Activities For Westons

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Introduction

The Weston is a hybrid dog; they are a mixture of the West Highland White Terrier and the Coton de Tulear breeds. These dogs are highly social; you can plan weekly activities that involve playdates with your friends and their dogs. The Weston is not a highly energetic dog and generally, two fifteen to thirty minute activity sessions per day are sufficient for giving the Weston the amount of activity they need to keep happy and healthy. The Weston enjoys activities that allow them to spend time with their beloved family. Because of their small stature, you'll want to plan both indoor and outdoor activities.

Outdoor Fun

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Sunny Day
Cheap
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30 min
Items needed
tennis ball
rope toy
Activity description
The Weston loves to get outdoors and run and play. This time of free play is quite good for them and provides an adequate amount of activity to keep them entertained and feeling loved. Remember that the Weston loves nothing more than to spend time with you. Plan interactive activities that allow for you to bond with your affectionate pup. The Weston loves the same games that most other active canines enjoy - fetch, tug-of-war, and playing with a flirt pole. Although you'll want to play these games outside so that your pup can enjoy the fresh air, because of the small size of the Weston, you can modify these games to be played indoors as well.
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Fetch
All dogs love to play fetch and the Weston is no exception. Outdoors, throw the ball and encourage your busy companion to run after it. You can use this as an opportunity to teach the "give" and "leave it" commands. When played inside, you can roll the ball in your hallway for a game of fetch.
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Tug of War
The Weston is a rather small pup, but that does not mean they can't win a game of tug of war against you! Grab a rope toy and tease your pup just a little so that they bite down on the rope. Pull the rope a little in the direction toward yourself. Carry on as long as you'd like. Allow your dog to "win" a few times, but always use the word "give" if you believe your Weston is becoming a little too aggressive.
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Jump through hoops
If you have a place in your backyard to set this obstacle up, teaching your dog to jump through the hoop is a neat trick. Take an old hula hoop and secure it to the ground (you may need to attach some dowel rods to the sides). Because the Weston is rather short, do not set the hoop up more than three inches from the ground. Have your pup sit on one side of the hoop. Walk to the opposite side and begin coaxing them through the obstacle. Praise and treat.
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Tricks and Treats

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Any Day
Cheap
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15 min
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Treats
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The moderately active Weston will enjoy activities in which they can spend time with you. This means you should teach them a few tricks so that you can not only stimulate their brain but also enhance the bond between the two of you. Remember that dogs can only absorb so much information at a time, so keep training sessions to a fifteen minute maximum. There are a few commands that your dog should know before you begin teaching them tricks such as "sit," "stay," and "down." Always have treats on hand for rewards. This should be your only cost when carrying out this activity. Training can take place indoors or outside, allowing for plenty of opportunity to practice the new commands.
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Learn to shake
Learning to shake is perhaps one of the easiest tricks to learn, so begin there. Have your dog sit. Hold out a treat to them in the palm of your hand. Make a fist. The dog will naturally begin to paw at your hand. Praise and treat. Now, open your hand and when the dog paws at your hand, grab it, say "shake" and praise and treat.
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Learn to speak
Learning to "speak" is also rather easy. Truthfully, all you will need is a few treats. Do whatever you need to do to get your dog to bark. Praise and treat. Most pet parents use the command "speak" as they do this. As well, you can say "speak" when you hear your dog bark at something outside. This associates the word with the action, too.
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Learn to roll over
Have your eager Weston get into the down position. Hold a treat in your hand directly in front of their nose. Move the treat to your dog's shoulder. This will encourage them to lie on their side. Praise and treat. Grab another treat, and move this treat from your dog's nose to the opposite shoulder until your dog rolls over. Praise and treat.
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Grooming Tips

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Any Day
Cheap
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30 min
Items needed
brush
nail clippers
Dog-safe shampoo
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The Weston is likely to have long hair that will need daily grooming. These coats require de-matting at least twice a month (you may need to do this more often). You will also need to trim Fido's nails every two weeks. This can be nerve-wracking for you, the pet parent. However, if you begin your furry friend on a grooming routine when they are rather young, you will not have much difficulty in grooming the Weston as they grow older. Certainly, there may be times when you enlist the help of a professional groomer, but, early handling and following these steps will make the groomer's job easier as well.
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Prepare from a young age
Experts recommend handling your pup at a young age. Rub them from their neck all the way down their spine. Caress their feet. This is especially important as dogs naturally shy away from having their feet touched. Rub their legs. Touch their ears. By doing these things in a non-threatening way, you prepare them for grooming as they age.
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Coat care
The Weston will need to be brushed once a day with a pin brush. The Weston has a long coat that generally does not shed. It is usually fine, silky, and glossy. However, without proper de-matting, the coat of the Weston can become tangled. Use a de-matting brush at least once a week or every other week to accomplish this and keep the coat tangle free.
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Careful nail clipping
While you might be a little nervous about clipping your Weston's nails, you can purchase clippers that will not allow you to cut too far, avoiding the quick. The quick is a part of the nail bed; it contains blood vessels and can cause great pain for the dog if damaged. Visit the groomer or the veterinarian for a proper cut and get instructions on how to maintain the tips.
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Walk

All small dogs benefit from a good fifteen minute walk twice daily. You can walk in your neighborhood or at the park. If you leave near a dog park, take your pup there for a run in the enclosure.

Obedience Training

The Weston is a naturally bright pup. Teaching them to sit, stay, and come when called are three of the basic commands all dogs should know. Teach these commands before beginning to teach tricks.

Conclusion

The Weston is a delightful canine companion. This breed loves nothing more than to spend time with their family and friends, so plan activities which allow for this. Get outdoors together, take walks, and play games. You'll always be paid in smiles when playing with the cheerful and outgoing Weston!