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.
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.
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 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.