Activities For Smooth Foxingeses

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Introduction

Your Smooth Foxingese is a hybrid mix of the Pekingese and the Smooth Fox Terrier.  This hybrid combines the elegance of the Pekingese with the superior nose, hunting skills and high energy of the Smooth Fox Terrier, resulting in a small moderately active canine companion who needs approximately 60 minutes of vigorous daily exercise every day.  While the Pekingese was bred primarily for as companions for royalty, the breeding of the varieties of Fox Terrier involved more functional uses related to hunting, accomplished by chasing foxes out of their dens for capture by their handlers. Because of the contributions to the gene pool by the breed parents, your pup’s nose and energy levels need to be managed appropriately to keep them healthy and happy.  Wag! can offer some suggestions for the mental and physical stimulation of your clever Smooth Foxingese.

Flirt Pole

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Any Day
Cheap
Easy
15 - 20 min
Items needed
PVC pipe
rope
Dog toy
Doggie treats
Drinking water
Activity description
The Flirt Pole is a fun and easy way to exercise your pet in a variety of places and climates.  The size of your pole can be adjusted to fit the space you have chosen in which to play this game, played indoors or outdoors.  The pole is easily constructed and many of the components are available in the garage or shed. If you don’t have the parts to create this fun game, the cost of purchasing them is relatively inexpensive.  You can build it to your specifications, permitting its use inside the house (perhaps in the family room or garage) or outdoors in the yard, driveway or dog park.  By attaching a favored toy to one end of the rope, encouragement to involve your pup becomes easy, and performance follows naturally.  The game, played day or night, inside or out, in any climate, is an activity done as often as you and your precious pooch desire!  Treat your dog to this exercise for 15 to 20 minutes at a time, with ample rest, reward and rehydration refreshment throughout, monitoring their breathing, avoiding overheating.
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Pole purchase
The flirt pole, comprised of a pole (usually ¾ inch PVC pipe), rope, and a favored puppy toy, is available for purchase at your local pet store, or if you’re into DIY, you can purchase those parts which you don’t have laying around the house for minimal cost, and easily construct the pole yourself. Keep it simple, just like the activity itself is pretty simple and natural.
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Component construction
Now, you can put it all together. Attach the rope (whatever your desired length) to the PVC pipe (also your desired length) by threading it through the tube, typing a huge knot at the “casting end” of the pole so the rope won’t slip clear through the pipe. Next, tie a similarly sized knot at the other end of the pole so the line won’t slide in and out of the tube. Attach the toy to the exposed end of the rope, tying securely to ensure it will remain attached during play. For extra grip and decoration, feel free to wrap the pole with electrical tape which comes in a variety of colors, creating your distinctive design.
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Pivot the pole
Now comes the fun part! Your flirt pole assembled, call your dog into the room or area chosen area of play. Let them check out the toy, sniffing and licking as desired, but don’t let them latch onto it. Swing or twirl the toy around you in a circular fashion, and watch with delight as your pup chases the toy. Be sure to allow rest periods so that you don’t overtire them, allowing them to rehydrate and refresh with treats. As the saying goes, “rinse and repeat” to expend pent-up energy and strengthen their muscles.
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Frisbee Toss

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Sunny Day
Cheap
Easy
15 - 20 min
Items needed
Frisbee disk
Dog treats
Drinking water
Activity description

Frisbee toss is a game which began as a children’s game but quickly caught on as a “fetch” action for our canine companions.  Chasing an object is a natural tendency for the canine species, and this is especially so for the Smooth Fox Terrier genes that make up your pet.  If you don’t already own a Frisbee disk, you can easily purchase one at any toy department or store.  They aren’t expensive and reusable as long as they continue to “fly” and are not severely chewed.  Frisbee toss is best played in sunny weather, and couldn’t be easier to learn, either from your point of view or your pup’s.  You fling the disk in any desired direction, keeping an eye out for dangers lurking in the area in light of other humans and animals.  If you have never played this game with your pooch, we suggest that you start with short, low flings and work up to the higher and farther ones as you both acclimate to the game.  Keep your play periods to 15 to 20 minutes duration to avoid overtiring your darling doggie.  Frequent rest periods, with hydration and treats works wonders for all participants. 

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Pick the place
The game of Frisbee toss is one that is played best outdoors, enabling you and your best bud the most space in which to run and play. You’ll need to assure that there are no dangerous obstacles, humans or animals to be encountered, causing potential harm or injury to yourself, your pup or other bystanders. The area of choice should be secured with a fence to ensure that your canine companion isn’t tempted to get side-tracked from the “task at paw” when a kitty or child wanders close to the “arena.” Dog parks are excellent choices of venue for Frisbee toss.
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Toss the toy
If you don’t already possess a Frisbee disk, they are easily found in virtually any toy department and are relatively inexpensive. The Frisbee is made of plastic, making it reusable as long as it flies accurately, and undamaged. When you’re ready, call your dog and allow them to investigate the disk, to sniff and to lick as desired. After giving your pet a few minutes to check out the saucer, give it a fling, keeping it low and relatively close. Encourage your pet to go after the Frisbee, and be sure to encourage them to return it to you. Reward them when they have responded appropriately to the commands and rules of the game.
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Rest, refresh, reward
As your dog learns the rules and regimen of the new game, you’ll thoroughly enjoy watching them chase (and, hopefully, return) the disk, time after time. Be sure to watch your frisky friend for signs of fatigue and overheating, making them take breaks for rest, hydration and rewards. Try to keep the periods of play to no more than 15 to 20 minutes duration, with ample breaks to avoid overtiring. Many pet parents find themselves playing this game several times a week, or even daily, as it is generally a favorite for most canine breeds.
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Nose Work

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Any Day
Cheap
Easy
15 - 30 min
Items needed
6 Cardboard boxes
Tasty dog treats
Drinking water
6 ft. Leash if done outdoors
Activity description

The Nose Work activity played indoors or out, encourages the canine to use their natural scenting abilities.  This ability is mainly present in the Smooth Fox Terrier breed parent, giving your hybrid a high prey drive.  If your dog has never participated in this type of game, you’ll need to start with familiar scents and patiently teach them to search for them.  Teaching your Smooth Foxingese to scent out a tasty doggie treat isn’t as hard as you might think.  The game components cost very little since you probably already have some yummy dog treats in the house, and empty cardboard boxes are easily found in any grocery or department store.  Because the game doesn’t need a great deal of space to play, it is played indoors or out, day or night. By involving your precious pooch in this type of game, you are honing a skill which is passed down from their breed parents, not generally utilized in the family pet. Have a 6-foot long leash handy when you're playing this game in an unsecured or unfenced area.  

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Tuck the treats
Arrange the empty boxes in the area in which you plan to play the game. Be sure that your best bud is distracted, located in another area of the house. Tuck treats into some, but not all, of the cartons, closing the lids on all of them. If you’re doing this activity inside, you can set the boxes up in one room or use several rooms. If you’re setting up your game outdoors, you could tuck them around the bushes, trees or flower beds in the yard. We suggest that you don’t keep them close together - in fact, it is more fun and challenging for your Smooth Foxingese if you spread them out.
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Prompt your pup
After you have hidden tasty tidbits in some of the cartons, closing the lids on all of them, it is time to call your dog, inviting them to join you. Show the treat to your frisky friend, allowing them to lick, sniff and visually observe it. You could also allow a nibble or two to tease the dog into the game. Lead them to the location of the boxes, encouraging and letting them investigate on their own. When they find the snacks, allow the immediate reward of munching them down before proceeding to seek and find others. While your pup is searching the boxes, refill some of the ones they have already passed over with treats so that the game can continue for two or three rounds. After about 5 to 10 minutes, declare a break, make them rest, refresh with water, and copious amounts of loving praise.
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Rebait the boxes and repeat
While your pup is resting, out of eyesight of the boxes, rebait them. Call your Smooth Foxingese and prompt them to begin to seek and find more treats. Be sure to keep the search portion of the game to a maximum of 10 minutes before resting and refreshing. Give them about three search segments with appropriate rest periods for each play period. The entire game should last no more than 30 minutes. Be sure to pay close attention to the number of treats your pet is consuming so that there isn’t an overfeeding issue. You can add other scents to the game as your pet becomes more proficient in detection.
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Cup Game

The cup game is another nose work activity.  This one involves using sturdy cups, not easily tipped.  Using three cups, you need to place a treat or toy beneath one of the cups when the dog is not present.  The dog is called to the play area and encouraged to locate the cup under which the treat or toy secreted.  Again, the dog receives immediate gratification upon successful completion of the task.

Interactive Puzzles

Interactive puzzles are games or puzzles which require some response from your pet.  Most of them are puzzles which have compartments into which treats can be placed and covered with a lid or door.  The pup must then scent the chamber containing the tidbit, and tap a lever to open the cover or door, exposing the tasty snack, a task for which they receive immediate gratification.

Conclusion

You are the proud owner of a loving, intelligent and moderately energetic canine hybrid.  All of that love and energy, if pent-up and not expended regularly, can result in the development of some annoying habits that shout boredom!  Management of the physical and mental powers of your Smooth Foxingese is required to avoid the destructive behaviors that accompany boredom.  We have provided some suggestions for activities which are fun for you and your canine companion, as well as develop and hone natural skills not generally employed in the role of family companion.