Activities For American Foxeagles

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Introduction

If you love setting trends and being the first to get your hands on new products, then you may find that getting a new breed of dog offers the same feeling. American Foxeagles are relatively new to the designer breed scene but are a purposeful combination of a Fox Hound and Beagle. Given that both dogs love to use their nose to track scents, it’s fair to say this trait continues through to the American Foxeagle. Finding activities to suit new breeds can be a challenge, but if you stick with some of these options below, you can’t go wrong. 

Bicycling

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Sunny Day
Cheap
Normal
1 hr
Items needed
Leash or Harness
Bike
Activity description

American Foxeagles love to be outside, with transitioning them into being a house pet a little more challenging than you would expect. The Fox Hound parent is one that enjoys being active and outdoors, so you will find that including activities that take you on outdoor adventures can be helpful for the American Foxeagle breed. Bicycling is one such activity that will tick all the boxes. It’s a cheap, sunny-day activity that only requires the use of a bike, leash, and harness. While it may take some time to teach your dog how the process works, it can become a preferred physical activity in no time. 

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Walk the dog
Before you throw your leg over your bicycle, you need to make sure your American Foxeagle is okay with the bike accompanying you in the first place. Therefore, the first thing you should do is walk your dog as well as your bike. Let them get used to it being there, and make sure they’re not afraid of it.
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Walk dog and bike
After a week of daily walks with your dog and bike, you can now attach your dog to your bike, but continue to walk both. You will need to buy a special leash or harness that attaches onto an extended bracket. By doing so, your dog can walk or run alongside your bike without being tangled in the pedals or wheels.
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Ride bike and walk dog
By now, your dog should be ready for you to jump on the bike and go riding with them attached. It can take a few weeks to adjust, but the result is an activity that can burn off their energy while giving you the opportunity to try something different from running and walking.
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Scent Games

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Any Day
Cheap
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10 min
Items needed
Treats
Activity description

Scent games are perfect for American Foxeagles because they are the product of two scent hounds with high prey drives and love for scents. They will enjoy nothing more than spending time with their human, getting to smell all manner of delicious scents that generally end in a treat! What’s more, this is an affordable activity that should only take around 10 minutes, with the need for snacks and nothing else. It’s also one that you can carry out in any weather – be it rain or shine. Try any of these scent games. 

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Which hand?
‘Which hand’ is a favorite scent game because it involves your dog having to use their thinking cap. You put treats in one hand but hold both hands out with closed fists. Your dog has to choose which hand they prefer by sniffing or heading toward either your left or right side. Even if they pick the wrong hand, however, their sad face will possibly have you giving them a treat anyway!
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Hide and seek - human edition
Everyone knows how lucrative ‘hide and seek’ can be with treats and your furry friend’s favorite toys, but what about yourself? If you want to put your American Foxeagle’s senses to the test, then use yourself as the object to seek. When your dog isn’t looking, hide. Call them once, then see how long it takes for them to track you down with their Bloodhound-like nose.
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Spot dinner
A dog’s instinct is to work for their dinner, but the modern-day dog does not have that opportunity. However, you can start. The scent game of Spot Dinner involves putting your dog’s dinner in a different spot every few days. The first day you start this is going to be quite confusing, but after a few, they will begin to enjoy having to smell out their meal.
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Walk

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Sunny Day
Free
Easy
1 hr
Items needed
Doggy waste bag
Leash
Activity description

Sometimes, all you feel like doing is going for a walk as opposed to putting a lot of effort into physical activity for your furry friend. Even though other options are going to be beneficial for your dog, you will still find that a daily walk is going to tick all the boxes for their physical and mental needs. It can take only an hour, involves only a leash and waste bag, and is a free and effortless task you both will enjoy. What’s more, your pup can take in all those smells they don’t get to experience at home. 

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Set route
If you are not familiar with how long it takes to get around your neighborhood or different walking tracks, then you are going to need to do your research. Look online and find out where others bring their dogs and select a few different hour-long routes you know are going to work for you.
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With a twist
A walk doesn’t have to be something that involves you walking along a trail or footpath for an hour or so then home again. Instead, you can change it up a little from time to time by incorporating a “checkpoint” along the way. These could be stopping at a dog park on a whim, or even stopping for 10 minutes for them to smell anything they want to, or play with another dog. A walk can be more than a routine activity.
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With friends
Sometimes going for a walk can feel like a chore because you have no one to talk to except for your dog. Why not provide both your dog and yourself with a change of pace by inviting friends along? If you have a friend with a doggo that’s friendly with your own, you can go on buddy walks – providing your dog with both physical and social stimulation.
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Chew Toys

On rainy days, you can’t go wrong with loading up your furry friend’s toy box with chew toys. The best toys for your dog are going to be those which are harder to chew – normally featuring durable rubber. They can fill in an hour or so of time while stimulating your dog’s senses.  

Dog Park

If you have an hour free and you know your dog needs to work on their social skills, then take them to the dog park. They can play in a large, fenced section with their friends, all the while burning off all that pent-up energy. It’s a recipe for success at any time.  

Conclusion

You may find that an American Foxeagle is not a “homebody” dog, which means you will need to think outside the box a little more. While they may like to curl up by the fire on a cold winter’s day, they like equally as much to be outside on adventures with their human companion by their side. If you intend on getting an American Foxeagle, or you have one already, try out these activities above!