Activities For Toy Fo-Chons

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Introduction

As most owners of Toy Fo-Chons will know, this adorable little breed is a delight. They are smart, intelligent, humorous, and enjoy play as much as curling up for a nap on your knee. In many cases, Toy Fo-Chons also get along with children and other pets, as long as you begin important socialization early on. Because they are a small dog, they don’t need too much physical activity, but they still need something to keep both their body and mind active. These activities below cater to both their mental and physical stimulation. 

Begging

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Any Day
Free
Normal
5 min
Items needed
Treats
Activity description

Toy Fo-Chons are intelligent dogs that thrive in a “classroom” situation. They will happily learn new things and live for pleasing their owner. As a result, treating them to a new skill can be a way in which to stimulate them while offering crucial bonding time with their owner as well. Teaching your Toy Fo-Chon how to beg is an excellent option. You can do it in any weather, it only takes five-minute sessions, and it’s free and of a regular difficulty level. Before long, and with the aid of treats, your Toy Fo-Chon will know how to beg and earn their keep. 

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Engage
The first step is to engage your Toy Fo-Chon with the treat. If they are food-oriented, it won’t be all that difficult. Show them the treat in front of their nose and make sure they can see and smell it. Make sure it’s something they love, otherwise they are not going to work all that hard to get it!
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Raise it
With a treat in your hand and now that you have your Toy Fo-Chon’s attention, you can raise it to their eye or nose level. Let them see it, sniff it, then lift it, so they have to get up on their hind legs to reach it. Once they do, offer positive praise and the treat.
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Trigger word
Incorporate a trigger word such as “beg” so your dog starts to associate it with getting up on two legs and receiving a treat. Repeat step two by raising the treat, use your trigger word, then offer the treat and praise. You can repeat this process in five-minute sessions until they learn it without the treat. Given the Toy Fo-Chon’s intelligence, teaching your dog to beg won’t take all that long.
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Hoop Jumping

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Sunny Day
Cheap
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5 min
Items needed
Hula hoop
Treats
Activity description

On a sunny day, it’s often a challenge to come up with activities for your Toy Fo-Chon to enjoy as well as yourself. You want to appeal to their intelligence, but you also want it to be affordable and not take up a lot of time. Hoop jumping could be the answer. You only need to set aside five or ten minutes a day, and this regular difficulty level activity will appeal. Buy a hula hoop and a treat and get to work teaching your Toy Fo-Chon how to jump through it. It will be a lot of fun while being something you can store away as a party trick! 

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Engage
Your dog has to engage with the hula hoop, but it might not come naturally. Hold the ring up with the rim on the ground. Show your dog a treat through one side so you can encourage them to go through it to get the treat. Once they do, reward them with praise and the treat.
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Trigger word
Once your Toy Fo-Chon is familiar with the hoop and walking through it for treats, introduce the trigger word which can be anything you want. Put the treat through the hoop, use your word when your dog walks through it, then offer the treat and praise.
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Raise
With repetition of the last instruction, you will be ready to raise the hoop. Because your Toy Fo-Chon has small legs, you will not be able to lift it all that high. Work your way up an inch at a time until it’s at a comfortable height that your Toy Fo-Chon has to work hard, but not too much so.
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Food Puzzles

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Rainy Day
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1 hr
Items needed
Treats
Puzzles
Activity description

Believe it or not, it’s not all that easy to come up with activities for a small breed when it’s too wet to go outside. You could lounge around on the couch all day, but that’s asking for trouble! A bored pooch is a destructive one! Instead of waiting for the inevitable to occur, prepare yourself. Buy rainy-day food puzzle activities, snacks, and treat your Toy Fo-Chon to a fun game that stimulates their mind for an hour or more. They are also bound to find it easy enough, offering you a chance to do something else in the meantime. 

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Buy puzzle
A food puzzle can be expensive when purchased from a pet store, but it can be worth it. The best food puzzle for dogs is one that they can’t destroy and will challenge them without making them too frustrated. As they have a small head, the toy should also be little enough for them to manage but not as tiny as to be a choking hazard.
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Buy treats
Toy Fo-Chons don’t need too much physical activity which can put them at risk of obesity. If you’re worried about what your family feeds your pup, then be careful with your treat selection. Instead of high salt and high-fat snacks from the pet store or grocery store, select something you can eat but is also healthy for your pooch. Carrots, frozen sardines, sweet potato, and red peppers are all excellent options. They are also something your dog is bound to enjoy as well.
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Doggy Massage

While Toy Fo-Chons love to run around and play, they also love nothing more than to relax. Enjoy that relaxation yourself, too, by treating your pooch to a doggy massage. Pick up some tips from massage experts or take a look online. You will come across many massage techniques that will send your pooch into a relaxed slumber. 

Dog Park

Not all Toy Fo-Chons are social with other animals, but the Maltese side tends to be. Get them set up for their future by treating your Toy Fo-Chon to regular trips to the dog park. Here, you can socialize them with other dogs in a safe environment while helping them to burn off steam. 

Conclusion

The Toy Fo-Chon is a beautiful mix of two recognized breeds that are commonplace in many homes. They enjoy spending time with you and your family but also like to work on puzzles that test their intelligence. All in all, they are a pawsitively delightful pup you will enjoy adding to your family.