Activities For Toy Foxie Doxies

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Introduction

This unique combination of Dachshund and Toy Fox Terrier produces a tiny ball of fur with tons of energy and lots of love. Although they are small dogs that are usually under 20 pounds, the Toy Foxie Doxie is also a very active and athletic dog in most cases. Even though all dogs are different, this breed is typically fun and loves to play all kinds of different games, both indoor and out, they may be a bit too small to do some sports like mushing, sled dog racing, and weight pulling. However, the sports or activities you choose to do with your dog is ultimately up to you and your four-footed friend.

Musical Canine Freestyle

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Any Day
Cheap
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1 hr
Items needed
collar
leash
treats
Activity description

Do you like to dance? Maybe your dog likes to dance with you? Well, there is a certain type of dog sport that can accommodate that for both of you. It is called musical canine freestyle or freestyle dance and it involves creative moves from both you and your pooch. All breeds are into this kind of thing no matter their size, breed, or gender although it does involve a bit of discipline. Freestyle heeling is mainly about your dog being able to heel while you dance. This style is really more about the heeling than the dancing but if you are not a dancer, then you may not enjoy this one. All your canine counterpart has to do is sit there next to you no matter where you move and what you are doing. Seems pretty easy, right? If your dog wants to move around with you, then musical freestyle is more suited for you. In this type of competition, your dog will be expected to move and perform with you, doing tricks such as rolling over, spinning, and jumping. 

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Work on signals
Your Toy Foxie Doxie should be able to follow your commands, both verbal and hand signals. There are two types of musical canine freestyle called freestyle heeling and musical freestyle. The first step is to decide which type you want to do. So, do you want to dance with your dog watching or with your pooch dancing with you? Does your dog have the ability to just sit and watch? That is actually more difficult than dancing with you because sitting still for some dogs is like torture. Try both with your little buddy and see which one works best for you both.
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Practice
Work on your performance as often as you can. Those who are really serious about the sport will typically practice on a daily basis but that is up to you and your fur baby. You can do this sport with just you and your dog, with a partner, or even with a group. There is usually only one human per dog, though. Make sure your dog is comfortable with whatever choice you make because this activity is supposed to be for both of you.
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Dance, dance, dance!
Entering a musical canine freestyle competition does not always have to be the next step. You and Fido can just perform for the fun of it, for your family, or even go to hospitals or retirement communities and perform. All sports do not have to be competitive. But, if you do want to compete, check out the local musical canine freestyle clubs or groups before jumping in. Let your pooch check them out too and see if you both enjoy the vibe.
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Wiener Dog Racing

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Any Day
Moderate
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1 hr
Items needed
collar
leash
treats
Activity description

Because your dog is part Dachshund, you may want to try Wiener dog racing. This sport is actually very popular in the United States and they even have competitions where you and your pooch can win medals and trophies. You may hear negative criticism about wiener dog racing because there has been some controversy around the sport in some areas. The controversy had a lot to do with previous Greyhound racing issues of abuse and the act of euthanizing the Greyhound after they are no longer able to race. This has never been the case with Wiener racing, but do your homework before jumping into any kind of sport. There are many professional competitions that support this sport, but the Dachshund Club of America is not one of them. They are opposed due to the Dachshund’s susceptibility to back injuries so be sure your Toy Foxie Doxie has a clean bill of health whenever starting this or any other type of sport. Since your dog is a mixed breed, they do have a slight chance of this weakened spine disorder, but your veterinarian can check this for you easily with one examination. 

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Check with your vet
As with any new sport, learn as much as you can before you decide to partake. If you have an extremely lazy dog, this sport is probably not going to be a good choice. In addition, if your pooch is wary of crowds or other dogs, this could be less than pleasurable for them. Talk to other dog owners who compete and let your pooch check out the competition. See if it sparks some interest in your furry friend. If so, start training. Remember to treat and praise your dog for a job well done every time.
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Let your pooch go
If you decide to compete, make sure your dog is ready and able to perform with an audience. They have to follow the rules and will be expected to run either 25 or 50 yards at a time. You can always just do this for fun rather than competition but if you want to compete, make sure your dog is up to it both physically and mentally.
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Flyball

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Sunny Day
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Hard
1 - 2 hrs
Items needed
collar
leash
treats
Activity description

Flyball is a fun sport for all sizes, no matter the gender or breed. What dog does not like to jump, run, and fetch a ball? Well, that is exactly what flyball is about. Your dog will be running in teams of four, jumping over hurdles and pressing a spring-loaded pad on a box that tosses them a tennis ball. They then have to bring that ball back to you, jumping over the same hurdles as before. This sport started in the 1960s in Southern California and the first flyball box was made public on the Tonight Show in the 1970s. The first official competition was held in California in 1983 but it is now held all over the world including Germany, Poland, Belgium, South Africa, and Australia. This sport is great exercise for your pooch and will satisfy Fido’s physical activity needs if done often enough.

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Start with the basics
To learn flyball, your dog has to know how to follow commands and jump hurdles. They also have to be able to work with a group and handle a large audience. Start your dog out by going to watch some competitions and then move on to training if they seem interested.
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Working backwards
Teach your pooch to run, jump, and retrieve the ball by starting with fetching a tennis ball in the backyard. Move on to training in a flyball course but let your dog start at the end while you hold the ball at the start line. Then add in the jumps, one at a time. Finally, add the flyball box and start again.
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Let your dog fly
Once your dog is able to run the course with ease, add the other three dogs of the team so they can get used to each other. Then let them fly. Once they get the hang of it, they will be hard to stop. Just make sure you give your pooch praise and a treat when it is done correctly.
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Hiking

Just like going to the dog park, pooches love to hike. There are so many scents and trails to discover no matter what park or hiking path you choose. Just be sure that dogs are allowed before putting on your boots and grabbing Fido’s leash. And don’t forget the dog poo bags.

Dog Park Fun

All dogs enjoy going to the dog park. Find one that suits you and your dog and get out there and mingle. Not only is it good for your dog to get physical activity but it is good for them to learn to socialize with other dogs and humans. And it is good for you too. Bring along some dog poo bags because not all parks supply them and even those that do can run out occasionally.

Conclusion

Your Toy Foxie Doxie will love you no matter what sport or fun adventure you decide to go on. In fact, dogs can get bored just like children and are much better behaved when they have a variety of different activities in their weekly routine. However, if you do not have the time or the energy to take your dog anywhere, try hiring a professional dog walker to do it for you.