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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!