Activities For Welsh Terriers

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Introduction

Friendly and outgoing, the Welsh Terrier will bring fun into your life. Their jaunty appearance and lively, courageous nature will make you smile. They will be your best friend and will be loyal and true. Active and alert, this gorgeous dog needs plenty of activities to keep them fit and happy. They will happily join you for walks, runs or whatever you choose to do. Keep their training up to date, ensure that training is fun and use positive methods to get the best out of your terrier. Bred as a working dog originally, the Welsh Terrier is most happy when they have a purpose. Train them to pick up their toys at night and put them away or strap on a backpack and they become an extra helper while out shopping!

Nighttime Stroll

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Hot Day
Cheap
Easy
1 - 2 hrs
Items needed
Leash
Waste Bags
Flashlight
Activity description
A walk doesn't always have to be a daytime thing. Walking at night can be exhilarating and makes a nice change of routine. If you are nervous about going out in the dark with your dog, enlist a friend or two as there is safety in numbers. Keep to well-lit areas, and away from problem areas in the city. Perhaps you can make this a fortnightly or monthly treat. Head out the door and enjoy a stroll under the stars. The nighttime walk is cooler in summer for your dog and the pavement temperature is easier on their feet. Stop in at one of the local dog-friendly cafes for a coffee, or stroll around the town and window shop. A perfect activity for the curious Welsh Terrier, nighttime brings a whole new dimension to your walking. This free and easy stroll will make you appreciate the beauty of your hometown!
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Plan the walk
A nighttime walk takes a little more planning. If you are nervous just going out with your puppy, enlist the company of a partner or a couple of friends and their dogs to go with you. Always be safety conscious but don't let it stop you from enjoying a night walk. The clear air and the peaceful atmosphere are worth the effort. The smells at night will be quite different for your dog, so expect a few stops to check out a lamp post or garden. On a clear night, the stars are amazing!
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Enjoying the nightscene
As you wander the streets, why not make it even more fun by stopping for a coffee at a dog-friendly cafe? Your dog will be happy to sit and listen while keeping an eye out for a treat. Walking at night will give your dog a new experience. The street lighting, the quieter than normal urban streets, or the buzz of activity on a city street where people are socializing and unwinding after a hard day at work will provide a change. Plus, your friendly Welsh Terrier will enjoy the company of the dogs your friends bring along. This outing will teach your dog valuable communicating and social skills.
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End on a high note
As you walk home and say goodnight to your friends and their dogs, end the night on a high note by giving them an extra special treat for being so good. Curl up together and relax now that the evening exercise has been completed. New experiences help your dog to grow in confidence and learn how to react in different circumstances. Thank them for being your feisty guard dog - they will look after you as you stroll through the well lit night streets!
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Kindergarten For Pups

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Any Day
Moderate
Normal
1 - 2 hrs
Items needed
Leash
Vaccination certificate
Waste Bags
Activity description
It is never too early to start teaching your new puppy some simple commands such as learning to sit and stay. Most classes start after your pup is 10 weeks old. Not only will it strengthen your bond with your Welsh Terrier pup but it will give your dog a great start in life. They will learn to become a good canine citizen and will increase their ability to be polite when out in public. Encourage your growing dog with enthusiastic hugs and pats as they learn. Positive interaction is a must to develop their trust and confidence. Take it as slowly as your dog needs it to be. There is no rush - keep it fun and your puppy will be falling over their paws to please you. They will learn how to be handled by strangers, which will make vet trips and dog grooming happy experiences.
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First day
Check out your local area for a reputable puppy kindergarten for your dog to attend. Call and talk to the instructors and see if you feel comfortable with their philosophy and way of teaching. Your puppy will have a mix of emotions on their first day. They will be excited, full of energy, and perhaps a little scared. Ease them into meeting the new people and dogs and stay close as they adapt to the new environment. They will keep coming back to you for reassurance, so back your little pup up and be there for them.
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Follow up at home
As you work with your little pup in class, ask what you can do at home to follow up from the kindergarten. Puppies have a lot to learn and retain and can forget lessons quite quickly. Repetition at home can reinforce what has been taught and enables you and your Welsh Terrier to build upon the previous week. Always be positive with your pooch, even if they get it wrong. Encourage them with kind words and try again. They are doing their best and will try hard to please you. Kindness and rewards will go a long way for your devoted puppy. Keep it fun for them, and don't let training sessions be too long or tiring.
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Keep up the good work
As your dog grows in age they can be shifted to another class, something that builds on what they have been taught. The interaction and training will pay off in later years as they grow to be a well behaved and confident dog. Don't stop at kindergarten, though. Your Welsh Terrier loves a challenge and to use their brains. Move on to adult obedience lessons and then on to advanced classes. Your busy pal will love you for it!
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Nose Work

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Any Day
Cheap
Hard
30 - 60 min
Items needed
Dog-friendly scents
Items to find
Activity description
Make use of your dog's natural curiosity and keen nose by putting them to work to find hidden objects. The Welsh Terrier is talented on the trail and teaching them how to track a scent will be just the challenge they crave. Check with your vet for their opinion on safe scents to use with your terrier. Common scents used in nose work are birch, anise or cloves. Start the game with easy to find articles and as your clever pup gets used to the game, up the challenge by hiding the articles inside boxes if playing inside, or further along the trial if the scent work is taking place outside. With only the cost of the scents, an activity such as this will encourage your dog to use their nose and their unique ability to follow a trail. It encourages your dog to focus on the scent and allows them fun in the process!
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A nosy dog
The nose of a dog has up to 300 million olfactory receptors compared to the human count of about six million. The incredible sense of smell that your Welsh Terrier has is exactly why they will excel at this activity. They will still need training, though. Show your pup the scented item and then have them sit and stay while you go to a different room to hide the item. If they have trouble when first starting out in nose work, feel free to point them in the direction of the hunt.
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Make the game harder
Once your dog has gotten the idea of the game, it is time to make it a little bit harder. While they sit and wait, go and hide the scented article out of their sight in an area with more challenge such as in a closet if inside, or in a bush if the challenge is taking place in the yard. Then see if they can find it. Help them along if they are having trouble by guiding them with an excited tone in your voice when they are close, or a calm tone when they are headed in the wrong direction. This activity will really challenge their powers of deduction!
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Go-to-ground

Your Welsh Terrier is a natural ground hunter and will enjoy participating in a go-to-ground event. At these events, your dog is tested to gauge how good a hunter they really are. A 'course' or underground hole is set up with a rodent in a cage (they are not harmed in any way) and your Terrier has to find the rodent. As your pup was bred for this purpose, it will fill that need to dig and hunt. This activity is high energy and your dog will really enjoy it. Seek out a local club and give it a try.

Local Events

Living in a big city can offer a lot of activities such as charity walks, get fit running competitions, or even surfside events from swimming to walking along the sand. Take your dog with you as it is a valuable way for them to learn how to behave in public. The noise and activity will intrigue them and they will love meeting other pets!

Conclusion

With so many new ideas, you will be busy for some time. Try thinking of ways that will enrich your dog's life and you will be rewarded with a loyal and happy dog. The Welsh Terrier is an adventurous soul, so they will enjoy changes to their usual routine. Take them out to the shops, the markets, and to the beach. Let them run and play with the other dogs at a secure park. These activities are proven socializing tools which will make your dog a confident and outgoing pooch.