Articles Index/Living With Your Dog
Posted 12/18/97



Not every dog is bound for a career in the breed or obedience ring. In fact, the very best role for a Norfolk is that of family pet. But that doesn't mean life for your dog has to consist solely of napping, eating, scratching a little and . . . napping some more! Here are some things you can try with your Norfolk that will make life more interesting for both of you!

  1. Find out where Canine good Citizenship tests are being held in your area. From there, your dog can become a registered Therapy Dog. Regular visits to nursing homes and schools are rewarding for all involved.
  2. Take your Norfolk for a walk every morning or evening. It will make you both feel good and will help eliminate that "spare tire" that older Norfolks acquire when they eat too much and don't get enough exercise.
  3. Teach him some tricks! Shaking hands, rolling over, playing dead, dancing on their hind feet, and otherwise showing off, comes naturally to this frolicsome breed.
  4. Enroll in a basic obedience course, or try some training on your own. Your goal doesn't have to be the show ring, but the extra attention will help make your dog easier to live with, and he'll appreciate the attention.
  5. Learn to groom your own dog! Hair grows back, so your mistakes won't be permanent.
  6. Weather permitting, take your dog for a ride in the car. Find a shallow stream and let him paddle while you wade. Stop for an ice cream cone on your way home.
  7. If streams don't come easily, buy a hard plastic child's wading pool for your backyard. Watch your water dog having fun trying to catch the designs painted on the bottom.


Sheila Foran
ANTIC, Fall 1993


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