Activities For Westie Staffs

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Introduction

If you own a Westie Staff, you will be aware of how unique this little dynamo dog can be. Consisting of West Highland Terrier and American Staffordshire Terrier parents, they are a stocky, small, but energetic dog that can rule the roost but bring a lot of joy into your life. They are fiercely independent but although being a part of a family, and they are more suitable for households with older children. Because both breeds also existed for a purpose, they prefer to be on the go and will need around an hour of intense exercise daily. Here’s how to make sure they get it. 

Homemade Chew Toys

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Rainy Day
Cheap
Easy
1 hr
Items needed
Sweet potato
Sink mat
Polar fleece fabric
Treats
Drill
PVC pipe
Rope
Activity description

A Westie Staff is a dog that needs a lot of entertainment and activities to keep them out of trouble. Unfortunately, when it’s a rainy day, it’s a lot harder to entertain them than it would if you could send them outside in the sunshine. However, homemade chew toys can be the ultimate rainy-day activity. They are affordable, allow you to be creative, and help your dog to stay out of trouble for at least an hour – if not more. Even the toughest chewer will have fun with these toys, while you’ll enjoy the ease of building them as well. 

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Sweet potato rope
If you want your dog to benefit from a healthy treat while they stimulate their mind, then the first step is to build them a sweet potato rope. Slice a sweet potato into two-inch thick pieces then pierce a hole in the center of each piece. Dehydrate them in an oven or dehydrator. Thread them onto a line then tie each end. Your pooch, which is bound to have sharp teeth courtesy of the Staffy parentage, will love the challenge of this toy.
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PVC pipe shaker
Once they finish with their rope, you can move onto the PVC pipe shaker. Clean an old (or new) piece of PVC plumbing, put a cap on one end, drill holes, then add a handful of biscuits. Put a lid on the open end and give it to your Westie Staff. They will spend an hour rolling it around the house trying to get every last biscuit out of it!
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Snuffle mat
If a pipe shaker and a rope is not enough to satisfy your dog’s need for mental stimulation, then get super creative with a snuffle mat. Purchase a sink mat from the kitchen department of most housewares stores and reuse old polar fleece fabric. Cut it into seven-inch strips at about a one-inch thickness. Loop them through the sink mat and knot them, so they stay in place. Put the sink mat facing downward and add a few treats. Your dog has to use their nose to work their way through the fabric to find them.
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Dog Park

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Sunny Day
Free
Easy
1 hr
Items needed
Leash
Toy
Waste bag
Activity description

When you raise a Westie Staff around other dogs and people, they have beautiful natures. However, failure to socialize them from a young age can create problems later on – especially if your pooch has a dominant American Staffordshire Terrier trait. Avoid this problem by adding a regular trip to the dog park into their schedule. Wait until a sunny day, pack their leash, toy, and a doggy waste bag, then set aside an hour of your time. This activity takes no effort or money on your part, but it can have the best effect on your dog from puppyhood into maturity. 

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Choose a park
Think about your dog’s personality. Does your Westie Staff tend to shy away from other dogs? Do they prefer the company of a few or many? Have they met others before? Westie Staffs tend to be a small or medium dog, so you can choose whether you want to put them in a small or medium enclosure. Find a park that offers both so you can check out the dogs in each and see which will work best for you.
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Start slow
Not all Westie Staffs will take to other dogs immediately. West Highland Terriers can be standoffish in new situations, while Staffordshire Terriers can try to assert their dominance. Read your dog and don’t throw them in the deep end. Walk them around the dog park on their leash from the outside. Read their body language and that of other dogs. Bring them into the enclosure (still on a lead) when you are confident they will meet and greet others nicely.
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Play
Take your Westie Staff into the enclosure with a toy and let them play with other dogs. Remain close by to monitor the activity and see they get enough exercise for the hour they are there. Westie Staffs love to run, so you may find it’s more challenging to get them to want to come home than it is to introduce them to other dogs in the first place!
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Social Media Page

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Any Day
Free
Normal
1 hr
Items needed
Camera
Computer
Activity description

If you own a Westie Staff, you have a rare dog. The two dogs are not often brought together for the sake of breeding. If you want to change that, put your pooch front and center on the internet. Use social media to your advantage and create a fan page for your dog! This all-weather activity will require the use of a computer and camera, but it’s relatively straightforward and is free. Get your dog in the public eye and educate those around you on who your doggo is and how adorable they are! It can also fill in the afternoon while offering the opportunity to get your dog in front of the camera! 

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Build a page
Choose the social media platform on which you would like your Westie Staff to appear. The most common is Facebook. At the top of your newsfeed, you can choose to click the ‘create’ button, then select ‘page’ which helps you to connect and share with your fans. Choose a regular template and begin to fill in your dog’s information.
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Take photos
Once you have filled in all your Westie Staff’s information, it’s time to get your camera out. Take a lovely profile picture of your dog, followed by a landscape one for the cover photo. The cuter and more unique they are, the better the following you will receive. Upload them then invite all your friends and family to like the page.
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Update it
It’s okay to create a fan page, but you have to update it too. Take plenty of funny videos and pictures, as well as posting inspiring information about your dog’s breed. The more people know about your Westie Staff and their parentage; the more educated everyone will be about them.
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Tug of War

A Westie Staff is a muscular dog, even if they are still short and stout. Find out how strong they are by inviting them to play tug of war with you. Buy a purpose-built tug toy, use one of their own, or create one from an old, plaited t-shirt or rope. Win a few rounds then let them win some. This activity will excite them and have them sprinting around your property like a madman! 

Bush Walk

A Westie Staff needs a lot of exercising to calm them down, as they are a high-energy breed by nature. Take them on an hour-long bush walk with varying terrain. The extra challenge and exciting stimulation around them will tire them out in no time.  It will also do you and your pup’s health a world of good. 

Conclusion

A Westie Staff is not your average breed – they are something special and unique. They need a lot of physical and mental stimulation, a high-energy family, and someone who has time to dedicate to training too. Create the purrfect home for your pooch by coming up with a range of ideas, such as these above, to stimulate their senses for years to come.