Activities For Mini Foodles

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Introduction

Mini Foodles are a cross between the Mini Fox Terrier and the Poodle. Poodles are regarded as regal dogs, but they were actually bred thousands of years ago to hunt waterfowl and truffles. The toy variety of the Poodle was popular among the wealthy as a companion animal. The Mini Fox Terrier got their start hunting foxes, making them a popular choice among the rich who hunted for leisure.

A combination of the two make a small, energetic pup. Fast and agile, Mini Foodles love games of all kinds. Their high energy level makes them perfect for homes with active pawrents and other dogs. They require about an hour of exercise or play every day, especially when they are young.

Swimming

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Sunny Day
Cheap
Easy
1 hr
Items needed
Life Vest
Kiddie Pool
Activity description

Try swimming with your pup and there is a strong chance they will take to the water like a duck. It’s in their DNA; Poodles were used as waterfowl hunting dogs before they became the royal, well-groomed show dog we know and love today. Swimming can be done in any weather except lightning, though many people (and dogs) prefer sunny days. If you have access to a lake or swimming pool, it’s a cheap activity to do. All you really need is water and a dog life vest.

Bigger cities often have therapy centers for dogs that are open to the public, though such activities don’t come cheap.

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Can your pup swim?
Before you begin swimming with your dog, it’s essential that you make sure they are comfortable in the water and can swim. Many people have a misconception that all dogs can naturally swim, but that’s just not true. Some dogs are terrified of water. If your dog shows signs of fear, you can try to coax them into the water, but you should never throw a dog into the water to teach them to swim. That just makes them not trust you.
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Buy your pup a life vest
Life vests are a must for swimming dogs. Even if your dog is a strong swimmer, accidents can happen in an instant. Small dogs are especially prone to getting spooked in cold water and panicking. However, it’s also important to remember that a dog is more likely to be able to swim to the shore than people are when getting caught up in waves or tides.
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Take up doggie dock diving
If your Mini Foodle is an absolute fanatic about swimming and water, you can train them in dock diving for a more involved activity. Dock diving is when you throw a toy off the dock and your dog runs and dives to retrieve it. Dock diving is a very popular activity for dog show competitions.
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Tracking

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Any Day
Free
Hard
1 hr
Items needed
Harness
Leash
Scented Item
Activity description

Your dog has double the tracking instincts! Poodles used to track waterfowl and Mini Fox Terriers hunted foxes by scurrying into the fox dens and driving them out. Your pup has an excellent sense of smell and the intelligence to use it. If done at home, tracking is a cheap activity. It can be done inside or out, if you feel that your dog has strong enough recall training off-leash.

There aren’t many options for tracking classes, so you would likely have to train your pup yourself. Their natural instincts should make training easy, but there is also a risk outdoors of them taking off after a different scent than the one you put out for them to track. The breed has a high prey drive that can make them chase smaller animals if left off-leash.

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Put your scent on a toy or piece of clothing
The point of tracking is for your dog to follow a scent and alert you when they’ve found the item that you’ve hidden. You can use an old sock or sweatshirt. Allow the dog to smell the scented item. Many dogs are comforted by clothing with the smell of family members. It might be why dogs are constantly stealing shoes, socks and other types of clothing. If your dog suffers from anxiety while you are gone, you can leave out a piece of your clothing and they might find comfort in it. Or they might chew it up. Either way.
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Hide the scented item
Once you’ve chosen a scented article of clothing or another item, hide it without your pup seeing you. You can do this by shutting your dog in another room or having another family member assist you. If you’re tracking outdoors, you’ll probably have to be sneakier about it by hiding it before bringing your dog to the area.
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Let your dog track the item
After the scented item has been well-hidden, you can release your dog to find it. When your dog is sniffing around, you want to stay behind them so you don’t accidentally give them clues. You can use verbal commands, such as “go find it” to encourage them. Once they’ve found it, reward with a lot of petting and treats.
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Name Game

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Any Day
Free
Hard
1 hr
Items needed
Several Toys
Toy Box
Treats
Activity description

The name game is when you train your pup to retrieve a certain toy of theirs by a name you’ve given the toy. This is a great way to teach your dog to pick up their toys after a play session. It also helps keep them mentally stimulated. Of course, with Mini Foodles being so active, this game might go on and on like the song that never ends. Dogs are like kids in this instance -- when you get one toy out of their box, they decide they want to play with all of the toys in the box at once. With this game, you can even train your Mini Foodle to help you clean the house or bring in groceries.

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Put several of your dog's toys on the floor
To begin the name game, have several of your dog’s toys on the floor. They should be different shapes, colors and types of toys to begin with. If your dog is a fast learner, you can add difficulty later on by using toys of the same shape and color. However, keep in mind that dogs see color much differently than humans do. Contrary to popular belief, they are able to see more than just black and white. Blue and yellow are two colors dogs see the best, but surprisingly, red is a color they can’t see; it just looks like a darker shade of yellow to them.
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Pick a toy up and repeat the name you've given it
To start the training process, pick up one of the toys from the floor. Show it to your dog while saying the name of the toy. Repeat showing your dog the toy and saying the name a few times. Your dog might not get the connection at first, but you can use treats to help them.
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Ask your dog to fetch a toy by name
Once you think your dog might get the connection, put the toy back with the others and step away. Ask your dog to retrieve the toy you’ve just named by saying something like, “Get the ball,” or whatever name you’ve given the toy. If your dog successfully fetches the correct toy, give them a treat and a lot of verbal praise.
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Hide-and-Seek

Mini Foodles are inquisitive, nosy and excellent hunters. A game of hide-and-seek lets them explore those hunting instincts without putting any other animals in danger. Have another family member distract your pup while you hide. Once you’re in place, the dog is released and the hunt is on. Using their nose and skills, your pooch will sniff you out. Just try not to giggle and give away your location.

A Few Tricks Up Their Paw

A dog is never too old to learn new tricks. Your Mini Foodle pup loves to be at the center of attention, and training them to do cool tricks will make them the hit of any part. You can teach them to “play dead,” “shake hands” or even teach a more acrobatic trick of jumping through hoops or catching flying discs.

Conclusion

The Mini Foodle is extremely active for their petite size. They require at least several walks per day, but prefer more strenuous activities. The Poodle part of their ancestry retrieved waterfowl for hunters, giving your Mini Foodle an inherited love of water and swimming.

Activities such as tracking and hide-and-seek allow your pup to use their intelligence and their nose, as their Mini Fox Terrier ancestors did. An intelligent breed, the Mini Foodle enjoys learning new tricks and pleasing their owner. Teaching Fido new tricks is a bonding experience for you and your dog, but it also keeps them mentally stimulated, which is very important to keep such an active breed from turning boredom into destruction.