Activities For Pom Terriers

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Introduction

The Pomeranian and Toy Fox Terrier hybrid makes for a beautiful and intriguing miniature pooch. The Pomeranian belongs to the toy breed of dogs, small in size, but elegant in appearance. Characterized as a "bouncy and bold" pooch, this pup is playful and busy in nature. Though it requires daily exercise, it's easy to meet these needs with brisk walks and indoor activities. 

The Toy Fox Terrier, like the Pomeranian, is tiny in size but bursting with energy. Though Toy Fox Terriers can make the "pawfect" lap dog, they're described as being "feisty and fun." Unlike their hybrid breed counterpart, the Toy Fox Terrier requires vigorous mental and physical stimulation, or else unwanted behaviors can form. Known as explorers, T.F.T. often end up in unexpected places. 

The Pom Terrier is an inquisitive and eager companion. Full of energy and attuned to their surroundings, this playful watchdog lets you know when a visitor has arrived. Though they're good at spotting strangers and may be timid at first, this lovable breed is quick to charm and warm up to strangers. They act similarly toward other pups. With a need for physical activity and mental stimulation, there's plenty of ways to keep this breed busy.

Sightseeing Your Own Town

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Any Day
Free
Easy
1 - 2 hrs
Items needed
Leash
Waste bags
Activity description

Getting bored of your traditional walking path? Try being a sightseer in your very own town. You'll be surprised to see how much you have never noticed about the very place you live in. Once we get stuck seeing the same sights, walks can become boring quickly. That's why sightseeing in your own town can be a stimulating activity for both you and your Pom Terrier.

This activity is free and just requires you to plan a route and look at your town through a new perspective. Being attuned to your surroundings and noticing details you may not have time to usually notice can enhance any walk.

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Plan your route
Start off by planning out where you want to walk. Ideally, a new route is exactly what you need to spice up your experience. Be sure to include different types of sights, such as recreational areas, historic buildings, and even the busy downtown. If something piques your interest, make a note to research it later on when you get home.
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Prepare your materials
Ditch your phone and grab your leash as you prepare yourself for being present during your walk. The only thing you're going to need is your pup's leash. (And some waste baggies to keep the sidewalks clean.) If you're going for a long walk, you may decide to bring along a backpack with other supplies such as treats and water.
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Get lost in the sights
While you sightsee, you want to act as if you're in your favorite vacation location or desired destination as you marvel in all your community has to offer. This is the "oppawtunity" for you to familiarize yourself with your town, as if you've never seen it before. By doing so, you're bound to make new discoveries alongside your Pom Terrier, who will likely be ecstatic.
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Building and Using an Agility Course

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Sunny Day
Cheap
Easy
1 - 2 hrs
Items needed
Treats
Leash
PVC pipe
Household objects for obstacles
Activity description

Something very noteworthy about Pomeranian is their agility and speed, making them ideal for obstacle courses. Whether you’re interested in joining an already existing agility facility or not, it's always a good idea to introduce your pooch to the sport by building your very own obstacles first.

Building the agility course in a place of comfort is one way to get your pooch interested in the course. This could be a backyard or basement, if the spaces are large enough. Depending on where you build your course, weather may be a factor. Don't attempt a course when it's wet and slippery outside. Your course doesn't need to be fancy — it's relatively cheap to assemble do-it-yourself obstacles.

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Round up materials
The first thing you'll need is materials for your course. Depending on your Pom Terrier's size, you will want to build obstacles that they can successfully complete. Look online for height requirements for jumping obstacles, if you want to get technical. This will help you determine how you set up your course.
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Familiarize yourself with pawpular obstacles
Look online and check out agility course training videos to get a feel for courses. "Pawpular" obstacles seen in competitions include teeters, dog runs, jumps, A-frames, tunnels, and poles. Get creative and see what household objects you have that can be used for these obstacles.
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Master the course
After building the course, it's time to become a handler and teach the course to your pooch. Decide commands and phrases you will use to guide your pooch through the obstacles. Walk through each obstacle slowly, ensuring your Pom Terrier understands the task. As their confidence builds, quicken the pace and change up the course, ensuring they're always challenged. Add timing as a factor if you want to up the ante.
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Becoming a Therapy Dog

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Any Day
Moderate
Normal
1 - 2 hrs
Items needed
Therapy Certification Course
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One of the best qualities of this breed is their friendly nature. Although Pom Terriers may seem timid at first, Pomeranian and Toy Fox Terriers are both comforting lap dogs, excellent for soothing loneliness. Interestingly, Pomeranians are commonly used as therapy dogs. Becoming a therapy dog does require some formal training, but the rewards of such a job definitely outweigh the costs and time commitment training requires.

In order to become certified, you must first enroll your pooch in an official certification process. This won't happen overnight, as the training is relatively thorough, though it shouldn't take up too much of your time. The testing does involve some home visits and scheduled visits. However, once your Pom Terrier has these skills, they can carry them for a lifetime.

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Receiving the appropriate training
The first step to becoming a recognized therapy dog is receiving the proper training. One option if training in America include completing the American Kennel Club’s Canine Good Citizen Test. This test is designed to determine if your pup is a good fit for therapy. If they pass the test, they will be certified and on their way to pleasing others.
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Meeting the criteria
To determine if your Pom Terrier is a good fit for becoming a therapy dog, consider the following: are they well-mannered and easy to train; do they enjoy the company of others and are they friendly? Is so, your pup is likely to pass the testing process. After being certified, you can find a way to get your pup a gig by reaching out to local institutions such as retirement homes or hospitals, where their comfort is needed. Listings can also be found online.
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Experiencing the reward
The number one reason to become a therapy dog is seeing the joy and happiness your pooch can bring to someone else's life, especially those who are in need of it. Depending on your schedule and availability, you may want to make your therapy visits a regular thing, allowing your pooch to form social bonds outside of your direct family and household, enhancing their development.
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Carting Classes

Pomeranians have been historically bred as sled dogs, which is why enrolling your Pom Terrier in carting classes is one way to meet their physical needs. Carting classes involve pulling some form of wheeled cart, which could eventually have weighted loads inside.

Participate in a Parade

Participating in a parade is an exciting way to show off your pooch while they socialize with others. Not only can your pooch get to know the town by walking the parade route, but they're likely to meet other four-legged parade participators just as eager as they are.

Conclusion

The Pom Terrier's intellectual abilities, coupled with their physical stamina, are one of the many reasons it’s a good idea to have an assortment of activities on hand to keep them busy. Not only is this dog a busy body, but it’s also trainable and eager to complete challenges. Sometimes described as being stubborn or confident, this pooch does indeed come with one unique “pawsonality.”

Keep your Pom Terrier on their “paws” by using agility courses, neighborhood sightseeing, and therapy excursions. Daily walks, carting classes, and parades are other ways to show off their beauty while exhibiting their talents. Have fun keeping up with your Pom Terrier and don’t forget, a mentally and physically stimulated dog is a satisfied dog!