Regular exercise is essential in order to keep your Border fit, lean and healthy.


A nine-week old puppy, just starting to be trained on a lead, should not be walked any distance. In fact, until all inoculations are completed, it should remain safely in the garden, away from sites of possible infection where other dogs have fouled and in safe surroundings with siblings, toys or human company to keep him / her entertained.

By the time a puppy is 12 weeks, it can walk half a mile with no signs of tiredness. Gradually increase walks; getting your Border used to the lead, traffic and other pavement users is all part of socialising the puppy.


Most adult dogs appreciate two walks a day many get more but some get much less. Borders are undemanding and will be ready to go out whenever you decide to move. They generally love being in a car, as it usually means a trip for a walk somewhere different and exciting. They have no preferences but my own experiences show that they love to be anywhere where sheep or cattle have been – for obvious reasons! They like new things and new places. As dogs with a sense of the ridiculous, I have often played hide and seek with mine in woods. They stop to check a smell; I sneak off and hide behind a tree and whistle them up. They may go past you the first time and then enjoy the fun when they realise their mistake, but you will be extremely lucky to catch them out again.

Do you live near water? Some Border Terriers are natural swimmers; others are slower to take to the water However don a pair of wellies and with a long stick explore any riverbank and your Border will reward you with enthusiasm, searching out holes, swimming in pools and picking up rubbish.

(an extract from “Border Terrier” by kind permission of Betty Judge)