Activities For Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers

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Introduction

The Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier is a sweet, funny, happy little dog with springs in their feet and a propensity to be a bit stubborn. These dogs have long soft coats that need daily care, but that only adds to their sweet and soft demeanor. It's important to find activities for Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers that helps soften their stubborn streaks and gives them enough exercise to keep their bouncy energy from getting them into trouble.

Spa Days

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Any Day
Moderate
Normal
15 min
Items needed
Brush
Hydrating spray
Eye cleaning cloth
Activity description
Daily activities for Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers should include a little bit of spa and grooming time. While the beautiful and soft, silky coat is one of the draws to the breed, it takes quite a bit of maintenance, especially if you want to keep the hair long. You'll need to brush their hair daily and keep their coat trimmed and conditioned. They should get a bath every few months as well to be sure they don't get any bacterial growth or skin infections. You can make daily grooming a fun part of your daily ritual and something your dog will come to love each day.
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Get your tools
Taking care of the Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier's coat is a daily necessity, especially if you want to grow their coat out to show length. Having the right tools for the job will make it easier. Use a hydrating spray daily to help keep their hair from drying out and making brushing easier. Use a natural bristled brush to make it easier. If you come across any matts, you can use a detangling spray to work them out. If you are giving them a bath make sure you use a moisturizing shampoo and conditioner for dogs to keep their hair healthy.
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Set a schedule
The best way to work daily brushing into your routine is to set yourself a schedule. You want to be sure your dog is well taken care of, and thinking of brushing their hair as another task to accomplish will be difficult to maintain. If you make brushing your dog into just another part of the morning routine, in a few weeks you won't even notice the extra 15 minutes. In fact, you'll grow to love it.
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Setting time for extras
Once you've gotten into a daily routine you can find time every so often to fit in extra maintenance. Every few months your dog will need a bath to make sure they don't get skin irritation or bacterial infections. They will also need their eyes and ears cleaned and their nails trimmed. You can take them to a groomer to cut their hair and get a good bathing. This is the easiest way to make sure they stay clean and their hair stays healthy.
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Find it

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Cheap
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30 min
Items needed
Small ball or favorite toy
Treats
Activity description
When you're thinking of activities for Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers, just think about the activities that all terriers love, sniffing out their prey. Playing a game like Find It where they need to use all their senses to find the right object is always a big hit for these dogs. Find It is a game you can play outdoors or indoors when it's raining or muddy outside. as your dog gets better at finding the toy, you can up the challenge and make the hiding spaces more complicated. These dogs are happy to search for their favorite objects for hours, but they will be tired after a half hour.
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The favorite toy
The firsts step to playing Find It is to pick out the perfect toy. It should be an old favorite. One that is a little dirty and had been played with time and time again. It should have a good smell and be something your dog cares about. The more the dog likes the toy, the more fun they will have searching your house or backyard to find the toy. Don't use a brand new toy, or your dog may not be interested enough to find it.
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Teaching Find It
The second step is to teach them the game. When you first attempt to play, keep your dog in the room, show them the toy, and hide it in plain sight. Release the dog and say "find it!" Your dog should delightedly pounce and jump on the toy before triumphantly bringing it back to you. Do this several times with the dog in the room. Hide the toy in harder places so they have to do a little bit of searching.
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The real game
When they finally get the idea of Find it. Take them out of the room and hide the toy in a new spot. When you are ready, you can call the dog in or bring them into the room. Say "find it" and watch them go to work. They will sniff and search until they proudly find their toy. As they get better at finding the toy, you can hide it in more difficult places or under things they may need to move. Keep challenging them and encouraging them to play.
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Rainy Day Reading

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Rainy Day
Free
Easy
2 hrs
Items needed
good book
A cozy blanket
Activity description
Though it's important to get out and exercise with your dog most days, some days it's nice to take a break and snuggle with your "sweetie wheatie" instead. On cold and rainy days your dog will be more than happy to stay inside and cuddle with you. This is why rainy day reading is one of the best activities for Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers. Though they are bouncy and full of energy, their deepest desire is to hang out with their favorite human. when the weather is bad, don't have any guilt about making nice cup of tea, grabbing a good book, and inviting your pup up for a cuddle.
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Pick a book
When you wake up in the morning to a cold and rainy day, it's the perfect opportunity to cancel walks, slow down and schedule in some quality reading and cuddle time with your Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier. Grab the book you've been meaning to read, pick up a title you've heard a lot about of, or go back to an old favorite that makes you happy.
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Set up your spot
It's rare that we ever get the chance to just read a book cuddled with the dogs, so it's worthwhile to set up your reading spot for maximum snuggling and relaxation. Make yourself a cup of tea and a snack in case you get hungry. Set up a bright reading lamp since it will be dark and dreary. Gather anything else you or your dog will need to be comfortable and happy.
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Read the day away
When you're ready, climb into your spot and invite your dog up for a snuggle. Take some time to get settled and let your dog snuggle in. Then it's time to let the reading and snuggling begin. Patting your dog's soft coat while listening to the rain will feel like such a wonderful treat. after a few chapters, your pup will contentedly fall asleep. If you feel the pull of a relaxing nap, feel free to drop the book and snooze with your pup.
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Flyball

Why not take your Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier's ability to bounce and jump and really test it out with a game of flyball? It's the perfect sport for your bouncy pup.

Weekend Walk

Make going on a walk on weekend mornings a fun ritual for you and your dog. It's a great way to relax and celebrate the weekend together.

Conclusion

If you are lucky enough to own one of these sweet and funny characters, you know they can be one of the best companions. They love to make you laugh and they love to give affection to their people. However, they need a strong owner who can balance out their stubbornness and desire to be the leader. Finding activities for Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers that balance their exercise needs and mental needs is important to making sure these dogs are happy and healthy. When you achieve this balance your dog will be a joy to be with no matter what activity you are doing.