Activities For Wheaten Eskimos

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Introduction

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. 

DIY Puzzles

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Rainy Day
Cheap
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1 hr
Items needed
Plastic bottle
Kibble
Muffin tin
Rope
Sweet potato
Activity description

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! 

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Sweet potato rope
The Wheaten Eskimo can be prone to obesity, which is why the sweet potato rope could become a firm favorite in your household. It’s fun for your dog, but the treat component doesn’t contain a lot of salt, fat, or sugar – whereas many supermarket treats can. Cut your sweet potato into two-inch thick slices then dry them out on low heat in the oven. Thread them onto a rope, tie a knot after each piece, then give it to your dog. The toughness coupled with the delicious taste will ensure it’s a treat they look forward to all the time.
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Treat dispenser
On a rainy day, it can be difficult to entertain your Wheaten Eskimo – especially when all they want to do is sprint around like a mad man! Ensure they get as much stimulation as possible instead with a homemade treat dispenser. Clean out a soda bottle then add one cup of kibble. Your dog will then spend a long time nudging it around the floor trying to get all the food out.
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Muffin tin
When your Wheaten Eskimo is young, they have a curious mind. However, they can also take a long time to work things out – but remain persistent. Appeal to these traits with a muffin tin and treats. Place the tin flat on the ground with the bottom facing upward. Scatter treats throughout the crevices. Your pooch then has to work out how to get them out with their tongue!
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Tramping

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Sunny Day
Free
Hard
3 hr
Items needed
Leash
Harness
Doggy waste bag
Water
Activity description

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! 

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Choose a location
If you tramp alone, you can go almost anywhere. But, if you include your Wheaten Eskimo in your travel plans, it’s not that easy. Not every tramping location is going to accept your dog with open arms. Do some planning and find suitable places to go. Create a list so you can choose a different location every time. Suitable locations might include Slide Rock State Park in Sedona, Arizona, Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Tennessee, and Beaver Book Trail in Golden, CO.
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Plan
If your dog isn’t used to hiking and tramping, then planning can take shape as a few shorter trips to let them adjust to the terrain. You can also ensure they know the proper leash etiquette, such as no pulling, and appropriate recall in case you drop their leash. Make sure you take plenty of fluids with you and a backpack with a jacket and form of communication too.
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Tramp
Let someone know where you’re going and when you will be home, and set off for a three-hour tramp with man’s best friend. Take your time, let your Wheaten Eskimo take in all the sights, sounds, and smells, and return knowing you went on an adventure that was a thoroughly exciting experience for all.
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Doggy Daycare

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Any Day
Expensive
Easy
8 hrs
Items needed
Leash
Toy
Activity description

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. 

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Choose a facility
Once you decide that doggy daycare is going to be an excellent option for your Wheaten Eskimo, then you need to make a few phone calls. Look around online at different facilities, then ask questions on the phone. Some facilities cater to small or big dogs, while others take on all. Then, there can be different levels of service – such as grooming and therapy on top of the regular play.
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Start slow
If you drop your dog off and immediately leave them there for a full day, you may lose your dog’s trust. They will think you are gone forever and are never coming back! Give them peace of mind by making it a gradual transition. Go with them, stay for half an hour, bring them home, then return so they can have a half day the next time. Finally, you can leave them there for a full day with no problems or trust broken.
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Routine
After a few stays at a doggy daycare facility, while you’re at work, you can establish a routine. Let them attend on the same days at the same time every week. As soon as you grab their leash on those days, they will immediately know that’s where they’re going. They will go nuts with excitement! Don’t let your pooch remain bored at home when they can be having fun with their friends!
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Dog Park

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. 

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.  

Conclusion

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.