Activities For Welsh Mini Fox Terriers

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Introduction

Your Welsh Mini Fox Terrier, a combination of the Welsh Terrier and the Mini Fox Terrier, is an energetic little canine who needs lots of daily exercise to stay healthy and happy. Their energy levels are surpassed only by their intelligence, making it necessary to include both mental and physical challenge to the exercise requirements to avoid the annoying and destructive habits that result from boredom.  This easily trained little pup is quite the comic, keeping you and your family entertained for hours as they play. This happy little hybrid loves to walk, run, hike, dig, swim, and engage in games like fetch, flyball, and frisbee. Because the breed is small, some of their activities can be done inside the house or in a smaller sized backyard. We have presented easy exercise suggestions which are done inside and out, in any climate and for little expense except your time spent with your frisky friend!

Walkabout

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Sunny Day
Free
Easy
30 - 45 min
Items needed
Collar and leash
Waste Bags
Drinking water
Activity description

Daily dog walks are about as essential an exercise as you can get.  Every dog loves to go outside and walk, run or hike alongside their beloved human masters — the opportunity for fresh air and sunshine working paw in paw with the amazing bonding time!  You can pick your route, and change it as often as desired to prevent boredom on the part of all walkers, whether two-legged or four-legged.  Your pup’s nose will engage almost immediately upon exiting the house, and won’t stop until long after they return home.  They’ll investigate, sniff, paw, taste, and eyeball everything that moves.  If you don’t have them on a leash, or, if you’re not holding on firmly, you could find yourself detouring through the briars and brambles, bushes and shrubs, pursuing your little tracker who has caught the scent of a small animal, and has given chase. If you’re not into playing games with your frisky friend, a couple of these long dog walks will be sufficient exercise for the day. The excursion can be done in most weather conditions and is the purest form of exercise for man or beast. 

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Recon your route
Reconnoitering your route means that you walk the path of desired travel, noting dangers for you and your pet, the presence of small animals, traffic patterns and other possible pitfalls which might befall you. You may have several routes that you’d like to include in your walking regimen. Variety is the spice of life and the same goes for your dog's daily walking routes!
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Rest, re-hydrate, resume
Walk your desired route, allowing your Welsh Mini Fox Terrier to have a meet and greet with people and dogs they meet along the way. Enjoy the fresh air and sunshine as you stroll along with your best bud and bask in the joy of watching them do what comes naturally: sniffing, tasting, pawing and observing their environment. Plan for periodic rest and re-hydration breaks to avoid overtiring and overheating your canine. Including an excursion to the dog park is always a fun option as is stopping at the local pet supplies shop!
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Hide and Seek

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Any Day
Free
Easy
20 - 30 min
Items needed
Doggie Snacks
Drinking water
Activity description

Hide and seek, a game we played as children, kept us entertained for hours, exercising our little minds as well as our small bodies.  The game works the same body parts for your canine companion as it did for us, providing both mental and physical challenge for your pet.  You need at least two people to participate; one hides while one stays with the tenacious terrier.  While distracting your pooch, the other player hides in another room or section of the yard.  To start, the player calls your pet’s name, encouraging them to find them. Once found, give a reward and engage in a moment or two of individual play, before returning to the game and locating any additional players.  It is vital to remember that you must allow your Mini Welsh Terrier to find the hidden people as opposed to them jumping out and startling them.  This behavior can scare them, perhaps permanently preventing them from future hide and seek games.  Be sure to allow periods of rest and re-hydration, keeping the entire game to a maximum limit of 30 minutes of play.  Play this fun game in any weather, indoors or out, at the cost of only the doggie snacks!

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Distract the dog
While the other players are choosing their hiding places and concealing themselves in those places, one person distracts your dog, perhaps in another room or inside while the other players hide outside. This step may be harder than it appears if your pup is listening and responding to the sounds made while the other players hide!
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Obscure the opponents
Dispatch the other players to other sections of the predetermined play area, whether indoors or out, having them choose hiding places of varying degrees of difficulty, mostly based on the age and agility of your dog. The hiding spots don’t need to be extremely hard, not making them too easy nor too hard to seek out. The age of your pup determines how tough this step needs to be as you want to challenge them mentally probably as much as physically.
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Play time
Once concealed, have each of the players call to your dog, encouraging the pup to find them. Your clever Welsh Mini Fox Terrier will use their keen sense of tracking to find the players, most likely quicker than you expect! Up the challenge after a few play sessions by heading to the park to play or by hiding a few toys in some tough to find places.
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Name Game

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Any Day
Free
Normal
15 - 20 min
Items needed
Dog toy
Doggie treats
Drinking water
Activity description
The name game, played indoors or out, doesn’t require a lot of space since you’ll control the speed and distance of the toss, and involves mental challenge as you pick simple names for the toys, teach your dog those names, and reward them when they identify and retrieve the tossed toy, bringing it back to you.  The instinct to return the toy to you doesn’t come naturally for your furry friend, so the learning process will vary from breed to breed and from pup to pup. Patience and consistency will pay off in the end as you watch your Welsh Mini Fox Terrier learn which toy is the elephant and which is the hot dog, identifying it, and returning it to you.  Unless your precious pooch already knows some of the names of the toys, you would be well advised to begin with only two of the probably two dozen they have, enlarging their arena as they learn. The game is probably in the moderate range of difficulty, assuming that you’ll need to teach your frisky friend the names of the toys.
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Ditch the distractions
Anytime teaching your pup is your goal, removing the distractions from the teaching or play area is required. Put away the toys you won’t be using, turn off the TV, put up their food, and shoo non-essential personnel out of the area. Eliminating as many distractions as possible allows you to have your pet’s undivided attention. Be sure to take your Welsh Mini Fox Terrier out to relieve themselves to avoid accidents or unnecessary interruptions. If your dog is sensitive to the noises made by your cell phone, it might be a good idea to silence it as well.
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Title the toys
Now, pick the toys you wish to use for this exercise, remembering to limit it to only two at first. If you haven’t already given those toys simple names, do so now. Show the plaything to your furry friend, clearly state its name, allowing them to sniff to check it out while still in your hand. Drop the toy in front of your canine and repeat the toy’s name, encouraging them to pick it up, giving it to you. Repeat this step several times before proceeding to the next level of training.
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Toss the toy
The mental challenge of learning the names of those dozens of toys is taxing for your tenacious terrier, so remember to keep your sessions short at first. When your dog seems comfortable picking up and returning the toy to you from its place at their feet, repeat the process, adding a short toss away from you. Encourage them to fetch and retrieve the toy, rewarding them hugely when successful. As your pet appears more comfortable, make your tosses go further away. After several rounds of this process with the first toy, repeat the process with the second toy. Keep your session to 15 to 20 minutes, allowing rest and re-hydration periods along the way. When you engage in this activity again, add another toy and repeat the process.
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Cup Game

The cup game is a type of nose work exercise.  It is pretty straightforward and simple, involving placing 4 to 6 sturdy (relatively untippable) cups upside down on a flat surface.  While your dog is distracted, put a yummy treat beneath several of the cups and mix them up.  Call your dog to your side, telling them to find the gift.  When the cup hiding the treat identified, the reward is immediate as they consume the yummy treat.  Keep the sessions short to control the consumption of treats so that they don’t overeat.

Interactive Toys

Interactive toys involve specially made games which require the dog to do something to gain the hidden treat.  The toys usually have openings into which you can place treats or food tidbits, with lids to close over the hidden treats.  The covers are spring-loaded, allowing the top to open when triggered by your dog, revealing the concealed snack and the immediate reward.  Again, be sure to control the tidbits consumed by your pet to avoid overeating.

Conclusion

Your Welsh Mini Fox Terrier is an active, intelligent and loving little canine who is easily trained and loves to please.  As you consider the options, it is best to keep in mind their high prey drive. Outdoor activities are probably the best loved by your pet, but indoor activities are well-suited, too for the mental challenges required by this tenacious terrier.  We have offered both indoor as well as outdoor suggestions to manage the abundance of energy possessed by your pup.  Can you think of other games or activities?