Cairn Terrier-Scottish Terrier mixes are called Bushland Terriers. These cuties are generally between 15 and 20 pounds and less than a foot tall, but that doesn't mean that they are short of energy! These little dynamos will need daily exercise or activities to continue to live happy, healthy lives. If you have a Bushland Terrier, you know that they can be difficult to keep entertained. Fortunately, at Wag!, we have a few great activity ideas that will keep your pup on the move!
Swimming is great low-impact exercise that almost all dogs can participate in. However, not all dogs are comfortable in water, so keep that in mind before you put your Bushland Terrier in the water. Swimming is an activity that can only be done when it is warm and sunny outside, unless you know of an indoor swimming area in your area that allows dogs. Often, swimming costs very little money, and dogs pick it up very naturally. If your Bushland Terrier has never been swimming before, make sure to put a life jacket on them before entering the water. We also recommend water toys so that you can enjoy the fun with your pooch.
If your little Bushland Terrier is full of energy, it might be a good idea to wear them out a little bit to prevent destructive behavior or bad behaviors during other activities. Stair runs can be done in any weather because it works best on the stairs inside of your home. You only need a few minutes and a ball or toy to throw, allowing your busy pup to expend lots of energy! As your dog runs up the stairs to retrieve a toy and back, you will be able to watch their energy dwindle without wearing yourself out in the process. When your pooch seems like they are done, it is time to call it quits. With a dog this size, it will probably only take 15 minutes to wear them out.
We've all looked down to see dog toys all over the floor. Unlike people, dogs aren't inclined to clean up after themselves. If you need help come clean-up time, enlist your dog! All it is takes is a little training and your Bushland Terrier will be cleaning up after playing in no time at all; plus, they will think that they are playing another game! All you need are toys, a basket or bin to put the toys in, and treats for training! Once your dog is trained, you will be able to give them a command, and they will clean up after themselves.
Bushland Terriers are smart, so it is important to challenge them mentally and physically. Dogs are social creatures, so they also need social interaction frequently. With the above activity ideas, you should be able to meet all of your Bushland Terrier's needs. Remember to try to give your pooch at least 30 minutes of activity each day to keep them happy and on their best behavior.