Activities For Smooth Foxillons

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Introduction

Smooth Foxillons are perfect for active families who want a dog to be involved in all their outings, games, and family time. Don't be fooled by the tiny stature of these companion pups, Smooth Foxillons have a high energy level and are ready to compete with you in any game - from fetch to obedience. Activities for Smooth Foxillons need to challenge them both mentally and physically. This spunky mix gets their speed and prey drive from the Smooth Fox Terrier and their trainability and mental prowess from the Papillon. It's a perfect mix for any family looking to add a dog.

Frisbee

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Sunny Day
Cheap
Normal
30 min
Items needed
Small sized frisbee
Treats
Activity description
Though the Smooth Foxillon is small, they are mighty! Don't underestimate the amount of exercise your little dog needs or you'll end up with a bored and destructive dog. Luckily, these pups are up for any game you come up with, and they are especially good at Frisbee. The Smooth Fox Terrier was bred to hunt small rodents and has a strong prey drive that was passed down to the Smooth Foxillon. Just find a frisbee that fits your little pup, and see what talent they have chasing after it, catching it, and bringing it back. Some people even enter these dogs into frisbee competitions because they are so fast and athletic.
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Bring it
Although your Smooth Foxillon has natural fetching talents, you may need to do a little bit of training so they understand exactly what you want them to do. Start with "bring it" so they know you want them to bring the frisbee directly to you.
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Drop it
The next step you don't want to skip is to teach them how to drop the frisbee. Some dogs love to catch the frisbee, but they don't want to give it up. Teach them the "drop it" command so they always know they need to give it up so you can throw it again.
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Frisbee time
Once your Smooth Foxillon understands the basics, they are ready to play. These pups are fast and have a lot of energy, so don't be surprised when they are still going when your arm is getting tired. You can switch things up by challenging them to jump up to catch the frisbee or work on a few frisbee tricks.
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Red Light Green Light

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Sunny Day
Free
Normal
20 min
Items needed
Dog Treats
Activity description
Red Light Green Light is a free and fun game for the whole family and can help teach your dog some important commands. Your active pup loves to run and may sometimes get carried away during play. When you teach them Red Light Green Light they learn to pay attention to you and really listen for the next command. It's also a fun way to get the children involved in working with the dog and making sure they listen to everyone. Activities for Smooth Foxillons that incorporate concentration and impulse control are central to creating a well-rounded dog.
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The commands
The first step is to work on the commands "come" and "stay" with your dog. In the Smooth Foxillon version of the game, you'll replace "red light" with "stay" and "green light" with "come." Make sure your dog has a good understanding of each of these terms.
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Enlist the kids
When you first play the game, enlist the kids' help to teach the dog the game. Have the children line up with the dog. One might have the dog on a leash to start. When you say "come" have all the kids walk forward and encourage your dog. When you say "stay" have all the children stop. When your dog stops too, they can give the dog a treat.
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Switching callers
Once your Smooth Foxillon and children really understand how the game works, you can switch who gets to be the caller. While your children and dog think they are just playing a fun game together, your dog is learning impulse control and to listen to every member of your family.
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Muffin Tin Game

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Rainy Day
Cheap
Easy
10 min
Items needed
Muffin tin
Tennis balls
Treats
Activity description
Even when the weather is gross and rainy outside, your dog still needs plenty of stimulation to keep them from taking their boredom out on your house. Activities for Smooth Foxillons on rainy days can focus more on stimulating their brains than getting their heart rates up. These dogs are fun loving and enjoy playing any kind of game you introduce them to. The muffin tin game is no exception. It's simple to set up and will challenge your dog to use all their senses. After they are done, they might still want to play with all the tennis balls involved in the game, or they may be ready for a nap!
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Get the supplies
For this game, you're going to need an old muffin tin and some tennis balls along with little treats. A 24-muffin tin is best because it gives your dog more options to search. You can use small tennis balls or regular sized. The regular-sized balls will make it more of a challenge for your dog. The last step is to get some small, tasty treats to hide under the tennis balls.
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Set up the tins
Now that you have your supplies, the game is easy to set up. Toss a few treats randomly into several of the tins, spaced out. For the next step, cover all the tins with a tennis ball so your dog can't see which tins have the yummy treats in them.
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Release the hound
When the game is set up, let your dog into the room to check out the game. They won't be able to see where the treats are, but they will smell them. Watch them make quick work of the tennis balls as they sniff and paw at them to get to the treats. This game will challenge all their senses and will tire them out for a bit.
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Bath Time

Smooth Foxillons have beautiful coats, but this means they require a little bit of maintenance. Make sure you give them a bath once every month or two to keep their coats clean and unmatted.

Go for a Walk

Your Smooth Foxillon needs daily exercise. Adding a daily walk once or twice a day to your routine will ensure they stay fit and may be relaxing for you as well.

Conclusion

The Smooth Foxillon is a bundle of fun and a welcome addition to any family. Not only will they give you plenty of love and affection, but they will also keep you on your toes and well exercised too! Provide them with mental and physical stimulation every day and the entire family will benefit.