Activities For Standard Auss-Tzus

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Introduction

One of the most suitable breeds for a family is a Standard Auss-Tzu. This beautiful, long-haired dog is a cross between an Australian Shepherd and a Shih-Tzu, making them not only fun and playful but intelligent as well. You can bring them up in households with other animals, introduce them to new dogs, and enjoy playing games and teaching them tricks as well. The Standard Auss-Tzu is bound to bring a lot of joy into any individual, family, or couple’s lives.

Hoop Jumping

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Any Day
Cheap
Normal
5 min
Items needed
Hula hoop
Treats
Activity description

The Australian Shepherd is an intelligent dog, with a lot of enthusiasm for learning new things. Therefore, you may find the Shih Tzu and Australian Shepherd cross will too. Why not try your hand at teaching your dog to jump through a hoop? Hoop jumping is a fun, all-weather activity that’s affordable and exciting for all. You get the satisfaction of trying something new, while your dog gets mental and physical stimulation from this fun game. It will take five minutes of your time a few times a day, a hula hoop and treats, but once they master being able to jump through hoops, they will be the life of the party.

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Walk through
The first step is to place the hula hoop on the ground, holding the top of it with its bottom rim touching the ground. Place a treat through from one side and encourage your dog to walk through and get it. Use a new trigger word “jump.” If they walk through to get the treat, reward them with it and positive praise. If they don’t, keep encouraging them until they do.
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Raise it
After repeating step one several times, raise the hoop around one or two inches off the ground. Repeat step one, but with your Standard Auss-Tzu having to jump slightly off the ground. Repeat until your pooch is confident with this step.
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Raise it again
Finally, you will need to keep raising the hoop over a period of days until they can confidently jump through it at a leap, getting a treat and plenty of praise for their efforts. This may take some time to achieve, but as long as you use a trigger word consistently, and offer something in return, you may find your Standard Auss-Tzu is more than happy to learn this fun skill.
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Running

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Sunny Day
Free
Easy
30 min
Items needed
Leash
Doggy waste bag
Activity description

If you want a quick and easy way in which to burn your Standard Auss-Tzu’s energy off, then taking them for a run might be the answer. Because they have small legs but the energy levels of an Australian Shepherd, you may find that a 30-minute run can zap all their energy while stimulating them mentally at the same time. When it’s a sunny day, you can grab a waste bag and leash and head out to your local park or in your neighborhood for an adventure. It doesn’t cost a cent and is bound to appeal to many Standard Auss-Tzu owners.

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Running route
Knowing you want to run for around half an hour means you need to plan a route that sticks to that time limit. Otherwise, you may end up late for other appointments. Take a look online and find out what parks and walkways are available in your area. Alternatively, you can drive to different locations to give your pooch a bit of variety.
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Run
Once you have your waste bag and leash in hand, you can now hit the road. While you can take your Standard Auss-Tzu running when it’s sunny, cloudy, or even a little bit cold, avoid doing so when it’s intensely hot. If the asphalt is too hot for you to stand on barefoot, then think of your dog’s paws!
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Dog Park

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Sunny Day
Free
Easy
1 hr
Items needed
Leash
Doggy waste bag
Toy
Activity description

If you are looking for fun activities that don’t cost a dime but will tick all the boxes for your dog’s requirements, then check out your nearest dog park. Standard Auss-Tzus love other dogs, especially when socialized from a young age, so don’t let them miss out. This effortless activity also only takes an hour of your time with a doggy waste bag, leash, and toy. Therefore, it’s not only straightforward but takes minimal effort too.  It may be worth incorporating this activity into your weekly routine - especially if you normally struggle to incorporate free games that wear your dog out.

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Choose a park
It might seem silly to have to research a dog park, but don’t you want to make sure the one you choose is safe? There might be several in your area, but there are a few things to consider. Take note of the fencing quality, its height, and whether the layout allows dogs to remain separate depending on their size. Your Standard Auss-Tzu will be a small to medium dog, meaning they can most likely play in either size pen.
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Introduce
If you want your Standard Auss-Tzu’s trip to the dog park to go off without a hitch, then ensure you introduce them to other dogs already present when you arrive. Standard Auss-Tzus can become territorial with other dogs - especially others they don’t know. Take the time to introduce them properly instead of letting them loose into the enclosure to play and run free.
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Play
Now that your Standard Auss-Tzu is familiar with the other dogs, you can then throw them a toy and watch as they play. You will be surprised at how much fun your pooch has running with other dogs for an hour or more. Then, when the fun is over, you can return home knowing you made sure they had the best time possible.
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More Fun Ideas...

Fetch

If you’re fresh out of ideas for how to entertain your dog, then play a game of fetch with them. You can sit on your deck chair on the lawn and keep throwing a ball or another toy for them to go get. Given the Australian Shepherd parentage, you may find they are more natural at this game than you think.

Grooming

At least two to three times every week, you should set time aside for grooming your Standard Auss-Tzu. They have silky long fur which is prone to tangles, knots, and dirt. As a result, grooming should become a regular activity you do with your dog. Brush out the knots, cut any matting, and give them a bath twice per month. You may also like to clean out their ears, trim their nails, and brush their teeth a few times a week too.  

Conclusion

When you adopt a Standard Auss-Tzu, it’s impawtant that you have a few activities up your sleeve. Failure to entertain your pooch can give them reasons to become destructive, naughty, or bored. You can play a game of fetch, take them on outings, or let them run to their heart’s content. All are excellent options for having the smiliest dog on the block!