Activities For Toy Fo-Tzus

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Introduction

If you prefer a dog with a bit of personality, sass, and stubbornness, then you will get all that and more with the Toy Fo-Tzu. This breed, consisting of a Shih Tzu and Toy Fox Terrier may be small, but underestimate them and they’ll be the boss of you in no time! Toy Fo-Tzu dogs are energetic, witty, and playful, which means you need to be able to stimulate them with a mixture of physical and mental activities too. Take the time to try out these options below for a better chance of having a well-rounded and tuckered pup at the end of the day!

Automatic Ball Launcher

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Sunny Day
Expensive
Normal
30 min
Items needed
Ball launcher
Treats
Balls
Activity description

Toy Fo-Tzus are high-energy dogs that don’t seem to want to stop. And, given their affinity for small round items they can chase, it’s a good idea to invest in an automatic ball launching machine that will provide them with hours of entertainment. A ball launcher might be expensive, but given how effortlessly it throws balls and takes the jobs off your hands, it will be a welcome addition to your home. It will also entertain your Toy Fo-Tzu for at least half an hour while having a regular difficulty level to teach them to bring the balls back with the help of treats. Take part in this sunny-day activity if you want your Toy Fo-Tzu to have the most fun ever!

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Introduce machine
With most new items that make a lot of noise, your Toy Fo-Tzu is going to need time to adjust. A ball launcher is no different. The first time it enters your yard is going to be a time of uncertainty, so you must lay the groundwork. Set it up in the yard with it turned off and invite your pooch to get close. Reward them for doing so with a treat. Move the machine away from your dog and turn it on. When the warning sign to launch goes off, give your dog a treat by saying “yes” excitedly.
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Fetch
Once your dog is comfortable with the sound the launcher makes, set it off and let them chase the ball. When they return it to you, give them a treat and reward them. However, you will need to hover your hand with the treat over the launcher’s ball holder so they learn to drop it into it to get a treat.
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Practice
Your dog isn’t going to learn how to use a ball launcher right away. You will need to keep repeating the positive reinforcement with treats to not only get them to retrieve the ball but bring it back and put it in the bucket. Over time and with your help, they will succeed.
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Bubbles

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Any Day
Cheap
Easy
10 min
Items needed
Pipe cleaner
Dish soap
Bouillon cube
Water
Activity description

If you want to treat your Toy Fo-Tzu to a fun game that tests them mentally and physically, then showing them what bubbles are could be a great place to start. Bubbles are strange balls that your Toy Fo-Tzu never seems to be able to catch - and it’s going to stump them! They will enjoy burning off energy while running and jumping, and you will appreciate how straightforward and affordable this all-weather activity is. What’s more, you can get play underway almost immediately as you only need a bubble wand and mixture. This 10-minute game will be a firm favorite in no time.

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Make mixture
While there are plenty of child-friendly bubble mixtures on the market, very few are alluring to dogs. Therefore, you may like to make your own. Use a quarter-cup of dish soap liquid with half a cup of water, one teaspoon of sugar, and one bouillon cube. Dissolve the cube in half a cup of water and combine all ingredients while stirring. You now have a lovely smelling bubble mixture your dog will love sniffing!
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Make a wand
If you are going to create your bubble mixture, you may as well build a wand to go with it. Twist a pipe cleaner into a circle - small enough that it can enter a bottle of bubble mixture. Make sure to have enough pipe cleaner left at the end to hold as the handle. You’re now ready to play with bubbles!
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Play
Now that you have your wand and bubble mixture, you can set your Toy Fo-Tzu up somewhere to play. While bubbles should be an outside activity, it’s also okay to play with them in a sheltered area when it’s raining. However, given the inclusion of a bouillon cube, you may like to do so where staining won’t matter - such as a garage or deck. Blow bubbles and let your pup have a ball trying to chase them!
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Play Dead

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Rainy Day
Free
Hard
5 min
Items needed
Treats
Activity description

You can’t own a dog without at least teaching them one skill, so why not let it be knowing how to play dead? Your Toy Fo-Tzu can be the life of any party when you tell them to play dead and they roll on their back and do so! While you may find that this activity is a challenge, it’s something you can do in five-minute sessions on a rainy day when your options are limited. You also only need treats, making it not overly challenging to prepare for when you decide to learn. Take the time to teach your dog a skill they can remember forever.

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Lie down
To begin, tell your dog to get down, then begin rubbing their belly to calm them down. This position is one they will need to be in a lot during training. When they are calm, roll your Toy Fo-Tzu onto their side and praise them for doing so, but with a gentle voice.
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Stay
Tell your Toy Fo-Tzu to stay, then if they lift their head, gently rest it back down to the ground. The goal is to make them look dead. Introduce the trigger words “play dead” and try to stand up without them moving. If they try to get up, start the process again.
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Play dead
At the end of the training, you should be able to use your trigger words “play dead” and have your pet lie down on command. Make sure you repeat this process consistently and provide treats and positive reinforcement. If they don’t think they are getting anything in return, this stubborn dog is unlikely to co-operate!
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Bath

Your Toy Fo-Tzu is going to need a lot of baths throughout their lifetime due to the mixture of two very different parent coats. Many dogs do not like baths, so early intervention is necessary to make it a fun activity they’ll look forward to rather than hate. Make sure you include plenty of toys and treats and use a high energy voice to get them excited. When you make bath time fun from a young age, it will make your life a whole lot easier!

Agility Training

The Toy Fox Terrier parentage of the Toy Fo-Tzu makes your pup an ideal candidate for agility training. It’s up to you whether you do so for fun or competition. You can join a club or even use a child’s playground to help them burn off energy and have a great time. Their nimble and agile body will astound you as they make their way through any course with your guidance.  

Conclusion

If you thought a teenager was stubborn, then you will realize how angelic they are when you compare them to a Toy Fo-Tzu. This beautiful little dog is the epitome of stubbornness and will require a lot of patience to get them to do what you want. Therefore, they are a not a dog that’s suitable for first-time owners - or owners with young children. If you do, however, own this sassy pup, you will enjoy how pawsitively cheeky they can be. You will need to ensure you provide them with mental and physical stimulation at all times.