Activities For Tibecots

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Introduction

The Tibecot is a unique companion dog originating from the Tibetan Terrier from Tibet and the Coton de Tulear from Madagascar. Both parent breeds rely on their families to keep them happy and well-stimulated, so the resultant Tibecot is bound to be the same. The more attention you provide them, the better. However, given how intelligent they are, you may have to dig a little deeper to come up with ideas of which they don’t tire quickly. These below can be both necessary and stimulating.

Grooming

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Any Day
Cheap
Normal
1 hr
Items needed
Pin brush
De-shedder
Scissors
Comb
Activity description

Not everyone has the time or money to enlist the services of a professional groomer, which is why grooming at home can become a necessary and soothing activity you can do with your Tibecot. When you begin grooming them from a young age, it’s not something that seems to worry them. Instead, they can relish in the chance to spend time with you. You will need to purchase scissors, a de-shedder, comb, and a pin brush, but this hour-long activity is one that you can do in any weather. It’s also fairly easy and affordable while making your dog more comfortable.

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Tangles and matting
Before you jump into grooming, you first need to take care of their your Tibecot's and tangles. To prevent them from getting any worse, try to comb them out daily. Otherwise, work your way from their nose to their tail, paying particular attention to the knots under their armpits, belly, feet, and behind their ears. Use the pin brush to work any loose that you don’t need to snip.
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De-shed
The Tibecot doesn’t tend to shed a lot, but their fur is fine and silky and can build up into a thick coat. Use the de-shedding comb to work fur loose - especially as the summer weather hits. You may also see the benefit in bathing them at least once a month to remove their loose coat.
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Combing
With all knots and loose fur removed, you can now comb them so they look like a new dog. This process won’t take very long as you have already taken care of the significant knots and matting. However, you may come across a few tangles in the comb due to how fine and silky their fur is. Undertaking grooming of your Tibecot yourself can save you a significant amount of money.
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Mental Puzzles

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Rainy Day
Moderate
Normal
1 hr
Items needed
PVC pipe
Treats
Store-bought puzzles
Muffin tin
Drill
Activity description

When the rain is keeping both you and your four-legged pal indoors, you have to come up with something to keep them busy and out of mischief. Otherwise, it doesn’t take long for them to become bored and agitated. Appeal to their intelligence with mental puzzles that will challenge them. You can create them or buy them for a moderate price tag, before letting them solve them in an hour or more. All you need is a pipe, drill, puzzles from the store, treats, and a muffin tin. You can then get to work entertaining your Tibecot on a miserable day!

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Buy them
If you have decided to buy toys, there are options galore. Head to your local vet clinic or pet store to see what they have to offer. Given how intelligent your Tibecot is, you will need to make sure you select the right one. Read the packaging carefully. Opt for small toys, due to your dog's small size, and select the highest intelligence level. It will be no match for your pup.
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Build them
If you want to save some money and flex your creative muscles, then create mental puzzles for your dog. It doesn’t take a lot of hard work or money, but the payoff can be significant. One option is a food shaker. Put a cap on the end of a PVC pipe, drill holes in it, fill it with treats, then put a cap on the other end. They can roll it around the floor to release the treats. Alternatively, flip a muffin tin face down and put treats between the grooves. It will be a challenge to get them out.
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Play and supervise
It doesn’t matter whether you have built or bought your mental puzzles, it’s a good idea to supervise your Tibecot playing with them. The last thing you want is for them to make a mess with their new toys. It won’t take up much of your time to glance over and make sure they are playing nicely from time to time.
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Dancing

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Any Day
Free
Hard
5 min
Items needed
Treats
Activity description

If you want to challenge yourself and your Tibecot while helping them to learn a fun skill, then training them in the art of dance is an excellent place to start. This all-weather activity is a challenge but it’s free and only requires the use of treats and five-minute training sessions. At the end of the three steps for teaching your Tibecot how to dance, they will be able to dance on command, becoming the life of any party! What’s more, it’s an activity that will appeal to their need for mental stimulation while offering physical exertion at the same time.

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Teach to jump
While many dog owners can be trying to teach their dog not to jump, learning how to dance means your pup must know how to. However, don’t be alarmed, for encouraging them to jump for a purpose can discourage them from doing so for no reason. Use hand gestures to get them up onto two legs, then over time, get them to stand up for longer periods each time.
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Introduce trigger words
Once your dog is comfortable with you using hand gestures to jump up, standing up for longer periods each time, work on introducing a verbal cue. Use your verbal cue while helping them to move on their two legs. The process for getting them up onto two legs, holding it, then moving, should be a slow one as your Tibecot needs to work on strengthening their leg muscles. Use treats as encouragement where necessary.
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Dance
Eventually, with repetition, your Tibecot will be able to jump up on cue and move around. Don’t forget to reward them with treats as they may need an incentive to do so. Teaching your dog to dance can take several weeks, so make sure you nail each component before trying to join them all together.
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Walk

While there are many exercise options for your Tibecot, one of the most tried and trusted activities is walking them. It’s something that your dog knows how to do naturally, and they will look forward to them on a frequent basis. As long as you have a doggy waste bag and a harness or leash, you can take the Tibecot for short walks as often as you like.

Playdates

Because the Tibecot can be wary around other dogs and creatures - particularly those they don’t know, you may find that regular playdates from a young age can do wonders for their personality. With early socialization and ongoing play, they will learn to trust other dogs and welcome their approach. Playdates can also help to wear them out while giving you the opportunity to meet with friends more often too.  

Conclusion

Tibecots are not dogs you can ever underestimate. They remain loyal to their family, have lively personalities, and their intelligence is remarkable. As a result, you must always go the extra mile to entertain them with activities that will challenge and test them in a pawsitive way. A mixture of both mental and physical activities will be all you need to keep your Tibecot happy.