Activities For Yorkie-Apsos

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Introduction

The Yorkshire Terrier is one of the most popular dog breeds available today; they are an intelligent, happy breed and love to be a companion. The Lhasa Apso is a similar small breed dog that has a laid-back, congenial personality. In the world of designer dogs, combining these two amicable dogs as a crossbreed has proven rather successful. The resulting Yorkie-Apso is a small dog with a moderate amount of energy and a penchant for happy companionship. Because the Yorkie-Apso is not highly energetic, you can plan for mostly indoor activities that involve mental exercise. However, this friendly pup will also enjoy joining you for a daily walk about the neighborhood or a trip to the park.

Interactive Toys

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1 hr
Items needed
food puzzle toys
plush toy
flirt pole
Activity description
One thing that the Yorkie-Apso will enjoy doing is playing with interactive toys. Due to the small size of the Yorkie-Apso, some of your activities will be limited. You won't be taking the Yorkie-Apso on a long hike, and the two of you won't engage in long-distance marathons. However, the Yorkie-Apso is extremely smart and loves to be engaged mentally. One way that you can successfully do this is to purchase some interactive toys that fit the small size of the designer breed. Don't forget that the parentage of this hybrid dog includes the terrier, and they are hardy hunters. Get a plush toy with a squeaker inside to invoke this natural desire. You can also get some puzzle toys to keep Fido occupied for hours.
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Food puzzle toys
One great way to stimulate the Yorkie-Apso's mind is to provide them with a toy that requires them to think about how to get a treat out of the item. Because this designer dog is so small, buy an appropriately-sized food puzzle toy. Next, put a few pieces of kibble or a treat in the toy. Then put the toy down and let Fido work their brain to figure out the best way to get to the prize.
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Flirt pole
Because the Yorkie parent breed was originally a ratter, the Yorkie-Apso will delight in playing with a flirt pole. The feather or toy at the end of the flirt pole will attract the attention of the Yorkie-Apso, and you'll have a ball watching your furry pal try to get at the "prey" on the pole.
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Other interactive toys
There are a number of other interactive toys that you can purchase to entertain your pup. Besides food puzzle toys, you can provide them with chew toys which double as teeth-cleaning dental chews. If your Yorkie-Apso is under one year of age, you will want to invest in durable chew toys that will save your shoes and furniture from a teething pup.
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Photo Shoot

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45 min
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camera or cell phone with a camera
backdrops to the scenery
Activity description
The Yorkie-Apso is a delightful and beautiful designer dog. Even if you're not a photographer or you have little experience in the world of photography, you can still capture your precious pup on film for eternity. Seek out a friend who has a neat outdoor area that will serve as a pretty background for your photo shoot. If you live near a beach, pictures of your furbaby in the sand and surf are sure to be a hit. The city park may also provide a neat backdrop for you and your canine companion. Bonus points if you can convince someone to come along so that you can get a few snapshots together.
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Find a location
Do you have a friend with a beautiful backyard or perhaps a flower garden on their property? This would provide the perfect place to take spring (or fall) pictures of your fuzzy pooch. The beach or riverfront also look lovely in the background of photos. Be sure that Fido is accustomed to coming to you when called; otherwise, you'll need to keep the options down to a fenced-in area.
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Gather ideas
Are you uncertain about poses or places to capture Fido's awesome personality? Peruse the internet and look at some pet photos online. Do you have a friend who dabbles in photography? Ask for some advice in this area. Because this isn't structured, there is no wrong or right way to take pictures of your adorable little buddy.
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Lights, camera, action
Once you have gotten ideas about the poses or themes you wish to explore in your pooch pics, get out there and take a multitude of pictures. If possible, bring a friend along to snap a few pics of the two of you together. If not, consider renting a little equipment to set up a camera with a timer so that you can get "buddy" pictures.
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Roll Over

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Free
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15 min
Items needed
treats
Activity description
The Yorkie Apso is a natural entertainer. Take advantage of this by teaching them some tricks that will allow them to be the center of attention when you have friends and family over. Before you teach your clever pup how to roll over and play dead, you'll need to teach a few common commands. Because you'll start in the prone position, you'll want to teach them to "lie down." Grab a few treats, and then begin working on rolling over. Finally, teach your dog to freeze and "play dead." Your furry pal will have your friends and family laughing and clapping with joy at the cuteness of your Yorkie-Apso.
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Lie down
First, your puppy will need to learn to lie down on command. Call your dog to you, and show them a treat. Slowly lower the treat until the dog begins to lower their body to the floor. When they are completely in the prone position, allow them to have the treat and praise the good work. Repeat, saying "lie down."
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Roll over
Take another treat, and place this at nose-level (your dog should still be lying down). Slowly move the treat to the dog's shoulder. Lower the treat to the floor. Your pup should follow, rolling over to their side. Praise and treat. Repeat until they will lie down and roll over on command.
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Play dead
This is the opportunity for your pup to really turn on the charm. When your dog is lying on their side, say "stay." Add the command "play dead" to this. At this time, take the treat in your hand and move it so that your furry buddy seems to roll on their stomach. Repeat "play dead" as you do so. Reward your cooperative trickster for a job well done.
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Grooming

The Yorkie-Apso is bound to need daily brushing, and many pet parents also brush the teeth of their designer dog every day. The daily brushing time is an opportunity to practice a little massage on the Yorkie-Apso, which helps them to relax and bond to you.

Daily Walking

The best exercise for a dog as small as the Yorkie-Apso is a daily walk in the neighborhood. A great alternative to this is using the treadmill indoors if the weather is inclement.

Conclusion

The Yorkie-Apso is a precocious pup who loves to interact with their family, whether this involves sitting on the couch together or playing outdoors together. Spend time walking together or playing outdside, and be sure to capture some special moments during a photography session. These memories will last a lifetime, as will your bond.