A Patterdale Terrier will typically do well with a nutritionally balanced, premium dog food that is appropriately formulated to suit their size, age, and level of activity.
To avoid overeating and unhealthy weight gain it is suggested to stick to a feeding schedule, rather than free feeding. Meal portions should also be made to suit your dog’s age and activity level.
Make sure that there is always plenty of clean drinking water available for them to stay properly hydrated.
Patterdale Terriers can have either a smooth or a broken coat, both of which are very simple and easy to care for. Regular brushing, and an occasional bath are all that is needed to keep these dogs coats clean and looking sharp.
Be sure to keep their nails trimmed. If their nails get too long it can make walking uncomfortable, as well as increase the risk of injury as they run and play. Check and trim their nails about once every 4-6 weeks, or as needed.
Check their ears once a week for any waxy buildup and debris. You can wipe their ears with either a damp cloth or a dog ear cleaning solution, but you should never insert anything directly into the ear canal.
Brushing their teeth several times per week, if not daily, will help to promote good oral hygiene, mitigating the risk of tooth or gum problems from forming.
Like most terriers, the Patterdale is energetic and fun loving. One or two walks around the block or a jog every day will give them much of the exercise they need, but what they really crave is time spent running and playing in the yard with their families.
Taking the time to play some games with your Patterdale Terrier is a great way to not only ensure that they are getting the exercise they need, but some mental stimulation as well. These clever dogs can also do well in a variety of canine sports, finding one that both you and your dog can enjoy is another great way to make sure they are staying active and mentally stimulated.
Be sure to always keep your Patterdale on a leash or a lead whenever they are not in a secure area, such as a well fenced yard or indoors.
The instincts for hunting are still present in these dogs, which means they can sometimes want to act independently. However, they are very bright and loyal dogs that can be trained with little challenge.
Like most breeds, these dogs should be properly socialized at a young age and can benefit from puppy training courses. When training at home, keep sessions playful to help keep them engaged. The more fun they are having, the more eager they are to participate and do well.
Treats and other positive incentives can be a useful tool when training your Patterdale. Be sure to always us a firm, but kind hand when handling them. Harsh treatment can actually lead to more unwanted behavior.
Patterdale Terriers can also do well training in a number of canine sports, and it is a great way to further build a bond of trust between dog and owner.