Activities For Standard Schnauzer Chins

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Introduction

As most Standard Schnauzer Chin parents will know, this adorable pooch has trouble written all over them. While these Japanese Chin and Standard Schnauzer mixes are sweet, cuddly, and affectionate, they can also be anxious, yappy, and feature symptoms of small dog syndrome. In essence, they can be a challenge if you don’t know how to combat bad behavior. If the time has come to provide them with enough stimulation to make them too tired to act up, then try out these activities below. You will be surprised at what a little stimulation and fun can do! 

Bark Training

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Any Day
Free
Hard
10 min
Items needed
Treats
Activity description

Standard Schnauzer Chins don’t mean to be noisy, but they can’t help it! They love to bark at new sounds and sights, and think nothing of standing there yapping when you’re trying to talk to someone new at the door! If you want to remain in your neighborhood’s good books, however, you are going to need to spend time taking care of business. Set aside 10-minute training sessions for as long as it takes to correct the problem. All you need for this free all-weather activity are a few treats, but be prepared to have your patience tested! 

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Create a distraction
The first step to stopping your dog barking as often is by creating a disturbance. As soon as they begin barking, do something that piques their curiosity. You may like to try adding coins to a tin can to shake or creating a high-pitched noise. Come up with something that will break your Standard Schnauzer Chin’s focus and stop them from barking immediately.
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Remove the cause
If a distraction is not enough for your tiny terror to stop acting as a guard dog, then try to remove the cause of their barking if you can. Some dogs bark because they can see people walking by on the street. When dozens of people walk past every day, listening to the barking can grow tiresome. Try limiting their access to this area of the house, or install blinds or curtains so they can’t see what’s happening.
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Wear them out
Many dogs stand on guard, looking for the next “threat” because they don’t have anything else better to do! If you want your dog to be slack when it comes to standing guard, then keep them busy. Fill their days with fun activities, giving them no time to rest, relax, and watch the world passing by.
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Obstacles

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Normal
30 min
Items needed
Obstacle items
Treats
Activity description

Thanks to the Schnauzer and Japanese Chin parentage, the resultant Standard Schnauzer Chin is a breed that likes to jump and climb. While their small stature means they can’t go all that far, that doesn’t mean they won’t give it a good go! In any weather, you can set up an obstacle course to appeal to this trait. You can set a course up either inside or outside, and you only need a few items to act as obstacles and a handful of treats. What’s more, an obstacle course for your Standard Schnauzer Chin only takes up around half an hour of your time but will offer an average difficulty level to appeal to them. Take the time to try it out today. 

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Set up
Use boxes, coffee tables, or anything that offers height, positioning them in a line. The goal is not to worry about weaving poles or any real agility course items but focus on adding climbing and height activities instead. Make sure your Standard Schnauzer Chin always has a safe way to get down off the highest point, but challenge them to jump, climb, and test their limits.
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Add treats
If your dog is not all that comfortable with heights or climbing, then encourage them with snacks. At various points of the course, add a treat. Keep supporting them to move forward, tiring out their body and busy little mind at the same time. A few rounds of this course and they’ll be ready for a big nap!
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Time trial
To add an element of competition to this activity, make it a time trial. Once your dog has been through the course many times, encourage them to speed up. You can use a high energy voice and treats, improving their “personal best” time as they go. Don’t underestimate how much doing so will tire them out!
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Teeth Brushing

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Any Day
Cheap
Hard
5 min
Items needed
Doggy Toothbrush
Treats
Doggy Toothpaste
Activity description

Standard Schnauzer Chins can be quite precious dogs, preferring to do what they want and when they want it. That’s why they are one of the hardest dogs to housebreak, too! Given that teeth brushing is one of the most crucial things to do with dogs, you will need to incorporate it into their lives as a regular activity from a young age. All you need is a toothbrush and toothpaste for dogs, and a treat to sweeten the deal. There’s no denying this activity can be a challenge, but it’s affordable, and you can do it in any weather. It can also save you several hundred dollars in vet bills if you take care of your pup’s oral health! 

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Toothpaste and toothbrush
Before you begin brushing your Standard Schnauzer Chin’s teeth, you need to buy the right toothbrush and paste for the job. Your own won’t work! You can pick both of these up from your local vet clinic or pet store. If they are out of stock of brushes, a child’s soft-bristled brush may also be appropriate. The toothpaste will also be a chicken or beef flavor, or even malt, instead of mint like our own!
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Cleaning the outside
Lift your dog’s lips to expose their teeth, and begin cleaning the outside surfaces in gentle, circular motions. Pay attention to your dog’s mood as you go. Use a confident, enthusiastic voice as you brush to keep them connected and focused. Make sure you clean the outside of their teeth properly as you will be unlikely to get your dog to agree to clean the inside area!
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Clean molars and canines
The hardest part, apart from trying to keep your Standard Schnauzer Chin engaged, is then cleaning their canines and molars. These teeth are prone to tartar and decay and can be a leading cause of periodontitis and other oral health issues. Reach up the back of your dog’s mouth to get these teeth, but don’t take too long to do it! Your Standard Schnauzer Chin will only sit still for so long.
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Fetch

If you want a real challenge, knowing the payoff can be substantial, then teach your Standard Schnauzer Chin how to fetch. This game is not a natural choice for your pup, but with time, they can work it out. Once they do, it will help them burn off enough energy every day to keep them out of trouble. You can also play it in any weather, watching them run backward and forward chasing and retrieving a toy.  

Weasel Ball

Both the Japanese Chin and Schnauzer enjoy chasing little critters – it’s in their DNA. If you want to make sure they can still run and chase without the risk to other animals, then invest in a weasel ball. This toy features a plastic ball with batteries in it attached to a soft fabric weasel. The ball will move along your floor, powered by the battery, causing the weasel to flip alongside it. Your dog will love chasing this on the floor! 

Conclusion

Your Standard Schnauzer Chin is a fun loving and affectionate dog who needs to keep busy and be directed in order to be at their best. Engage them in activities on a daily basis and be sure to teach and encourage them in the behaviors that you expect. This ball of fun will keep your home full of laughter and activity!