Activities For Foxy Russells

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Introduction

The Foxy Russell is a cute and clever mash-up of two hunting breeds: the Fox Terrier and the Jack Russell Terrier. This high-energy breed is known for always being on the go, and some have a proclivity for slipping off without their owners for a joy run! Keeping this breed entertained can be difficult since they are so intelligent; however, when the Foxy Russell finds a task they enjoy, they can keep at it for hours! Foxy Russells also have a tendency to be nuisance barkers -- you can discourage this behavior by increasing interactions with other humans and animals.

Swimming

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Hot Day
Free
Easy
20 - 30 min
Items needed
Towel
Life jacket
Activity description
Besides being just doggone fun, swimming is a furrific low-impact exercise for dogs and their owners. You should be mindful of how long your Foxy Russell spends swimming. Just a 10-minute bout of doggy paddling equates to around a half-hour of walking! Be sure to give your dog plenty of breaks from wading, especially if they still want to be in the water. Many dogs enjoy swimming so much that they push themselves beyond their limits and have no energy to swim back to shore. Buying a life jacket for your pooch is always a great investment, especially if you and Fido plan to spend a lot of time in the water.
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Introduce Fido to the water
Never throw a dog in the water to make them swim; this will only breed contempt for the activity. Encourage your dog to explore the water's edge and get them accustomed to the feeling of their paws in the water. Having their owner wade around with them can be super encouraging too, so don't forget your swim shorts!
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Try on the life jacket
First things first, you will need to size your dog to find a properly fitting life jacket. When you go to put the vest on your dog, be sure to make it a paw-sitive experience. Lots of tasty treats and gentle praise will help your dog remain calm while they get accustomed to their floatation device.
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Keep Away

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Sunny Day
Free
Easy
15 - 20 min
Items needed
Toy
Activity description
This breed is also very fast. (Spoiler alert: you will never beat a Foxy Russell at a paw race. Ever.) It's always fun to try, though! A game of keep away is an excellent cardio workout for both dogs and their handlers. Foxy Russells need high-energy activities like this to keep their energy balanced (and to keep the zoomies at bay). If you're not familiar with keep away, it's a game where two humans toss a toy or ball to one another and try to keep Fido from getting it. Dogs (especially ball lovers) really enjoy this game, and it's fun for the whole family too!
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Get Fifi fired up
If you want to make the game fun and enticing, then you're going to have to get your pooch excited to play. Pick Fifi's favorite toy or ball and wave it around to get their attention. Once you've called Fifi over, alternate between letting them sniff the toy and putting it behind your back. This will get your pal seriously amped up!
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Toss the toy
Once you've gotten Fifi's attention, begin tossing the toy back and forth with your (human) partner. Watch your Foxy dart back and forth, following the pitch. Since Foxy Russells are quite short, you should throw some "low balls" every few pitches so Fifi can have a taste of sweet victory!
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Agility Training

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Sunny Day
Moderate
Hard
30 - 60 min
Items needed
Collapsible tunnel
Teeter-totter
PVC pipe
Cones
Activity description
Agility training is one of the hottest doggy sports on the scene, and why wouldn't it be? It's fun, fast-paced and just doggone cute, but most importantly, dogs love it. Foxy Russells and other Jack Russell Terrier mixes tend to shine in sports like agility because they are low to the ground and are very, very fast. Since both parent breeds of the Foxy Russell are hunting dogs, they develop a laser focus on one task and absolutely excel at it. Agility training is good for Foxy Russells, too, since it stimulates them both mentally and physically and releases endorphins, or feel-good hormones, when they receive treats and praise.
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DIY agility course
Don't fret if your local park doesn't have an agility course -- you can DIY a setup for under $50 if you shop smart! PVC pipes are an excellent choice for crafting weave poles, and they are inexpensive to boot! A quick video search can reveal various ways to create a weave pole setup for mere pocket change. You can purchase cones at major online retailers for reasonably cheap. Alternatively, you can use other items as makeshift cones or create your own with cardboard, a box cutter, staple gun (or heavy-duty tape), and bright orange paint. Some other furrific (and much-loved) obstacles you can add are collapsible play tunnels and teeter-totters, but it may be cheaper to buy these additions outright.
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Practice the basics
Once you've got your DIY agility course set up (or secured a public obstacle course to practice on) you can begin working on the basics. Let your dog explore the obstacles and how they work, and then lead them through the course on-leash. Once your dog has tried their paw at the course a couple of times, encourage them to pick up the pace. Remember, this is a timed sport! Practicing with and without distractions is a great way to work on obedience and to prepare them for competition-like settings.
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Make Some Music Together

Many dogs love to sing along with their owners, and Foxy Russells are known for being extremely vocal (or what some call "nuisance barkers"). Work on your soprano together when you're at home hanging out, and be sure to have the camcorder ready for when Fido starts to belt out their solo!

Tug-of-War

Jack Russells are notoriously good at tug-of-war, so it is likely that their offspring will take to this game just as well. Play with a knotted up t-shirt that you don't care about -- be careful using rope toys because they can be harsh on your dog's teeth. Braiding soft t-shirt material can give your dog a similar sensation to commercial braided rope toys.

Conclusion

Foxy Russells are near paw-fect companions, but their energetic spunk sometimes can be hard to contain. Making sure your pooch is stimulated both mentally and physically will make them happier, healthier, and may even eliminate frowned-upon behaviors like excessive barking and destructiveness. If your Foxy Russell doesn't seem too keen on one activity, then switch it up for something else. Don't be afraid to get creative!