A Wheaten Eskimo is a relatively new breed on the scene, so if you end up with one, you’ve got quite a rare dog on your hands! While there is a lot left to discover about these family-friendly pups, you can rightly assume they will take on traits of both their parents. The Wheaten Eskimo comes from the Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier and the American Eskimo. Both breeds are passionate about people and other pets and don’t do well on their own. They are also suitable for alerting you to people being on your property while being a friendly and gentle companion pet at the same time. If you own a Wheaten Eskimo, consider these activities below to appeal to their need for mental and physical stimulation.
When you bring a Wheaten Eskimo home for the first time, you will quickly learn they are a breed that you shouldn’t leave to their own devices. Like children, they get bored quickly and prefer to be challenged and even have a job to do. If you let them lounge around the house with nothing to do, they are more likely to become overweight and develop health problems. That’s why do-it-yourself puzzles are so popular with intelligent and excitable breeds such as the Wheaten Eskimo. They test your pooch to the limits while also being cheap, relatively easy, and occupying their minds for at least an hour. They also make an excellent rainy-day activity for when you can’t treat them to long walks or runs. Gather a plastic bottle, treats, a muffin tin, sweet potato, and a rope, and get started!
To keep a Wheaten Eskimo healthy, you need to ensure they get as much as seven miles of exercise in per week! That’s a lot of walking, so you may need to include tramping, hiking, and similar activities into your routine! Tramping can be fun for the whole family. You only need water, a harness, leash, and a doggy waste bag, and a free sunny day when no one has anything else to do. Set aside a few hours for the journey and provide your dog with a challenging day out. This free activity will help you both burn off a lot of energy, so you sleep like a baby when you get home!
You will quickly discover one thing about the Wheaten Eskimo when you bring them home. They don’t like to be alone. After all the fun chaos of a family environment with kids and other pets, they intensely dislike the quiet once everyone has gone to work and school. It can be too much for them, and they can become thoroughly distressed and upset. Avoid this by opting to take them to doggy daycare a few days a week while you’re working. While this activity is expensive, they can attend in all weather with only the need for a leash and toy. You can then rest assured that for the full day they are there, they are getting lots of love and attention while your family can’t provide it.
As you will quickly learn, your Wheaten Eskimo is social. They love spending time with people and pets, so a trip to the dog park will make their day (or even their week!). Make a point of scheduling in at least one trip per week or fortnight to the dog park. While you’re there, you can teach them helpful skills such as recall, sit, stay, and fetch.
An effective way to help your Wheaten Eskimo burn off their high energy levels is with a game of fetch. The Terrier parentage in them will see it a natural activity they pick up with no problems at all. Ensure you have plenty of space, full fencing, and an aerodynamic toy. You can then spend half an hour with your dog to wear them out and keep them fit and healthy.
Even though the Wheaten Eskimo is a new breed, the big question mark over their personality should not be a deterrent. The Wheaten Eskimo is a social, loving, and protective pooch that loves everyone and everything. They will furever be grateful for the socialization, fun, and activities you provide them with in return.