Activities For Patton Terriers

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Introduction

The medium-sized Patton Terrier is a puptastic addition to the active family. This cross between the Patterdale Terrier and the Boston Terrier is gentle with kids and bonds well with everyone in the household. You'll often find your fur-baby at your heels as you move around your home. They make an outstanding watchdog that will alert you to potential problems. However, once you let a stranger through the door, Fido is friendly. This pup sometimes has a stubborn streak but is usually easy to train and eager to please you. Plan on providing at least 45 minutes of activity to keep your Patton healthy and content.

Walking Tour

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Sunny Day
Free
Easy
30 - 60 min
Items needed
waste bags
water
treats
leash
Activity description

If you're looking for a grrr-eat way to change up your daily routine and spoil your pal with plenty of exercise and bonding time, take a walking tour of a nearby historic district or city. Decide where you'd like to take your pup, then research the area you plan to visit to learn about landmarks and other sights you'd like to see on your outing. Look up street maps and plot a route to see if there's a park or spot where you could sit and enjoy a snack or water break with Fido.

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Planning
Find a city or other venue that you'd like to explore with your four-footed friend, then do some research on the area. Learn about historic sections of town and other landmarks that you can check out together. Make sure that dogs are welcome wherever you decide to go, and find out about any leash laws.
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Touring
Once you have your plans set, you can get ready for the outing. Pack some waste bags and drinking water and get the car ready for a dog-friendly drive. Take your time as you follow your walking route. Why not make a day of it and find a spot to stop for a snack or light meal? Your pup will appreciate the bonding time (and the tasty tidbits you sneak to them under the table).
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Rally Obedience

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Any Day
Moderate
Normal
30 - 45 min
Items needed
leash
Activity description

Once you take your pal through beginner's obedience training, you can put their knowledge to good use with Rally-O. In this sport, dogs and their owners progress through 10 to 20 stations where a sign gives them exercises to perform. You and your pooch have to work together as a team to complete each challenge. Some of the different activities include jumps, turns, or basic commands. As you and Fido improve, you'll be able to progress from novice level to master. The mixture of obedience and agility in this sport will provide your furry friend with both physical and mental stimulation.

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Training
Now that you and Fido have beginner obedience under your belt, you can take it to the next level. The best way to learn the ins and outs of Rally-O is to take a class, where you and your pal will get to see the different potential stations and practice on a course.
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Participate in rally
When you complete a Rally course, you can practice at home. Look up the 50 different signs and rotate through them. Find a local club where you can participate in events. If you choose to compete, you'll start as a novice. Keep improving, and your pal can advance through the ranks to the master level.
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Flyball

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Any Day
Moderate
Hard
40 - 60 min
Items needed
treats
hurdles
spring loaded box
ball
Activity description

If your pooch loves to chase balls, the sport of flyball could be a puptacular way to provide them with some exercise and socialization. This canine relay race offers physical and mental challenges for your furry friend. You and Fido will team up with other four-footed friends and their owners to compete. Pups run and jump over a series of hurdles to a spring-loaded box. There, they jump on the device to release and catch a tennis ball. With the toy in their mouth, the dogs dash back to the start. Once they cross the line, the next team member repeats the process.

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Training
Before you're ready to find a team, you'll need to train your pup to run a flyball course. Take time to teach Fido how to recall, run the hurdles safely, hit the box and turn, and change over with the next runner. Once your buddy has the steps down, you can start practicing with other dogs and their owners.
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Compete
Set up a team of similarly sized dogs or join a flyball club. Let your furry friends spend time socializing and bonding. Take time to practice running the course together and plan the order in which each pooch will complete their leg. Once you're ready, enter a competition. Remember to reward your pooch and celebrate each success.
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More Fun Ideas...

Flirt Pole

Take advantage of your Terrier's hunting instinct with a flirt pole. You can make one with a four-foot piece of PVC pipe, a rope, and their favorite toy. Your pal will love chasing their quarry as you pull it along the ground.

Interactive Toy

Get your furry friend a plush puzzle toy to keep them occupied when you're not at home. They'll benefit from the mental stimulation and be less likely to find mischief.

Conclusion

This pup is best suited for a house with a fenced yard where they can get some fresh air and exercise. When your pal is in open spaces, keep the leash on them to prevent them from taking off after prey. Be aware that the Patton Terrier is a hunter and may view pets like cats or rabbits as their quarry.