Activities For Standard Wire Hair Snauzers

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Introduction

The Standard Wire Hair Snauzer is a lively dog who is intelligent and curious by nature. They need a lot of exercise to burn off their abundant energy or they can become destructive. This hybrid mix of the Standard Schnauzer and Wire Fox Terrier needs to be well socialized. Plan to take them out and about in the community so that they can learn appropriate behavior gain confidence. They will love long walks, beach strolls and shopping with you. Make sure your dog is well trained and obedient which will make these trips a pleasure. They can be a bit feisty with other dogs, especially those of the same sex, but in a neutral territory, they should be fine. Social interaction and activities are the objective for this beautiful dog as well as providing plenty of physical and mental challenges for them.

Soft Sand Workout

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Sunny Day
Cheap
Hard
30 - 60 min
Items needed
Leash
harness
Doggy Waste Bags
Activity description
Head out to the beach for the day after first making sure that it is a dog-friendly beach. With your dog on the leash, start heading out along the sand. While it is tempting to walk along the damp hard sand, wander out onto the soft sand and start walking. This activity will provide a good workout for both you and your Standard Wire Hair Snauzer. You will be able to feel it in the legs and the butt after just a few minutes and will be huffing and puffing unless you are super fit! Don't overdo this exercise, and consider your dog's fitness level as well. If they have been a couch potato all winter you can hardly expect them to perform like a marathon veteran - although they will give it a try - just to please you! Consider the weather, and do this free activity in the cool of the day.
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Start slowly and build up
When you first get to the beach, you may have to give your dog time to run and explore, bounce in a wave or two, and greet the other dogs on the beach. Only then will your dog focus on the walking exercise. Any action along the beach will give a dog a good workout, but the soft sand is the real challenge. The leg and butt area will have to work hard to walk through the soft, sinking sand. The heart rate will rise and you will both be puffing a bit. If you are starting a new fitness regime, stop often for a rest and don't overdo it the first time out.
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Change direction
Rather than just walking straight, you can vary the walk by suddenly making a turn and walking towards the waves. Then, after a splash in the waves turn and walk back up the beach instead of along it. A lot of beaches have a slope as they go down to the water, so as you walk back up you are getting additional exercise. Your dog will happily follow you regardless of how they feel. So make sure you are not pushing them too hard! Try to do this activity on a cool day rather than in the heat of summer, just to protect your dog from overheating as they don't sweat to cool down as we do.
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Rest and cool fetch
Once you feel you have had enough of this exercise, have a short rest before playing some fetch with a ball for your dog. Even throw the ball into the shallow waves - your Standard Wire Hair Snauzer will get nice and cool with the swimming. Remember to stop your dog for a water break - they will need to wash the salt and sand out of their mouths and rehydrate after all the exercise. Then, maybe they can join you as you sit in the sun to relax before heading home. It is activities such as these that your dog will treasure. They will love keeping you company and being your exercise buddy.
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Grooming Time

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Any Day
Cheap
Normal
30 - 60 min
Items needed
Dog shampoo and bubble mix
Brush and comb
treat
Activity description
While many dogs don't think bath time is that much fun, you can be different and make it fun for your dog. The Standard Wire Hair Snauzer has a double coat that needs constant care. Start off with a warm bath with bubble and balls for fun, and follow by a gentle towel dry and body massage for your dog. This activity provides the opportunity to see if your dog has any skin issues or is home to parasites like ticks who may be making a home on your pup. Once you get through that, the brushing begins. If you talk to your dog - perhaps even sing to them - they will listen to you and enjoy the activity. Ensure you clean and polish around and in their ears, their mustache, and around the eyes very gently. Afterward, a nice treat will compliment all the attention they are enjoying. A home spa is economical and also offers a wonderful bonding time for the pair of you!
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Pepare to goom
Take your dog for a walk first to wear off some of their energy. As you wait till the day has warmed up a bit, get all the items you need so they are handy. Turn on some soft music to help relax your dog. Then fill up the paddling pool or whatever you usually use to wash your dog. Warm water is best, even on a warm day. Chuck in some balls which will encourage your dog to hop right on in. Then blow some bubbles and lather them up at the same time. They will be having so much fun they won't even realize you are washing them!
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Wash the pup
Work up a good lather and wash them thoroughly in-between letting them pop some bubbles and chew on a ball or two. Rinse off and let them have a good shake. It is best to have them on a leash so that they don't race off to 'dry' themselves in the nearest dirt pit! Wrap your dog in the towel and fluff them dry. By now your dog will realize you fooled them into a bath but they will be enjoying all the attention and will forgive you. Give your pup a massage which will enable you to find any suspicious bumps or any injuries that may need attention. Check out their ears - make sure they are dry and clear of infection.
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Hairy Tumbleweeds
Finally, you can start the brushing process. Be prepared for clouds of fluff to be freed. Like tumbleweeds, they will blow around your yard until a bird swoops in and gathers them for nest building. Chat away to your dog and tell them a story - dogs love to hear you talk to them. Next, surprise them with a nice treat for having been so patient and well behaved. Rewarding good behavior will benefit you next time you start to groom your dog. They always remember treats, so they will be willing to do it all again as long as they get a treat at the end.
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Shopping Excursion

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Any Day
Moderate
Easy
2 hrs
Items needed
harness or leash
Water
Treats
Activity description
If you have trained your dog to sit and wait patiently until your return, you can take your dog with you when you go out shopping. Your Standard Wire Hair Snauzer will enjoy the car ride as well as wandering alongside you through the malls. When you have to go into a shop, tie them up securely and tell them to 'stay'. Make the first time out shopping just for quick items. This means you can leave your dog, go into a shop and come out in a minute or two to pick them up and fuss over how good they were. You may want to give them a treat so they link shopping to fun and treats. Do this several times on your first trip out so they know you will return. This activity uses their obedience skills and they get to be with you which is what your dog wants most of all.
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Prepare your dog
Before you take your dog on a shopping excursion, make sure your Standard Wire Haired Snauzer is trained to sit and wait quietly until you return. You can practice this when you are out walking. Just tie your dog up, go inside a shop, give it a minute or two and then return to your dog. Fuss and praise them and give a treat. Keep practicing and extend the time you leave them alone. Only take them shopping when you aren't going to be long in each shop. A dog tied up for half an hour or an hour is just not fair as they can become anxious. But for short, quick trips - taking your pup shopping can be fun.
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Take your time
As you stroll around with your dog, let them look around and take in all the activity. This is a new thing for them, and there will be so much to see. Give them a lot of praise for good behavior. You may even stop for a coffee and your dog will be able to join you. These days many restaurants offer a dog treat, like a special drink for dogs. It will be a fun activity for your Snauzer and they will love the attention they will get. There may even be other dogs out with their owners which then makes the trip a great opportunity to socialize your dog.
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Final stop
After some time shopping, it will be time to head back to the car and home. But first, pay a visit to the local pet shop and see what toys are in stock. Be warned that your canine companion may ask you for a treat or a toy. It will be worth it because they have been so well behaved. Rewarding good behavior in your dog is a sure way to get them to behave as you want them to. A dog loves a reward and will remember that when they do as you ask, they often get what they want. It is a winning situation.
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Leg workout

This simple activity will increase the strength in your Standard Wire Hair Snauzer's legs. Simply lift your dog's front paws off the floor and walk around with them on their hind legs. Then try doing the same with the back legs. Some dogs don't like their feet being touched, so go easy and let them get used to this activity. Don't overdo this exercise because although it seems simple, it is quite tiring for your dog. Reward for doing so well and they will want to try again. Doing this unusual exercise will help keep your dog's leg muscles strong as they age.

Picnic Table Jumps

Give your dog a bit more of a workout when you are at the park by getting your dog to jump up onto the seat of a picnic table. Next, get them to jump up onto the table and sit. Then have them jump down onto the seat on the other side. And finally, jump down onto the ground. This activity will strengthen your dog's legs and will give them a bit of a cardio workout. Start at three sets, and work your way up to ten sets as your dog's fitness increases. It is easy and fun.

Conclusion

There are many places you can take your dog, as more and more businesses and community events have started to welcome dogs and their owners. This social development means you can take your dog on community events such as walks for charity, outdoor markets, and even to music events. When you adopt a dog, they become part of the family and want to go where you go. The dog has evolved from a pack animal, therefore they love company. From beach walks to city strolls, country excursions to cafe life, your dog can join in and be with you which means a happy, active dog. Like most dogs, your Standard Wire Hair Snauzer is a people pleaser, which means they can be trained to behave when they are out in public. Training done in a positive way is fun for a dog; any time you are pleased with them is a pawsitive experience for them.