Activities For American Foxy Danes

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Introduction

This breed's fancy name is fitting for this designer dog. The best qualities of a Great Dane are mixed with the prized traits of an American Foxhound to make a perfect American Foxy Dane! Although you probably already know how great your pup is, this breed is affectionate, loyal and pretty laid back. They are also a very smart breed, easy to train and very in tune with their owner's feelings. There are plenty of things you can do with your pup so get ready to have fun! 

Feeling Match

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An American Foxy Dane is a breed that bonds very closely with their owners. They want nothing more than to be with you! At the same time, they can be very sensitive to how you are feeling and react in response to your emotions. If you are angry, they may also get angry and growl or bark. The opposite may also be true - if you are angry, your American Foxy Dane may run and hide. This special bond that you and your dog share can be turned into a great game and training tool! Get ready to make your American Foxy Dane even better at reading emotions. 

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Play prep
Grab your dog's favorite treats and bring them to a room or area that is well suited for training. You want to be in a place that has little distractions where your pup will be able to focus just on you. Once in a nice space, make sure your dog is calm and ready to learn - toss them a treat or two and give them a nice rub down to begin.
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Pick an emotion
Choose which emotion you want your dog to learn first and what you would like their reaction to be. When you say happy, smile and express joy, have your pup jump up and down or maybe give you a kiss. If you say sad, frown and look forlorn, try having your dog lie dog with their paws over their head. Whatever you choose, be clear in your training and consistent- this breed responds well to an assertive and consistent trainer!
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Daily emotions
Once you have taught your dog a few "emotion" commands, incorporate them into everyday life. If you are acting sad your dog will automatically lie down with their paws over their head if that is what they were taught. Reward them for knowing your emotions and hey, seeing your pup act "sad" due to their natural bond to you will probably make you happy as you know you have a super dog there for you whenever you need them!
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Guard Dog

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30 min
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American Foxy Danes make fantastic guard dogs or watchdogs thanks to their true love for their family. These dogs would do anything for their owners so why not take advantage of that fact and train them to be your watchdog, alerting you to any suspicious behavior in your house! Since American Foxy Danes are also easy to train, this will be a simple thing to show your dog how to do. They are a natural at learning and a natural at loving you! Seems like the perfect activity. Get the whole family involved in this training so your dog will help protect and react to everyone. 

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Alert cues
Decide what you would like your American Foxy Dane to guard you from or alert you to. Some things you may consider would be to have your pup bark when the doorbell rings, bark if there is someone walking in your yard, growl at a stranger or sit down in front of you to "protect you" when people are in your house.
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Play stranger
Once you have chosen what you expect from your guard dog, it is time to start training! Enlist the help of a few friends or family members, preferably ones that your pup does not know too well to help keep that idea of having a "stranger" around. Run through the act of what you would like your dog to do and reward them each time.
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Daily guard
Continue to train and reward your dog frequently, reminding them that being a watchdog is a full time job! If your dog is put in a situation where they really need to protect you, be sure to reward them accordingly and let them know the magnitude of your gratitude! Having a loyal, protective dog can be a great thing.
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Get Up And Go

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American Foxy Danes are a breed that definitely needs some good exercise every day. While they are considered to be a dog that only requires a medium amount of activity (rather than a high amount), that doesn't mean they don't enjoy a good run or time in the yard! In fact, if this breed is not given enough opportunities to get their energy out, they may become a little destructive and take their energy out on their toys and then on the couch! Oh no! These activities will help keep your dog happy and give you a great opportunity to play with them. 

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Dog friends
Bring your dog to a local dog park or doggy playtime where they can run and play with other pups off the leash. While outdoor dog parks are fantastic, indoor playgroups are also very beneficial especially for days when weather prohibits you from going outside - your American Foxy Dane needs to run no matter what!
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Run
Thinking of running, your American Foxy Dane loves to run too! While you don't necessarily want to take this breed on a ten mile run, they will be very excited to go for a one or two mile jog with you. Start off slow and ease your pup into going far distances. Always let your pup set the pace!
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Endurance fetch
Playing a game like an endurance round of fetch will get your American Foxy Dane moving! Rather than just throwing one ball for your pup, try throwing multiple balls. Get that dog really moving by throwing ball after ball after ball. An American Foxy Dane will surely enjoy chasing so many toys at once!
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Treat Search

Use your dog's amazing sense of smell to hunt treats that you hide throughout your house. Make this even more of a challenge for your pup by burying them in your yard. Your American Foxy Dane will have to dig to get to their prize!

Hide and Seek

Foxhounds and Great Danes are both tracking dogs and will love to hunt for you (their favorite thing!). Hide somewhere in your house and have your pup search for you. Try not to make any noise so they have to use their nose!

Conclusion

American Foxy Danes are amazing animals who really love their owners. Make sure you show your pup that you love them to by arranging fun activities for them every day. All of these games are ones that are handpicked for this breed's specific personality which means that your dog is guaranteed to love them. Stock up on your pup's favorite treats, grab all the things you need and get your American Foxy Dane excited to play!