin, brown rice, and frozen sardines.
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Supervise
Believe it or not, Skip-Shzus have sharp little teeth, which make them a likely candidate for destroying any toy you give them. You can reduce the risk of this happening with a puzzle by supervising them. Even if you stay in the same room with them as they play, you can make their time with a puzzle a safer experience.
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Swimming

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Hot Day
Free
Easy
30 min
Items needed
Life jacket
Leash
Towel
Activity description
You may not think a small breed like a Shih Tzu would enjoy the water that much, but the inclusion of the Schipperke makes them more than suitable for dips from time to time. The Schipperke is a traditional skipper dog. When the sun begins to beat down and you have half an hour to spare, you may find a trip to the beach, river, or even a paddling pool in your yard can be a fun activity for you all. It's free, easy, and you only need a leash, towel, and possibly a life jacket if they need it.
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Swimming type
What type of swimming activity do you think your Skip-Shzu will enjoy the most? Most importantly, which one will wear them out the most? You may find a trip to the beach is too overwhelming for this breed that's typically wary of strangers, so a river trip or another type of watering hole may be a better option. Alternatively, you can pay money for a hydrotherapy experience, or put up a paddling pool in your yard.
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Life jacket
If your Skip-Shzu is not a confident swimmer, even with Schipperke in the breed, then you may like to put a life jacket on them. However, you can't throw two new experiences at them in one day. Have them wear the jacket in the days leading up to swimming to get them used to it. The best life jacket is one with a handle so you can pull them out of the water at a moment's notice.
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Swimming
Once you have laid the groundwork, you can now go swimming! Grab a toy, towel, and the whole family, and splash about in the water. Keep your eager pup close by so that they don't drift off or end up in a dangerous situation. Floating doggy toys can add fun to the mix. After half an hour to an hour of this, you'll all be worn out!
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Fetch

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Any Day
Free
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20 min
Items needed
Fetch toy
Activity description
With such a small breed, fetch becomes an excellent activity. You can play it inside when it's raining, outside when it's sunny, and it's free and with a normal difficulty level as well. What's more, with their small legs, it can tire them out quicker than it would a larger dog. As a result, it's a game that will only take up 20 minutes of your time while tiring your pup out for the day. You only need a fetch toy your Skip-Shzu loves and adores, as well as some time to spare for teaching them how to play the game.
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Choose a toy
You can't use any old toy for fetch. It has to be one your Skip-Shzu loves or will grow to love. It also needs to be reasonably aerodynamic for use outside or soft for use inside. To save money, try to use a toy your dog already owns. A favorite ball or rope toy should do the trick!
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Teach to chase
If your Skip-Shzu has never played fetch before, then all they will see is you throwing their toy away. You need to teach them to chase it. Get them interested in the toy in the days leading up to the game by playing tug of war with it with them, feeding them around it, or even putting treats in it. They will then be more inclined to chase it.
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Fetch
The hardest part is then getting your Skip-Shzu to return the toy to you so you can throw it again. To them, there won't be a lot of logic in that! You may need to, at least in the beginning, lure them back with treats. If they don't bring it back, however, they don't get a treat!
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Dog Park

Do you feel like your Skip-Shzu could do with some socialization? Then bring them to a dog park for play. Here, they can frolic around with other dogs of their size, and learn how to get along and share with others as well. This activity is also one that will wear them out with far more effectiveness than most other options.

Walk

It doesn't take long to wear out a Skip-Shzu, even if they have a moderate need for exercise. A half-hour walk in the sunshine will be all it takes to offer a sensory overload and tire their little legs out at the same time. What's more, going for a walk is beneficial for you as well as your four-legged companion!

Conclusion

A Skip-Shzu looks like a lap dog, can be a lap dog, but generally isn't a lap dog. They take an experienced owner with time to dedicate to their needs, as well as plenty of fun activities to stimulate their mind as well as their body. However, what you'll enjoy about this tiny dog is how pawsitively delightful they are. They will prance around your house, be loyal to your family, and will enjoy spending time with you no matter what you're doing.