Activities For Toy Foxkers

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Introduction

Toy Foxkers are the result of the intentional breeding of a Toy Fox Terrier and a Cocker Spaniel. While you might not think these two breeds would produce the best puppy, you will be pleasantly surprised. Once you own a Toy Foxker, you will understand how beautiful inside and out this dog is. However, that’s not to say it will always be smooth sailing! This sassy, independent and spunky dog is full of beans at the best of times, before becoming your napping buddy shortly after. They are full of life and love for those around them, but are also a little bit noisy, territorial, and demanding. Stuck for ideas on how to appeal to every part of their personality? Here are a few to get you started. 

Bark Training

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Any Day
Free
Hard
5 min
Items needed
Treats
Activity description

The Toy Foxker can be a yappy little dog – courtesy of their Toy Fox Terrier parents. The barking isn’t usually malicious, but rather curious as to what’s moving outside, or who could be at the door. It doesn’t matter whether a bird is flying through the sky or the mailman is delivering a parcel, your Toy Foxker is bound to let off a round of yaps and barks. If you want to remain friends with your neighbors and keep your property a place of peace, then try bark training sooner rather than later. This free but challenging activity will require plenty of five-minute training sessions, but it’s an activity you can carry out in all weather with the use of treats. 

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Remove the distraction
Dogs bark for many reasons, but you may be able to stop them as quickly as they begin by finding out why they yap in the first place. Your Toy Foxker may have a trigger, such as someone walking past your house, or the mailman knocking on your door to let you know there’s a parcel there. Where possible, eliminate the barking source. You may find that training your Toy Foxker to stop barking is as easy as that!
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Distract
If it’s not possible to remove the distraction, then create another one to divert their attention and to stop them from barking. For example, if someone walks past your home and your Toy Foxker starts to yap, shake a can with a few coins or nails in it. The sound is bound to shock them and stop them from crying at the same time. Repeat the shake every time they make a noise, and your dog will begin to associate barking with that loud and often-irritating shaking!
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Train guests
If the primary source of your Toy Foxker’s barking is people coming to the door, then train your guests instead of your dog. Leave a jar of treats outside, and ask them to offer your dog a snack as they come in. Your pooch will immediately stop barking as they will have their mouth full, and they will expect a treat when someone comes to the door, rather than to begin yapping instead!
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Dog Park

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Sunny Day
Free
Easy
1 hr
Items needed
Leash
Doggy waste bag
Toy
Activity description

If you want a free and straightforward activity that you can carry out on a frequent basis, then a trip to the dog park is it. While such an exercise is beneficial for your dog’s physical health, it’s equally as helpful for their social lives as well. While Cocker Spaniels are mostly friendly, Toy Fox Terriers can be quite territorial and standoffish. Nip that behavior in the bud sooner rather than later by socializing them with other dogs from a young age. This one-hour activity is one you can carry out in the sunshine with only the need for a toy, leash, and waste bag. Get ready for a tired pooch at the end of it! 

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Choose a park
If you are taking your Toy Foxker to a play area at a young age, you need to be careful where you bring them. They are a small breed, and playing with larger breeds can be harmful. Find a dog park that has separate enclosures for small and large dogs. If you are unfamiliar with what’s available, ring your local council or talk to friends and family.
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Introduce
Don’t immediately put your dog into the enclosure to play with others – especially if they are a little more mature and don’t typically take to new environments well. Walk them around the dog park’s outer edges on their leash, enabling them to sniff all the new scents and check out their potential new friends from a distance.
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Play
Now that you have introduced them to their surroundings, you can bring them into the enclosure and meet up with other dogs. Give them a toy to play with and make sure you clean up after them as well. After a few regular trips to the dog park, your Toy Foxker will begin looking forward to every time you bring out their leash!
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Food Shaker

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Rainy Day
Cheap
Normal
20 min
Items needed
Drill
Treats
PVC pipe
Activity description

If you love your shoes and other low-hanging prized possessions, then the last thing you want to do is leave your Toy Foxker home alone with nothing to do. A bored Toy Foxker is a destructive one, so even if you’re going to be home but not free for playtime, you are going to want to offer your pooch something to do. Otherwise, they can dig holes in your yard, terrorize your other pets, and chew up your shoes! Such destruction is all punishment for you not giving them any attention! A food shaker will be the best activity to prevent such behavior. It’s ideal for rainy days, takes up 20 minutes of your dog’s time, and you only need a drill, PVC pipe, and treats. It’s also relatively challenging for your dog, but not taxing on your wallet. 

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Select treats
Choose snacks for your home-made food shaker that are going to be suitable for the task and your dog. Hard food is best as it creates a noise inside the pipe. It should also be small, like kibble, to fit out of the drilled holes. Avoid food that is high in salt and fat.
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Build shaker
Clean the PVC pipe and place a cap on one end. Drill small holes, large enough for your treat of choice, and fill the tube up with food. Add a cap on the other end. Make sure there are lots of holes, so your dog has plenty of opportunities to get treats!
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Play
Set your Toy Foxker up in an area of your home with few obstacles. Make sure you will be close at hand to supervise as well. Your Toy Foxker can now play! They will roll the food shaker on the floor, hoovering up the treats that tumble out of it. The pipe food shaker is bound to be their favorite toy for many years to come.
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Fetch

If you don’t mind the repetition of games with your dog, then fetch could be in the cards. The Toy Fox Terrier in your Toy Foxker will be more than up to the task. Make sure you have a small ball on hand and a clear area in or outside your home. You can then spend at least half an hour tiring your dog out with endless running.  

Swimming

If the summer sun is too much to bear, consider buying a paddling pool or taking your pooch to a local watering hole. Your dog will have a blast playing with a toy in the water – or interacting with you in a paddling pool. It also enables them to cool down, a necessity since they may struggle to regulate their body temperature. 

Conclusion

Toy Foxkers are active, adorable, spunky, and loving dogs that will fill any hole in your heart. They love nothing more than to cuddle up with you at night, but can also be very sassy and independent during the day. If you want your Toy Foxker to know that they’re your best bud furever, then make sure you incorporate as many fun games into their days as possible. You can then enjoy knowing you’ve done everything you can to make them happy.