Daily dog walks are about as essential an exercise as you can get. Every dog loves to go outside and walk, run or hike alongside their beloved human masters — the opportunity for fresh air and sunshine working paw in paw with the amazing bonding time! You can pick your route, and change it as often as desired to prevent boredom on the part of all walkers, whether two-legged or four-legged. Your pup’s nose will engage almost immediately upon exiting the house, and won’t stop until long after they return home. They’ll investigate, sniff, paw, taste, and eyeball everything that moves. If you don’t have them on a leash, or, if you’re not holding on firmly, you could find yourself detouring through the briars and brambles, bushes and shrubs, pursuing your little tracker who has caught the scent of a small animal, and has given chase. If you’re not into playing games with your frisky friend, a couple of these long dog walks will be sufficient exercise for the day. The excursion can be done in most weather conditions and is the purest form of exercise for man or beast.
Hide and seek, a game we played as children, kept us entertained for hours, exercising our little minds as well as our small bodies. The game works the same body parts for your canine companion as it did for us, providing both mental and physical challenge for your pet. You need at least two people to participate; one hides while one stays with the tenacious terrier. While distracting your pooch, the other player hides in another room or section of the yard. To start, the player calls your pet’s name, encouraging them to find them. Once found, give a reward and engage in a moment or two of individual play, before returning to the game and locating any additional players. It is vital to remember that you must allow your Mini Welsh Terrier to find the hidden people as opposed to them jumping out and startling them. This behavior can scare them, perhaps permanently preventing them from future hide and seek games. Be sure to allow periods of rest and re-hydration, keeping the entire game to a maximum limit of 30 minutes of play. Play this fun game in any weather, indoors or out, at the cost of only the doggie snacks!
The cup game is a type of nose work exercise. It is pretty straightforward and simple, involving placing 4 to 6 sturdy (relatively untippable) cups upside down on a flat surface. While your dog is distracted, put a yummy treat beneath several of the cups and mix them up. Call your dog to your side, telling them to find the gift. When the cup hiding the treat identified, the reward is immediate as they consume the yummy treat. Keep the sessions short to control the consumption of treats so that they don’t overeat.
Interactive toys involve specially made games which require the dog to do something to gain the hidden treat. The toys usually have openings into which you can place treats or food tidbits, with lids to close over the hidden treats. The covers are spring-loaded, allowing the top to open when triggered by your dog, revealing the concealed snack and the immediate reward. Again, be sure to control the tidbits consumed by your pet to avoid overeating.
Your Welsh Mini Fox Terrier is an active, intelligent and loving little canine who is easily trained and loves to please. As you consider the options, it is best to keep in mind their high prey drive. Outdoor activities are probably the best loved by your pet, but indoor activities are well-suited, too for the mental challenges required by this tenacious terrier. We have offered both indoor as well as outdoor suggestions to manage the abundance of energy possessed by your pup. Can you think of other games or activities?