Activities For Toy Foxy Rat Terriers

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Introduction

Your Toy Foxy Rat Terrier is going to stay small, of course, and will not usually get over 25 pounds. They are a cross between an American Rat Terrier and a Toy Fox Terrier, which are both small dogs. But, small dogs are just as good at most sports as the bigger pooches, and your Foxy Terrier can do just about anything you want them to do. If they want to, that is. One thing you will find out with any Terrier breed is that they tend only to do what they want to do. So, whatever activity you choose for you and Foxy to do, make sure your pooch likes it before you invest too much energy and time into it.

Terrier Racing

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Sunny Day
Free
Easy
30 - 40 min
Items needed
Muzzle
Treats
Lure
Racetrack
Activity description

Since your dog is a Terrier, it may be good to try Terrier racing. All dogs love to run, and that is basically what Terrier racing is all about, right? Mostly, yes. There are two types of Terrier racing, which are flat and Steeplechase. The flat one is pretty straightforward; just a straight track about 200 feet long that end in a stack of hay bales with a hole for the lure to “run” through. The dogs are either held by their owners or in a starter box (similar to a horse racing starter box) that holds six dogs separately until it is time to let them run. To lure these little furballs, you will need a piece of fur or cloth tied to a cord or line that is either hand reeled or pulled by a motorized pulley. With Steeplechase Terrier Racing, your dog will have at least four hurdles along the way to jump over. These hurdles are typically placed about 20 feet apart and are no taller than 16 inches high. The last hurdle must be at least 30 feet from the finish line. In most official races, the dogs are muzzled to prevent any accidents to the dogs or the handlers. To qualify for the championship, your dog has to complete both the flat and Steeplechase runs. 

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Learning to heel
The hardest thing about Terrier racing is keeping your dog from taking off before the start is called. If there is a starter box, it is easier, but if you are holding your pooch until the start is called, it can get dicey. You need to teach your dog to remain calm and collected until the start is called to make things easier on both of you. Teaching this calls for a lot of patience and a pocket full of treats.
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A pocket full of treats
Make sure you give your dog a treat every time they do what they are supposed to do. Keep doing this and reinforcing the behavior by treating and encouraging your pooch with kind words and praise as well as treats. It will probably take about a month for the average dog to learn the ropes of flat Terrier racing so make sure you have plenty of treats.
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Time to jump
Teaching your Toy Foxy Rat Terrier to jump hurdles is actually a lot easier than teaching them to stay calm at the start. Most dogs are just as good at jumping as they are at running so you should have no problems with this part, as long as you remember the treats. Give Fido a treat and praise when they reach the end no matter whether they are first or last. As long as they are having fun, that is all that matters.
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Lure Coursing

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Sunny Day
Cheap
Normal
45 min
Items needed
Treats
Lure
Yard
Activity description

Lure coursing is very similar to Terrier racing but a lot longer and faster. The dogs are held back just like in Terrier racing and released at the start to chase a lure that is just like the one for Terrier races, with a few changes. The lure in lure coursing is on a battery powered line that pulls the lure through elements such as bushes or tunnels, around curves, and even changes direction. The lure also moves at more than 40 miles per hour, so your dog has to be pretty fast, which most Terriers are. This course is for dogs other than Terriers though, so your dog may be up against other breeds such as Retrievers, German Shepherds, and even Great Danes. However, because of the size difference, the smaller breeds are typically separated from the giant breeds. 

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Training
Training your pooch for lure coursing is the same as training for Terrier racing minus the Steeplechasing hurdles. Start out by teaching your pup to heel calmly at the beginning until the start is called. Make sure you are prepared with treats to encourage your little buddy when they do good. Once your dog is ready for the race, just let them go and they will know what to do.
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Acclimation
The next step before going to a competition is to get your dog acclimated to the hustle and bustle of the race. There will be a large, noisy crowd and a lot of other dogs so your pooch has to be able to handle this kind of atmosphere. Go to a few competitions and just watch with your dog until they are comfortable with the situation. Then you can let your furry friend join the game.
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Search and Rescue

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Any Day
Cheap
Hard
1 hr
Items needed
Leash
Harness
Helper
Treats
Activity description
If you have ever seen Lassie or Rin Tin Tin, you probably wondered if your dog could be a hero like them. Lassie saved Timmy from the well several hundred times already. That kid needs some supervision. And Rin Tin Tin was a hero to many soldiers in World War I back in the 1950s. So, maybe you want to try your dog’s talent for search and rescue. Because your Toy Foxy Rat Terrier is pretty small, they probably are not big enough to pull someone from a well or out of the line of fire, but your dog can surely use their nose, hearing, and sight to find someone who is missing and alert someone when they find a victim.
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Preparation
Prepare your pooch by getting them used to the harness and leash that they need to wear for this activity. Then you will need to get your dog to find the scent and follow the trail. Start by having someone help you by being the “victim.” They will need to take a piece of clothing and wipe it all over themselves to get their scent on it. Then they should rub their feet along a trail where they will hide at the end for your dog to find them.
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Scenting
Hold your pooch at the start and have them sniff the piece of clothing until they catch the scent. Then tap the ground and tell your dog to search. They should be able to pick up the scent from the ground pretty easily and follow it to the “victim.” Be sure to give your pooch treats every time the victim is found.
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Find the victim
Have the “victim” move further away every time to make it more difficult until your dog is able to find them every time within a few minutes. If your dog gets good enough, you can try joining a search and rescue trial to see if they qualify. If not, you can continue having fun on your own. You may not be able to save Timmy, but you and your fur baby can still have a blast.
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Catch

So, all dogs know how to play catch, right? Not necessarily. If you throw a ball at some dogs, they will run the other way. However, if you have a canine that loves to catch, grab a small, soft ball and start tossing it around in the backyard. Make sure the ball is not too small. You don’t want your dog to accidentally swallow it, so it should be bigger than a tennis ball but softer. Or you can play with a Frisbee or any other toy that your pooch likes to play with.

Play Soccer

Dogs love to play ball and they love to run so playing soccer is a wonderful choice for any pup. Terriers are especially energetic, so they need to be active on a daily basis. If you and your pooch want to play soccer together, just get yourself a soft soccer ball, the regular ones are too hard, and go to the park or your backyard and see who can get it into the “goal” you make. You may not be playing professionally anytime soon, but your little buddy will love it and so will you.

Conclusion

Terriers are energetic, and yours is probably twice as hyper since you have a double Terrier. The American Rat Terrier and the Toy Fox Terrier are both incredible athletes who love to run, jump, and play all day long. They need at least one hour per day of vigorous exercise as well as a walk every day. If you cannot find the time, you can always hire a dog walker to pick up your slack once in a while. Everybody needs a break sometimes, but remember that having a dog means devoting at least a few hours a day to spending one on one time with them to keep them happy and healthy.