Activities For Swissneeses

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Introduction

Swissneeses are a very friendly, affable breed of designer dog that was first bred in the late 1990s. These guys have quite an impressive pedigree on their hands (or paws) as they result from mixing the Great Pyrenees with the Greater Swiss Mountain dog. With such a distinguished family line, it wouldn't be wrong for one to say that Swissneeses have a lot of "Great" expectations to live up to. If you're interested in adopting one of these dogs and helping them rise to the challenge, here are a few activities you can do with a Swissneese to help them be all that they can be.

Hiking

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Sunny Day
Cheap
Normal
3 - 4 hrs
Items needed
Backpack
Dog Backpack
waste bags
water and snacks
Leash (Traditional or Hands Free)
Activity description
The Greater Swiss Mountain dog and the Great Pyrenees parents hail from regions of rough terrain and were bred in order to help farmers herd sheep across mountain ranges along with other duties such as guarding and carting. The Swissneese will have many of the same natural attributes that have allowed their parents to traverse across such precarious terrain. That, in turn, means that your Swissneese has the potential to make for an excellent hiking partner. Hiking is an enjoyable activity that costs little to nothing and can be planned for almost any type of weather. Of course, for the optimal hike for you and your Swissneese, choose a cool day under clear skies to head out and explore.
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Plan the excursion
Hiking over challenging terrain will allow your Swissneese the opportunity to show their stuff. They are agile and athletic and will be keen to head out for a trek every time they see the backpack come out. Pack plenty of water and snacks, giving your energetic companion a pack of their own to wear. Plan your route and if you are keen to be gone all day, be sure to advise family members of your expected time of return.
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Enjoy the scenery
Not only does a vigorous hike provide a good workout, but it also gives the chance for you and your Swissneese to stop and smell the roses. Don't rush the day; allow your dog to really enjoy their time on the hills. Keep them close by and on a leash if the area warrants it. Don't allow them to be off leash unless they have impeccable recall skills. Pick up after your dog along the way and rehydrate often!
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Doggy Mani Pedi

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Any Day
Moderate
Easy
30 - 45 min
Items needed
Dog Leash
Activity description
Making sure that your pet is well groomed is one of the chief responsibilities of all pet parents - as sure as the sun will rise, it's a fact of life. But just because grooming is essentially a chore, it doesn't mean one can't find pleasure in it. Fun is what you make of it after all, and there are plenty of ways to making pet grooming a fun weekly activity with a bit of ingenuity and help from friends. The next time you need to get your dog's nails trimmed, call up your other pet parent friends and schedule a group mani pedi. Be sure have at least $20 handy to pay for the procedure, but much isn't needed otherwise.
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Schedule the appointment
First, you'll need to find a pet groomer that's got a solid reputation. Doing as much has become exponentially easier in the internet era, as sites like Yelp and Google make it easy to instantaneously pull up a list of user-written reviews about almost any establishment you can think of. Once you've found a groomer that piques your fancy, set the appointment via call or the internet.
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Sensitive paws
Since this is a group activity, making sure that everyone arrives at a reasonable time is beneficial to everyone's enjoyment. If your dog isn't used to a nail clipping, the groomer will encourage you to make this activity more than a once in a while affair. Dogs can sometimes be sensitive when it comes to having their paws touched. The groomer may use clippers to trim the nails or could decide to use a grinder. A check of the feet, a spot of dog-safe polish and your Swissneese will be all set until next visit.
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Agility Obstacle Course

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Any Day
Moderate
Hard
60 - 90 min
Items needed
wood
Power Tools
Activity description
Despite their large size, Swissneeses are incredibly quick and agile dogs. Just like both of their parent breeds, Swissneeses thoroughly enjoy physically challenging activities and will relish any opportunity to run, dash, dip, and dive around the place. Agility training obstacles are all about enticing dogs to push themselves to their physical limits. Agility training courses can either be set up by hand or visited - the choice really comes down to how handy you are with your hands. Gather some plywood and a few power tools and build a DIY course. Alternatively, find an agility class to take, allowing for some socialization along with the exercise.
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DIY Courses
If you're interested in setting up the course yourself, here's a quick and simple way to create a few easy to use obstacles with just a few planks of wood and some power tools (a power drill and power saw in particular). Get four 4 x 4 planks and then cut them half. Using glue, screws, or tape, merge the planks together into various items - you can cut four of the halved planks in half again and use the resulting 8 mini planks to create a small fence that your Swissneese can jump over. The more wood, the more things you can create.
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Professional courses
You can use the internet to research local dog trainers in your area. Once you do make contact with a professional, ask them if they offer any agility training courses that you could potentially enroll your dog in. While you're asking about the courses though, try to glean what you can about this trainer from their demeanor - are they nice, patient, and respectful while they're talking with you? Do you like their agility training philosophy? Keep your thinking cap on tight while reaching out to trainers to find the best one for your Swissneese.
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Tire Trekking

For this activity, you'll need a dog harness, some cables, and a few tires of various sizes. Outfit your dog with the harness before tethering it to one of the tires. Once you've done that, take your dog for a walk and watch as they haul the tire behind them. Doing so is a great and cheap way to build up a Swissneese's strength.

T-Shirt Tug of War

If you've got an assortment of t-shirts lying around that you haven't worn on in a long time, don't throw them out quite yet! Instead, see if you can tie them all together and make an impromptu rope that you and your Swissneese can use to play tug of war together!

Pupsicles

A pupsicle is a homemade dog treat that is comprised of a dog treat that's partially encased in a frozen liquid of your choosing. To make one of these delicious delicacies, you'll need a few dog biscuits and an empty ice tray. You'll then need to fill that tray up with water (or any liquid your dog would prefer) before placing the biscuits into the tray sections in an upright position. Place the tray in your freezer and wait a few hours for the liquid to freeze. Voila - your dog now has a tasty and healthy frozen snack.

Conclusion

With so many great traits going for them, there aren't really a lot of reasons for a person not to consider adopting a Swissneese if they're looking for a unique pet with a lot of pizzazz. Swissneeses are very large dogs, so a person who lives in an area with limited space probably should wait until they're able to move to adopt one of these gentle giants. Otherwise, we feel that the Swissneese's personable demeanor, loving attitude, and eagerness to please their loved ones makes them great pets. Add in the fact that Swissneeses are very patient pets and you've got a dog that's great with kids and older people.