Activities For Tibetan Chins

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Introduction

The Tibetan Chin is one of the sassiest dogs you'll ever meet. Don't judge these pint-sized pups on their height! Their personalities are 10 times bigger than their bodies. This mix of the Japanese Chin and the Tibetan Spaniel is often mischevious and headstrong like their parent breeds. They are also intelligent and opinionated ensuring there will never be a dull moment in your home. Activities for Tibetan Chins are varied because of their wide array of talents. You will never have trouble finding ways to exercise and interact with your dog. Keep reading for three activities that will be a perfect fit.

Flyball

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Any Day
Moderate
Normal
1 hr
Items needed
Tennis balls
hurdles
Flyball box
Activity description
Even though Tibetan Chins have tiny legs, they are incredibly fast and very good jumpers. It's no wonder when you consider the Japanese Chin is known to jump as high as six feet! One of the best activities for Tibetan Chins that take into account this athletic ability is Flyball. Flyball is a team sport for dogs that require them to jump over several hurdles, release a tennis ball from a box and catch it in their mouths, and the race back to the start so the next dog can go. The team that can get each member of their team through the fastest, wins. There is no height requirement and big dogs can play on the same team as small dogs. The hurdles are set for the smallest dog on the team.
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Catch a ball
The first step is to teach your dog how to catch and pick up a tennis ball. Use the command "bring it" to ask your dog to pick up the tennis ball and bring it back to you. Next, toss the ball to your dog and encourage them to catch it in their mouth.
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Jump the hurdles
Flyball requires your dog to jump four hurdles in a row. You can start with one. Use your tennis ball to lure your dog over the hurdle, back and forth. You can even throw the tennis ball to get them to chase after it. When they are good with one, add two, three, and then four. They should be able to jump all four as fast as possible on their own.
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Flyball box tap
The hardest section of Flyball to train might be how to release the ball from the Flyball box. First let them get used to the box. Give them treats when they sniff it or touch it. Then direct their touches to step on the release button. Encourage them to tap it hard. Once they tap the button hard enough, the tennis ball will release, and they will understand how it works. When you have all three steps down, you can put them together and join a team.
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Find the Treats

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Cheap
Easy
20 min
Items needed
Treats
Activity description
Teaching your mischievous Tibetan Chin some nose work games will help keep them occupied and out of trouble. Activities for Tibetan Chins that help hone their natural instincts and give them a good mental workout are great to have up your sleeve. In fact, mentally tiring out your dog is just as important as making sure they have the right amount of physical activity. Playing Find the Treat is a great way to engage all of your dog's senses. It can be played inside so it's perfect for rainy days or at night when you don't want to go outside.
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In plain sight
The first step to teaching Find the Treats is to start with your dog in the room. Ask them to sit and stay. Let them watch you place several treats around the room.in plain sight. Then let them go. As they hunt around the room make sure you praise them for finding each treat.
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More difficult
Once your clever pup gets the hang of it and knows that rooting around the room will get them treats, lead them out of the room and hide the treats without them watching. Don't make the hiding places too difficult. Let them back in and praise them as they find your hidden treats.
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Treat obstacle course
Eventually, you can set up a little obstacle course for them using treats and things in the house like chairs or baskets. Use your imagination to challenge your dog's senses by hiding a treat inside the basket under a chair, or by the window behind the curtain.
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Doggie Massage

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Free
Easy
15 min
Items needed
Towel or blanket
Activity description
Dogs can get sore and stiff joints just like we can. They run, jump, and play hard and their muscles can stiffen up and become sore. You can help your dog feel better and pampered by giving them a message to loosen those muscles and joints and show them a little love in the process. Massages for dogs feel just as good as the massages we get, and your pup will really appreciate the extra attention. Daily massage is a free and easy activity that is important and will help your dog keep their mobility well into old age.
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Calm and submissive
If you try to massage your Tibetan Chin when they are wound up, it won't go very well. You need to first put them into a calm, submissive state and help them relax into it slowly. After a good exercise session, have them lay on a comfy towel or blanket so you can begin.
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Gentle pets
Once your Tibetan Chin is calm and in submission mode, begin slowly petting them from their ears to their tail. Use slow and gentle strokes to further their relaxation. Some pet owners find it helpful to talk in a smooth, calming voice as they massage. You might hear them sigh a little and let go at this point.
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Circle motions
Once your dog is fully relaxed you can start to massage their body in circular motions. Start at their ears and move all the way to their tail. Pay special attention to their neck, shoulders, and hips. You can even rub their legs to help them warm up before or after exercise.
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Nail Trim

Spend some time teaching your dog to stand still for nail trimmings. The earlier you start, the easier it will be when they are older.

Play Ball

Your feisty Tibetan Chin is up for any and all games. When you teach them to catch balls in your backyard, you'll have a great activity to burn off extra energy.

Conclusion

Activities for Tibetan Chins should help them burn off extra energy and challenge them to use all of their senses. These dogs can have a stubborn and independent streak thanks to their Tibetan Spaniel heritage. Never let them off leash in an unenclosed space. They do need a little room to run though, so find activities you can do with them that capitalizes on their need for speed and agile jumping techniques. These dogs are a riot and will keep you guessing with their larger than life personalities.