Activities For Weeranians

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Introduction

Weeranians stem from West Highland White Terrier and Pomeranian parents, creating a small hybrid that makes an exceptional family pet. They don’t require a lot of physical activity, tie in well to apartment life, and are affectionate, loyal, and lovely. Weeranians enjoy being by your side, but they are equally as excited when someone turns up at your door who could be a potential new friend. Therefore, you would never own a Weeranian as a guard dog! If there’s anything that lets a Weeranian down, it's how quickly they get bored, and how challenging they can be a train. If you’re stuck for ideas on how to keep their minds and bodies active, these options might be the best place to start. 

Teeth Brushing

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Any Day
Cheap
Normal
5 min
Items needed
Toothpaste
Toothbrush
Dental treats
Activity description

Unfortunately, Weeranians are prone to dental conditions thanks to their Pomeranian parents. While feeding them dry food and dental treats can go a long way toward tackling the problem, you can also do your part by making sure you brush their teeth regularly. While teeth cleaning is not a thrilling game your Weeranian will look forward to, it’s something you can begin from a young age to ensure it doesn’t phase them as they mature. You can also make it fun by including a treat at the end of it – so they will be more inclined to let you in their mouth with a brush! This all-weather activity is affordable, relatively straightforward, and will only take around five minutes. It’s time to buy vet-approved toothpaste and a brush and start! 

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Buy products
You might decide to pick out an affordable tube of toothpaste and a toothbrush the next time you go to the grocery store, but it’s essential to know that these will not be suitable for your pooch. If you are going to begin brushing their teeth from a young age, you need to buy dog toothpaste which typically features a meat or malt flavor and a special dog toothbrush. If you can’t get a special brush for your dog, a soft-bristled child’s brush could also work.
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Cheek-facing surfaces
Give your dog a taste of the toothpaste first to get them used to it, then begin by brushing the cheek-facing teeth surfaces first. Use gentle motions and clean their gums and teeth effectively. Try to make your pooch feel as comfortable as possible with either a high-energy and fun or calming voice.
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Molars and canines
It’s now time to reach for the upper molars. Both canines and molars build up a lot of tartar, so always focus on these areas every time you brush their teeth. Once you finish, you can engage them in play or give them a dental treat to finish off the job.
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Dog Date

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

If you want to teach your pooch how to be social, but you don’t want to throw them in the deep end at a dog park facility, then why not arrange a dog date? A dog date makes an excellent (and free) sunny day activity that only takes up half an hour of your time. It’s also effortless and means you just need to bring along a toy and a leash. What’s more, it offers the opportunity for you and your Weeranian to get social. They can make a new friend and burn off energy, while you can chat away to a new or existing friend. It’s a win-win situation! 

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Neutral ground
Bring both dogs to a neutral area the first time you want them to meet. If they are both new to the place you take them, neither dog will have a sense of ownership over the space. You may like to choose a field or an enclosed park with no other dogs around. Don’t immediately let them greet each other.
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Senses
Before you introduce your Weeranian to their new friend, let each dog walk where the other has been, ensuring they don’t meet facing each other. The goal here is to enable them to pick up each other’s scent so that they can become familiar with each other before they meet and play.
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Meet and play
You can now introduce the dogs on their leash, before letting them free to play with a toy. Pay attention to your dog’s body language and that of the other dog as well. You should quickly act if you notice any anti-social behavior. If all is going well, supervise from a distance and catch up with your friend while your pups play nicely.
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Doga

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Rainy Day
Free
Normal
10 min
Items needed
Towel or blanket
Activity description

If you’re a yoga lover, enjoying nothing more than getting your regular fix of relaxation, stretching, and exercise, then why not let others enjoy it too? More specifically, why not your dog? A new form of yoga is now available, known as Doga – dog yoga. You can now bring your dog to specific yoga classes or even learn Doga moves at home. Such activity is perfect for a rainy day, and for when you want your dog to stay calm and relaxed. It may take a little research, but this 10-minute activity is free and could open up a whole world of possibilities. It’s even an excellent option for anxious dogs. 

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Get relaxed
You can’t hope to take part in Doga successfully if your Weeranian is running around like a lunatic. You either have to wait until they are a relaxed, or get them into the correct frame of mind. Sit down with your legs crossed near your dog. Breathe slowly – focusing on inhaling and exhaling. Rest your hands on your dog in your new calm space and sit still for two minutes with them.
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Chaturanga
If you’re new to Doga, then Chaturanga is going to be a beneficial exercise with which to begin. Encourage your dog to lie down on their stomach and start stroking and massaging their back. Use light strokes to calm them and encourage them to stretch out all four of their paws.
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The Chair
If you want to get more advanced, then begin teaching your Weeranian about The Chair. This move involves having your dog sit on their hind legs while you hold them around their middle – gently raising their front paws. Massage your dog’s shoulders, lifting their legs as you do so to stretch them. This position is beneficial for your Weeranian’s front legs and abdominal muscles.
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Car Ride

Weeranians are faithful companions who want to be by your side all the time. If you don’t think you can leave them at home, then bring them with you in the car. From a young age, put them in a car safety harness. They are far safer than letting your pooch roam free in the vehicle.  

Beg

Many little dogs pick up learning how to beg quite quickly, and you will be pleased to know that the Weeranian is likely to be one of them. Even though they are stubborn and don’t take to housetraining all that quickly, they can learn to beg for their food. All you need to do is practice holding a treat in front of their nose, raising it and using the word beg. Repeat the process until they do what you tell them on your command.  

Conclusion

While you wouldn’t own a Weeranian as a first-time dog owner due to how hard they are to train, you would if you had experience with dogs before. They try their hardest to be the purrfect pet for you, always greeting you at the door with a wagging tail and a friendly yap. Even though this little ball of fluff likes to get into mischief, one look at their cute puppy face will mean you won’t mind in the slightest!