Your Smooth Fox Beagle is an energetic hybrid mix of the Smooth Fox Terrier and the Beagle. Both of these parent breeds, developed for tracking and chasing small animals from their dens or bolt holes, contribute tracking skills, resulting in an active little hound. The Smooth Fox Beagle is a spunky little dog who is a sight and scent hunter, making their prey drive incredibly high, making it vital that you keep them on leash whenever outdoors. Because they are also supreme escape artists, you should not get into the habit of leaving them unsupervised when outdoors, even in a fenced in yard. Having said this, it is incumbent upon you to keep your darling little doggie properly exercised to avoid those annoying habits that develop when they become bored. The activities suggested in this guide will enable you to have fun while providing the essential exercise needed by your pet.
The breeds which make up your Smooth Fox Beagle have great noses! Their natural tracking skills are some of the best in the canine cosmos, and it is these skills which you will hone and rely upon as you teach this game to your darling doggie. The necessary components are few and pretty cheap - any size empty cardboard boxes, yummy dog treats, a 6 ft leash, and drinking water. The game, played in any sized space, can be inside the house, or out in the backyard, and in any weather or climate, daytime or nighttime, as many times a day as you like. Because your pup is already genetically equipped for this activity, the learning curve of the game is short and the teaching easy. Start by merely hiding the treats in the boxes and leaving the lids or flaps open. As your precious pooch gets the hang of the game, you can get more complicated by closing the flaps or covers, placing the boxes above the floor or nesting them inside each other, step up the game by introducing other scents or odors for tracking, perhaps moving the game from inside to outside.
Most of our frisky friends give willing chase at the drop of a paw. This activity can be done with any dog, of any age or health condition, day or night, as often as desired. Since the game involves pursuit, the space requirements must, of course, allow for such maneuvering. If sufficient open areas are available inside your home, engagement in this undertaking is easily done inside, especially when the weather outside is frigid, wet and otherwise uninviting. The adventure can involve multiple human or canine players, providing meaningful bonding opportunities as well as a bit of energy expenditure for all. Your pawed playmate results from parent breeds who were developed to track and pursue small game from their dens, bolt holes and various other hiding places, making them genetically predisposed to the “you chase me,” rules of the game. And, getting them involved in the enterprise won’t be difficult at all, usually a firm but gentle pushing down on the head enough to entice them to play. And the cost - can you say “free” or “cheap?”
Your Smooth Fox Beagle has a great deal of energy to spend on a daily basis. Brisk walks several times a day, of about an hour duration, will help achieve this goal.
The activities provided today are natural, fun, easy and inexpensive to perform. They invite opportunities to strengthen the bond between man and best friend, as well as open the door to canine exercise management which is so vital for good health and happy homes, protecting everyone from the destructive behaviors so prevalent among bored dogs. We at Wag! want to help you achieve the goal of a healthy, happy and peaceful pooped pooch that everyone will love and appreciate!