Activities For Toy Foxingeses

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Introduction

The Toy Foxingese is the perfect combination of the Toy Fox Terrier and Pekingese breed. These are toy sized dogs that don’t get much bigger than 10 pounds when fully grown, but they have huge personalities with a lot of hunting and guarding genes packed in there. The Terrier in your dog is hyper and needs almost two hours a day of serious exercise to help keep them healthy and happy. The Pekingese, while they can be mellow lap dogs, are also full of energy. Activities that these little dogs enjoy can include hunting type sports, agility, and anything to do with running and jumping. 

Barn Hunt

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Any Day
Moderate
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1 hr
Items needed
hay bales
rats
tubes
treats
Activity description
A barn hunt (which does not have to be in a barn) is a fun activity that Terrier breeds are particularly good at because of their hunting genes. This is a serious competition that has judges and everything, but many dogs and their humans just like to play barn hunt on their own for fun. To play, several rats are hidden inside aerated tubes under straw in a maze made from hay bales and your dog has to sniff out the tubes with the rats in them because there are also several tubes without rats hidden in the straw. Your Foxingese will have to go over hurdles, over ramps, and through tunnels while being times to see which dog can find the rat the fastest. The rats don’t get harmed in any way as they are kept in a tube, which is removed when found.
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Learning the words
Your dog has to be able to understand certain commands that you have to yell during the competition such as go, search, down, heel, and anything else the judges ask for. Train your pooch to follow commands and be sure to give them a treat every time something is done correctly.
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Get some rats
Let your dog sniff at a cage with rats in it so they get the scent. Reward your pooch when they look at, bark at, or pay attention to the rats. Then take some of the bedding and sprinkle it around in the yard in a path for your Foxingese to follow. Give treats every time it is done right.
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Make a maze
Make your own barn hunt course with hay bales, making tunnels and jumps for your pooch to follow the scent through. Sprinkle the bedding along the trail first to get the scent and then hide the rat in a tube under some hay until your dog finds it. Treat your pooch when the rat is found. Then do it again and again until your dog gets fast enough to compete.
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Therapy Dog

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Moderate
Easy
30 - 60 min
Items needed
treats
Activity description
Is your pooch really patient and lovable? Do they like to be petted and have a lot of attention? While most dogs do enjoy these things, some do not like it as much as others but to be a therapy dog, your dog must like attention. To be a therapy dog, your little ball of fur needs to tune into their Pekingese side because they are cuddly lap dogs that love to snuggle. Training your fur buddy to be a therapy dog does not take much more than teaching them to sit in your lap or next to you on the couch all the time. It is recommended though, that your Foxingese obtain certification as a therapy dog so that they will be welcomed at every facility you would like to take them to.
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Practice
Practice having your dog sit next to you on the couch for long periods of time, giving your pooch a treat for sitting still for a certain length of time. For example, have them sit for 10 minutes at first and then add five minutes each time until your little buddy is able to sit there with you for 30 to 40 minutes.
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Release phrase
Teach your dog a release phrase such as “all better” or “all done” so your pooch knows when they can go on and do whatever it is they want to do. To do this, just say this phrase after five minutes and get up, letting your Foxingese know they are free to go. Reward your dog with a treat. Build up the time and vary the times so your dog knows it can happen at any time.
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Seek certification
In order to gain certification, search online for organizations that hold workshops and testing for official certification. Your Foxingese will be evaluated right off the bat for suitability. Testing after the workshops include reaction to noise and quick movements, response to commands, and willingness to be touched by anyone.
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Rally-O

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Moderate
Hard
1 - 2 hrs
Items needed
collar
leash
treats
Activity description
Rally-O, or rally obedience, is just like regular obedience trials except you and your dog go through a course of 10 to 20 different stations where your dog has to do a specific task such as heel, sit, long down, turn, sidestep, figure eight, recall, stay, retrieve, jump, and retrieve on jump. While this is an official AKC sport where dogs compete for the highest score and least mistakes, there are unofficial groups that perform their own Rally-O competitions for dogs that are not full-blooded pedigree pooches. This type of activity requires an excellent recall, obedience, and concentration by your four-legged friend. Your Foxingese could be a champ at Rally-O. Give it a try!
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Commando
Just like with other competition sports, your dog has to know all of the commands perfectly and be able to listen every time. You will need to teach your dog by giving them a treat when they perform as asked to reinforce this behavior. Once you think your Foxingese has them down, wait a few days and start again. Train your dog over and over so they know exactly what they are supposed to do without question or hesitation.
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See one - do one
Take your buddy to a competition and just watch to see how your dog is going to handle the crowds and noise. See if your pooch gets excited or seems like they just want to run and hide. After a few trips, your dog should be ready to jump in and have some fun too.
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Tricks and Treats

Teaching your dog to do specific tricks for you can be fun and easy for you both and it is a good bonding activity. Just fill your pockets with treats and start training. Easy tricks like sit, heel, paw, and lay, can be learned within a couple of hours if you reward your dog with a treat when they do it right. Harder tricks like balancing a treat on their nose or rolling over may take a few sessions.

Take a Hike

Put on some good comfy boots, grab a leash, and take your little fur baby to the park. Find a hiking spot in your area that allows pets on their trails and take your Foxingese for a walk in the woods. All dogs love to smell all the wild animal scents, and you will love the energizing feeling you get from doing a little physical exercise outside. 

Conclusion

Foxingeses and their humans need to spend a lot of time together to build that strong bond that lasts a lifetime. You can spend time doing one of the above activities or just take your four-legged friend for a game of fetch, go for a walk, or go swimming at the local dog beach. Whichever you pick, make sure it is something that you both enjoy and get out and have some fun.