Activities For Skye Terriers

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Introduction

The Skye Terrier is frequently referred to as, "the heavenly breed with the heart of a lion."  This terrier may be small, but they are feisty. Although the dog has an exquisite appearance,  their frame is very sturdy and made to withstand the harsh terrain of the Scottish Highlands and the Isle of Skye. This little rascal enjoys being active. If they do not have enough daily exercise (mental or physical), they can become barky or destructive. Most Skye Terriers love long play sessions with their owners. They also enjoy outdoor time. Although small, this terrier is an active pooch who enjoys having fun.

Backpacking

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Any Day
Cheap
Normal
1 - 4 hrs
Items needed
Leash
Collar
Dog bowl
Water
Pack
Activity description
Many people see the Skye Terrier as a delicate pooch. Their tiny size (the dog stands only 10 inches at the shoulders) mistakenly makes people think that they are a couch potato or a lap dog but nothing could be further from the truth. The Skye Terrier was bred to hunt across the harshest terrain and through severely inclement weather conditions. Undoubtedly, the Skye is a tough cookie who loves being outdoors, so why not choose a fun activity like backpacking to enjoy with them? You can opt to take a day hiking trip or an overnight adventure.
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Load up
Nowadays, there are tiny backpacks that have been specially designed for small dogs allowing them to carry treats or other necessities like a collapsible water bowl. If you want to place a pack on your Skye Terrier for the backpacking adventure, get them used to the feel of the pack slowly. Many dogs object at first, but with a bit of coaxing and verbal encouragement, your dog should adjust to the feel of the pack.
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Hitting the trail
Some dogs balk at hitting the trail and actually want to be carried or pushed in a pet stroller but not the Skye. Most Skye Terriers are happy to walk the trail and explore. Every rock, pine cone, or hole must be thoroughly explored and sniffed. Remember to let your dog enjoy the trail. A terrier naturally tries to hunt, so give your dog time to take in all of the sights and sounds.
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Rest and refresh
Hiking and backpacking can be hard work for a little dog, even one as tough as a Skye Terrier, so be sure to stop frequently to hydrate and relax. Your Skye is going to love the adventure and want to keep exploring the trail but taking the time to rest is a necessity and part of the fun. Be aware of fatigue though, and gradually build up the distance hiked each time you go.
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Hide and Seek

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Cheap
Easy
1 hr
Items needed
Treats
Activity description
The Skye Terrier likes to hunt. Some Skye's have been known to dig apart a couch or a chair in the search for some smell that they feel leads to a hidden treasure. Some owners find this terrier characteristic annoying, but you need to remember that it is all part of the fun of owning a Skye. If you give your pooch ample options to indulge their natural characteristics and instincts, then they will be less likely to be destructive in a home environment. Often a game of hide and seek in the house is the perfect fun activity to spice up a dull afternoon.
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Hide the treats
If this is the first time that you have ever played hide and seek with your Skye then you are going to want to show your dog what you expect them to do. Have your pooch sit and wait while you show your dog a treat. Then, you will hide the treat. Once the treat is hidden, give them a command like "find it" and let your pooch go to find the tasty morsel.
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Finding the treat
Once your Skye finds the tasty treat it is time to heap on the praise. Let your dog know exactly how happy you are that they have found the treasure. It usually only takes about three times of showing the dog the goodies and where you hid them for this clever pooch to get the idea of how to play the game. Now it's time to take it to the next level and hide the item.
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More challenge
Put your pooch in another area of the home and hide a few treats. Bring out your Skye and give the command to find the items. Your dog will probably instantly perk up and start to sniff around. You will be amazed how quickly your Skye will locate the hidden morsels. This is a great game that can be played indoors or out once your dog gets the idea of how to play.
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Doggy Party

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Any Day
Moderate
Normal
2 hrs
Items needed
Treats
Toys
Activity description
Everyone likes a party. Even dogs enjoy kicking up their heels, so why not throw a fun afternoon doggy party? Invite a few friends over for treats and fun times. You can hold the party in your house, in your backyard, or even opt to have the bash at a dog park. Ultimately, the focus of the dog party is just letting your dog run and play with other pooches so they can enjoy the companionship of other four-legged animals and practice their socialization skills. Owners also have the opportunity to mingle with each other and spend quality time while their dogs play. A moderately priced event, this is the ultimate urban dog activity that is catching on across the nation.
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Bring everyone together
Hopefully, you have invited other dogs that your pooch is familiar with so there are no surprises. However, if a new dog is going to be attending the party, be sure to let the two canines sniff each other under supervision and make a firm acquaintance. Unlike many terriers, Skyes tend to accept other dogs fairly readily.
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Provide treat bags
Some people like to give out treat bags at a dog party but caution should always be taken because some dogs are food aggressive. Give the treat bags to the owners and let them determine if the dogs should enjoy them at the party or wait until they get home to enjoy the tasty morsels.
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Toys
Bring out the toys so all the dogs can play together with balls, ropes, or other items. You should also encourage owners to get involved with the fun. Most canines love nothing more than interacting with other dogs and beloved humans. It's a party so why not put some music on and just have fun?
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Canoe Trip

The small size and calm attitude of the Skye Terrier make the pooch an ideal companion for a canoe trip. Many people don't like to takes dogs in a canoe because the boat might tip if the dog is large or rambunctious. However, the Skye is the perfect size for such an adventure. Just remember always to put a life vest on your dog even if your dog can swim because a canoe can tip and you want your buddy to be safe. The shock of hitting cold water can stun a dog, and even a good swimmer can flounder.

Road Trip

The small size of the Skye Terrier makes your dog an excellent pooch for a road trip. Make sure your furry sidekick is traveling in a pet crate or use one of the new doggy seats to hold your small pooch safely in place. Most dogs love nothing more than going for a car ride. Gas stations, banks, and drive-thrus even offer tasty dog biscuits to canines in cars. Stopping to get a treat is always a perk of a road trip! Take a 30 minute or hour long trip to get out and enjoy the experience together.

Conclusion

The Skye Terrier is a dog who is always up for an adventure. This lovable companion loves to be right beside their owner having fun. Their happy nature makes them a great companion if you live an active lifestyle. The above ideas are just a few activities that you can enjoy with your furry pal. The choices are truly endless. The Skye Terrier tends to love to travel, so they can easily fly on an airline or spend a weekend at a luxury resort with you. You can also explore winter recreation opportunities together because the Skye's thick coat helps prevent them from catching a chill.