Activities For Westekes

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Introduction

If you are looking for a dog to provide companionship for your family - either in an apartment or house, then a Westeke is the dog for you. This endearing little pooch hails from West Highland Terrier and Schipperke parentage, making them a well-rounded and lovely dog that enjoys the company of humans and animals alike. They also require minimal maintenance and have a zest for life you may not see in other breeds. Take the time to try out these activities below to keep them happy, healthy, and well-loved.

Dig Training

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Sunny Day
Cheap
Hard
30 min
Items needed
Plastic mesh
Waste bag
Leash
Sandpit
Activity description

A Westeke is the perfect pet for many people, and their agreeable personality may have you believe they are flawless. However, if there’s one thing a Westeke does that may have you tearing your hair out, it’s digging holes. This lovely little doggo enjoys nothing more than trying to dig their way to China to see what’s on the other side of the fence. However, it’s not a permanent problem. You can take control by using dig training as a sunny day activity for you and your dog that doesn’t cost all that much. Buy some plastic mesh and a sandpit, and have a waste bag and leash at the ready. This half-hour activity may be a challenge, but it can stop your delightful digger in their tracks.

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Plastic mesh
If your Westeke normally digs in one area, then add a layer of plastic chicken mesh below the surface. The feeling and challenge of scraping their paws into it can deter them from doing it again. Take advantage of a freshly dug hole to avoid having to do too much more damage to your lush lawns!
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Walk
Often, a Westeke can dig because they are bored. All you have to do to stop them from creating holes is by providing them with stimulation. Ensure you take your dog for at least one or two walks per day and you can say goodbye to those unsightly craters for good.
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Sandpit
If mesh and regular exercise doesn’t seem to stop them from causing carnage, then consider offering your Westeke an area where it’s okay to dig. Build a sandpit in your yard, near or on the dig site, then load it full of fun toys and treats. They will take more pleasure in digging to get a reward than they would digging for no gain - except for the minute chance of escaping!
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Doggy Dates

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Any Day
Free
Easy
1 hr
Items needed
Leash
Toys
Activity description

A Westeke is an exceptionally social dog, drawing on the energy of others to make them happy and healthy. Don’t give up the chance to be social yourself, too. Try to arrange doggy dates for you and your furry friend, catering to both your need for a social life. A doggy date only has to be around an hour and can take place inside or outside. It also costs nothing, requires no effort at all, and will see your dog have the time of their life. It can even be something you do in the comfort of your home, at a park or someone else’s house.

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Choose a friend
Think about the friends you have and their dogs. Would their dogs be suitable for a play date? Does the friend have time to dedicate to such an arrangement? Try to match your dog’s temperament to that of other dogs, and even aim for a date with a dog of the same age.
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Meet and greet
The first time your dogs meet should be on neutral territory. Take both pups to a park and walk them around on leashes, not letting them meet immediately. Let them smell where each other has been before you let them get face to face. Allow them to greet side on, reading their body language before introducing them properly.
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Play
It’s now time to play! Introduce a few toys into the mix and let your dogs play nicely. Remember, you should always supervise your dog playing with others so you can make sure they are both safe. After an hour of play time, both dogs should be more than ready to head home for a nap or two!
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Tug of War

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Any Day
Free
Easy
20 min
Items needed
T-shirt
Activity description

Coming up with indoor activities on a rainy day can be hard work. As you will know by now, Westekes love to be outside, basking in the sunshine and playing with their toys. Let their time inside be as beneficial as it is outside with a game of tug of war. Tug of war doesn’t have to cost a cent, nor does it have to be a challenge. All you need is an old t-shirt you don’t mind ripping up, and 20 minutes of your time spare. It takes no effort at all to spend time with your furry friend.  

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Build the rope
Instead of spending a small fortune on a tug rope, you can make your own. After all, given the small size of your Westeke, they aren’t going to be able to destroy even a homemade one quickly. Rip a t-shirt into nine equal pieces then divide the nine pieces into three. You can then tie a knot in one end, plait the pieces, and create at least two knots down the center as you plait. The end result will surprise you.
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Play
It’s as easy as that - you can now play. Offer your dog one end of the rope and you take the other. Make sure you have plenty of space around both of you. Pull gently to offer a bit of resistance so your dog thinks they are winning. Let them win a few games but allow yourself to take the trophy for a couple as well!
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Fetch

If your pooch is a natural when it comes to fetch, then it’s going to be one of the most effective activities for tiring out your Westeke. Spend 20 or 30 minutes in your yard throwing a ball for them to chase. They will be tired and ready for a sleep in no time at all!  

Swim

Because of the Schipperke parentage, which spent a lot of time on boats, you may find your Westeke is a water lover. On a hot summer’s day, you can set up a paddling pool in your yard or even take them to your local watering hole. Remember to bring plenty of toys and a towel too!  

Conclusion

When it comes to choosing a lovely, well-rounded pooch for your family, you can’t go wrong with a Westeke. The Westeke is a pawsitively delightful dog with a bubbly nature that ticks all the boxes for the average family. While they might feel a little ruff when you don’t let them dig up the yard, they are bound to become a much-loved member of your family you would never want to be without - dirty paws and all!