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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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!
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!