For a high-energy dog like a terrier, getting exercise is very important. There are host of benefits of your terrier’s exercise including improved bone, joint, lung and heart function. Getting exercise also releases some of the pent-up energy that terriers accumulate daily. Releasing that energy results in a dog that rests better and is less anxious. Many behavioral and emotional problems, in additional to physical problems, stem from not getting enough exercise. You may also find getting your dog active is a good way for you to get active as well.
The most obvious source of exercise is a daily walk or walks. Some terriers live in homes with doggie doors or a fenced in yard where they are just let out to do their business. While this is very convenient, you may be missing out on getting your dog exercise and sharing some good bonding time. Taking the time to go on a walk with your dog lets you do both. Twice a day does the trick for many terriers and their owners.
Games are another great way to get your dog some exercise. The game of fetch is a tried and true classic – just make sure to go for distance rather than height when throwing. A high jump coupled with an awkward landing can make for an unintended injury. Seek is another good game. Take a treat or toy, show it to your terrier, and place it just out of sight (but nowhere too hidden). Let your dog go an find his reward in a game that will exercise both mind and body. Keep being creative with your play time to give your terrier the exercise he or she needs.