Activities For Kerry Wheatens

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Introduction

A hybrid breed created by crossing the Kerry Blue Terrier and the Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier, the Kerry Wheaten is a loyal and affectionate pet. Alert and intelligent, these dogs love to live an active lifestyle and will always enjoy a game or two with their family.

But if they're not given enough exercise or regular mental challenges, Kerry Wheatens will quickly become bored and unhappy. With this in mind, you'll need to come up with plenty of interesting and entertaining activities to keep your pooch on their toes.

Happily, there are plenty of simple activities your canine companion will love to enjoy with you. Here are a few of the best.

Training Walks

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Sunny Day
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30 - 60 min
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Leash
Treats
Activity description

Regular walks probably already form an important part of your dog's daily fitness regime — after all, they're an easy way to get some exercise and develop a stronger bond with your pooch. However, you can make your walks much more exciting and interesting for your pet by incorporating some training into your daily stroll.

This will ensure that your dog gets plenty of mental stimulation, something which is critically important to your Kerry Wheaten's overall wellbeing. It can also help you mix things up a little bit and add some variety into your pet's normal routine.

Here's what you'll need to do.

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Start walking
The first step is to take off for your morning walk like you usually would. With your dog on a leash and the whole world to explore, you can set off and let your dog start burning off some energy and sniffing all the usual spots. Once you've both settled into the walk, you can start introducing some training.
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Training time
Now it's time to break up the walk with a little bit of training. For example, if your dog is constantly pulling on the leash, you might like to try getting them to "heel" — make sure to reward them for walking calmly by your side. Alternatively, you might want to ask your pet to "sit and stay", to shake paws, or perform a variety of other tricks.
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Keep moving
Don't go overboard with your training breaks — keep them short and sharp so that your dog doesn't become bored or distracted. By the time your walk is done, you should be left with one tired but very satisfied pooch.
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Hide and Seek

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Any Day
Free
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30 min
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Toy
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Kerry Wheatens are intelligent creatures that love being given a job to do. They also love regular play sessions with their humans, which is why a simple game of hide and seek should offer plenty of entertainment for your furry friend.

This is another game that offers grrr-eat mental stimulation for your pet, plus it also taps into the strong retrieval instincts of many Kerry Wheatens.

All you need to play this particular game is some spare time and your dog's favorite toy. You can also play it inside or out, depending on the weather, and make it as easy or as difficult as you want.

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Hide your dog's favorite toy
Before you can play a proper game of hide and seek, you'll need to teach your dog the basics. This means identifying your dog's favorite toy and then "hiding" it in plain sight while they're watching. When you tell your dog to "find it", they should go and fetch the toy from its hiding spot — make sure you reward them with a treat and a quick play.
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Increase the difficulty
Repeat this game a few times until your dog knows exactly what you want them to do when you say, "Find it." Once they've got the hang of it, you can start hiding the toy when they're out of the room and slowly graduate to increasingly difficult hiding spots. This will offer a fun mental challenge for your pet as well as an enticing reward for completing the task.
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Baseball

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Sunny Day
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1 hr
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Activity description

Your Kerry Wheaten needs plenty of daily exercise to stay happy and healthy, but they also require a whole lot of human interaction and companionship for their general wellbeing. If you can make your pet feel like part of the family, this can go a long way to ensuring that they'll be a content and well-mannered companion.

With this in mind, a family game of backyard baseball is a paw-some way to entertain your pooch. Kerry Wheatens make great outfielders, and chasing a ball will let them use their retrieval instincts as well as get some great exercise.

But the best part of all is that they get to spend time with their humans!

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Find a spot
The first thing you need to do is find a venue for your family ball game. Hopefully your yard is big enough for you to play at home, but that may not always be the case. If you need to find a nearby park to use, make sure it's securely fenced so there's no danger of your pooch running off if they find something other than the ball to chase.
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Play ball
Batter up! All that's left to do now is start playing. Family sports can get pretty competitive at times, but make sure every batter does their best to hit the ball somewhere in the general direction of the four-legged fielder. Remember to reward your dog for fetching the ball and returning it to you, and let them rest if they're showing signs of slowing down.
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Take a hike

Treat your dog to something a little different to their usual daily walk and take them for a hike in nature. This will offer plenty of mental stimulation as well as provide a great workout.

Flyball

This fast-paced doggy relay will keep your Kerry Wheaten on their toes, and will be a particularly big hit if they love tennis balls.

Conclusion

Kerry Wheatens are active and playful dogs, so giving your pooch all the exercise and mental stimulation they need is essential to prevent them becoming bored and potentially destructive. These dogs also love being made to feel like part of the family, so regardless of what activity you choose, make sure it's something that gives your dog the chance to spend plenty of time with their humans.