Activities For A Kerrblushcnauz

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Introduction

Kerrblushcnauz dogs are a cross between Miniature Schnauzers and Kerry Blue Terriers. The Kerry Blue Terrier is sometimes also known as an Irish Blue Terrier. Although the breed seems unfamiliar to most, they’ve been around since at least the late 1700s when they were bred for hunting rats and protect livestock and arms. Miniature Schnauzers were also bred as rat hunting dogs in Germany hundreds of years ago. Since both sides of the ancestry have hunting genes, Kerrblushcnauz dogs shouldn’t be left alone in backyards due to their curious nature and chasing instincts. Their high prey drive makes them unsuitable for homes with cats and other small animals.

Kerrblushcnauzs are intelligent, alert, playful and protective with a tendency to wander if left alone. The energy level of this breed is quite high, so they need at least an hour of exercise per day.

Supervised Outdoor Play-Time

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Sunny Day
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1 hr
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Dog Toys
Water
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If you’re lucky enough to live in a home with a fenced-in yard, you can allow your dog supervised outdoor play time. Given the breed’s tendency to wander and intelligence, leaving your dog out in the yard alone is a terrible idea.

With you in the yard to supervise, your dog can engage in all types of games with your pup -- fetch, obstacle course, chase, etc. Your dog will be in heaven having all of your attention on them, and you can be at peace of mind knowing Fido is safe under your watchful eye.

However, be on alert for rabbits and other small animals that your dog can hunt and harm within the blink of an eye.

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Secure the yard
If you buy a home with a fence already up, double check to make sure it is reinforced. Some dog breeds, including the Kerrblushcnauz, are escape artists and can shimmy their way out of the small crack or crevice. You’ll be there to keep an eye on your pup, but it’s better safe than sorry. Once you’ve started playing in the yard with your dog, they will expect you to be out there with them.
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Bring out the toys
Once your fence is done, you can bring all kind of toys outside for Fido. Balls, throwing discs and rope toys are all very popular dog toys. You can even teach your dog to take the toys back inside at the end of your 30 to 60-minute play session. (Though this will require some additional training and patience on your part.)
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Don't forget the water
Dogs don’t sweat in the same way humans do and they can get overheated much easier than we can. Prevent this from happening by having a bowl of fresh water for your dog. If they start to show signs of exhaustion, invite them back inside for some cuddle time with their favorite human!
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Catch

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Sunny Day
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1 hr
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Ball
Treats
Toys
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The game of Catch is similar to Fetch, but you want your pup to catch the item you throw instead of having to run and retrieve it. Some dogs are hilariously bad at catch, and this activity helps you work with your pup on refining their skills.

You can use treats to play catch, but too many treats can cause problems for your dog. It's best to stick with a ball or their favorite toy. Tennis balls, although a popular choice for dog owners, can become lodged in your dog's throat and obstruct their airway, so use a lattice-style ball if possible. 

If you’re using a ball, or another one your dog’s favorite toys, you can play the game indoors or outdoors, depending on the weather. Aside from the cost of the treats or toys, the game is free. This is a great way to work on commands and bond with your dog, as the game often requires eye contact and verbal commands.

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Train your dog to sit
The Catch game can help your dog learn basic commands “sit” and "stay.” Many trainers use treats or clickers to teach dogs the “sit” command, and this activity will reinforce this important directive. When training your pup, you should only say the command once. Repeating it over and over again won’t help your dog learn; they will just learn that ignoring you gets them a treat.
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Toss the toy in the air
Once your dog is in the “sit” position, throw the treat or toy in the air so they have to jump up to catch it. Once your dog has mastered that simple catch, you can increase the difficulty by throwing the toy higher or at a distance where they have to leap for the toy. If your dog seems interested in it, you can even attempt to teach your dog how to do flips.
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Lavish your pup with praise
The first time your pup catches the toy or treat, lavish them in verbal praise so they know they did a good job. Dogs respond to the tone and inflection of voices, along with body language. Even if your dog misses spectacularly, praise them so they will be willing to try again. If they are really bad at catch, be sure to videotape it and maybe your pup will go viral.
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Hiking

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Any Day
Free
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1 hr
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Harness
Vest
Water
Activity description

Hiking with your Kerrblushcnauz is a great way to exercise them, as hikes are a bit more physical than a simple walk. Kerrblushcnauz are used to having a "job" to do by catching rats on farms. They were also tasked with protecting the family and livestock of farms, so you should feel safe hiking with them if wild animals should approach.

Hiking is generally done in the warmer months, though you will need to bring water and a water bowl so your pup doesn’t get dehydrated. You can store them in a vest or backpack that Fido can wear. It will give them a “job” while keeping your hands free for leash control. This breed is known for their wandering habits, so they definitely need to be kept on a leash during any activities where they could potentially run after prey.

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Find a dog-friendly hiking spot
Not all hiking areas allow dogs, so it’s important to double-check that your chosen area is dog-friendly. If the hiking area is a dense forest, be aware of possible wildlife you might encounter. Fido will most likely smell/hear them before you do, so keep a tight hold on the leash. An hour hike or so should be enough to wear your pup out for the day, or at least for a few hours.
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Put a harness or vest on your dog
Harnesses are a great tool for hikes and walks because they give you more control over your pup. Collars are more likely to snap or slip off, though harnesses can slip off, too. That’s why it’s important to choose a harness that fits your pup tightly, but not so tight that they are in discomfort. Too loose and you risk your pup getting out of the harness and taking off. You can add a vest over the harness for extra safety and storage.
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Stock the vest with necessities
If you’ve chosen a vest or backpack for your pup to wear during the hike, you should get your dog used to the vest before going on the hike. You can have them wear it in the house for 15 minutes a day before your first hike and dispense treats occasionally so your dog eventually looks forward to the vest. Once your dog is willing to wear the vest or backpack, you can stock it with water, a collapsible bowl and anything else you might need, such as a map or medicine.
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Garden Hose Fun

If your pup likes water, you can use a garden hose during the warmer months to cool them off or play a fun game. Some dogs think spraying water is the best toy, and you can find endlessly entertaining videos on the internet of people who can’t water their gardens without their dog attacking the water hose. Never spray the water directly in their face!

Bubbles Game

Dogs love to chase and catch bubbles just as much as kids do! However, the bubble liquid can be toxic for dogs. If you choose this activity with your pup,  be sure you buy non-toxic bubbles. You can blow the bubbles through the wand or buy a bubble machine. Dog-friendly bubbles even come smelling like bacon! Your dog will pawsitively love it.

Conclusion

Your Kerrblushcnauz pup is a playful, affectionate dog who requires a lot of attention, care and exercise. They were bred as working dogs, so they need mental stimulation to prevent destructive behaviors. The prey-driven dog does well with other dogs their size, but they may have an issue with smaller dogs or cats.

Activities that you can do with your pup include hikes, a rousing game of catch and unsupervised outdoor play. If your dog enjoys the water, you can use a garden hose to play in the summer, spraying them with water or letting them "chase" the water arc. You can also blow bubbles and let them chase the bubble, but be sure you buy pet-friendly bubbles, as some chemicals can be toxic to dogs. 

Whatever you do, always be on the lookout for fun activities to stimulate your Kerrblushcnauz's mind and body!