Activities For Tibaliers

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Introduction

The Tibalier is a mix of a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and a Tibetan Spaniel. Both dogs are relatively small in size with inquisitive natures, meaning the resultant Tibalier will be as well. They are little balls of energy, need plenty of mental stimulation, and are ideal for homes with other dogs with which they can burn off energy. If you own one of these beautiful little dogs and need a helping hand with activities, then try these below. You are sure to find they appeal.

Doggy Dates

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Sunny Day
Free
Easy
1 hr
Items needed
Leash
Toy
Activity description
The Tibalier can be an exceptionally social dog, especially if the Cavalier side wins the battle of genes. Therefore, you may like to buddy them up with another dog friend so they can have fun playdates. Such an activity benefits you too, as you get to have coffee dates with a friend! All you need for this sunny-day free and easy activity is a leash and a toy, and you're ready to go. What's more, it can take place at your home or at the house of someone else. You can also buddy up with several different dogs to give your dog the full socialization package.
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Buddy up
The first step is to find your dog a friend or two. If your furry buddy is a ball of energy, then pair them up with a dog that tends to be the same. If they are quiet, then find a dog friend who has the a similar mellow nature. The goal is to make sure your Tibalier and their new friend get along.
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Environment
The best environment for a play date, at least to begin with, is on neutral territory. For your Tibalier's first meeting, take them to a dog park or another area where they can get to know each other properly. From there, you can choose your home or your friend's, as long as they are in a secure section of the house or yard and have your supervision.
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Play
Now that your Tibalier has a new friend or friends, you can schedule regular dates and supervise their play. Offer them toys to give them something to focus on, but make sure they play gently. Tibaliers can be quite selfish with their toys, so keep an eye on the dogs to make sure that interaction is positive.
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Open Doors and Drawers

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Rainy Day
Free
Hard
10 min
Items needed
Treats
Drawers/doors
Rope
Activity description
Oddly enough, the Tibalier is one of the few dogs who can learn how to open drawers and doors by themselves. Include it as a fun and challenging activity if you think such a skill could be convenient, such as being able to let themselves outside to go to the toilet. In 10-minute training sessions, you can teach them how to pull down on doors with the help of a rope, while using treats to encourage them. You can also teach your Tibalier to open drawers with the same free method. Closing those drawers and doors, however, is a different story altogether, but not altogether impossible.
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Open method
How your dog opens a door or drawer depends on the style of it. However, in most cases, attaching rope or strips of cotton to them can be the perfect method for training. You can attach these to any door you want your Tibalier to be able to open.
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Treat and trigger
Hold a treat to the area your dog needs to tug at and encourage them to jump up. The aim is to get them to jump with their paws on the cotton to pull it down. Use a trigger word such as "open" as they do so. Give them the treat and praise them for their willingness to learn.
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Repeat the process
Keep moving treats over to the ropes on your drawers and doors while using your trigger word. Eventually, they will associate the word and a treat with jumping up to open the associated door or drawer. This skill can come in handy if you want to teach your pup tricks that involve this activity.
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Fetch

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Any Day
Free
Hard
10 min
Items needed
Fetch toy
Treats
Activity description
While some dogs take to a game of fetch like a duck to water, others don't. The Tibalier tends to be a dog that doesn't. However, most dog owners see the benefit in a game of fetch as it's an excellent all-weather activity that provides your pup with a lot of fun at no cost. It might be a challenge to teach, but the payoff can be substantial. Set aside 10 minutes twice a day to master the technique so you can benefit from an activity that tires your dog out in no time at all. You can also play it both inside and outside.
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The basics
Before you can teach your dog how to fetch, you need to master the basics. They involve having your dog know how to come back to you when you call, and having a toy they will happily want to bring back. Without those two things, you will struggle to teach them. Teaching them to give the toy upon return is key also.
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Throw
Start throwing your dog's toy a short distance from you in an area with no other distractions. If they go to it, use a trigger word "fetch." If they fetch it, give them a treat and reiterate the word. Encourage them to bring it back to you with positive praise and the promise of more treats.
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Repeat the process
Learning to fetch is all about repetition. Keep throwing the toy for them to fetch and bring back, using treats as a reward. You can work on throwing it further and further away as they associate the word with the act. This is an effective way to tire out an energetic dog at the end of the day!
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Puzzles

Because the Tibalier has an inquisitive nature, you will find that puzzles are a beneficial activity for them. You can set them up in any area of your home with a toy that challenges them, and they will work at it for at least an hour. A stimulated dog is a happy dog.

Car Ride

Tibaliers can sometimes suffer from separation anxiety. If you are heading out for a quick trip, there's no reason why they won't enjoy coming along for the ride. For safety reasons, you will need to put them in a harness and attach them to the car's seatbelt attachment. However, they will still enjoy watching the world passing them by from the passenger window.

Conclusion

As a Tibalier owner, it's impawtant that you do everything you can to stimulate their minds and bodies. Otherwise, they can be quite yappy, destructive, and bored. Set time aside for these activities above, or why not come up with some of your own? Anything you can do to make your Tibalier happy will be much appreciated by them.