Activities For Tenterfield Terriers

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Introduction

If you want to go on holiday to a new continent, all you have to do is book an airplane ticket and you're good to go. A little over a hundred years ago, that process would be vastly different. For example, when British settlers wanted to go to Australia, they had to get on a ship and spend weeks trying to control their seasickness. They also had to deal with rats that were a health hazard and a pest. That's where the Tenterfield Terrier comes in. The earliest Tenterfields can be traced back to these trips, catching rats and keeping sick settlers company. Today, they are agile and clever dogs who need to be kept busy.

"What the Fluff?" Challenge

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Free
Easy
10 min
Items needed
Camera
Blanket
Activity description
Kids these days are coming up with all sorts of challenges. Some of them fade quickly and do not resurface. Others are dangerous, making us question whether the internet is worth it anymore. And some challenges, like this one, are absolutely genius and need to be done immediately. This will not take too much time, but if you have your camera ready then it will be worth every second. You can post it to social media, or keep it to yourself and laugh yourself silly every time you watch it. Trust us, this challenge has to be done by every dog owner.
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The attention
Make sure that your dog can see you. Position your camera before you play the trick, and make sure that it will get their reactions. Make sure that your dog is held back by some sort of obstacle so that they cannot run over immediately. Catch their attention and make sure that they are watching you.
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The blanket
When you are certain that you have your dog's attention, hold up your blanket. The blanket must cover your whole body. They must not be able to see any part of you. Hold it up for a second. You will hear that they are curious. Do not hold it up for too long, otherwise they will get bored. You can call to them, letting them know you're still there.
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The trick
This is the most important part, so be sure to get it right. Make sure that you are standing next to an open door. Throw up the blanket, and duck into the other room. When the blanket lands, you won't be there. Their reaction will be priceless, which is exactly why you need to have a camera ready. Their expression will say it all.
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Snatch the Toy

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Cheap
Easy
30 min
Items needed
Toys
Box
Activity description
Tenterfield Terriers were renowned for their ability to clear a ship of rats in just a few days, which was quite the remarkable. If you doubt that, just try catching one rat. Actually, please don't. The point is that these Terriers have remarkable agility and you can use that to your advantage. When planning an activity for your dog, all you need is a little creativity. For this activity, all you need is a box, a toy and something to cut through the cardboard. You will be creating a quick and easy whack-a-mole type game that will entertain your dog for hours on end.
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Create the board
Use an upside down coffee cup to trace a few circles on the one side of the box. Cut the circles out and put the box on its side. Cut one side open so that your hands can fit in. Make sure that the toy can also fit through the holes.
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Grab their attention
You will sit on one side of the box (the open side) and your dog will sit on the other side. Pop the toy through one hole, and your dog will try to grab it. Pull it down before they can grab it. This will get them very excited and you will have to use your reflexes to stay ahead of them.
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Let them win
You don't want your dog to get bored or frustrated with the game, so let them win a few times. Although, your Tenterfield Terrier is more agile than you realize and you might struggle to keep up with them. Make sure to give them their favorite treat for doing so well!
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Train Together

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Free
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10 - 30 min
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Water for hydration
Activity description
Pick a sport, any sport. Or choose a fitness goal. We could all be a little healthier. The problem with fitness goals is that we often do not want to train alone. Having a partner motivates you because you do not want to disappoint them. The problem is finding a committed partner who won't let you down. Don't overthink it, look right in front of you. Your dog is your most committed friend, and a little exercise wouldn't hurt them. With some training, your dog could be outrunning you in no time. You also never want to let your dog down, so they would be the best accountability partners.
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Research
Sit down and decide what you want to do and what you want to achieve. If you want to run a marathon or achieve a certain goal, look for ways that you can incorporate your new partner into the training. Look for dog-friendly marathons or something similar.
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Start small
Do not have unrealistic expectations. Set reasonable goals that are attainable. If you get discouraged, your dog will also feel discouraged. Tenterfield Terriers are famous for their tenacity. They do not give up, and neither should you. Start small and work your way up.
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Reach your goal
There is nothing quite like the feeling of reaching your goal. That joy will be increased when you have your smiling partner by your side. Let your best friend share in your victory and reach your goals together. It does not matter what you choose to do, it is the journey that will strengthen the two of you.
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Interactive Feeder

If you are not someone who enjoys DIY, or just don't have the time to fully unleash your creativity, head on down to your local pet store and buy an interactive feeder. These toys require your dog to work for their food and can keep them busy for hours. It is also very fascinating to watch.

Rotate their Toys

Dogs tend to pick their favorite toys, but like humans, they have the danger of falling into a rut. You can prevent this from happening by getting them new toys and putting their old toys away for a bit. They might sulk for a little while, but then they will start discovering the joys of their new toys. Do this every few months to keep things exciting.

Conclusion

Tenterfield Terriers were prized for their ability to catch rats and lift the spirits of sailing settlers. Now, they are prized by your for their adorable expressions and tenacious personalities. You and your Terrier share a special bond, but that bond can always be strengthened. By training together, playing interactive games or just rotating their toys, you are building something precious that cannot easily be broken. Our lives are so busy that we sometimes get swept along in a current that can leave us feeling overwhelmed. But your Terrier can be your anchor that is the light of your day, week or year.