Activities For Smooth Pom Terriers

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Introduction

It's hard to imagine being able to cross a rough and ready Smooth Fox Terrier and a dainty, royal Pomeranian. After all, they are two vastly different dogs with opposite personalities. However, you will be surprised at how beautifully the combination works. You get the energy and excitement of the Terrier but the class, elegance, and social abilities of the Pomeranian. The result is a small, social, and active breed that loves spending time with you, your family, and other dogs as well. They are also bright, making the need for not only physical activity but mental stimulation a must. Here are a few ideas to start you off.

Teach to Beg

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Rainy Day
Free
Normal
10 min
Items needed
Treats
Activity description
If you live in an apartment or the weather is less than ideal for an outside visit, then you may like to try to teach your Smooth Pom Terrier to beg. Not only does it cater to their need for mental stimulation, but it helps them to remain active and connected to you at the same time. Teaching your dog how to beg is free, but it takes the use of treats and 10-minute sessions of learning. Given the intelligence of the Smooth Pom Terrier, however, you will find it's not as challenging as it may be with another dog. Once they master this trick, they will be the life of any party!
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Sit
To teach your dog how to beg, they need to know how to sit on command. If you have not yet mastered this skill, you will have to go back to basics or enlist the help of a trainer. Have them sit if they know how to do so.
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Trigger word
While your dog is sitting, hold up one of their favorite treats slightly above their nose, telling them to beg - their new trigger word. As your pooch reaches for it, raise it, so they have to reach further - eventually standing on two paws.
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Beg
Use a high energy voice and tell your Smooth Pom Terrier to beg once they stand up on two legs to retrieve the treat. Then, offer the treat in return. Repeat the process until they do it in one flowing step. Soon, they will willingly and accurately perform this cute trick for everyone!
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Puzzles

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Any Day
Moderate
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30 min
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Puzzles
Treats
Activity description
One of the best ways to provide entertainment for your Smooth Pom Terrier is by offering them a puzzle. While they do love to head out on a walk, their mental stimulation requirements are equally as important. What's more, it's not always going to be the best weather for walking. Puzzles are an excellent all-weather activity. They are fun, offer an average difficulty level, and keep your furry friend out of trouble for at least half an hour. If you buy them from the pet store, they have a moderate price tag, but can you put a price on your dog's happiness?
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Select a puzzle
Believe it or not, choosing a puzzle is not as straightforward as you may think. Not every toy on the market is going to be ideal for your Smooth Pom Terrier - or in your price bracket. Shop around. Consider the size of your dog's mouth and whether they can realistically "solve" the puzzle with their small size. And, will it even interest them?
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Select a treat
Even though Smooth Pom Terriers are small dogs, they are still prone to obesity like any other dog that eats a little too much! That's why it's important to be careful with your treat selection. You can use their regular kibble and deduct it from their dinner, or opt for healthy treats. Try out natural options like sweet potato, instead of high fat, high salt grocery store alternatives.
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Supervise play
Some of the puzzles for dogs online are not destruction-proof - even for a slight dog like a Smooth Pom Terrier. Where possible, set them up with their toy somewhere you can see them. Doing so can prevent a whole lot of mess and destruction. This is necessary for their safety too!
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Dress Up

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Rainy Day
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Easy
10 min
Items needed
Dog costumes
Treats
Activity description
When the rain is bucketing down, and you and your Smooth Pom Terrier are at a loss with what you can do with your time, why not dress up? Fortunately, there is an abundance of costumes available for dogs as small as a Smooth Pom Terrier. You can buy regular clothing for them or even dress up-style for Halloween, Christmas, and similar. The sky's the limit for what's available - or you could make them yourself. While this is an expensive activity, it's also one that's easy to do and only takes up 10 or so minutes of your time. Alongside the costumes, you will, however, require treats to get your pup to cooperate!
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Choose costumes
In the realm of costumes, there are options galore. You can hunt for some online, at your local pet store, or even thrift stores and dollar stores. Alternatively, you can get out the sewing machine and create your own. Opt for styles that won't be a challenge to put on. Think about how cooperative your dog is going to be.
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Put the costume on
If your dog is not used to wearing clothing, as most aren't, then you will need to have patience. In most situations, your Smooth Pom Terrier is not going to know what's going on. You can distract them with treats while not rushing the process. If they are upset at what you're doing, then stop. You may need to find a less invasive costume or let them be happy with the fur they're in!
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Take photos
If you manage to dress your Smooth Pom Terrier up looking gorgeous, then don't forget to snap a few photos. After all, you didn't go through all that effort so no one could see them! You can use the photos for your own personal album, on social media, or even as custom calendars for Christmas.
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Weasel

The Smooth Pom Terrier's Fox Terrier parentage can mean they have a higher than usual prey drive. They may like to chase smaller creatures as a result. You can make sure they are the right creatures by investing in a weasel toy. A weasel is a battery-operated soft toy with a fabric weasel attached to a plastic ball. The ball holds batteries which allow the fabric weasel to flop around on the floor. Your Smooth Pom Terrier is going to love it!

Walk

The Smooth Pom Terrier is relatively low maintenance in the physical exercise department. While they need around an hour of physical activity per day, you can break this up into smaller, bite-sized walks. Take two half-hour walks or three 20-minute walks, and your pup will be over the moon with the outings.

Conclusion

Whether you're an experienced owner or novice, family or individual, your new Smooth Pom Terrier is going to fit in at home. They are loving, affectionate, and high-energy dogs that don't take up a lot of room in your house, but a whole lot in your heart. As a dog owner, you want this pawsitively delightful pooch to always have the best of the best, so treat them to activities such as these above.