Activities For Foxingeses

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Introduction

Make no bones about it, it’s hard not to fall in love with a Foxingese! A mix between a feisty Fox Terrier and an adoring Pekingnese, these sweethearts are as cute as a button. They’re also friendly little fellows that make ideal family companions -- though they may not do well with small children.

That’s not to say that Foxingeses don’t come with challenges, though. Their intelligent nature makes them stubborn and a little sensitive, and they need a lot of mental stimulation to stay sane. Your Foxingese will also most likely have inherited their Pekingese parent’s drive to be a constant companion -- they often don’t like to be left alone. Read on for a list of activities designed to keep your four-pawed pal as healthy and as happy as can be!

Go to the Movies

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Sunny Day
Moderate
Easy
2 hrs
Items needed
Car harness
Leash
Waste Bags
Activity description

The drive-in movie theater has staged a major comeback in recent years, as Americans flock to experience its retro, fifties-esque charm and take advantage of the convenience of a big-screen experience from the comfort of their own cars. But did you know that many of these theaters welcome wagging tails with open arms? If there’s one in your area, you might be able to catch this summer’s biggest blockbuster with your furry film buff by your side!

Of course, this activity is rather location and weather dependent. If you live in the middle of a large urban area, chances are that your nearest drive-in is quite some distance away, and while your car may be waterproof, you could miss out on some of the action if you’ve got the windscreen wipers going all the way through!

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Do your reasearch
First things first -- you’ll need to make sure that your chosen theater is really Fido-friendly! Their website will generally have this information, as well as any no-go areas for pooches (generally speaking, the concession area is often out of bounds). You’ll also need to consider whether you and your buddy can chill out on a picnic blanket during the film, or whether you two will need to remain in the car at all times.
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Choose your film
Most Foxingeses aren’t very easily startled, but you’ll know your pup’s temperament best. If they tend to jump at loud noises, it might be best to avoid action movies, war films, or any other flick likely to feature gunfire or explosions. Otherwise, your doggo should enjoy a daredevil blockbuster just as much as this year’s best romantic comedy. Have fun!
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The Shell Game

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Any Day
Cheap
Hard
30 min
Items needed
Plastic cups
Treats
Activity description

Teaching your pooch how to play the shell game is a furrific way to give their brain something to chew on! The shell game for dogs works the same way as the shell game for humans -- you put something under a cup (in this case, a treat with a strong scent under a paper or thin plastic cup), move the cups about, and tell your pupper to find it!

One word of warning -- this game is extremely challenging, and bright as your buddy is, it might take them a while to get it right. The time estimate above refers to the time per training session, and it will take quite a few of those for your pupper to get this trick down pat!

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Set up the cups
Before you begin moving the cups, you’ll need to make sure that your doggo knows how to find the treat! Set up the cups at your pupper's nose height, and place a smelly treat under one of them. Your pup should be able to smell the treat through the cups, and once they nudge the cup with their nose, you can reward them with the treat!
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Start moving the cups
After you’re sure that your dog knows how to find the treat, you can ramp up the difficulty by moving the cups about. Making sure that your pooch can see what you’re doing, place a treat under the cup and slowly move it to a different position. Once your canine companion finds it, you can give them the treat. You’re going to need to repeat this step a couple of times, and it’s best to move the cup to the same position each time at first. You need to be sure that your furry friend is on board with the concept before you ramp up the difficulty.
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Move the cups at random
It might seem like you’re moving very slowly with this activity, but you’ll need to teach your four-pawed pal two different things -- how to nudge the cup with their nose, and how to track the cup with their eyes! Once your buddy is able to do both of those things, you can add the final layer of mental challenge by moving the cups to different positions every time.
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Puppy Play Party

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Any Day
Free
Normal
1 hr
Items needed
Toys
Activity description

While Foxingeses are fiercely loyal to their owners, they can be wary and/or snappy around other dogs. It’s absolutely essential to put a lot of effort into socializing them if you want to avoid trouble further down the line!

Your Foxingese’s attitude towards other puppers will usually depend on what characteristics they’ve inherited from each parent. While Haveneses are generally a little more friendly, Fox Terriers were bred to work alone.

Depending on your pooch’s temperament, starting off socializing at the dog park might be jumping into the deep end. If you know some fellow pet parents, why not ask them to bring their doggos over to play? This way, your pup can get to know other dogs while in an environment where they feel comfortable.

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Choose your companions carefully
You can’t just invite any dog over -- you’ll need to consider whether they’re a good fit for your furry friend! Make sure that the puppers you want your pooch to play with don’t have a history of aggression towards other dogs. Larger doggos might also intimidate your diminutive Foxingese. Tread carefully when you’re asking fellow pet parents how well their dog plays with others -- they may take offense if they think you’re implying their best friend is a monster!
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Be prepared
Prevention is better than cure when it comes to potential trouble! Have plenty of toys on hand, and ask the pet parents you’ve invited over to bring some of their own dog’s favorites -- this should help you avoid any fights. You’re still going to need to keep a close eye on the action whatever happens -- you should never leave your pup alone with unfamiliar dogs, particularly if they’re not entirely comfortable around them.
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Hiking

While a Foxingese generally doesn’t need as much exercise as, say, a Terrier, you’ll still need to keep them active! Exploring the great outdoors with your best friend is also a great way to keep them mentally stimulated -- there are so many new sights and smells to investigate, after all!

Flirt Pole

Fox Terriers are well-known chasers, and you might need to deal with this behavior in your Foxingese. A flirt pole is a toy attached to a stick or pole with a long piece of string, and using one can help teach your pupper that it’s only okay to chase toys, not other creatures! It’s also great exercise for the both of you.

Conclusion

Foxingeses can be a joy to own, but only if you’re attentive to their needs! If they aren’t getting enough companionship, mental stimulation and exercise, they can certainly be a handful. The activities above are a grrr-eat way to keep your buddy entertained and content. Give them a go -- you’d be barking mad not to!