Activities For Standard Wauzers

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Introduction

The Standard Wauzer is a beautiful little dog with a big personality. They are a mixture of the West Highland White Terrier and the Standard Schnauzer. They don’t grow very big but let their personality give them height. They are energetic, fun, full of life, and love to please. They are also wizards when it comes to new tricks and tasks that require brains. Don’t underestimate how brilliant a Standard Wauzer can be. That’s why you should always try activities such as these below - whether they are an apartment dog or live with your family in a large home.

Begging

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Any Day
Free
Normal
5 min
Items needed
Treats
Activity description

Little dogs seem to find learning how to beg far easier than big dogs, and the Standard Wauzer is no exception. Teaching your Standard Wauzer is not only going to provide them with beneficial mental stimulation, but it will also make them the life of any party. They pick it up quickly with five-minute sessions daily, and you can teach them in any weather as well. What’s more, teaching your dog to beg is a free activity that only requires the use of kibble or treats. If you want to teach your Standard Wauzer cool tricks, this is one to have up your sleeve.

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Engage them
The first thing you need to do is engage your furry friend. Get out a treat they like and hold it in front of their nose. If you need to, bring it closer so they can sniff it and see what it is. You need to make sure your dog really wants the treat, otherwise, they won’t want to work for it.
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Raise it
With your dog interested, you can now slowly raise the treat up, getting your dog to not only raise their head but their body with it. The goal is to get their two front legs off the ground into the beg position. When they do, say your trigger word “beg” and give them the treat and a pat.
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Repeat
Keep repeating the process of raising a treat up to put your dog in the standing position. Use your trigger word over and over until they eventually do it on command. With your Standard Wauzer’s intelligence, it won’t take long at all for them to master. Before long, they will be doing it with or without your command!
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DIY Food Shaker

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Rainy Day
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Easy
30 min
Items needed
Drill
PVC pipe
Treats
Activity description

As any dog owner will know, trying to entertain your pet when it’s raining outside is a challenge. You have to think outside the square and come up with activities they can do indoors to keep them busy and out of trouble. Creating a food shaker may be an excellent idea. Firstly, it appeals to your Standard Wauzer’s love for food, then it adds in the challenge of making them discover how to get it out. All you need for this easy half-hour activity is treats or kibble, a PVC pipe, and a drill. It takes mere minutes to create but offers hours of fun.

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Create the toy
This step is going to be more entertaining for you than your four-legged companion, but their inquisitive nature means they will happily sit with you as you build it to see what you’re doing. Take a PVC pipe - new, or one you have lying around home - clean it, then place a cap on one end. Drill holes at random along the pipe. Add a handful of kibble or another delicious treat then place a cap over the open end.
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Play
As easy as that - your dog can now play. Let them roll the pipe along the floor, shaking the treats out of the open hole. A PVC pipe is also robust enough that your furry friend won’t destroy it while trying to get the treats out. The more treats you put in it, the longer they will play with it. However, the Standard Wauzer can be prone to overeating and obesity, so monitor their daily food intake.
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Hoop Jumping

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Sunny Day
Cheap
Normal
10 min
Items needed
Hula hoop
Treats
Activity description

It might seem impossible to find an activity for your Standard Wauzer that stimulates them mentally and physically, but that’s where hoop jumping comes in. This sunny-day and affordable activity is one you can carry out in 10-minute sessions with only treats and a hula hoop necessary. It tests their problem-solving capabilities while also offering physical exertion at the same time. They have to continually jump higher and higher while being rewarded for their efforts! You can also buy a hula hoop from most children’s stores for an affordable price to get started. Head out to your lawn with your excitable Standard Wauzer and give it a try!

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Walk through
The first step is for your Standard Wauzer to walk through the hoop with no problems. Set the hoop up with the rim on the ground and keep it upright. Hold a treat through one side, encouraging them to walk through it to get it. Because your Standard Wauzer doesn’t know what the big plastic ring you are holding up is, it may take some encouragement.
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Trigger word
Introduce a trigger word of your choice - you will need this for each time you raise the hoop. Once your dog comfortably walks through to retrieve the treat, introduce the trigger word and raise the hoop up. Keep practicing until they hop through the ring fluidly and without any hesitation.
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Raise it
Over time and with practice, raise the hoop up until your Standard Wauzer has to jump through it instead of walking through it. Use your trigger word each time, and still keep rewarding them with a treat each time. Eventually, you will be able to hold the hoop up, use the trigger word, and your dog will jump through it as if it came naturally.
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Dog Park

The Standard Wauzer is a very social dog, meaning a trip to the dog park should form part of your routine. At least once a week, take them to the park for half an hour to an hour of play. Put them in the small dog enclosure and keep an eye on them. It may also pay to check the fence lines as Standard Wauzers love to dig!  

Chew Toys

Along with digging, Standard Wauzers love to chew. Therefore, chew toys should be available in your house at all times! If you want them to stop chewing your shoes and other items, make sure you place toys in strategic areas around your home. They will love searching the house for them, before setting down to play quietly on their own.  

Conclusion

Whether you’re a family, individual, a homeowner or an apartment dweller, a Standard Wauzer will fit into your life seamlessly. They aim to please, have a pawsitive disposition, and enjoy nothing more than to see you happy. Return the favor by never letting them get bored. Try out these activities above with your fluffy friend and reap the rewards of a well-rounded pup who thinks the world of you.