Activities For Taco Terriers

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Introduction

The Taco Terrier is a hybrid dog; the parent breeds are the Chihuahua (the pup's moniker refers to the Chihuahua that appeared in Taco Bell advertisements for some time) and the Toy Fox Terrier. There is much personality packed into the tiny body of the Taco Terrier! The breed is loyal and loving; they are energetic and "feisty." Because the pup is so small, packing the pup up and traveling is easy. In fact, when it comes to activities for the Taco Terrier, you can indulge your need for adventure with this willing canine companion. Keep in mind that the Taco Terrier is a brave soul even though they might be somewhat fragile due to their small stature.

Cautious Puppy Years

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30 min
Items needed
leash
Activity description
When a Taco Terrier is very young, the owner should take care to ensure that there is just the right amount of activity where a young pup is involved. Young Chihuahuas (one of the parent breeds) can develop hip dysplasia if a pup is pushed too much regarding activity. Other growth impediments can occur if caution is not taken when the pup is still growing. In addition, you will need to keep the pup indoors away from other dogs until the pup's vaccinations are all administered. In fact, until the puppy is at least four months old (and shots are taken), exercise should not be a high priority. After this time, ease your dog into play. The bones of the Taco Terrier will need to adjust to activity.
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Before four months
In the earliest weeks of the Taco Terrier's life, you will need to focus on adjusting the pup to what you expect as far as behavior and training. When you begin exercising your Taco Terrier, begin by taking short walks. It is recommended that your pal be fitted with a harness rather than a collar. Use the first few months of the pup's life to train them to walk on the leash with you.
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Between four and eight months
At this time, you should schedule at least two short walks into your Taco Terrier's exercise regimen. Plan for two twenty minute walks, ideally in the morning and evening time. Keep in mind that the Taco Terrier does not do well in cold weather, so, during cooler months, you may need to fit your little buddy with a sweater suitable for the weather.
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Adulthood
By the time your Taco Terrier reaches one year of age, you should be walking your pup twice a day (at least) for thirty minutes per walk. Always be sure to take breaks, and provide water while out and about. Once again, these walks should be morning and evening strolls. At this time, your dog's bones will be fully formed so that you can incorporate other activities into your exercise routine.
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Swimming

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Hot Day
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Easy
30 - 45 min
Items needed
swim vest
Activity description
The Taco Terrier is a natural swimmer! Furthermore, the low-impact activity that swimming provides will keep your pup in great shape without stressing the pup's joints. In addition, swimming with your Taco Terrier will give the both of you a great opportunity for exercise as well as help to create an even greater bond between the two of you. Begin when your pup is quite young, approximately six months. You'll need to start small, and be very patient as your dog learns to swim. Remember, not all dogs take to water immediately, but don't let that hinder you. Continue introducing your pup to the water as often as you can.
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Introduce the water
It is best to begin teaching your dog to swim in a pool, if possible. Because the Taco Terrier is such a small dog, you might even begin in your bathtub! Introduce your pup to the water and encourage them. If you do begin in the tub, be sure to introduce the swim vest to your dog as well.
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Head for the pool
The pool is a great place to teach Fido how to swim. Stay in the shallow end so that you can walk along your pup's side as they begin swimming. Some experts even recommend utilizing the dog's leash while in the water. This will prevent your buddy from swimming too far away until you are sure that they can swim without help and will come back to you if you call to them.
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Practice makes perfect
You may want to bring toys or other items in order to show your pup that the water can be a fun place. Encourage your pup to paddle with their own legs in order to stay afloat, but - just as when humans learn to swim - you might want to place your arms under your Taco Terrier to ensure that they don't sink. Encourage the use of the dog's back legs. In addition, be sure to show your pup how to find the pool's steps in order to exit the pool safely. (Practice this just as you do swimming.)
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Ball Games

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Any Day
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Normal
30 min
Items needed
small tennis ball
Activity description
The Toy Fox Terrier parent breed loves any kind of exercise including a ball. Fetch is a favorite game, but it should not be introduced until your dog is at least one year of age. However, when your dog is about four to six months old, you can roll the ball in the hall or on another tiled surface and allow them to run after it. You might also introduce flyball once your dog is over one year of age. There are many ways that you can "play ball" with your Taco Terrier at any age.
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Introduce the ball
When your Taco Terrier is very young, you will need to choose activities carefully. Although the grown Taco Terrier will enjoy playing with a ball, your dog must be careful not to overdo physical activity as a young pup. First, visit your local pet supply store and purchase small tennis balls just perfect for the tiny Taco Terrier's mouth. Then, find a tiled area where you can roll the ball and encourage the pup to run after it. Monitor your pup for overexertion. When your pal is small, limit this activity to about fifteen minutes.
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Fetch
As your dog grows into adulthood, you can begin to introduce them to chasing the tossed ball. If you have been rolling the ball and the dog has been retrieving it, they already have the concept of fetch down pat. You will need to ensure that your pup is keeping their eye on the ball. Again, make sure that your cuddly canine is not overexerted.
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Take it outdoors
The Taco Terrier will enjoy a good game of fetch whether the dog is outdoors or inside on a blustery day. Any time the Taco Terrier is outdoors, be sure that the space you are playing in is enclosed. Never leave your dog outside unattended. Unfortunately, your pup is such a small dog (especially when they are young) that they can become prey for birds such as hawks.
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Find the Hidden Treat

Your Taco Terrier is a highly intelligent pup; indulge your dog's mental need for activity by hiding small treats and encouraging the pup to find them.

Go Out to Eat

During warmer months, the Taco Terrier is happy to accompany you as you are out and about. Many restaurants will gladly welcome you and your pooch on covered patio or deck areas.

Conclusion

The Taco Terrier, a hybrid breed made up of a Chihuahua parent and a Toy Fox Terrier parent, is a small dog whose tiny body is packed full of energy. In order to keep your pup from boredom and mischief, provide them with several small activity sessions a day. Because of the dog's size, packing up and getting outdoors is easy. However, note that your dog does not tolerate cold weather well, so indoor activities are best during the cooler months. Keep in mind that your pup will enjoy activities during which you can bond, so any time with the Taco Terrier is rewarding for the both of you.