Activities For Smooth Foxy Russells

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Introduction

Smooth Foxy Russells are a breed that can exhaust you just watching them. With a need for speed, they prefer to run to their destination instead of walk. A Smooth Foxy Russell is a cross between a Jack Russell Terrier and a Smooth Fox Terrier. They make an excellent pet for an energetic owner but require someone with a firm hand. They are stubborn, require both mental and physical activities, and thrive on a challenge. They are best suited to a family with no children or older children. Are you stuck for ideas on how to entertain this endless ball of energy? Here are a few to get you going.

Swimming

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Hot Day
Expensive
Easy
1 hr
Items needed
Paddling pool
Toys
Water gun
Hose
Activity description
On a hot summer's day when the heat rays don't seem to let up, you will be able to find your Smooth Foxy Russell panting in the sun, unable to catch a break. They don't have the thickest of coats, but it's thick enough to require respite in the intense midday sun. You can cater to their need for exercise, stimulation, and cooling down with water fun as an activity. In as little as an hour, you can cool your dog down with a paddling pool, toys, a water gun, and a hose. If you already own these items, it's going to be an affordable activity, but it can be expensive if you need to start from scratch. However, it's an effortless activity that will do you and your furry friend a world of good in summer.
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Dip in the pool
The first step is to go for a dip in the paddling pool. Fill it to around your dog's chest area, or slightly under it. Your Smooth Foxy Russell is not a tall dog, so they will not require a lot of water. To get them interested in it, throw a few toys in with them. Once they see their favorite ball in the water, they're bound to jump in after it!
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Hose
Most Smooth Foxy Russells have at least a minor love for water, so on a hot summer's day, there's no reason why you can't get the hose out. Once they tire of the pool, you can turn the hose on and get their interest. Don't spray it directly at them, shocking them. Instead, turn it on and get them excited at the prospect of the water stream hitting them. It's bound to wind them up and excite them.
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Water gun
Smooth Foxy Russells love to be involved in all the action, and your family water fight is no exception. Get everyone involved with a water gun and squirt each other. Your dog will love running around, barking and enjoying the fun. Not every dog likes water in their face, so read the situation first.
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Food Puzzles

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Rainy Day
Cheap
Normal
1 hr
Items needed
Plastic bottle
Shoe box
Cardboard rolls
Muffin tin
Treats
Activity description
Smooth Foxy Russells are intelligent dogs that we don't give enough credit to. While they are adept at fetch and other fun yard games, they are also intelligent in the realm of puzzles, too. Therefore, on a rainy day that offers no opportunity to get outdoors, turn to food puzzles. The best part is, they are affordable. All you need for supplies are a plastic bottle, cardboard rolls, shoe box, a muffin tin, and treats. Most people have these items lying around their house. It also has a normal difficulty level and will puzzle your furry friend for at least an hour.
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Plastic shaker
If you usually throw your soda bottles away after you finish with them, then this activity will see you storing them instead. Keep the recycling, remove the label, and add a handful of small kibble that will fit in the opening. You can then leave the lid off for your dog to try and get the treats out of the bottle or drill a few holes in the sides. Your Smooth Foxy Russell will need to roll the cylinder along the floor trying to release the kibble from its plastic prison!
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Muffin tin
In the wild, dogs had to fight and work hard for their food. Now, we give it to them on a (literal) platter. Let's take your Smooth Foxy Russell back to ancient times - but safely. Flip a muffin tin onto its back, so that the raised portions are facing upward. Put kibble around the ridges, making your dog work to remove them with their tongue. It might be a slow process, but it's one that makes your dog think and work to achieve their supper!
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Shoebox
Smooth Foxy Russells are very compulsive, often not resting until they achieve what they set out to do. In most cases, this can be quite a hindrance - mainly if it's something they shouldn't be doing - like digging up your flower bed! In the case of food puzzles, however, it works in your favor. You can set them down with a shoebox, fill it with cardboard tubes set upright, then put kibble in each of these rolls. It's now up to your dog to work out how to get to the bottom of the rolls. Warning: this puzzle might result in mass cardboard destruction!
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Hoop Jumping

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Any Day
Cheap
Normal
10 min
Items needed
Hula hoop
Treats
Activity description
Smooth Foxy Russells love to learn, it's one of their many fun attributes. If you like to teach, then it's a match made in heaven! When you want to provide your Smooth Foxy Russell with as much stimulation as possible, treat them to a new skill such as jumping through a hoop. Smooth Foxy Russells do exceptionally well with agility training, so they are bound to be a standout with this task as well. It's also affordable, given that you only need to buy a hula hoop and treats, and it has an average difficulty level too. Set aside two or three 10-minute sessions a day to teach your dog how to jump through a hoop.
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On the ground
To start teaching your dog how to jump through a hoop, hold it up with the bottom rim on the ground. Hold a treat through one side of it, encouraging your Smooth Foxy Russell to walk through and get the treat. When they do, say your trigger word "jump" and give them a treat. Repeat this process until they confidently walk through.
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Higher
Move the hoop slightly off the ground - by an inch or two - when your Smooth Foxy Russell can confidently walk through it to get their treat. Repeat the process until this step is second nature as well. You will have one proud pooch once they get this step mastered. Offer tons of praise!
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Leaping
After gradually moving the hoop higher and higher off the ground, your pooch should now know how to leap through the circle on your command and get their treat. Hoop jumping is a fun party trick and one that will help to tire them out and keep them out of trouble at the same time.
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Car Ride

Not only can Smooth Foxy Russells get quite anxious without their owners, but they are also really nosy and want to find out what you're doing. Rather than leave them at home, with them thinking you will never return, why not take them with you? A quick ride in the car can make man's best friend's day, and it's bound to put a smile on your face too.

Fetch

Most Smooth Foxy Russells will see something move and will immediately chase it, so there is every reason to believe that a game of fetch will become their favorite pastime. Buy a ball or a similar toy and take them into your fenced yard. If your home is big enough, fetch also makes an excellent rainy day activity. Spend 20-30 minutes throwing a ball and waiting for them to retrieve it. They'll be ready for a snooze in no time!

Conclusion

There is no denying that you need to either have a lot of energy or be an experienced owner to adopt a Smooth Foxy Russell. However, once you master the basics on how to cater to their physical and mental requirements, it will be smooth sailing. Pawsitive reinforcement, snacks, and plenty of activities go a long way to making your Smooth Foxy Russell happy.