Activities For Foxhoodles

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Introduction

A cross between the Poodle and the Foxhound, the Foxhoodle makes a puptastic and energetic addition to the active household. These dogs tend to be gentle, social, and very smart.  They're eager to please and need plenty of mental stimulation. You'll want to provide consistent and early training for your pup to help them find their place in your pack.

Foxhoodles are hunters and love to chase small game like squirrels and rabbits. A fenced yard is best for them to keep them from wandering the neighborhood. Plan to provide daily exercise for your pooch so that they can burn off some energy.  

Dog Park

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Any Day
Cheap
Easy
30 - 60 min
Items needed
waste bags
leash
Activity description
Because this breed loves interacting with other animals, the dog park is a furiffic place for your pooch. Open spaces where your pup can run and play freely allow them to get exercise and fresh air. Your furry pal will enjoy checking out the property and hunting for something to chase. If you're there with other pups, they'll have social interaction as they romp or wrestle together. Many bark parks are free or have a minimal entry fee. Although you don't need any special gear, you may want to bring a toy (if the dog park allows toys to be brought in) and a water dish for your pup.
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Find a park
The first thing you'll want to do is find a park in the area that allows dogs to play off-leash. Look for a facility with a fence to keep your pooch in check. Otherwise, if they start chasing an animal, a Foxhoodle may wander away. Find out if the property has any rules or fees before your first visit.
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Get ready
If the park has a membership or permit requirement, follow their instructions to obtain what you need. Once you have any passes that you need, you can collect your supplies. At a minimum, you'll need a leash for your furry pal and waste bags to pick up after them. If the park doesn't have water, you may want to bring a bottle and a bowl. Also, consider packing a towel in case there's any mud or standing water at the park.
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Have a ball at the park
Once you have your gear together, head to the facility. Fenced bark parks usually require that you walk your dog on-leash to the entrance and release them once they're inside the gate. Plan to spend 30 minutes or longer to give your fur-baby time to romp and explore. If you bring a ball or other toy, play a few games of fetch to tire them out.
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Frisbee

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Sunny Day
Cheap
Normal
30 - 60 min
Items needed
water bottle
frisbee
leash
Activity description
Foxhoodles have lots of energy to spare, and they love a good run. With a little bit of training, your pooch can learn to play frisbee for exercise. This activity provides a good change of pace from the daily run or walk. Your pup will be able to stretch their legs and chase something down. Give them the satisfaction of catching their quarry and bringing it back to you for another toss. Make sure you find a field or park where dogs are welcome if you don't have a large yard to play in. Have water handy and take breaks when they need some refreshment.
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Find a field
To play frisbee, you'll need an open space with enough room for longer throws. An area of around 50 to 100 meters or yards long will allow space for your dog to get in a good run while they play with you. Check out area parks and athletic complexes for a facility that will let you bring your pooch.
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Train your pooch to fetch the frisbee
Catching a frisbee is a variety of playing fetch. When you start with your pal, use short tosses and lots of praise. Teach them to grab and return the disc to you. Once they've mastered the art of snagging the toy in the air, you can work on longer throws.
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Play Frisbee
When your fur-baby can successfully catch a frisbee at a distance, and you find a field or park, it's time to play. Sunny days are ideal for this activity, but you can do it in all kinds of weather. Recognize the signs that your dog is getting tired and be sure to take water breaks when needed.
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Walk

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Any Day
Free
Easy
30 - 60 min
Items needed
leash
waste bags
Activity description
Daily walks are beneficial for the Foxhoodle. They need to get exercise and use up some of their energy. Plan a route that takes you about an hour to give them a sufficient workout. This activity is easy and involves no cash outlay. You can go for a stroll in any season or weather condition. Because this breed loves variety, consider changing your route every once in a while. Travel through your neighborhood one day and take a dog-friendly trail another time. Keep your furry friend on a leash or harness to keep them from bolting after a squirrel or other animal.
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Plan your trip
It doesn't require much planning to take your dog for a walk. You should decide on a route and have an idea of how far you'll be going, as well as the type of terrain you'll traverse along the way. Check on the weather on the day of your outing and plan accordingly. If you're visiting a hiking trail, make sure your pooch is welcome.
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Walk
Once you've made all the necessary preparations, it's time to get going. Leash up your four-footed friend and get your waste bags. If it's a hot or sunny day, you may want to bring some water for you and your pal. Keep a close eye on your pup, especially if you're walking in a natural area -- Foxhoodles like to hunt, so chances are they'll get distracted by any small critters that cross your path.
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Running

Foxhoodles can make puptastic running partners. Bringing your pooch with you provides a way to bond. This activity gives you and Fido an opportunity to build your stamina and get some fresh air. All you need is a leash, waste bags, and some water. Be prepared to take occasional breaks along the way.

Flyball

This activity offers social, mental, and physical stimulation for your pooch. Flyball is a relay race between teams of four dogs each. Pups in a competing group take turns running through a series of hurdles to a box that's spring loaded. They must jump on the contraption to make it eject a tennis ball. Then, the pooch retrieves the ball and runs back to the starting line. Check with the North American Flyball Association for details about training and competing.

Conclusion

The Foxhoodle comes from hunting breeds and does best in a house with space inside and out. These energetic and social dogs are pawesome family members. Early and consistent training will help these intelligent pups learn their role in your household. It's best to offer them 1 to 2 hours of activity each day.