Activities For Standard Ratzers

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Introduction

The Standard Ratzer is not a common breed, given their parents are not the most well-known dogs either. This small breed’s parents are a Rat Terrier and Schnauzer, creating a fun-loving, loyal, and energetic dog that will suit most families well. They enjoy tasks that test their intelligence, challenge them physically, and enable them to spend time with their owner. Anything that involves interaction and stimulation is going to be more than suitable for a Standard Ratzer. If you’re stuck for ideas, here are a few to get you started. 

Grooming

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Any Day
Moderate
Normal
1 hr
Items needed
Pin brush
Stripping blade
Treat
Scissors
De-shedder
De-matter
Activity description

Grooming your Standard Ratzer is something that’s going to form a regular part of your routine. As such, you should make it as fun as possible for your dog. Standard Ratzers shed quite a bit, which makes their need for grooming high. Spend at least an hour a few times a week, if not more, grooming their coat. While it’s not the most fun activity, it ticks the boxes for your pup being able to spend time with you. It’s also moderately priced only in the beginning – as you will need to buy a de-shedder, de-matter, stripping blade, scissors, and a pin brush. After that initial investment, this all-weather activity can save you a lot of money. You won’t need to go to the groomers! 

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Brush
Use your pin brush to work your way through your Standard Ratzer’s fur, making use of the de-matter when you need to. Every time you come across a knot or tangle you can’t work out with a brush or de-matter, use your scissors to trim it out. Your Standard Ratzer won’t mind one little bit! While you’re brushing, use a happy voice and distract them with treats if necessary.
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De-shedding
Once you work out all the tangles and knots, give your furry friend another snack to distract them before brushing them through with the de-shedding tool. By doing so, you are getting rid of all the dead fur and excess fur they don’t require anymore! It saves it from ending up in your carpet and on your furniture.
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Stripping
Even with de-shedding, de-matting, and brushing, you may need to strip your Standard Ratzer’s coat from time to time. This process does not hurt your dog but refreshes their fur. You can use a stripping blade, working carefully to remove dead hair by hand. Their coat grows fast so you may need to do this every few months.
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Dog Puzzles

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Rainy Day
Expensive
Hard
1 hr
Items needed
Dog puzzles
Treats
Activity description

Most Standard Ratzers love to spend their spare time outside, but the weather doesn’t always allow for that. If you’re racking your brain to come up with rainy-day activities, then why not invest in dog puzzles? While expensive, dog puzzles give your Standard Ratzer a challenge. They also occupy them for an hour or more. Standard Ratzers are intelligent dogs, so they will love being able to work with their pet store puzzles to come up with a solution. You also only need a few treats to put in them, and it will become your favorite rainy-day activity in no time. 

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Choose toys
Given your Standard Ratzer’s intelligence, it will pay dividends to purchase challenging toys for your pooch instead of easy ones. If you were to buy them uncomplicated ones, they would work them out in an instant and destroy them out of boredom. Pay attention to the packaging in the store. Find the options that are suitable for small, intelligent dogs. Ask the shopkeeper if you are not sure.
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Choose treats
If you plan on filling your Standard Ratzer’s day with fun puzzles, then you don’t want them to overeat. You can use their kibble and deduct it from their dinner, or opt for healthy treats instead. You can’t go wrong with peanut butter, cabbage, carrots, bell pepper, pumpkin, sweet potato, and frozen sardines.
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Supervise
Even though most dog puzzles are safe for dogs to solve on their own, it still pays to supervise them. The packaging will normally suggest this as well. Your Standard Ratzer is not usually a dog to get into trouble, but if they become frustrated or bored, it’s not uncommon for them to focus on something naughty that gets them into trouble.
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Dog Park

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Sunny Day
Free
Easy
1 hr
Items needed
Leash
Toy
Doggy waste bag
Activity description

If you don’t want to spend a cent on an activity for your Standard Ratzer, then it might be time to go to the dog park. This sunny-day activity is one that’s going to appeal to many dog owners, but more so those of Standard Ratzers. Ratzers enjoy spending time with other pooches, especially if they were well-socialized from a young age. You can bring along a toy, waste bag, and leash, and let your pup play to their heart’s content. An hour is also going to be all it takes to wear them out and give them the vital socialization they require. 

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Choose a park
The best park for a Standard Ratzer is one with fencing like Fort Knox. This breed has a high prey drive and will chase a scent or small creature, even if it means digging and diving under small fences. Do a perimeter check of a park you like to make sure it’s suitable. What’s more, you will need to put them in with dogs of a similar size to ensure they don’t get hurt.
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Take it slow
If your Standard Ratzer hasn’t had a lot of dog socialization, or they are nervous, then don’t rush the adventure. Bring them to the park, walk them around the outskirts of it on their leash, so they get a feel for what it’s like, then read their body language. If they appear calm, bring them into the enclosure to play.
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Play
Finally, it’s time to play! Give them their toy and introduce them to other dogs in the area. Once they find a friend that they like the most, they will enjoy being able to run around and enjoy their time together. The best part is, they burn off a lot of energy – and doing so didn’t cost you a cent!
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Walks

A walk is an excellent activity option for a Standard Ratzer. It’s free, provides mental and physical stimulation, and it benefits you as well as your furry friend. What’s more, it’s an activity that’s entirely customizable. You can walk them around your neighborhood, to a local park, or on a dedicated walking track. You can change your plans every time you leave the house. 

Swimming

Even though the Standard Ratzer is a small dog, they still enjoy a dip in the water from time to time. Set up a paddling pool in your backyard on a hot summer’s day and put a few toys in the pool. You can then supervise your pup cooling off in the water while having fun at the same time. 

Conclusion

The Standard Ratzer is a beautiful dog that will become a part of your family quickly. They are adaptable, precious, and enjoy human companionship more than having animal friendships. This beautiful and pawsitively delightful pup is one that will fill a hole in any heart. If you don’t have one, you may like to look at getting one and treating them to these activities above!