Activities For Bluetick Rat Terriers

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Introduction

If you have time, patience, and plenty of affection to offer a dog, then you may find the perfect companion for you is a Bluetick Rat Terrier. This hybrid results from the intentional breeding of a Bluetick Coonhound and a Rat Terrier. The resultant pooch is a lovely, high-energy, medium-sized dog with a long life span and a love for games. They need both mental and physical stimulation - and lots of it - as well as a firm hand. You may find these activities below will stimulate your furry friend in more ways than one.

Basketball

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Rainy Day
Moderate
Hard
5 min
Items needed
Treats
Basketball hoop
Basketball net
Ball
Activity description
Because your Bluetick Rat Terrier has hound parentage, teaching them advanced skills is something you may find entertaining and stimulating for you both. If you're looking for a challenging activity that will take several days or weeks to master in five-minute training sessions, then basketball could be it. You will need a hoop and net, treats, and a ball, and plenty of patience. This activity also requires a lot of repetition so be prepared to dedicate a lot of time to it. It's hard with a moderate price tag given the need to buy a hoop, but the pay-off when they finally master it can be huge.
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Commands
Before you learn basketball, your Bluetick Rat Terrier needs to know a few commands. Otherwise, you may struggle to teach them how to play basketball. Take the time first to learn how to fetch, drop an item, and put a toy away. These are simple to teach commands that are beneficial in many scenarios.
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Start on the ground
You can begin the game off by getting your Bluetick Rat Terrier to drop the ball into a basketball ring on the ground - using a trigger word 'basket.' Every time they do it, you can reward them with a treat. Eventually, incorporate the net so they can see the hoop in its natural form. Keep practicing putting the ball into the ring while it's on the ground until they barely need guidance.
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Raise it up
The next step, once your dog has mastered putting the ball into the hoop on the ground, is to raise the ring. You can either have it on a small stand or hold it yourself. Use the same methods to have your dog put the ball into the basket, and use your trigger word 'basket.' Give them a treat every time they manage to put the ball into the hoop. Gradually raise it higher and higher over time.
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Hide and Seek

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Sunny Day
Cheap
Normal
30 min
Items needed
Treats
Toys
Activity description
A Bluetick Rat Terrier has a keen nose, always able to sniff out their favorite treats - or even their toys. That's why hide and seek is an excellent activity for your furry friend. To keep their mind occupied while you're outside on a sunny day, hide treats and toys around the property. You might need to spend a little money to buy treats, but the regular difficulty level and length of time of only half an hour make it entirely worth it. Your dog can have the time of their life trying to sniff out the treats - even if it involves a little help and a point in the right direction!
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Choose items
When you're hiding treats, opt for larger biscuits that your Bluetick Rat Terrier will be able to find with more ease. Imagine trying to find kibble amongst leaves or grass! When it comes to toys, make sure they're vibrant and don't hide them too well, hindering your busy pup from ever locating them!
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Hide them
Hide and seek can take on many forms. You can create trails of kibble along garden paths to lead to larger treats and toys, or you can hide items more strategically. Think about places your dog likes to hang out. Put toys in their kennel or treats in their favorite sunny spot.
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Play
With your help, guide and lead your dog to discover the snacks and toys. After a few discoveries, you can take more of a backseat role as your dog will most likely now understand what the game is all about!
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Dog Park

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Sunny Day
Free
Easy
1 hr
Items needed
Doggy waste bag
Toy
Leash
Activity description
Both Rat Terriers and Bluetick Coonhounds love hanging out with their families, but they are less welcoming to other people and dogs if they don't get to know them. You can make sure your Bluetick Rat Terrier is more well-rounded than most by including one-hour jaunts to the dog park. You may think it's all in the name of physical stimulation, but this free and easy activity can make sure your pup is far more agreeable to other dogs and cats that may arrive at your property. It also only requires the use of a waste bag, toy, and leash, and of course, a sunny day to go out!
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Choose a park
Bluetick Rat Terriers can get quite grumpy, especially if you throw them into a new environment with lots of people, animals, sights, smells, and sounds. It's in your best interests to choose a dog park a little off the beaten track. Alternatively, do your research to find out at what times of the day it's less populated.
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Meet and greet
The meet and greet process may take some time, and you may need to chat with other dog owners before letting your pup in. They can take a little time to warm up, so walk them around the enclosure and let them see other dogs through the mesh. Read their body language. If they appear happy and comfortable, take them into the pen. If not, spend a little time scouting out the park.
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Play
Getting to the 'play' stage can take some time. Bluetick Rat Terriers can take a little time to warm up to others and may also like you to introduce them to other people and pets so they can see strangers mean no harm. However, it can all be worth it when you look at your Bluetick Rat Terrier playing nicely with a toy with other dogs.
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Walk

Sometimes, a simple walk is all it takes to fill your pup's entertainment meter. Take your Bluetick Rat Terrier on a new route every time you go out and change the length from between half an hour to an hour. The change in pace and route can be all it takes to excite and entertain your four-legged companion.

Fetch

Have you got an hour up your sleeve and a wide-open field in which to play? Then it might be time to grab a ball and head there for a game of fetch. While you will need to keep an eye on your pup to make sure they don't see anything they would like to chase, they will love the opportunity to stretch their legs and frolic in the grass. The new environment and smells will also tire out all their senses.

Conclusion

When you own a Bluetick Rat Terrier, it's impawtant to include as many fun activities and games as you can. While this breed is happy to hang out with the family and do what you do, they also like to explore, learn new things, and play fun games that use up all their energy. Don't be afraid think outside the square a little when it comes to playing games with your Bluetick Rat Terrier.