The Welsh Smooth Fox Terrier is a hybrid mix of the Welsh Terrier and the Smooth Fox Terrier - the keyword in that description is “terrier"! Thanks to the "terrier” contributions from both sides of the bio-equation, this canine companion may be small, but positively not sedate, quiet or insignificant. Your active, intelligent, courageous ball of energy loves to keep busy, doing so whether engaged in planned or unplanned activities. Their high energy, prey drive and intelligence emphasize the importance of assuring your pet is appropriately and regularly exercised to avoid those annoying and destructive behaviors that we’ve all experienced in our bored best buds. It is to this end that we provide suggestions for embracing all of that exuberance and curiosity, harnessing it for good instead of mischief. Let’s talk about some activities to expend some of that physical and mental energy effectively.
Your Welsh Smooth Fox Terrier inherits the tendency to dig from both sides of the gene pool. Both parent breeds were bred for a variety of hunting purposes, usually relating to control of rodents and other similar sized vermin in the locales where they lived. These activities, initially done both above and below ground, frequently required a good deal of digging to rout and flush prey from their dens and lairs. Accordingly, your dog can’t help the fact that they enjoy playing in the dirt, not particularly caring if that dirt is in your flower bed, vegetable garden or newly planted grassy areas of the backyard. The best way to control this instinct is to provide an appropriate place for them to dig: a sandbox. Not a lot of space is needed, but materials to build a box or purchase one are requirements. Once in place, playing in the box will come naturally!
Your best bud has a nose that doesn’t know when to quit. You’ve probably noticed this while walking in the neighborhood, especially when a small animal is in the vicinity. This hybrid gets the trait of scent tracking from both parent breeds, so they can’t help chasing the neighbor’s cat or that squirrel that had the nerve to run up that tree right in front of them! Since their noses are so dominant, why not utilize those same noses in the exercise regimen employed in your home? Nose work is a term that covers many variations of the same theme such as canine search and retrieve (or rescue). In this case, we suggest that your dog seek out some yummy snacks or toys from their hiding places inside otherwise empty cardboard boxes. Because you control the size of the containers, you also control the space needed for the activity. The required “equipment” is quite simple - your dog’s nose, empty boxes and something to hide. This game, played indoors or out, in any weather condition, is cheaply done and tons o’ fun for your pawed playmate.
Fling the Frisbee is a game that almost all dogs love. Terriers are especially fond of any enterprise that involves chasing a moving object! The Frisbee disk, available for purchase at any toy store, is flung away from you in an arcing motion. It is doubtful that you’ll need to tell your pup to fetch it, but getting them to release it into your hand may take some patient training.