Like most terrier hybrids, the Cairnwich Terrier was bred for hunting vermin and other small critters. If you’re lucky enough to be a pet parent to one of these scruffy scallywags, you’ll know that they’re fiercely independent, but also kind of sensitive and great with families.
It doesn’t do to leave a Cairnwich terrier alone too often! Though they often have their own ideas on what they want to do, these puppers are super affectionate and need a lot of TLC. Make no bones about it, these pooches want to be part of your life!
Intelligent and curious, this cross between a Cairn terrier and a Norwich terrier can be pretty high-energy -- you’ll want to keep their brains and bodies busy before they go bouncing off the walls! Never fear -- we’ve put together a list of activities to keep your darling doggo active and entertained.
Food puzzles are a furrific way to get your buddy’s brain working, and you may have seen them on the shelves of your local pet supply store. But did you know that you can make your own food puzzle toy at home?
All you’ll need to make this delightful doggy challenge is 12 tennis balls, a muffin tin, and a handful of your furry friend’s favorite treats (if you’re concerned about calories, you can substitute pieces of kibble instead). Your Cairnwich terrier is sure to have a whale of a time figuring out how to get through the balls to the treasure inside!
Talk to any terrier owner and you’re guaranteed to get a digging story! Digging is part of your dog’s DNA. It’s a den-making instinct -- a totally natural behavior for any pooch, but particularly for a terrier dead set on digging out burrowing prey (real or imagined).
But knowing that a behavior is natural won’t get rid of the holes in your back yard or undo any damage to your fence poles. Enter the digging pit -- a pawesome way to let your doggo do what they’re gonna do without causing too much damage to your yard or your sanity.
Constructing a digging pit requires a bit of time and a little effort, but it’s not as hard as you might think. Give it a go -- your pup will thank you for it!
Like digging, chasing is a natural terrier behavior that can get destructive if it gets out of hand. You don’t want your Cairnwich tearing after next door’s cat or the mailman!
Using a flirt pole is a paw-fect way to introduce some impulse control (by teaching them that it’s okay to chase after toys, but never humans), while allowing your buddy some space to chase the way they were meant to. And of course, it makes for great exercise!
At its most basic, a flirt pole is a long stick with a toy attached to the end by a string. You can make your own, or pick up one from your local pet supply store.
As an added bonus, waving a flirt pole doesn’t require a lot of space, or too much effort on your part!