Activities For Skye-Paps

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Introduction

The Skye-Pap is a super cute hybrid breed that combines all the best qualities of the Papillion and the Skye-Terrier. This is a medium sized dog breed that tends to have a relatively moderate amount of energy to expend each day. They enjoy walks with their owners, along with the occasional game of fetch, but there is a question that remains once those activities have concluded; what else can be done to bond with a Skye-Pap?  Thankfully, there are quite a few awesome options to chose from! So grab your treats and get ready to have fun with your furry friend.

Ring a Bell

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Any Day
Cheap
Normal
1 hr
Items needed
Treats
Clicker
Bells
Activity description
Although the Skye-Pap is a rather easy dog breed to train, there is one area where they tend to struggle; potty training. Because of this, teaching your Skye-Pap to ring a bell whenever they need to go outside and do their business is a great way to work their mind (and keep your floors clean). Potty training will get a whole new meaning once your Skye-Pap learns to ring the bell. Familiarize them with it first, and before you know it they will be ringing the chimes with excitement and pride a few times a day!
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Introduce the bell and cue
Before you even think about attaching the bell to the outside cue, it is a good idea to introduce the item to your pet. Have your treats handy and encourage your Skye-Pap to sniff the bell. When they touch it, say "Yes!" and treat. Once your Skye-Pap realizes that this bell is a good thing, you can start to introduce a cue every time that their nose touches the bell. A few examples could be "ring the bell", "or simply "touch" or "ring". After the cue has been recognized and your dog is comfortable with it, you can move on to the next step.
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Attach the outdoors
Your Skye-Pap should be comfortable with the bell and understand the cue to ring it at this stage. Now, you can move on to associating going outside with the ringing of the bell. Put the bell near the door and cue your pup to ring it. When they do, say "Yes!" and open the door to take them outside. Repeat this until your Skye-Pap knows that ringing the bell now means they'll be taken outside.
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Correcting unwanted behavior
If your dog begins to ring the bell just because they want to go outside (and not to do their business), then it is important to take a step back to help them understand. When your Skye-Pap rings the bell, put them on a leash and take them right to the spot where they usually do their business. Wait for a few minutes and if they go, praise them. If they just sniff around, take your Skye-Pap back inside right away. Keep repeating this until your pup understands that the bell is for business, not a party.
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Tunnel Running

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Any Day
Free
Easy
30 min
Items needed
Soft Nylon Tunnels (Optional)
Cardboard Boxes
Pop up Laundry Baskets
Treats
Activity description
Thanks to the Terrier side of the Skye-Pap, running through tunnels is a great way to exercise your dog during any kind of weather. All you need are some pop up tunnels or cardboard boxes to create an obstacle for your dog to run through. Add some treats to the mix and you have an indoor, or outdoor, activity that is perfect for the Skye-Pap. It's simple and free, yet provides your clever pup with plenty of fun. Vary the course now and then and your Skye-Pap will never tire of this one.
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Set up the course
Take out your obstacles and set them up either in an open space (such as a living room, basement, or backyard). You can either set up one type of tunnel if your Skye-Pap is just learning, or you can set up an entire course with connecting pieces to make it more interesting.
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Introduce the challenge
Bring your dog over to the obstacle and let them sniff it out. You can treat them if they go into the tunnels all on their own (especially if they are just getting used to it) or encourage them into the tunnel with the treats. This may be scary for some Skye-Paps at first, but they should catch on quickly.
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Lead the way
At first, you will need to lead your Skye-Pap through the tunnels. Have a delicious and smelly treat in your hand and walk along the outside of the tunnel with your dog inside. They should follow the scent of the treat through the tunnel. When they come out the other side, praise and give a treat. If you need to be in front of the tunnel to show the dog that the treat is present, that will also work well with a Skye-Pap who is just learning. Over time, you will be able to run alongside the tunnels as your dog goes through them on their own, only getting the treat at the end when they make it all the way through!
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Car Etiquette

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Any Day
Free
Easy
1 hr
Items needed
Car Divider (Optional)
Doggy Seat Belt (Optional)
Blanket
Treats
Toys
Activity description
The Skye-Pap is an excellent sized dog breed to take on road trips with you. Their calm personalities will help aid them in being good travelers, however, each dog is different and some may need a little extra help to have good car etiquette. Follow these simple tips to help prepare your fur buddy for the road by making them comfortable and removing any anxiety they may feel. Soon, your little traveler will be asking to go for a car ride just so they can show off their manners!
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Bring along comfort items
One of the major reasons why a dog may have anxiety or unwanted behavior in situations like road trips is because of the unfamiliar. New areas and different stimuli can cause anxiety, so by bringing items that your Skye-Pap knows and loves, that anxiety can be reduced. Examples of such items can be toys, blankets, or even an item of your clothing.
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Know their place
You should have a designated spot for your pup in the car. Whether that be in the passenger seat next to you, or in the back seat on a blanket, having a specific location that your Skye-Pap knows to go to will help with proper etiquette. Reward your dog for going to the proper location and correct them if they go somewhere else, such as over the seat to try and get to the front. If this cannot be learned with just treats, then a car divider such as a net will be extremely useful.
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Remember the necessities
Just like we need breaks while in the car from time to time, so does your dog. Remember to bring along water, some food, and doggy bags so that you are well prepared for whatever your Skye-Pap needs on the trip. This will ensure that everyone is comfortable and your dog feels safe and well taken care of in their current environment.
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Grooming Makeover

Because the Skye-Pap has such long and thick fur (thanks to their parent breeds) it is important to get a good grooming session in every once in a while. Not only is this healthy for your dog's fur and skin, it's also a great way to relax after a long day. So settle down with your Skye-Pap and enjoy giving them the love and attention they deserve, while also relaxing yourself. It's a win-win for everyone!

Take a Drive

Once your Skye-Pap is comfortable in the car, a great way to spend time together and see some new scenery is with a drive. Whether you are going to see friends or just out to pass an hour or so, there is no doubt that your Skye-Pap will enjoy the quality time; and perhaps a good nap.

Conclusion

If you own a Skye-Pap, then you know that their energy level is great for someone who likes to be active, but not too active. The activities that are mentioned here will allow you to mix things up from just a daily walk or run, even though the Skye-Pap loves those things as well! Whether you decide to take a drive or train your Skye-Pap to do a new trick, the important thing to remember is that having fun is the most important thing. If at any time you just need a break, the Skye-Pap is an excellent cuddler; so pull up a blanket and get cozy.