Activities For Standard Kerry Blue Schnauzers

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Introduction

Standard Kerry Blue Schnauzers are hybrid dogs that are one part Kerry Blue Terrier and one part Standard Schnauzer. These guys can be fairly large in size, but we figure that's only natural considering that the Kerry Blue Terrier is one of the largest dogs around. Both of the Standard Kerry Blue Schnauzer's parent breeds are incredibly intelligent dogs in their own right, so Standard Kerry Blue Schnauzers are likely to be twice as smart as the average dog. That also means that Standard Kerry Blue Schnauzers will get bored fairly easily and will need to have a diverse and balanced set of activities to complete throughout the week - lest they become restless and antsy.

The Blanket Game

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Any Day
Free
Easy
15 - 20 min
Items needed
Full Sized Blanket
Activity description
This activity is the easiest and cheapest on this entire list; all you need to play is one full sized blanket that you can hide behind and your Standard Kerry Blue Schnauzer's attention. The actual activity in question simply involves holding up a blanket and covering yourself while your dog is looking at you, then darting away and leaving your pup to sift through the aftermath. Now that description may have been a bit wordy, but all you really need to do is play peekaboo with your dog a few times, then run off and hide - making it seem like you've vanished into thin air. That's really all there is to it! You can use any blankets or sheets in your home to do this activity, so you shouldn't have to buy anything for this game. You can also play with your dog during any time of day or season, as this is an indoor activity.
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What goes up...
The first thing you need to do is master playing peekaboo with your dog; all you'll need to focus on when starting off getting your dog to engage in the game and be active. Turn off the TV if your dog's a bit of a couch potato and put away any toys that might take your pet's attention away from you. Then just play peekaboo with your puppy.
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...must come down
Here's where we'll implement the "disappearing act" portion of this activity; when you next play peekaboo with your Standard Kerry Blue Schnauzer, count the number of times you say peekaboo. Once you've made it past 5 or so peekaboo's, you'll be able to dash away to side while the blanket is concealing your body. Your dog will go into full alert mode and start searching for you. This is good, as your dog will have to use their nose and their brain to find you.
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Canine Clothes Sorting

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Any Day
Cheap
Normal
30 - 45 min
Items needed
Clothes Hamper
Dog Treats, Dog Toy, or Training Clicker
Activity description
Smart dogs like the Standard Kerry Blue Schnauzer, or either of their parent breeds for that matter, can learn to perform a number of complex tasks on request. That is to say, they can learn once they've been properly motivated with a tasty treat, their favorite toy, or some good old fashioned pet parent praise. Brainy dogs also respond well to training clickers - cheap, $5 devices that be used to reinforce positive canine behavior without the need to feed them. Whichever method of praise and reward you favor, you'll be using it to teach your pet to help you put away clothes for this activity. One method isn't necessarily better than the other, so we'll teach how to do so with three of them down below.
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Dog treat method
First, call your dog by their name and ask them to come over to you. Next, hand them a folded up article of clothing and wait for them to grab it. Then, ask your dog to place the clothes in a hamper (or whatever you use to house your dirty clothes.) Should your dog complete these instructions to the letter, reward them with a doggy treat. If they struggle with a particular step, keep drilling it with them and reward them when they complete the steps individually.
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Dog toy method
This method is very similar to the dog treat method, but you'll want to refrain from letting your dog play with their toys on an individual basis - even if they get stuck. What you'll want to do instead is entice your dog with the promise of play time; when you need your dog to complete a step, wiggle your dog's toy in their line of sight. Tell them they'll be able to play with it once they complete the task at hand. When they do, let them play with their toy for a few minutes before moving on.
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Training clicker
This is probably the most expedient method of them all; you simply click the training clicker every time your dog takes a step in the right direction. When your dog grabs hold of your clothes, click a few times. When they start walking over to the hamper, click a few more times. So on and so forth. This method is great because it doesn't break momentum.
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Check Mate

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Any Day
Cheap
Normal
1 hr
Items needed
Chess Board
Chess Pieces
Dog Treats
Activity description
Not so long ago, a video of a Siberian Husky playing chess with their human companion made the rounds throughout the internet. We're not talking about picking up pieces and flinging them about without care either - this dog was really getting down! They were picking up pawns and putting them away all on their own! Obviously, this pet owner took months of consistent play, instruction and practice to make it look like their dog could play the game. Our motive here though, for this activty, is to have your Standard Kerry Blue Schnauzer help you put the game away after you have had your personal practice.
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The broadside of the board
Get your dog familiarized with what a complete chessboard looks like; set up the board on your own time, then call your dog over to you and have them look at it for a while. Next, you'll want to teach your dog the differences between each piece - teach them what a pawn is, a rook, and more. Lastly, show your dog where each piece goes when it's time to put the pieces back into their boxes. It's not a bad idea to practice each step multiple times for the sake of really emphasizing certain concepts.
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Everything in its right place
With all of those fundamental concepts down pat, you can try your hand at asking your dog to place the pieces in their respective compartments. You'll have to show your dog where the pawns go - being sure to call them such, multiple times as you do. You can also focus on the special pieces first, as there are actually less of them and they look more distinct. Either way, when your dog successfully puts a piece away you'll want to reward their efforts with a treat and some praise. You may have to assist your dog numerous times before they fully can do this activity on their own, so remain patient and supportive.
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More Fun Ideas...

Simple Tricks

A dog like a Standard Kerry Blue Schnauzer can learn simple tricks like sitting and shaking on request with great ease. Set aside an afternoon some time, get some dog treats, and just continue drilling tricks with your puppy until they get them down pat. This isn't necessarily an overnight process per se, but you should see results within the first few days of trick training.

Hair Styling

Standard Kerry Blue Schnauzers have a ton of fur - so much so that they need to have their coats trimmed and groomed on a regular basis. This might sound like busy work, but fun is what you make of it! Rather than style your Kerry Blue's beard into a traditional shape, get creative and try things like braiding your dog's fur.

Conclusion

We hope that we've been able to provide you with insight in regards to the Standard Kerry Blue Schnauzer hybrid. Just from reading this article, you've probably gained a pretty solid understanding of how challenging it can be to care for a Standard Kerry Blue Schnauzer. While it may seem a bit daunting to care for a dog that's as intelligent as a Blue Schnauzer, it can also be a very rewarding a worthwhile experience for the right person. A Standard Kerry Blue Schnauzer may not make the best pet for an inexperienced canine caretaker, but they can make for excellent and dear friends if reared by an individual with the right attitude.