Activities For Russell Terriers

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Introduction

If you're looking for a small sized dog with a lot of charm and a whole lot of affection, then look no further than the Russell Terrier. Russell Terriers hail from the same family tree as their more famous Parson Russell Terrier cousins and the two breeds have a large number of similarities between one another (namely their shared compact sizes, angular bodies, and the smart, quizzical expressions both breeds wear on their faces.) Russell Terriers, however, tend to have much fluffier and looser fur than a typical Parson Russell - one of the physical traits that can help dog owners distinguish between the two breeds.

Sand Jogging

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Any Day
Free
Easy
30 - 45 min
Items needed
Doggie Waste Bags
Leash
Water
Activity description
Going for walks and jogs with a dog are some of the first activities dog owners think to do. Sand jogging takes those effective yet conventional activities and adds a new layer of challenge to them; the idea with this activity is that you and your dog will attempt to jog through sandy terrain for as long as you can or until you reach a preset destination. Sand jogs can be attempted at any location with lots of sand and that's also dog-friendly. Beaches immediately come to mind, but you and your Russell Terrier can attempt to complete a sand jogging session anywhere that suits your fancy.
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Short and sweet
When you and your dog are first attempting this activity, keeping the jog short and sweet is probably the best way to go; completing a few short sand jogs on a regular basis will help the both of you develop your leg muscles and stamina without burning yourselves out too quickly. We think jogging a mile's distance to and from is a good place to start, but go further or shorter as needed.
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Going further
Jogging a mile's distance in the sand may feel tough initially, but your body will adapt over time. When it does, you'll have the up the ante to make sure that you and your dog don't plateau and continue to experience a challenge when engaging in this activity. Has 1 mile become too easy? Try jogging 1 mile and a half distance to and forth, and so on.
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Dog Puzzles

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Any Day
Moderate
Normal
15 - 30 min
Items needed
Puzzles
Treats
Toys
Activity description
Russell Terriers are naturally inquisitive dogs who often become mystified by contraptions and puzzles of all kinds. While our last activity will help keep your Russell Terrier's body strong, dog puzzles will help to sharpen your dog's mind and encourage them to start looking for unconventional ways to solve problems. Dogs also can't strong arm (or strong paw, in this case) their way with a puzzle, meaning they'll have to really think to receive their reward.
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Finding the right fit
Whereas dog puzzles come in all sorts of shapes and sizes, Russell Terriers only come in their innately compact size. To ensure that your dog has the most fun with their new puzzle, we think it would be best to get an appropriately sized puzzle for them.
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Choosing the right difficulty
Somewhat in line with our previous bit of advice, you'll want to get a hold of a dog puzzle that's not too difficult or too easy for your Russell Terrier. Unless your Russell Terrier has made a habit of solving other types of puzzles already, you likely won't know what they can handle initially. It's definitely best to start with easier puzzles first before moving on up to more challenging material.
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Dog Show Entry

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Any Day
Moderate
Hard
30 - 60 min
Items needed
Dog Leash
Obstacle Course
Activity description
This last activity may sound intimidating at first, but Russell Terriers tend to have a knack for performing very well in most dog shows. Many may think of dog shows as events that should only be attempted, or even attended, by elitist type dog owners. While there are a large number of dog owners who specifically breed dogs to compete in these shows, we feel that one shouldn't let that fact stop them from engaging in an activity as it's a very unique way to bond with a dog. Dog shows of all kinds are likely being held very near you, so check out our steps on how to prepare and see which shows will be taking place in the near future.
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Obedience training
Not only is this step absolutely necessary to ensuring that you and your dog do the best you can during the show, but it'll also help your dog follow your commands and directions a lot better at home. Start simply by training your dog to sit and stay on command before attempting to teach them how to fetch specific items and the like.
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Obstacle course training
The bulk of most dog shows consist of an obstacle course segment where dog owners encourage their pets to maneuver through a veritable sea of obstacles with as much grace and efficiency as they can muster. To train for this part of the show, you can either take your dog to a professional obstacle course training or you can recreate certain obstacles to home and train the DIY route.
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Novelty training
Essentially every dog has some unique talent that they can do which no other member of their species can; some dogs can almost mimic human speech, other dogs can walk on two legs for a period of time, and others can use pieces of equipment or technology in ways that most wouldn't expect they could. Find your dog's unique talent, teach them to do it on command and you'll be ready for this part of the show.
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Camping Tricks

For those of you who like to spend time in the great outdoors, try teaching your Russell Terrier a few camping tricks the next time you take them with you; you can try to teach your dog to help you put away their tent after you've folded it up or you could try teaching your dog to bring back sticks when you need something to roast marshmallows on.

Hide the Treat

Hide the Treat is a lot like Hide and Seek, but you'll be prompting your dog to find their food as opposed to trying to hide away from your pet personally. We think Hide the Treat is best played outdoors in a wide open area, but it can be played inside so long as you tidy up a bit.

Conclusion

Overall, Russell Terriers make great companion pets for dog owners of all kinds; Russell Terriers are great pets for dog owners who like to go on adventures and stay physically active as well as for dog owners who prefer to live a more laid back, easy going lifestyle. As Russell Terriers were originally bred to primarily assist humans with hunting down vermin, they have a tendency to chase after smaller creatures when they're younger. The prospective Russell Terrier owner should definitely not fret, however, as these dogs also respond quite well to obedience training and can have their more wild traits reared out of them.