Activities For A Smooth Jafox

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Introduction

A Japanese Chin and a Smooth Fox Terrier may seem like an unlikely combination of dog but they are actually the perfect fit. The Smooth Jafox has the gentle temperament of the Japanese Chin and the independence of a Smooth Fox Terrier. This means they will want to cuddle with you sometimes but also be happy to play on their own. What else does a Smooth Jafox like to do? Keep reading to find out!

Young Friends

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1 hr
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Leash
Collar
Treats
Activity description
Smooth Fox Terriers were originally bred to be hunting dogs and chase small wild animals. Because of this heritage, the Smooth Jafox also has a tendency to want to hunt and chase smaller objects. One of these small things is kids. This breed is not always kid-friendly as children are (of course) small, which may trigger the Smooth Jafox’s inhibition to hunt. The awkward movements that kids make may also be off putting to a Smooth Jafox as they cannot predict how a child will move. Because of this, it is very important to introduce your Smooth Jafox to children slowly and early on in their lifetime so they grow accustomed to having youngsters around.
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Be in control
Before bringing a child around your Smooth Jafox, make sure you are in complete control of your dog. This means they should be on a tight leash at all times and you should never let go of that leash. While your Smooth Jafox may be completely fine with a child around, it only takes one awkward movement to set off your pup - always be ready!
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Watch and learn
Have a friend or family member hold the child while you hold onto your pup. Let your dog sniff the child’s hand or feet but keep them away from the child’s face! Then, hold on to your dog's leash while they watch the child play alone. Observing how kids move and what they tend to do will help your Smooth Jafox understand young people better.
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Keep training
Keep your Smooth Jafox separate from children until you are certain they are at ease with the younger crowd. The more your dog is able to observe, watch and safely play with kids, the happier they will be around them. This breed is very trainable so they will likely be just fine with kids but it is always better to take it slow to be safe!
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Race Car Treats

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20 min
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Treats
Remote Controlled Car
Activity description
This game is going to cater to the strong prey drive that the Smooth Fox Terrier has contributed to the personality of the Smooth Jafox. If you have ever noticed your dog distracted by a butterfly, blindly chasing a cat into traffic or just their need to play fetch on a daily basis, then you have observed their desire to hunt first hand. Anytime your Smooth Jafox is running after something, that is them “hunting” in modern day life! This is a characteristic of the breed that you need to please and this game is the perfect way to do so in a safe and fun manner!
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Set up
Get a child’s toy remote controlled car and also grab a bunch of your Smooth Jafox’s favorite treats. Attach the treats to the back of the remote controlled car and head out, with your dog, to a nice flat open space (preferably a fenced in area so you don’t have to worry about your Smooth Jafox escaping!).
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Go car, go!
Show your dog the treat strapped toy but don’t let them have it just yet! Have your dog sit and stay (a trick most Smooth Jafoxes should be able to master - they are very smart after all!) while you go across the field with the toy. Place it down and start using that remote to steer it away from your dog!
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Faster
Drive the car all around the field as your Smooth Jafox tries to catch it. While your pup may be able to run faster than the toy, you can have it change directions frequently to make it harder to catch! Once your pup does get the toy, let them have the treats and their reward and then, play again!
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Mental Stimulation

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30 min
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Dog Food
Puzzle Toys
Treats
Activity description
If you already own a Smooth Jafox, you may very well know how intelligent they are. Not only is this pup smart and easy to train but they also tend to have a mind of their own. If your Smooth Jafox starts to get bored, they are likely to wander off and find something else to do that is more exciting. While you may see this trait as beneficial (a dog that can entertain themselves sounds great!), it can be a very bad thing. Your Smooth Jafox may decide to chew on your furniture, play in the toilet water or try to run away. Keeping your Smooth Jafox mentally stimulated is very important to their overall happiness.
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Puzzle toys
Set your Smooth Jafox up with some dog puzzle toys. These are toys where treats are hidden inside and your pup has to figure out how to get the treats out. They will need to toss the toy, use their paws or use their nose to push pieces of the toy open to reveal the treat inside - it may take quite a while and be the perfect challenge for your pup.
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New tricks
Take the time to teach your Smooth Jafox a few new tricks. The typical “sit” and “stay” may not be quite challenging enough for your pup and they will need a new, more interesting trick. Try to teach your Smooth Jafox something each week to keep their mind stimulated.
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Food search
Rather than handing your pup their dinner as you do every night, why not hide it and make your Smooth Jafox search for their food. Hunting for their dinner will satisfy the Smooth Fox Terrier side of your pup's DNA which makes them want to hunt while it will also make your dog think, something the Japanese Chin part of them also craves.
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Chew Toys

If your Smooth Jafox gets bored, they are likely going to start chewing on things - a true characteristic of this breed. Get your pup a few different chew toys for them to try so they only chew on acceptable objects when boredom hits!

Agility Training

If you have ever noticed how your Smooth Jafox leaps through the house, never disrupting even one picture frame or decoration, you are well aware how this breed is perfect for agility training. Find a training center near you and have your dog learn fun new agility courses.

Conclusion

The Smooth Jafox is certainly a lovable, household-friendly breed. They are companion pups for sure but also quite full of energy. When that energy is paired with the affection they also give, you have the perfect dog! Keep your Smooth Jafox happy with these fun activities that are sure to challenge them, make them happy and train them in ways that will benefit both you and your dog.