Activities For Torkies

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Introduction

Torkies are sweet, loving, and adorable little companions to humans big and small. These dogs are a designer mix between Toy Fox Terriers and Yorkies that share some of the best qualities of each of these breeds. Though they are small, you'll still need to find activities for Torkies to keep them fit and entertained. Luckily, these pups are great at many different activities. From relaxing walks around the block to fun-filled fetch, your dog is happy to do anything you want to do.

Rainy Day Reading

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Rainy Day
Free
Easy
1 hr
Items needed
Good Book
Cozy Chair
Cuddly Blanket
Cup of Tea
Activity description
Your Torkie is a sweet and cuddly dog who would rather spend the day cuddled on your lap than anything else. When you're faced with a cold and rainy day, why not make the most of it by spending time with your sweet pup? Activities for Torkies that include snuggling are always their first choice. Luckily, this activity doesn't take any effort or special equipment, and it will help your dog bond and feel comfortable with you. Rainy days are a wonderful excuse to slow down and rest, so make the most of it and grab a good book and settle in with your coziest companion.
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Find a good book
The most important part of rainy day reading is to find the best book. You can choose an old favorite you love to come back to, a new book that's been waiting for you, or even a book you've been meaning to read but never get to. Pick a book that makes you happy, or even pick a book you want to read to your dog! Now is your chance to get some great reading done so choose wisely.
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Get cozy
Now that you know what you want to read, it's time to make up a cozy spot. Prep a couch or chair for optimal relaxation for you and your dog. Get a fluffy blanket that you both can wrap up in and set yourself up with pillows to prop your self and your book up with. Make yourself a delicious cup of tea and a favorite snack. Make sure your spot has plenty of light to read by and you'll be ready for a cozy read.
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Time to read
When you are ready and you have everything you need for your cozy day of reading, get your book, wrap yourself in the blanket, and invite your sweet Torkie up on the couch. Let them pick their spot and settle in before you start your book. Once the two of you are settled and you're ready you can start your book. Enjoy your cozy, rainy day and the sweet cuddles you'll get from your pup.
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Teacup Agility

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Any Day
Moderate
Normal
30 min
Items needed
Small Agility Obstacles
Treats
Leash
Activity description
Both Toy Fox Terriers and Yorkies have reputations for being a little controlling and snappy. It's important to teach them to follow direction and control their impulses. One of the best activities to help Torkies accomplish this is agility training. Just because they are small, doesn't mean that can't be trained to compete in agility. There is even a Teacup Agility Dog association you can join that promotes this sport within the small dog community. There are a few companies that make agility obstacles for small dogs, and many trainers know exactly what to do to teach small dogs like your Torkie how to do agility.
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Lay a foundation
Before you're ready to jump into an agility class, you need to work on obedience to set up a good foundation for your dog. Training small dogs to sit, stay, and listen to your commands is an important step in setting a good foundation. Find a trainer who is used to small dogs and can teach you the techniques you can use to teach your dog new skills when you get to the agility class.
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Find small agility equipment
Your dog is just as capable as the big dogs of participating in agility. They only need obstacles that are sized specifically for them. These dogs like attention, and once they learn how to run through the obstacles, they will love to show off their new talents. Search for an agility center that specializes in small dog agility. This way your pup will have the attention they need and a few small friends to play with.
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Enter a competition
After a few months of working closely with your Torkie, your pup will be ready for their first agility competition. Look up competitions for toy dogs near you through the Teacup Dogs Agility Association. You can enter a beginner class for your first competition with other dogs new to the sport. It's a fun way for your pup to show off their new skills and for you to get inspiration from more experienced teams.
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Promenade

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Sunny Day
Free
Normal
30 min
Items needed
Leash
Treats
Doggy waste bags
Activity description
Torkies are sweet, cuddly, and playful pups who love to wiggle their way into your lap for a cuddle. However, they also need daily exercise to keep their muscles fit and strong and to stave off boredom or mischief. One of the easiest ways to take care of their physical activity needs is to establish a routine of a daily walk around the neighborhood. Walking with your dog will be good for the both of you and you'll be able to unwind after a long day or prepare for work with a brisk walk in the morning.
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Learn to walk
Just because your dog is small doesn't mean they don't need to learn how to walk well on a leash. It takes some time to teach them not to rush ahead of you. If you aren't sure how to teach your Yorkie loose leash walking, you can enlist the help of a trainer who can help you. Your walks will be much nicer with a well-behaved dog.
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Make a habit
It's important to make your walks into a routine. You can write your walks down on a calendar or schedule them with reminders on your phone. Your dog will start to get excited once they hear your phone ring and you start to tie up your shoes. Once you make a routine, it will be easy to get in a walk each day, and your dog will be happy and healthy.
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Change of scenery
Once your dog gets used to their daily walks, they may need something else to catch their interest. One easy way to challenge their senses is with new scenery. You can make it as easy as walking down a different street or turning a different direction when you walk out the door. You can also take them to a park or dog run for a completely different experience.
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Tricks

Your Torkie loves to show off, so teaching them new tricks will be one of their favorite activities. They will love to perform their new skills for friends and family.

Fetch

Your dog is feisty and sassy and loves to play. Buy some small tennis balls and start a game of fetch with your Torkie. It won't take long for them to be tired out.

Conclusion

Finding activities for Torkies is easy because these funny, fuzzy, and sassy dogs have big personalities and love to be in the limelight. They need activities that will help them learn to control impulses and make them feel special and important. These pups are always ready for action, but they love to be close to their people too. A mix of physical activity, mental challenge and plenty of lap cuddles will help keep your Torkie happy, healthy, and well behaved. These adorable cuties are great companions and their activities will be just as good for you as they are for your dog.