Activities For Kerry Blue Terriers

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Introduction

The Kerry Blue Terrier is one of the largest terriers. This attractive pooch stands 20 inches at the shoulders and usually weighs around 40 pounds when fully grown. Initially, the Kerry was bred to be an Irish farm dog used to hunt rodents, small game, and birds. This hardworking canine was also frequently used to herd livestock. Today, they are an alert family companion who also makes an excellent watchdog.  The Kerry is always ready for fun and is a superb athlete who enjoys physical activities. However, the Kerry is typically not a dog-friendly breed and does not do well at dog parks.

Hiking

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Any Day
Cheap
Normal
1 - 4 hrs
Items needed
Leash
Collar
Doggy backpack
Water bowl
Doggy Waste Bags
Activity description
The Kerry Blue Terrier is an active pup who loves to spend time with family. The dog's athletic form makes them an ideal choice if you enjoy hiking. The Kerry was initially bred to withstand the often harsh hills and climate of Ireland. They are nimble on their feet and can easily navigate a mountain trail with ease. If you are seeking an outdoor activity to enjoy with your Kerry, then a half-day hike might be ideal. If you have hiked with your dog in the past, you can always undertake a full day trip or even plan for an overnight camping excursion.
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Preparing for the trail
If this is the first time you have ever taken your Kerry hiking, you may want to get them used to carrying a pack. Of course, a doggy backpack is not a necessity but most canines readily accept the pack and it can lighten your load. You can pack your dog's lightweight supplies in the pack. Before the hiking day, place the pack on your dog's back and let them get used to the feel of the weight. Always offer ample encouragement. Most dogs eventually forget they are even carrying a pack.
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Hitting the trail
Some people let their dogs run free on backcountry trails but this is not advisable with the Kerry because this breed is often known for picking a fight with other canines. Keep your Kerry on a leash beside you as you hike the trail and step off to the side as others approach.
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Hydrate and refresh
As you hike with your Kerry, be sure to take time out to hydrate and refresh. Many dogs will not ask for water so you must ensure that your dog is drinking a sufficient amount of liquid to prevent dehydration. It's fun to pick a spot along the trail and have a small picnic with your pooch. Also, always remember to pick up any waste your dog might leave behind on the trail and dispose of it appropriately.
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Jogging

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Any Day
Free
Normal
1 hr
Items needed
Leash
Doggy Waste Bags
Collar
Activity description
The Kerry Blue Terrier makes a fantastic jogging companion. This agile pooch genuinely likes running along beside their owner and burning off energy. If you decide to try jogging with your Kerry,  you may want to enjoy the sport together in the early morning or evening hours when the weather is cooler. If you are jogging on concrete or asphalt, you should always bend down and touch the surface to ensure it is not too hot for your dog's feet. If you cannot place your hand comfortably on the ground, then it is too hot for the pads of your dog's feet. Some people even invest in jogging booties for their dogs to further protect their feet. Even with the purchase of the booties, this is a great way to exercise your buddy without a big expense.
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Take it slow
Kerry Blue Terriers are athletes but if your dog is not used to jogging, they can become winded or sore. Ideally, you should only speed walk or jog at a slow pace every day for a week or more to allow your pooch to build up stamina. Once you feel your dog is physically ready to jog at a full pace for an extended time period, you take your Kerry for a full jog.
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Location, location
Many people opt to jog around their neighborhood with their dogs but others opt to run in a park setting. No matter where you choose to jog with your Kerry, keep them on a leash and stay on the lookout for other dogs or distractions such as squirrels. If your Kerry sees a squirrel they might kick it into overdrive and start a pursuit because the Kerry is a natural born hunter. However, if you maintain a firm hold on your dog's leash you will be able to control them and teach them to stay on course.
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Hydration and rest
Any time you jog with your Kerry you must take time out to give them a sip of water. Do not allow your dog to over drink or they could become sick and vomit. However, a small refreshing drink is often the ideal kick-start so that your pooch continues to jog happily along beside you.
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Bubble Game

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Rainy Day
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Easy
5 - 15 min
Items needed
Bubbles with blower
Activity description
The Kerry Blue Terrier's instincts run deep. This energetic dog was bred to be an asset to the farmer by hunting rodents and other small game. Most terriers like to hunt, and they will happily chase squirrels or cats. However, many owners would prefer it if their dogs did not hunt other animals. A great way to encourage your dog to jump around with zeal is to think up games that support the dog's hunting instincts but involve no live prey. The bubble game is a cheap game option to get your dog to exercise and have fun. You can pick up non-toxic bubbles made for children at most stores or source pet-friendly bubbles at your local pet supply shop.
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Outside or inside
Depending on the weather, you can play the bubble game outside or inside. Many people simply don't like to use the bubbles indoors because they land on furnishings and carpets. However, most bubbles are non-staining. Always read the label to make sure that the bubbles will not harm clothing or fabric surfaces.
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Start blowing
Sit on the floor or ground with your Kerry and start blowing bubbles towards the dog. Avoid blowing the bubbles directly into your pooch's eyes or nose. However, do blow them close enough that they can easily see the bubbles float by. You will be amazed by how fast your Kerry's hunting instincts kick in and your dog starts to grab the bubbles.
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Encouragement
Be sure to offer your buddy plenty of encouragement to spur them on. Some dogs can become very exuberant; even if the bubbles are not toxic you still don't want your dog to consume an excessive amount of the soapy substance. Limit the fun to maybe 15 minutes.
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Catch the Treat

Most terriers are very fast. Tell your Kerry Blue Terrier to sit in front of you. Most dogs will instantly know you have treats in your hand because their sharply sensitive nose will pick up the smell of the delicacy.  Your dog's ears will probably perk up, and their eyes will be focused either on your face or your hand to see what you plan on doing with the treats.

Tag

Your Kerry Blue Terrier wants to interact with you more than anything in the world. Sometimes a simple game of tag is all that a pooch needs to burn off some energy and share a memorable moment with their favorite human. If you have a fenced-in backyard, then you can pretend to chase your dog. Most canines will catch on to this game pretty fast. When you catch your dog, you can take a few moments petting and tickling them and then turn and run the other way. Your dog will jump up to pursue and tag you.

Conclusion

The Kerry Blue Terrier is a faithful companion dog. This affectionate canine likes to be involved in every aspect of their owner's life. You can take the hardy, tough pooch on just about any adventure and they will relish every minute of the time spent with you. The Kerry's rough coat is also protective against rain and offers some warmth if you opt to explore a snowy trail together. This breed, with their high activity level, is great for an active individual or family who enjoys spending time indulging in various adventures.