Activities For Toy Fox Pinschers

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Introduction

The Toy Fox Pinscher is a designer breed developed by combining the Toy Fox Terrier and the Miniature Pinscher. This breed is a great hunting dog but is also a wonderful family dog, lovable, friendly, and protective of their humans. Although they do not get very big, the Toy Fox Pinscher has a big personality and no fear whether having fun or working. In fact, they have no idea how small they are and will take on the largest animal in order to protect the people they love. If you own a Toy Fox Pinscher, you know how energetic and smart they are, and you also know it is essential to give them the physical activity they need every day. Here are a few activities you may like to try with your pooch.

Rally Obedience

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Any Day
Moderate
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1 hr
Items needed
collar
leash
treats
Activity description
Rally obedience (Rally O) is a canine sport based on your dog’s ability to follow orders. This type of activity is excellent for any dog no matter the breed or size as the steps do not require your pooch be of any size or shape. Rally obedience is similar to a regular obedience trial except you do not wait for the judge to tell you what to do. There are 10 to 20 stations with signs that tell you what to do at each step. There are many groups that hold these competitions including the American Kennel Club (AKC), but they support mixed breeds as well through their AKC Canine Partners program. 
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Learn the signs
First thing you need to do is learn the signs. There is a different sign for each of the 20 stations, so even though they are not difficult to learn, you have to remember what each of them mean or you will not get a very good score. Most are simple commands such as sit, turn left, turn right, figure 8, heel, and jump.
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Teach the signs to your pooch
After you learn the signs, you need to teach them to your furry friend. Since your dog cannot read the signs, you will have to teach them with your voice and hand signals. Many dogs know the sit, heel, and down commands so it will not be too difficult to add a few on. Just make sure you give your Toy Fox Pinscher a treat every time they do something right.
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Enter a trial
After a few weeks of training, you can enter your buddy in a trial and see how well you both do. It takes both of you to have a successful run and get a good score so don’t try to put it all on Fido. You are the one who has to give the commands and signals. If you do not qualify the first time, keep trying. Practice makes perfect.
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Barn Hunt

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Sunny Day
Moderate
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1 - 2 hrs
Items needed
hay bales
PVC tubes
Rat
Treats
Activity description

This is a relatively new dog sport, but it is becoming popular pretty fast. While any breed can be good at barn hunt, Terriers and other hunting dogs like Miniature Pinschers are bred for this sport. Your Toy Fox Pinscher is perfect for this type of activity and is great exercise as well as being fun for both of you. In addition, it can be used to train dogs for the job of vermin hunting on the farm. The sport of barn hunting is a furrific way to test your pooch’s control, scenting abilities, hunt drive, agility, and speed. The point is for your dog to find the rat as fast as possible. The sport itself consists of a course made up into a maze of tubes, hay bales, and other obstacles in a barn setting with live rats in a cage for your dog to find. The quarry (rat) will be in a PVC tube with plenty of airholes hidden in or under a pile of hay, and your little buddy will have to find them with his nose, skill, and intuition. Empty tubes may be placed as decoys to make the hunt more challenging. You do not even need a barn for this sport because the main parts of the course are the hay bales and tubes. Some of these competitions are held indoors and some outdoors, depending on the weather and area you live in. 

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Setting up
You will need to have someplace to train your pooch even if you think they are already a born hunter. Even the best hunters have to learn the specific rules and ways of the barn hunt sport if you want to compete. If you have a barn, great. If not, you can set it up in your back yard. You just need some bales of hay, tubes, rats, and lots of treats to reward your pooch when they do something right.
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Introduction
Let your dog see and sniff a rat in a cage and encourage your pooch to “get it.” Do not actually let your dog have the rat because that is not the purpose of the sport. They are just supposed to find the tube with the rat in it, not eat the rat. Once your dog gets used to the rat, place the rat in a PVC tube and hide it in a maze of hay bales. Reward your dog with a treat when they find the rat. Make sure you get your pup used to climbing and jumping on and off the bales of hay.
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Go hunting
After your Toy Fox Pinscher is able to find the rat pretty quickly, go ahead and visit a barn hunt competition with your dog and just let them watch. See how they handle the crowd and loud noises before you try to enter a competition. Once your furry friend seems comfortable with the surroundings, go ahead and enter. Good luck and have fun.
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Dock Jumping

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Sunny Day
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Easy
1 - 2 hrs
Items needed
Water
Toy
Treats
Activity description

Dock jumping sounds like something we humans would have fun doing. In fact, it is something we do already. Haven't you ever jumped in a pool, lake, or another body of water? Same thing really. But with dock jumping for dogs, they are judged by how far they jump. This has got to be one of the more enjoyable competitive sports for both dogs and owners, but especially the dogs. However, this is only good if your dog can swim and really enjoys doing it. Some people believe that dogs are automatically excellent swimmers when, in fact, some dogs just cannot (or will not) swim at all. If your pooch is a swimmer, this sport may be something that you will love to do together. All you need is a toy to throw, a body of water that is at least four feet deep and something to jump off like a deck or a dock. In the competition, your Toy Fox Pinscher will have two jumps, and the furthest one will be their official score. The measurement starts at the end of the dock, so you need to get your dog to jump from the very end of the dock rather than further back, or your score will be lower. Some dogs have been known to jump over 20 feet. In fact, the record jump length is 29 feet 7 inches by a dog named Baxter in 2011. 

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Go for a swim
First, make sure your dog can swim and actually likes doing it. If your pooch is not having fun, you should find a different sport or activity. Take your canine swimming in the lake or pool first, to let them play for a while before trying to train them. Toss the toy to them while you are both in the water and give your Toy Fox Pinscher a treat every time they get the toy.
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Jumping in
Jumping from the deck is next. This may sound easy but there are things you need to know to get your dog to jump as far as they can. There are techniques such as chase or place and send. To get your dog to jump as far as possible with the chase method, give them the stay command and then walk to the end of the dock and call your pooch while tossing the toy. Place and send requires your dog to watch you throw the toy in the water and then you place the dog in position on the dock and tell them to get it. It is up to you and your dog to decide which one of these is better.
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Compete
Once you decide to go for competition, make sure your dog is comfortable with the situation of being around a lot of other dogs and people. Some canines just do not like that kind of atmosphere. If your Toy Fox Pinscher cannot handle the crowds, you can always have your own competitions at home or the lake where you practiced. It is still fun whether you and your pooch are getting graded on it or not.
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Fetch

Fetching is the oldest dog game in the book, so to speak. Tossing a stick, ball, or toy and watching your pooch go after it never gets old though. Of course, some dogs will go get the toy and never bring it back, or they may bring it back but not let you have it. They obviously want to continue the game, but they do not want to give up the toy that they ran off and retrieved for you. In that case, maybe you should have more than one toy to play fetch with.

Agility

Agility courses offer so much variety and fun that all dogs love to do it. And you will love watching them. Who can resist watching their best furry friend jump through a hoop or run through a tube? The look on your dog’s face as they race through the tunnels and over the jumps is priceless.

Conclusion

Living with a Toy Fox Pinscher can be a bunch of fun, but sometimes they seem to have way too much energy. That is why breeds like Terriers need at least one hour of physical activity every day. If you are not spending enough time playing with your pooch, they will let you know by tearing up your things, peeing on your floor, or driving the neighbors mad with their barking. Make sure you have enough time to exercise your dog or find a dog walker or sitter to take them out for you.