Activities For Toy Pom Terriers

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Introduction

The Toy Pom Terrier is a small dog, but don't be deceived by their tiny size. What they lack in height, they make up for in personality! This mix of the Toy Fox Terrier and Pomeranian has a surprising amount of energy, which means they are always looking for something to do. Of course, their first choice is to be with you; playing games with you, hanging out with you, driving in the car with you - they love their owners! These tiny dogs could fit in your handbag, but they would much rather play games!  Keep them busy with interactive puzzles where they have to solve a problem. Or make them work for their dinner by giving them a food dispensing toy once in a while. A selection of toys will keep them busy; try hiding their favorite duck and get them to find it. Variety is the spice of life, even for a dog.

Searching Games

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Any Day
Cheap
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30 - 60 min
Items needed
favorite toy
Activity description
This activity will encourage your pet to use their unique skills to find the toy once you have hidden it. At first, hide it while they are watching, so they understand the game. Once they know what you expect (they have to find their toy), you can make it harder by hiding it out of their sight. You can put a treat in the toy or give it to them when they find it. Make it a lot of fun and build the excitement by briefly teasing your dog with the toy and then ask them to sit and stay put while you go and hide the toy. This game is one that your feisty Toy Pom Terrier will probably never tire from playing. They have your attention, and they get treats, what's not to love? And it can be played indoors or outside. So go ahead, teach your dog to hunt.
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Prep the pup
Get your dog to go and get their favorite toy, and play with them for a few minutes with the toy. Gently tease your dog with the toy, and show them the treat you are hiding inside it. The hardest part is to get them to sit and wait while you go and hide the toy. Let them watch where you hide it so they get to know how the game works. Then give the order to 'find the toy' or whatever works for you. When your dog finds the toy, praise them for their efforts and watch them scoff the treat. Never hide the toy in an area you usually don't want them to go, such as your flower garden. You don't want to encourage them to venture where they shouldn't!
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Make the game tougher
Toy Pom Terriers have the instinct of the hunt. Now that your dog has the idea, get them to sit while you hide the toy out of their view. They will have to use their keen nose to track down the trail to find the toy and get the treat. Start with an easy out of sight hiding place first. Vary the location often, making it hard to find in some instances and easier in others. They will get better at this activity the more they play the game.
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Crate Training

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Any Day
Moderate
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30 - 60 min
Items needed
Dog Crate
Activity description
A crate can become your dog's special place. It should not be considered a 'cage' but rather, a refuge and a place that they can go to feel safe or when they need some quiet time. You need a crate that is the right size for your dog. The general rule is that your Toy Pom Terrier should be able to stand up and turn around comfortably in it. Encourage your dog to spend time in their crate. Let them eat in it, make it cozy so they can snooze in it, and even play games in it. The idea is to get them to associate the crate as a safe, fun place where positive things take place. When you decide to travel, or thunder is scaring your dog and they are home alone, they have a place where they can go to feel safe and protected.
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Start crate training early
Even when your dog is a small puppy, it is a great idea to have a special place where they can go to feel safe and protected. You want the crate to be more than just a safe way to transport your dog! Get them used to it being just a part of home. Put in a comfy, fitted mattress, and have the sides padded up to a point, but allow them to see out. Purchase the right size for your dog. It should be big enough to stand up in and turn around, but neither cramped nor too big. The closeness of the crate gives the feeling of safety without making your dog feel too cramped or confined.
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Let your dog explore the crate
Once you have your crate prepared, introduce your dog to the idea of their own special 'room'. Put in a favorite toy, maybe a food dispensing toy, and sit beside the crate as they explore. Give them a lot of positive feedback when they are in the crate. Start teaching them the name that you will use to get them to go to it. At first, just be casual and let them get used to it in their own time. Keep everything positive. Sit beside them as they snuggle in the crate and talk to them in a reassuring way. Lots of pats and chin rubs are required here.
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Try out the crate in the car
Try putting the crate in the car, put your Toy Pom Terrier inside, and go for a drive. If you like going on holiday, the crate is an ideal thing to take for your Toy Pom Terrier. It will keep them safe while travelling, and is a home away from home when staying in strange places. If you should ever have to take your dog on an airplane, then you have the crate that your dog loves and trusts to protect them. It is also good if your dog is ill and needs to be confined. You can close them in and they won't stress. Get your dog used to the crate, it just may well be the best thing that you do for your dog.
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Café Break

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Sunny Day
Moderate
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1 -2 hrs
Items needed
Leash
Treats
Activity description
Socializing is just as crucial for your dog as it is for you. Many cafés will allow your dog to sit with you, usually in the outdoor dining area. If you are meeting your friends, why not ask them to bring their dog,  so your Toy Pom Terrier has some company too? Most places offer a refreshing drink for your pet, and sometimes they may even provide a treat via their menu selection. But have some tasty bits on hand anyway just in case they don't. Meet up before going into the caf, preferably at a park so the two dogs can have a run and play. If they get rid of some of their energy, they won't mind sitting and waiting while you eat. Another idea is to take along a food dispensing toy for each dog; it will keep them occupied while you relax and eat your meal.
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Plan ahead
Plan ahead and ask your friends when they are free. Everyone is so busy, the need to book ahead is a wise move. Check out the area and choose a café close to a dog-friendly park, so you can walk the dogs and let them have some fun first. Then they will settle when you go to the cafe. Having another dog there will provide company for your dog, and it is a good opportunity for them to practise their social skills. A weekend makes a perfect time for an outing like this, as everyone is relaxing after a busy week at work. Your dog will be the centre of attention, such a small dog with excellent manners!
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Enjoy the socializing
Your dog will enjoy watching all the people coming and going, and they will inhale those delicious smells! If they get on well with their new buddy, they will interact down at your feet, quietly watching and getting everyone's attention. A few treats or the food dispensing toy goes a long way to having a good, quiet dog. Going out with other people and their dogs is an important social skill your dog needs to learn to adapt to. This activity will build their confidence and make them more aware of the world they live in.
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Wander on home
After your meeting, you can take your dog for a stroll along the dining area, out to the street and even back to the park. In this way, your dog will associate social outings as fun events, not something that must be endured. Just ensure your dog is well behaved, and sits quietly. The trick is to wear your dog out with activity before you go to the café. If your Toy Pom Terrier doesn't have the exercise first, they may get restless and start to whine. Teach them that dining out with friends is fun, and give them lots of special treats as you want them to enjoy this outing as much as you do.
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More Fun Ideas...

Stick Hunt

Dogs and sticks go together like bread and butter. Take your dog out around the park and see how many sticks your dog can find. They love the big ones,  although, for your tiny pup, twigs are like branches to them! Help your dog to find a stick. Once they have it, they will proudly run around, stick in mouth, and you may find they want to drag it home with them. That's fine, let them do their doggie thing - it will keep them busy.

Leaf Jumping

Autumn and winter are great times to get out walking. As the trees lose their leaves in preparation for the cold, they present an excellent opportunity for some doggie fun. Those leaves make cool noises as your dog bounces into the pile. Cover them up with the leaves and watch them explode out. Throw the leaves in the air so they can leap after them. This activity is free, it is fun, and it makes a change from other games. The crunchy sound of the leaves seems to excite dogs, and if they have a dog friend join the chase, then even better.

Conclusion

The Toy Pom Terrier is a lively small dog, and they crave your attention. When you can't play, give them one of those new motorized balls that move by themselves, and change direction at will. This toy will keep your pup entertained for ages. At first, they will not know what to make of it, but they will love having a moving object to chase. This breed is perfect for the work-from-home owner, who will find it refreshing to have company on hand. They will play, snuggle and hang out at home with you. But if you want to take a break and go for a walk, they will be waiting at the door, leash in mouth, raring to go. What a devoted, dedicated dog! The Toy Pom Terrier is a dog that loves to be busy, so plan for them to have a few fun things to do too.