Activities For Tzu Bassets

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Introduction

If you know you will have a lot of time to dedicate to a dog’s needs; then there’s every reason to consider adopting a Tzu Basset - a Basset Hound and Shih Tzu cross. This lovable breed is loyal, attentive, and loves spending time with you doing fun things! What they don’t appreciate, however, is being left on their own! As a result, they are a dog that’s best suited to retired couples, those who work from home, or families who tend to have someone at home at all times. You can then try out these activities below to keep them happy and out of trouble! 

Scent Game

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Any Day
Cheap
Normal
30 min
Items needed
Paper cups
Treats
Activity description

Because your Tzu Basset has Basset Hound parentage, you may find it beneficial to include activities that appeal to their senses. Tzu Bassets have a keen sense of smell, so you will discover a cheap and all-weather scent game is going to be your go-to in all situations. All you need to do is set aside half an hour of your time, get some paper cups and a few treats, then set them up. You can then go through the motions to teach your naturally talented pooch how to sniff out a treat! Both you and your dog will have a lot of fun! 

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Set up
When you set up the cups and treats, make sure your dog sees everything you’re doing. Bring them into the same room as you, and cause a performance when you’re setting them up. Let them see how many cups you’re displaying and show them the treat before placing it under any one of them. Young Tzu Bassets won’t know they can rely on their nose to get the treat yet, so you have to make sure they see everything.
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Find it
Once you set up the cups, ask your pooch to find the treat. Use your trigger words “find it.” As your Tzu Basset saw you put the snack in one cup, they will most likely go to that one and knock it over. If they do, give them the treat and plenty of positive praise. If they didn’t, lift the cup to reveal the food and encourage them to get it.
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Repeat
Repeat the process until your dog can use their nose rather than their eyes to find the treat. Eventually, you won’t need to let them see you set the cups up at all. Keep using your trigger words, and make sure you use positive reinforcement if they are not yet sure what you expect of them.
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Hydrotherapy

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Any Day
Expensive
Normal
30 min
Items needed
Treat
Life jacket
Leash
Activity description

Tzu Bassets can be prone to obesity, especially as they don’t always feel the need to run around madly or get a lot of physical activity. If your Tzu Basset is a little on the chunky side, then why not help them on their weight loss journey with hydrotherapy? It’s an expensive activity – with the need to visit a therapy center, use a life jacket, supply treats and use a leash, but it only takes up half an hour of your time and has many benefits. Instead of making your Tzu Basset pound the pavement and put pressure on their legs, the water provides relief and support while helping them to lose weight at the same time. 

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Sign up
Hydrotherapy is beneficial for elderly dogs, those suffering from injuries or illnesses, or for overweight dogs. Therefore, you are bound to find there is an abundance of hydrotherapy centers near you to cater to your needs. Shop around. Some offer lane swimming with the use of a life jacket, while others tailor sessions to each dog with exercises and water treadmill classes as well.
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Participate
On your first session at hydrotherapy, you will see an instructor who will run through various options with you and your dog. They will find out which will be the most beneficial exercises, while helping with a life jacket and the use of fitness equipment such as a treadmill and lane pool. Hydrotherapy, while expensive, is exceptionally beneficial for your Tzu Basset to lose weight and stay healthy.
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Doggy Day Care

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Expensive
Easy
8 hrs
Items needed
Toy
Leash
Activity description

If your circumstances have changed and you can’t spend as much time at home with your Tzu Basset as you used to, then you will quickly realize the impact it’s having on your furry friend. Tzu Bassets are not dogs that you can leave alone, as they pine, cry, and bark out of separation anxiety, stress, and fear. They also get bored, leading to destructive behavior that’s very uncharacteristic. If you can’t solve the problem by having someone with them at all times, then an expensive but excellent option is a full day of doggy daycare. It’s effortless in that it takes all the pressure off you, and you only need a leash and toy. There are plenty of all-weather facilities to suit your dog’s needs. 

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Choose a facility
Not every facility is going to be suitable for your dog. You have to think about their personality and their social needs. Some dog care businesses focus on premium accommodation with separate rooms, grooming facilities, and plenty of one-on-one time. Others, however, enable dogs to play with each other, have naps, play again, then go home. How social is your pooch? Consider your budget and what your dog is likely to prefer.
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Half day
The worst thing you can do is drop your dog off for a full day after never having seen or stayed at the facility in their life. They won’t know where you have gone or if you’re coming back! Before you get them into a routine of spending a few working days a week at a dog care facility, get them used to it with half days. Go with them and stay with them, then go back again and leave them there for a few hours, then leave them for the full day the next time.
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Set a routine
If you want your dog to be excited every time you take them to the care facility, then make sure you set a schedule. Don’t spring the trip on them out of the blue. If they are attending a few days a week, make it the same few days and try not to change up the routine. Dogs need a schedule to stick to, and you are going to find it beneficial to not stray too far from it.
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Tricks

Tzu Bassets are not the most intelligent dogs, but they love learning new skills. Why not set time aside to teach them fun tricks? Begging, playing dead, and shaking hands are a few of the many options available. All you need are a few treats and patience to get started. 

Walk

Because Tzu Bassets are prone to obesity, you are going to find it beneficial to walk them every day. Even if your dog is no hurry to get out the door, make it a regular part of their schedule, so they know what to expect. A walk of at least half an hour is going to suit both you and them – while allowing you to both get out in nature.  

Conclusion

Tzu Bassets are not the kind of dog to feel ruff if you don’t walk them or take them for a nature hike. They do, however, feel exceptionally put out if you leave them on their own! Find a happy balance by giving them all the physical activity and attention they need – even if it means you need to outsource that attention to someone else when you’re not at home to offer it!