Activities For Bushland Terriers

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Introduction

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

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Sunny Day
Cheap
Easy
1 hr
Items needed
Life Jacket
Water Toys
Activity description

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.

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Dip your toes
The first time in the water can be a little scary. Start your swimming adventure by putting a life jacket on your dog. The next step is to ease your pooch into the water. Try to call your dog into a shallow area of the pool with you. Make sure that you don't push your dog to go too far into the water if they aren't ready.
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Make it fun
Once your dog has started moving around in the water comfortably, you can try to get them into an area where they can't touch the bottom of the pool or lake or wherever you are going swimming. When they are comfortable, it is time to break out the water toys for a little bit of extra fun. Watch your Bushland Terrier swim around to fetch the toy.
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Stair Runs

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Any Day
Free
Easy
15 - 30 min
Items needed
Ball or Toy
Activity description

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.

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Prepare for the game
Fortunately, this is one of those activities that doesn't require a lot of preparation, but you do need to do your research. This game is not suitable for dogs under a year old, because their joints haven't finished developing and the impact of running up and down the stairs may be too much for them. If your dog is old enough, find a toy that they love and get settled at the staircase.
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Let them run stairs
At the bottom of the stairs, command your dog to sit and stay. Give the toy or ball a toss up the stairs and release your pooch from the stay. When they bring the toy back, praise them and throw it again until they are ready to quit. This is an activity that your Bushland Terrier will love to partake in several times per week!
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Toy Clean Up

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Any Day
Free
Normal
15 min
Items needed
Toys
Basket or Bin
Activity description

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.

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Teach the commands
The first step to teaching your dog to clean up after themselves is to teach them the basic commands. You might want to start with "drop it." Once your dog can drop a toy on command, you are ready to include more challenging commands like "put it away." "Put it away" tells your dog to take the toy to a certain spot and drop it there.
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Start clean-up
At first, you will want to start with only a couple of toys. This means that you will probably have to do most of the clean-up yourself at first, but your dog will learn. Give your dog the command to "put it away." If they successfully put the toy in the basket, reward them with a treat. When they are fully trained, you will only give a treat when all of the toys are put away.
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More Fun Ideas...

Visit the Dog Park

If your dog hasn't been around other dogs much lately, try a visit to the dog park. At a dog park, your pooch will not only get exercise but also have the chance to interact with other dogs and socialize.

Play Fetch

A classic, fetch is an easy game that you can play with your dog both indoors and outside. Just make sure you have a toy that your Bushland Terrier loves and start playing!

Conclusion

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.