Activities For Snorkies

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Introduction

Ah, the Snorkie: half Miniature Schnauzer and half Yorkshire Terrier. It’s two of our favorite dog breeds wrapped up in one. The author's little Snorkie, Eleanor Mavis (“Ellie” for short) loves the following activities, so we thought we’d share them with you in hopes that your Snorkie will enjoy them as well. Wag! would really “dig” seeing your Snorkie at play, so please post your photos and share your pup’s beloved activities below. We’d like to hear from you!

Pawpals

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Any Day
Moderate
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1 hr
Items needed
A pawpal
Cell phone
Stationery and stamps
Gifts and packaging
Activity description
You’ve heard of penpals, right? Well, you can use the same ideas when it comes to dogs. The author's Snorkie lives in southern Alabama with her family, and they communicate weekly with a sweetheart Beagle named Carla in Cincinnati, Ohio. With the Internet and cell phones, it’s really very easy to keep in touch. But Ellie and her family like sending their human friend Tracy and her doggie Carla a little snail mail from time to time as well. It’s fun to give, and it’s fun to receive. We enjoy keeping up with Carla’s adventures. Snorkies are friendly and smart (that’s the Schnauzer talking), and they’re affectionate and energetic (the Yorkie side). They make great pawpals!
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Find a pawpal (or two)
Tracy is the author's college roommate, so that’s how she and Ellie and found Beagle Carla for a pawpal. But you could search the web, talk to local friends, or even chat with families across the country and world about becoming pawpals. Usually, people are willing to share stories about and photos of their fur child, so this shouldn’t be difficult.
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Keep in touch
You can keep a text thread going, sending photos and weekly updates about your pup. You can even find cute cards and pass those along through the mail. Be sure to sign your letters with a pawprint! It really is so much fun to take on the persona of your dog. It allows you to talk with your pup and flex your own imagination. You’re never too old for this, although it does make a great activity for kids and pets.
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The element of surprise
Record your pawpal's birthday and send them a toy and bag of treats for their special day. Sometimes, you might send them a “thinking of you” gift. It’s fun to celebrate holidays with your pawpal as well. And anytime your doggo does something hilarious or amazing, be sure to pass along a photo. Pics or it didn’t happen, as they say!
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Kibble Toss 'n' Play

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Any Day
Cheap
Easy
30 min
Items needed
Dry dog food
Kitchen floor
Activity description
Snorkies are so obedient (hello, intelligent Schnauzer) and are ready for playtime whenever you’re willing (hello, adorable, hyped-up Yorkie). You might have great success playing with dry kibble at mealtime. The author's Snorkie’s tongue is hanging out in happiness when she hears the food clang against her bowl. She knows it’s time to eat and play, two of her favorite pastimes all wrapped up in 30 minutes of fun. She’s nearly cat-like as she rolls her shoulders and pounces on the rolling kibble. The family will go ahead and say that it’s a good idea to watch where each bit of food goes. This way, if your Snorkie can’t get to the morsel, you can find it and offer it to them.
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Prep the court
We always sweep before we set off to play. We don’t want our Snorkie eating anything that may be lingering on the floor. When our niece is in town, she likes feeding Ellie as well. We say, “It’s time to play with food! Doesn’t that sound fun?” You might also move trash cans and other pieces of furniture out of the way.
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Stop, toss, and roll
This is a simple activity. Sit on the floor, and your Snorkie baby will know it’s time to play. For about half an hour, toss, roll, and slide individual pieces of kibble across the tile. This is an excellent way to slow your Snorkie down if they’re a fast-eater. But, in general, it’s just an exciting little game for your excited little Snorkie.
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Tricks and love
After mealtime, you can make your Snorkie do a couple of tricks for a little dessert treat. And, of course, your affectionate Snorkie will love some post-dinner hugs, belly rubs, and scratches behind the ears. They’ll be stuffed from eating and even tired from playing, so a nap may be in the works for sure.
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Nature Stroll

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Sunny Day
Free
Normal
1 hr
Items needed
Harness and leash
Stroller or wagon (optional)
Activity description
We say “stroll” for a reason. Snorkies are little babies, so they tire out sometimes, even as energetic as they are. This is totally optional, though. The stroller provides a “walker” of sorts if needed; this is recommended for aging individuals who need extra support. Before the stroller, though, a walk through your neighborhood, around the farm, or circling your pond can be so nice. You might go in the mornings, after work, or even after dinner. Your Snorkie will love spending time with you, and they’ll also like sniffing all the outdoor smells and visiting with other animals and the neighbors.
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Explore
Snorkies love the word “go.” Whether it’s a car ride or walk outside, they’re up for some exploration just about anytime. Get that harness and leash on them, and they’ll be jumping and panting, excited to hit the dusty trail. Be careful in the spring and summer months; keep them close as poisonous creatures may be slithering about.
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Walk the walk, talk the talk
As you stroll along on foot and paw, talk to your fur child. Snorkies love hearing their name. They’re so smart. They recognize repeated phrases like, “Look at the dog!” or “Where’s Daddy?” They don’t speak our language, yet they do. They simply respond with tail wagging, sweet ear flaps, and sometimes a bit (or a lot) of barking.
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Strollin' along
If you haven’t finished your walk but your Snorkie is clearly growing tired, you can always pop them over into the stroller. They’ll enjoy the breeze, and if you have an aging parent along for the nature stroll, then they’ll really like pushing the fur baby. You may find that your pup's favorite part of the trip is getting to ride in Grandma’s buggy!
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Keep Away

Snorkies tend to have a ton of energy, and they enjoy playing keep away. They are determined, so they will fight for their toy at all costs. Your Snorkie will also like to play keep away from you. They'll tease you with the toys. Your Snorkie will run away, as if to say, “Catch me if you can, slowpoke!” They’re fast, agile small dogs.

Snuggle Time

Snorkies are super affectionate. They love naps, and they love blankets and even a bit of heating pad time. A cozy, snuggled-up Snorkie is a happy Snorkie!

Conclusion

Snorkie lovers, we hope you’re inspired by some of the activities listed above. We know you probably have plenty more games and adventures you’d like to share, so please feel free to do so here. If you own a Snorkie, you know how special, lovable, and irreplaceable these precious dogs are. They deserve all the fun we can give them!