Activities For Wee-Chons

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Introduction

Wee-Chons, which have West Highland White Terrier and Bichon Frise parents, are adaptable and fun-loving little fluffballs. They suit homes with or without other small pets, and you may also find they bond to their humans quickly too. Wee-Chons are lovable and adorable dogs that don’t grow very big. However, their size doesn’t mean they are happy to sit idle all day. There’s no denying a Wee-Chon makes an excellent lap dog, but they have a relatively high need for short bursts of physical activity throughout the day. What’s more, their intelligence means they love to learn new things. If you want to make sure your Wee-Chon is as happy and healthy as they can be, you can try out these activities below. 

Fetch

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Any Day
Cheap
Easy
20 min
Items needed
Toy
Treat
Activity description

In most cases, the Wee-Chon picks up a game of fetch naturally. When you throw something, they are going to want to please you immediately – and will see bringing the item you threw back to you as a way to achieve that happiness. As a result, you won’t have to go through a lot of effort to teach your dog how to fetch. In saying that, it will rapidly become your go-to activity for wearing your Wee-Chon out. Twenty minutes of continuous running back and forward with a toy in exchange for a treat can be all it takes to tucker them out for the day. What’s more, a game of fetch is cheap, straightforward, and you can play it in any weather. 

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Select a toy
The best way to play a game of fetch with your Wee-Chon is by making sure the toy you throw is something they want. If you throw something they don’t play with or enjoy, they are unlikely to want to go and get it. It can stay where you threw it for all they care! Make sure the toy is small and easy for them to carry, slightly aerodynamic, and lightweight.
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Throw the toy
If you are throwing your dog’s toy inside, do so into an area with no obstacles. If you are playing outside, you can throw it further which means they will tire out quicker too. You can also stand or sit down and make yourself comfortable for a better throwing advantage.
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Chase and retrieve
Your Wee-Chon must now chase their toy and bring it back to you. If they are beginning to lose interest, pique their curiosity with a new toy or a treat. However, disinterest can also often spell the end of the game, as they are either tired or have found something better to do.
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Dog Park

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Sunny Day
Free
Easy
30 min
Items needed
Leash
Toy
Activity description

Unfortunately, not every Wee-Chon is a sweet and innocent dog with love for everything and everyone. If you don’t socialize them with people and pets from a young age, they develop the all-too-common “small dog syndrome” where they bark and growl at everyone and everything – even if it’s no threat. You can curb this behavior by incorporating regular half-hour trips to the dog park on sunny days. Even one walk a week is an excellent and effortless option that will cater to their social and physical activity requirements. Grab a leash and toy and head to the park for a lot of fun! 

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Choose enclosure
When you arrive at the dog park, it’s crucial to pick the correct compound. Remember, your Wee-Chon is small, and large dogs may not be able to play gently with them – even if they mean to do so. Therefore, choose an enclosure that features only small dogs. They will be safer and secure in this environment.
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Take it slow
If your Wee-Chon is older than a puppy and is beginning to reach a mature age, you may find they don’t immediately jump into play with another dog – especially if socialization is new. You may need to start slow. Introduce them to dogs on a leash by walking where the dog was previously, and pay attention to their body language. Let them meet once you are sure both your Wee-Chon and the other dog can play nicely.
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Play
Introduce the toy you brought with you so your Wee-Chon can play nicely with another dog. For the next half an hour, you can supervise your dog playing, burning off pent-up energy while making friends at the same time. Your Wee-Chon can run to the same degree at home, but the addition of a playmate can contribute to them becoming a well-rounded dog that’s free of “small dog syndrome.”
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Spin in Circles

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Rainy Day
Free
Hard
5 min
Items needed
Treats
Activity description

Wee-Chons love to please, and they are also intelligent dogs stemming from both parent breeds. Therefore, if you want to cater to both these traits and a rainy day has left you with minimal options for things to do, you can teach your Wee-Chon how to spin in circles. This challenging activity is going to require a lot of dedication – with five-minute training sessions at a time, but it only involves consistency and treats. It’s also free and promotes a long-lasting bond between you and your furry friend. You may not see results immediately, but once you master teaching your dog how to spin in circles, it will be a party trick you can bring out for years to come. 

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Engage and move
Hold a treat in front of your pup’s nose, moving it to the side of their head, so they have to go with it to track it. Keep pushing it around in a circle until your dog’s entire body has followed it around in one full rotation. Upon completing that full loop, use a high-energy voice to tell them how good they are, along with a treat.
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Practice makes perfect
Repeat step one over and over, until your Wee-Chon is quickly able to move in a full circle with not a lot of input from you. Your Wee-Chon should be able to see the treat and immediately move around in a circle to get it without using your hand all too much. Upon mastering this step, you can move onto the final one.
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Trigger word
Upon completing a full rotation to get the treat, you can now use a trigger word to tie the sequence together. Carry out step one and two again, but say “spin” each time your dog does it. Practice all three steps every day in five-minute sessions and ensure you keep them consistent.
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Chew Toys

Wee-Chons are not as innocent as they look. If you leave them to their own devices, they will happily chew your shoes and dig holes to China in your backyard. Make sure you keep them out of trouble with plenty of chew toys around your home. The more you have, the more distractions there are to stop your Wee-Chon from becoming bored and destructive! 

Doggy Massage

While Wee-Chons love to take part in high-energy activities, they are also equally as happy to hang around with you and curl up on the couch. Help them gain the relaxation they need with a doggy massage. You can find some useful pat motion techniques on the internet – all that help to promote a sense of peace and relaxation. If only they could return the favor! 

Conclusion

When you own a Wee-Chon, it’s impawtant to offer them as many stimulating activities as possible. After all, boredom can make them begin to feel a little ruff, and they can get themselves into a lot of trouble! Engage them in learning new skills, socialize them, and make them run around and burn off energy. You can then rest assured that your Wee-Chon is happy, healthy, satisfied and that you are a good owner!