Activities For Norfolk Terriers

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Introduction

Don't let the Norfolk Terrier's small size fool you. This little critter is all terrier. This dog stands only 10 inches at the shoulder and features a hard, wiry coat that is made to stand up to the elements. The Norfolk has strong hunting instincts and is very active, which makes them a great companion on any adventure. This busy terrier is always ready to embark on any activity and have fun doing it. The Norfolk Terrier has a very happy disposition and adores spending time with their beloved owner. This small pooch also has a reputation as a fantastic traveling companion.

Biking

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Any Day
Moderate
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1 hr
Items needed
Bike
Harness
Leash
Water
Basket or Trailer
Activity description
You have probably seen the classic movie Wizard of Oz with Dorothy and her small terrier Toto. Well, in the initial first scenes Dorothy is seen riding a bicycle with Toto in a basket. The Norfolk Terrier's small size makes your pooch a perfect biking buddy, just the perfect size to ride in a dog approved bicycle basket. If you don't feel comfortable placing your pooch in a basket, you can invest in a dog-safe trailer that is pulled behind the bike. One of the perks of the trailer is that it typically offers sun protection. However, whether you opt to use a basket or a trailer, your small Norfolk is going to love feeling the wind in their fur as they hit the trails with you.
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Introductions
If your dog is not used to a bike, you are going to want to introduce your pooch to this unfamiliar contraption. Allow your small dog to sniff the bike. Then, you can start out walking your dog on a leash beside you and the bike while you push the bike. This lets your dog get used to the bike so it is not a scary item.
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The first ride
During the ride, you will want to put a harness on your Norfolk Terrier just in case your dog decides to jump out of the basket or trailer. Now, hook the harness to the basket or trailer with the leash attachment. Offer lots of encouragement. The next step is to walk the bike. Do not ride the bike. Just walk the bike with your dog either in the basket or in the trailer. This lets them get used to the movement.
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Riding together
Once your curious pup accepts the basket or trailer it is time for you to climb on the bike and take a ride with your pooch as passenger. Remember to continue offering words of encouragement as you ride along. Keep the first bike rides short; only ride for ten or fifteen minutes. You can increase the length of time during each outing. Pretty soon, your Norfolk Terrier will be a true biking companion.
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Plant a Garden

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Any Day
Cheap
Normal
30 min
Items needed
Plant
Hand trowel
Dog Treats
Activity description
Virtually every terrier likes to dig. Digging is in their genes. They were bred to chase rats and other vermin into holes so digging in the dirt is a natural trait that most enjoy. If you want to share some quality time outdoors with your pooch then why not plant a small garden or flowers together? Your dog might be surprised that you do not scold them for digging in the dirt.! When it comes to planting a garden, you are going to actually praise your pooch for getting their paws dirty by digging. Just be sure to only pick plants that are non-toxic to dogs.
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Encouragement
Sit down with your small dog on the ground where you will be planting the garden. Let your dog watch you start digging the soft soil with your garden trowel. Take a fistful of dirt and show it to the dog. Let your pooch sniff the dirt. Now dig a tiny bit with your hands. Encourage your dog to participate in the activity. Most terriers will quickly grasp the concept that you want them to dig.
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Treasure to find
When your dog starts to dig a hole in the soil, offer not only praise but also treats. Give your pooch a doggy treat and tell your terrier how proud you are of them for digging the hole. Yes, digging is messy business but Norfolk Terriers genuinely love to dig and are very good at it!
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Planting
Once the hole is dug, it is time to put the plant into the ground. Tell your dog to watch you while you do it. Gently place the plant in the ground and cover its root system with dirt. The entire time, you should be telling your dog not to dig the plant. When the dog sits there and listens to you it is time to offer another treat. Now, move away from the plant and start digging the next hole together. Your Norfolk Terrier will quickly grasp the concept of digging the holes and planting the plants.
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Off Leash Park

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Sunny Day
Cheap
Normal
30 min
Items needed
Leash
Collar
Activity description
Many people who own terriers worry about taking their dogs to dog parks. Most terriers are very standoffish with other dogs and some will even pick fights. However, the Norfolk Terrier is the exception to this rule. This small, feisty dog was actually bred to hunt in packs so it is in the animal's genes to get along with other dogs. This is a perk for many Norfolk Terrier owners because it means that you can take your small Fido to a dog park and not have to worry about the munchkin walking around with a chip on their shoulder. Instead, most will play well with other dogs.
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Dog park arrival
Any time you arrive at a dog park you are going to want to give your pooch time to get used to the unfamiliar surroundings and to sniff things out. Don't immediately unhook the leash. Instead, walk around with your dog until they start to feel comfortable around all of the other dogs.
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Time to play
Once your dog shows signs of being happy, then it's time to start playing. If your pooch likes a good game of fetch, start throwing a favorite toy. Your Norfolk Terrier may not want to share their toy, though. If other dogs encroach and your dog gets upset, put the toy away for playtime later at home. If your pooch just wants to walk around and explore then that is okay too!
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Remain watchful
Many small dogs feel intimidated when a larger dog runs over to start sniffing and tries to play. If your Norfolk Terrier shows signs of fear then don't hesitate to come to your pooch's rescue and scoop your dog up into your safe arms. Remember, your dog is just a tiny little guy so even a terrier can get scared around big dogs at the dog park.
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Bed and Breakfast

Nowadays, around the nation, there are innumerable bed and breakfasts that welcome well-behaved dogs. The small size of the Norfolk Terrier makes them an ideal traveling companion. Why not book a weekend getaway at a dog-friendly B&B? You could pick an establishment that is located near trails or a lake. Many people enjoy history; head to accommodations in historic locations like New Orleans or Savannah, Georgia. Whatever destination you choose, your small dog is going to love accompanying you. It is advised that you make reservations well in advance. Many bed and breakfasts only have one or two rooms that allow dogs so they tend to fill up quickly. There might be a waiting list.

Shopping Together

The small size of the Norfolk Terrier makes them a great shopping companion. You can take your dog into dog-friendly establishments either on a leash, carrying them in a dog-carrier, or in a pet-friendly stroller. Why not make a day out of it? You could hit numerous pet-friendly stores and end the outing by dining at a dog-friendly establishment. Many restaurants allow dogs on the patio and some even let dogs enter the restaurant to lay quietly beneath the tables. Be sure to check the various policies of whatever store or restaurant you visit to make sure that Fido is welcome.

Conclusion

Norfolk Terriers love to please their owners. They are always up for an adventure that involves family time. Your dog's small size makes it easy to take them just about anywhere. When planning an activity with your dog always remember that the Norfolk Terrier has the heart of a big dog but the tiny legs of a little fella so you will not want to overdo the exercise aspect of any activity. Also, some Norfolk Terriers love to swim but others appear to lack the skill so you will want to gauge your dog's unique skills if you are considering a day on the lake or at the beach.