Activities For Yorkipoos

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Introduction

A small but hyperactive “designer dog” that originated from the United States, the Yorkipoo is a cross between the Yorkshire Terrier and the Poodle (typically the Miniature or Toy kind). By mixing the two toy breeds, you get a smart, gentle and wonderful companion with a lot of energy to spare. When not stationed on your lap, Yorkipoos love to engage in different games and activities that involve a lot of movement. Don’t underestimate their size – Yorkies are quite active and boast impressive running and jumping skills. They can also be intelligent and highly trainable, particularly if their Poodle gene is more dominant. All in all, the Yorkipoo is a delightful breed to have as a pet. 

Doga

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Any Day
Moderate
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30 - 60 min
Items needed
Yoga mat
Doga instructional DVD
Activity description

Yoga is a famous discipline involving physical, mental and spiritual practices. For years now, yoga is being practiced by many as a way to unwind. For yoga enthusiasts who also happen to be dog owners, the rise in popularity of Doga could not have come at a better time. Doga, which is a portmanteau of the words “dog” and “yoga”, is the latest trend in owner-dog activities. During a Doga session, dogs and their owners engage in meditation and massage paired with some mild stretching. Instructors of this practice believe that being pack animals, canines are ideal for the discipline’s emphasis on connecting with other beings. 

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Invest in Doga merchandise
Doga is not usually a one-time thing that owners and their dogs get into. In fact, some of those who weren’t sold into the idea of the practice end up loving it after their first try. If you plan to do Doga on a regular basis, you should consider investing in merchandise. This includes a Doga DVD or program that you can follow at home. You will also need a yoga mat.
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Try Doga at home
Prepare to do some Doga by following the program shown on the instructional DVD that you have purchased. These programs often follow a certain progression, starting with a beginner’s guide and slowly working your way towards more advanced movements. During your session, always check on your dog for any signs of fatigue.
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Join a Doga class
When at-home Doga no longer excites you and you want a change of scenery, look for a local Doga class happening in your area and sign up. Attending an actual Doga session is a great way to meet like-minded dog owners and to introduce your Yorkipoo to a new environment surrounded by other canines.
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Stand-up Paddleboarding

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Sunny Day
Cheap
Hard
1 hr
Items needed
Stand-up paddleboard
Flotation device
Activity description

During the summer season, a whole lot of owner-dog activity opportunities present themselves. One of the best ways to spend a hot summer day is to have some fun in the water. A cool and one-of-a-kind experience that you can take on with your Yorkipoo is stand-up paddleboarding. In this activity, you and your dog balance yourselves on a paddleboard while treading on a calm body of water, usually a lake or river. This is a great endeavor to try with a Yorkipoo given their small size and ability to follow commands easily. Your pooch will surely enjoy taking in the picturesque views while spending time with you. 

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Comfort with the board
As with most unfamiliar things, you need to get your dog familiar with the paddleboard if you even have a shot of getting them on it. A good starting point will be to bring the paddleboard inside the house and let it stay there for a prolonged period of time. Your pooch will most likely be curious of the board and will sniff all over it. Over time, your dog will become familiar with the board and will realize that there is no need to be afraid. You may even put a treat or two in the middle of the board so that your dog will get used to getting on it. Plus, your dog will start to associate it with a rewarding experience.
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Practice with your dog
Once your dog becomes comfortable with the look and feel of the board, you should practice the commands and movements involved in paddleboarding. Start by assigning a special command for getting on and off the board. Use treats as a way to motivate your pooch. On your end, you should start practicing paddling, sitting and standing while your dog is on the board. Remember that being in the water will require you to have more balance. Also, try to rock the board back and forth to simulate the experience. If your dog shows any sign of discomfort, take a step back and don’t force the issue. Over time, your dog will get used to having you move while sitting still on the paddleboard.
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Head out to the water
When you feel like you’ve practiced enough and your pooch is ready for the real thing, head on out and try the actual paddleboarding. Put on the flotation device on your pooch before getting in the water. Start slowly by commanding your dog to get on the board and slightly pushing it close to the water. If your dog shows any sign of discomfort or fear, pull the board back to land and use positive reinforcement to reassure them. Otherwise, you can continue pushing the board into deeper water. Then, carefully get on the board and start your paddling adventure. Expect a few tumbles and mistakes on the first few tries. In the long run, your Yorkipoo will get the hang of the activity and you can expect some epic times together in the future.
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New Tricks

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Any Day
Free
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1 hr
Items needed
Treats
Activity description

Most of the time, pet owners become excited and ecstatic when their four-legged friends learn some of the most common dog tricks in the book, such as “sit” or “stay”. While this is understandably enthusing to some degree, you should not limit your dog’s inventory of tricks to just the basics. The Yorkipoo, in particular, is an incredibly clever dog with a high level of trainability. Having a dog with quick learning abilities means that the possibilities are endless. You can move beyond the usual tricks and introduce your pooch to more difficult tricks that will leave other dog owners impressed and in awe. 

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Choose a trick and commit to it
To get started, pick one trick that you really want your dog to learn. Videos and instructions on how to teach your dog this particular trick should be easily available online. Keep on trying and be patient – remember, Rome was not built in a day. To motivate your dog, use different forms of positive reinforcement.
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Show off your dog's new trick
When your dog finally gets the trick down to a T, you can then show it off to other people. Demonstrate the trick to a relative or a friend and make sure to reward your dog. This might seem like a small thing but your dog will be filled with joy knowing that they are able to make you proud. Learning new tricks is also a great way to strengthen the communication between the two of you.
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Photoshoot

Yorkies are some of the most adorable looking dogs and will make for great photoshoot models. Immortalize your pet by spending a day dressing your pooch up and making them look great on camera. All you need is a decent camera to preserve your dog’s memory for the next couple of years.

Afternoon Drive

Going on an afternoon cruise with your pooch is a simple but effective way to spend time together without much effort. More often than not, dogs enjoy car rides. They also enjoy seeing unfamiliar sights and spots. This activity is perfect when you cannot find the time to go on a longer trip with your dog. 

Conclusion

A fun-loving and adorable dog, the Yorkipoo is an amazing mixed breed that is a perfect choice for someone who is looking for a miniature-sized pup to share their lives with. If you are looking for an apartment-type dog with little exercise requirements and one that has crazy antics, the Yorkipoo might be best for you.