Activities For Foodles

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Introduction

The Foodle is a small hybrid dog that results when the Toy Fox Terrier and Toy Poodle are combined. Also known as the Foxdoodle, this designer dog is believed to have originated in the United States during the 1980s, which is the time when breeders started to cross purebreds to create puppies with specific traits. In general, Foodles are active, loving and playful. They can also be extremely protective (exhibiting “small dog syndrome”) and, as such, can make for great watchdogs. Even though they have lots of energy, Foodles can also settle for some downtime and cuddling with their owners. 

Bumper Ball

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Sunny Day
Free
Easy
15 - 30 min
Items needed
Inflatable ball
Activity description
Both the Toy Poodle and Toy Fox Terrier have a knack for playing so it is not really a surprise that the Foodle does, too. It does not matter if it is an indoor puzzle game, or a game of fetch or catch outside. If you want to give your dog physical and mental stimulation without having to pay for anything or leaving your home, then one of the best games that you can play with your Foodle is bumper ball. This game involves your dog pushing a big ball around the yard and you trying to keep it away. This game is fun and will allow your Foodle to blow off some steam.
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Find a space to play in
To play some bumper ball, you need a space that is wide and open enough for some movement. A good starting place to start would be your own backyard. However, make sure that it is securely fenced as Foodles may have the tendency to get easily distracted by other moving things and take off on a chase.
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Play some ball
Once you have a place to play in, start by getting your dog’s attention. Use the ball as a way to entice your pooch to play. Then let your dog play with the ball on their own by kicking and “herding” it. Once they get the hang of it, start trying to push the ball away from your dog and let them chase after it. Just keep doing this until your dog tires out.
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Grooming Fun

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Any Day
Cheap
Easy
30 - 60 min
Items needed
Dog comb or brush
Clippers
Grooming shears
Dog shampoo
Towel
Activity description

In general, Foodles only need a moderate amount of grooming and maintenance. However, they should still be groomed regularly, particularly if they take on their parent Poodle’s high-maintenance needs. Staying clean does wonders for your dog’s overall health and well-being. While you can always leave your dog in a grooming salon or dog spa, you can opt to do the grooming yourself. Grooming your own dog has a lot of benefits. For one, you encourage your dog to trust you even more. Moreover, you will save the money that you would normally have to spend for a grooming session. Lastly, it is a great bonding time between you and your pooch. 

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Prepare the materials
Before you begin the grooming, you should make sure that you have all the materials that you will need for the process. It would also be best to place the items in one area so that you will not have a hard time looking for whatever you need while the grooming takes place.
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Bathe your dog
Start by brushing your dog’s coat. In doing so, you will remove all the loose dirt. Then, take some dog shampoo and lather it all over your furbaby’s body. Make sure to clean all the parts of your dog, especially the hard-to-reach areas. Once you are done and satisfied, rinse your pooch and dry them with a towel.
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Do the finishing touches
Once your dog is dry, brush their coat again. Then, take your nail trimmer and start cutting your dog’s nails. You can also trim your dog’s coat if it is getting long. However, be careful holding the scissors near your pooch and make sure they are well-behaved while you groom them. To foster good behavior, keep the first few grooming sessions short so that your Foodle can become accustomed to the process.
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Kayaking

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Sunny Day
Moderate
Normal
30 - 60 min
Items needed
Kayak
Flotation device
Activity description

Dogs are naturally adventurous at heart, which is why they are beloved by most outdoor enthusiasts. The Foodle is a curious breed that is always up for trying new things. Hence, they can become the perfect buddy when doing outdoor activities. One of the most interesting things you can do with your pooch is kayaking. Imagine the joys of basking on a warm sunny day out by the lake and just paddling with your dog in a kayak. This is a unique activity that helps introduce your dog to new experiences and surroundings. However, you need to make sure that you keep your dog’s safety as your number one priority. 

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Kayak introduction
As adventurous as dogs are, they will not immediately understand how most things work and you will have to train them so that they will learn. This also applies to kayaking. If you want to succeed in kayaking with your dog, you first have to train them to stay still on it. To do this, introduce the kayak into your home and let your dog get used to it. You can even place treats or toys on top of it so your dog will associate it with something positive and rewarding.
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Practice on water
Once your Foodle is able to get on and off the kayak comfortably, try having your dog on the kayak while in the water. This can be done in a shallow part of the lake or even a public pool. This part will help your pooch have an idea of how it feels to be on the kayak while it is moving in the water.
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Start kayaking
When you feel like your dog is comfortable enough when in water, you should then start to do the real thing. Head out to the lake. When you get there, have your dog wear a flotation device. Then, get your dog on the kayak as you push it into the water. Carefully get on the kayak and start paddling out, staying close to shore for the first several sessions.
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More Fun Ideas...

Indoor Puzzle Games

Foodles are a clever breed and will do well in figuring out puzzle games. Buy a game or two from any pet store and let your dog figure out how the game works. This is a good way to keep your pooch mentally stimulated.

Relaxation

If there is one thing that Foodles love more than playing, it is hanging out with their owners. This bonding time can be as simple as setting up a lawn chair in your backyard or hanging out in your porch while your dog sits beside you. 

Conclusion

If you are looking for a small-sized dog with a big heart and personality, then the Foodle may be exactly the dog that you are looking for. Despite their small size, Foodles have a seemingly endless supply of energy and are able to keep up with your day-to-day activities and adventures.