Activities For Border Terriers

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Introduction

A little dog with a big personality, the Border Terrier has all the makings of a fun adventure buddy and overall companion. As with most Terrier-type breeds, the Border Terrier has high levels of energy and an innate instinct to dig and hunt. However, despite this slightly exasperating makeup, Borders are good-natured and hopelessly devoted to their owners. This breed is not for everyone and needs an owner that is completely committed and willing to endure their antics, no matter how maddening they might be. Enough play time, exercise and display of affection will turn the Border Terrier into the ideal family pet. 

Do Some Digging

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Sunny Day
Cheap
Normal
30 min
Items needed
Toys
Activity description

Terriers are notorious for digging endlessly and this is one of the qualities that turn a lot of dog owners off. Border Terriers are no different from their ancestors in this aspect; they will dig nonstop when they are given the chance. However, instead of looking at this as a negative quality and spending an insane amount of effort trying to stop it, why not just find a way to work around it? The best solution to a Border’s incessant digging is to create a dog dig pit. By creating a dig pit, you not only enable your Terrier to satisfy their digging needs but you also produce a fun and creative space for your dog to enjoy. 

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Designate a digging area
To create your dig pit, you need to designate an area in your front or back yard that you are willing to surrender to your Border Terrier. Using some wood or a couple of bricks, outline this designated area to mark the spot and fill it with some loose dirt or sand.
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Introduce your dog to the pit
Once you have created your dig pit, the next step, and more challenging one, is to ensure that your dog will use it. Border Terriers are natural diggers and it is difficult to prevent them from digging however they please. To direct your dog towards the pit, bury a toy or bone just under the pit’s surface level. Then, bring your dog over to the pit and let your dog dig through it to retrieve your buried item. Give a treat and some praises as a reward; this will help your pooch associate digging in the pit as a way to get rewarded. As time passes, you can start burying the items even deeper.
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Doggy Spa Day

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Any Day
Cheap
Easy
30 - 60 min
Items needed
Dog shampoo
Nail trimmer
Dog brush
Activity description

Any person in their right mind would jump at the chance to relax and be pampered. This sentiment is also true for dogs. Although they cannot say it outright, dogs appreciate being coddled and spoiled, especially by their owners. While doggy spa establishments are a dime a dozen and seems like the logical way out, an in-home “spa day” for your dog is much more special and personal. By doing the work yourself, you get to ensure that your pooch is handled with utmost care. In addition, it can become a delightful bonding moment that can help build communication and trust between the two of you.

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Set the ambiance
One of the best things about going to a spa is the relaxing and calming environment. Your in-home doggy day spa should be no different. Remember that dogs usually panic at the sight of a bathtub and the prospect of taking a bath. Hence, the goal is to produce a soothing ambiance for your pooch. Turn off anything that produces noise, such as the TV. You may even use some dim lighting to complete the experience.
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Start bathing your dog
When everything is set, bring your dog to the bathroom and get them in the tub. Apply shampoo and wash your dog thoroughly, especially in hard-to-reach areas where dirt gets stuck. Also, check for any lumps or tangled fur. Once you are satisfied, rinse off the shampoo and dry your pooch. You can also take this chance to trim your dog’s nails and brush the teeth.
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End with a doggy massage
A spa experience will not be complete without a massage; this is the best part of any spa day. Just like humans, dogs also experience body aches and stiffness in the joints and muscles. Massages can also help relieve some of these discomforts. Gently work on the different areas of your dog’s body and be careful not to press too hard. A massage is an invigorating way to cap off your DIY doggy spa day.
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Throw a Party

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Any Day
Moderate
Easy
1 - 2 hrs
Items needed
Dog food
Treats
Activity description

Generally, a party is an event that is usually held when there is a special occasion. But who says humans should have all the fun? Your four-legged friends can also join in on the festivities. Throwing a dog party is an amazing way to get some fellow dog owners and their furbabies together for the day and indulge in some fun activities, amusement and good food. Dog parties also give your dog a chance to mingle with fellow canines, which will do wonders for their social skills. Whether it is your pup’s birthday or you simply want to celebrate, throwing a party for your pooch is always a good idea. 

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Plan the details
Even for doggy parties, there is lots of planning to be done. You need to find a venue for the party, whether it is in your own home or if you will be renting out a dog-friendly venue. You also need to make a guest list, which will then determine how much food you are going to need for the duration of the event. Also, will you be having a theme? All these things have to be carefully thought out in order for your party to be successful.
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Buy what you need
Once the details are all planned out, the next thing to do is to buy the supplies and all the other stuff needed on the day of the party. Buy decorations, party hats, loot bags for the guests and the food and drinks to be served. Do not forget that you will need to serve dog and human food.
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Enjoy the party
After you have bought everything, prepare everything in the venue. Put up the decorations that you want and lay out the food properly on the table. Then, all you have to do is sit back and wait for the guests to arrive in order to get the party started. Plan a few doggy games, have lively music in the background and enjoy the social time destined for you and your furry buddy.
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Shopping

Outdoor and farmer’s markets are abundant in most cities of the country. One of the benefits of these markets is that they typically welcome dogs on leash. Scour the stalls and stores for some pet-related goodies or items while doing your own shopping. 

Bake Dog Treats

Buying treats may seem easy but making your own is more special and fun. In fact, baking dog treats is an activity that you can enjoy together with your dog. Look for easy recipes to follow online and make some fresh treats for your pooch to enjoy. 

Conclusion

An agile, and capable small dog with a heart of gold, the Border Terrier is a truly wonderful breed. This friendly mutt has so much love to give, especially to their families. Even though they may have a mischievous streak and seemingly endless energy, Borders can become a well-behaved home pet through proper training and the right amount of socialization.