The Soft-Coated Wheaten Terriers is a lively and happy breed of dog. They love to romp and play, so they need space in which to do it.
While Wheatens can be kept in a house or apartment, it is vital that you get your pet outside regularly for exercise. Just remember that your pet must always be either on a leash or in an enclosed area, because they are known for running off due to their infinite curiosity.
You will find that your Wheaten will dash back and forth in a jovial, carefree manner in the yard and even whirl around in circles when he's happy. If you begin when he is a pup, a Wheaten can be trained to fetch a ball or other items. They also love to pick up sticks and carry them around.
Walking or jogging along with their owner is another activity that Wheaten Terriers enjoy. If your Wheaten is playing with another dog, it is common for him to pounce on top of it, so you need to watch out for this if the other dog is much smaller. A fully-grown Wheaton is generally between 30 and 40 lbs. and quite compact. Remember, to always have treats handy for the times that you need to rein in your dog and he responds to your commands.
Exercise is extremely important for this medium-sized dog not only because of their high energy, but also to keep them fit. Originally a farm dog in Ireland, this breed is prone to musculoskeletal problems, particularly canine hip dysplasia (CHP) if it does not get enough exercise.
The Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier Club of America recommends that all Wheaten Terriers be x-rayed to ensure that hip dysplasia is not present. As you can imagine, this condition is extremely painful for your pet. You will know when your Wheaten is in pain, because he will not respond as quickly as usual to your commands and in fact, may not respond at all. Your dog may also react aggressively when you try to touch him. These are the signals your pet will send, because he cannot tell you outright that he is hurting.
Soft-Coated Wheaten Terriers are extremely social animals and retain their natural playfulness no matter what their age. As long as your dog has been well trained, which includes coming when called, and no biting or jumping on people, you should be able to thoroughly enjoy the time outside with your Wheaten.
The objective is always to make it a fun experience for both of you. And the more you play with your Wheaten Terrier, the greater the bond that will form between you.