Activities For Welshunds

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Introduction

What do you get when you mix the Welsh Terrier and the Dachshund? You get an interesting hybrid dog known as the Welshund. The two parent breeds, which both originate from Germany, are known for their tracking and hunting prowess. They also have other similarities such as high energy levels. However, they look very different in terms of appearance; the Welsh Terrier is tall and medium-sized while the Dachshund is short, small and known for their long body. Therefore, the Welshund can result in many variations, depending on which parent they inherit from most. Based on their parent breeds’ traits, Welshunds tend to be active and intelligent but with a stubborn streak. 

Musical Canine Freestyle

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Any Day
Cheap
Hard
30 - 45 min
Items needed
Treats
Music
Activity description

Whether or not you are a good dancer, it is always fun to bust a move to music. Wouldn’t it be more amusing if you can get your dog to dance with you? Yes, this is an actual thing known as musical canine freestyle. This modern canine sport is the combination of dancing, obedience and tricks that challenges and improves creative interaction between owner and dog. Musical canine freestyle has been around since 1989 and is currently being practiced in multiple countries around the world. While there are legitimate competitions being held for this canine sport, many dog owners take on canine freestyle as a recreational activity. 

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Choose the music
The music is a key element in this activity because it sets the tone for how your choreography is going to look. It can be one music or a number of songs edited together to form your own mix. For first-timers or newbies, choose a beat that is not too difficult to follow.
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Create and choreograph
The next step would be to come up with choreography to your chosen song. It is crucial that the steps and movements you will choose touch on the beat of the music. However, they should still be easy enough for your dog to execute. The choreography commonly includes a combination of basic obedience steps, tricks, and dressage movements. You may also come up with some unique steps that your dog might pull off. Teach the moves one at a time and practice daily until your dog can follow the choreography in its entirety.
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Musical canine freestyle club
If you ever feel like taking this new hobby to the next level, the next logical move would be to join an actual club for musical canine freestyle. Here, you will find all sorts of members – from hobbyists to more seasoned enthusiasts who have been doing the sport for years. The club members can teach you new tricks, give you insights and even assist you in joining your first competition.
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Home Grooming

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Any Day
Free
Easy
30 - 45 min
Items needed
Dog brush
Dog shampoo
Nail trimmer
Grooming scissors
Ear cleaner
Activity description

One of the most challenging parts of owning a Welshund is maintenance. The Welsh Terrier has a double coat that tends to be wiry, long and dense while the Dachshund comes in a variety of coats, including wirehaired, long and short. Thus, the Welshund’s coat will depend on the type of coat their parent Dachshund possesses. Generally, this hybrid dog is high maintenance and requires regular grooming and brushing. A visit to the doggy spa may be convenient but can be expensive, especially if you need to have your pooch groomed often. An alternative would be to do the grooming yourself. Not only do you save some bucks, you also get to bond with your dog and establish trust and communication. 

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Prepare the grooming tools
Before you start with any grooming, be sure that you have all the necessary grooming tools ready. Collect the shampoo, dog brush, towel, nail trimmer, ear cleaner and grooming shears and place these items near the bathing area. By doing so, you will have access to the items any time you need them during the grooming process.
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Wash your dog
When everything is set up, take your dog to the bathing area and wash them until they are entirely wet. Then, take some shampoo and start rubbing it on your pooch. Be sure that you scrub well and cover all the areas of your dog’s body. Once you are satisfied, rinse your dog thoroughly and dry them with a towel.
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Finish up with the grooming
While your dog is drying up, you may start with the nails. Take the trimmer and cut the nails gently. It is important to not cut too short to avoid hurting your pet. Once you are done with the nails, brush your dog’s coat and make sure there are no tangles. End the grooming session by cutting off some of the coat of your dog. Be very careful with the scissors and ensure that your dog is well-behaved; any sudden movement can cause you to accidentally cut your dog.
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Doggy Playground

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Sunny Day
Moderate
Normal
8 hrs
Items needed
Tires
Pool or Sprinkler
Wood
Tunnels
Weave Poles
Activity description

The Welshund is small but energetic; this dog can go run, play and move around for hours on end. Unfortunately, you won’t always have the time to play with your four-legged friend or to take them to the dog park frequently. Not to mention that some dog parks have strict rules about letting dogs run free. What you can do is bring the dog park to your home by building a doggy playground. By having their very own space for playtime, your Welshund can satisfy their desire to move without the need for you to be present at all times. You can buy a few materials from pet stores or the hardware and use some other items that you might have lying around. It might take a day or two of work but the reward will be worth it. 

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Draw out a plan
To create your dog’s dream playground, you need to have a general idea of how it is going to look like, what items or elements you will include, how big of a space you will need and other relevant information. Having out a plan on paper can help you visualize and will determine what you need to buy, how long it will take you to build and other concerns you may have. Once everything is written down on paper, the next thing to do would be to make the dream playground a reality. Start by preparing the space and making it “dog-proof”; this means removing anything that may harm your dog (toxic plants, debris) and putting up a fence that will prevent your pooch from getting away. It will also help if you level the area to prevent any injuries to both you and your furry friend when playing.
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Start building
Now that the area is ready, buy all the materials that you need to build the playground. There are plenty of obstacles that you can buy from a pet store, such as tunnels and weave poles, while others can be built from scratch. In the space, create a sandbox which will serve as the digging patch for your Welshund. Also, set up a station for each obstacle using the toys you’ve bought or other scrap materials such as old tires. You may even add a “water station” such as a fountain, an inflatable pool or a sprinkler.
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Add the finishing touches
When the obstacles are all set up and you are happy with how the playground looks, all you have to do is add the finishing touches. Set up a shaded area where your dog can rest when the sun gets too hot. You should also designate a toilet area where your dog can have a “bathroom break”. In addition, prepare a food and water bowl in case your dog gets hungry during playtime. Supervise as you watch your pup have a blast!
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Go for a Run

Welshunds love to run by nature so you can use this and incorporate it into your own exercise routine. Take a leash and collar and go jogging with your pooch in the park or around the neighborhood. It will benefit the physical health of both yourself and your dog. 

Play Tag

Tag is a classic game that everyone knows and loves. But did you know that you can play it with your dog as well? Simply chase your dog and touch them to “tag” and vice versa. It is a great way to workout with your pooch while also enjoying each other’s company. After all, why should you let your dog have all the fun when you can join in and get involved? 

Conclusion

The Welshund is an amazing designer dog that has plenty to offer their families. However, because they are active, they need lots of exercise in order to keep them happy and to thwart any unwanted behavior or aggression. As the owner of this breed, you need to try a variety of physical and mental activities to fully satisfy your Welshund.