Activities For Wire Fo-Chons

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Introduction

The Wire Fo-Chon is a beautiful mixture of the Wire Fox Terrier and Bichon Frise. As you will quickly discover, they get all their friendliness from the Bichon Frise, but their determination, sass, and attitude from the Wire Fox Terrier. Sometimes, you get an equal balance of both dogs, but you will be more likely to get more of the Terrier or more of the Bichon Frise. You may find that the inclusion of the Terrier means your Wire Fo-Chon loves to dig and bark too, so finding activities to keep them active and out of trouble should be your priority. Add these few below to your list! 

Ball Launcher

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Sunny Day
Expensive
Normal
40 min
Items needed
Ball machine
Ball
Activity description

Because your Wire Fo-Chon has a high-energy Terrier in their breed, you will find they require a lot of physical activity to tire them out. Not every family has the time to dedicate to plenty of walks and runs, so you need things they can use by themselves. A ball launcher is one such item. Even though a ball launcher is expensive, it can help to tire them out in around 40 minutes, while only requiring balls and the machine itself. Once you teach your pooch to use it, they will happily occupy themselves in the backyard while you carry on with your gardening chores. This sunny-day activity is bound to appeal to many busy families and individuals. 

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Build an association
Have your Wire Fo-Chon stand far away from the ball launcher as you turn it on and launch a ball out of it. Once your pooch takes it, ask them to drop it, then reload the machine. Keep repeating this step until your dog comprehends what it is that’s allowing them to chase a ball.
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Return to the launcher
Once you build that association, have your Wire Fo-Chon sit closer to the launcher, to the side of it and not in front of it. Launch the ball and ask them to return it to you, standing as near to the machine as possible. Keep asking for the ball closer and closer to the launcher, getting them to sit and wait for the ball to launch.
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In the launcher
As your dog has to return the ball closer and closer to the launcher, you will eventually get them to drop the ball into the launcher bucket, using the trigger word “drop it.” Over time and with repetition, your Wire Fo-Chon will be able to drop the ball into the launcher, sit, wait, then chase it before returning it to the launcher once more.
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Bubbles

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Any Day
Cheap
Easy
10 min
Items needed
Bubble mixture
Bubble wand
Activity description

If you need a quick, free, and easy all-weather activity that will occupy your dog’s time, then using bubbles could be the answer. Wire Fox Terriers have high prey drives, wanting to chase anything that moves – regardless of what it is. If they see a bubble floating freely through the air, they will want to pursue it. Buying non-toxic bubble mixture and a wand is affordable, and the entire task only takes around 10 minutes. During this period, however, your Wire Fo-Chon is going to have the time of their life. Buy bubble mixture and let your pooch enjoy this simple activity. 

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Make a purchase
Buying the right bubble mixture and wand is crucial. Head to your local pet shop to see if they have any non-toxic, dog-friendly mixtures that are going to work for you. Alternatively, you can pick up some safe, non-toxic options from children’s toy stores. They all come with wands of varying shapes and sizes.
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Clear an area
Bubble mixture can be quite messy, especially as it dries. It’s also not uncommon for it to stain or leave marks that last a long time. On a sunny day, you can play with your bubbles outside. On a cold or wet day, however, you have to be more particular. You may like to play on a deck or veranda with shelter, or remove your car from the garage and play with your Wire Fo-Chon in there.
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Play
Dip the bubble wand into the mixture and stir it around to ensure the liquid is an even consistency. Once you have it on the stick, pull it out of the bottle and blow it up in the air. Try to make the bubbles as big as possible so your dog can see them and try to chase them. Create different sizes, so they float to varying levels for the full effect.
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Beg

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Rainy Day
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Normal
5 min
Items needed
Treats
Activity description

Both the Bichon Frise and Wire Fox Terrier are intelligent dogs, even if they can be a little stubborn with it at times. Knowing they are smart, however, means you have something to do when it’s a rainy day, you’re short on cash, and you can’t go outdoors. You can teach them how to beg. This activity only takes five minutes of your time over many days and has a reasonable difficulty level. You also only need treats to be successful. Consistency, patience, and a few tidbits can help you to successfully teach your dog how to beg and become the life of the party. 

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Engage
Choose treats your dog loves, as not all Wire Fo-Chons will be food-oriented. If there’s something they can’t resist, however, have plenty of them on-hand. Hold one piece in front of their face to get their attention. You need them to fully engage with you to be able to teach them how to beg successfully.
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Raise treat
Once their attention is on you and your treat, lift it gently past their nose and into the air. Naturally, your dog’s body should follow suit. The goal is to get your Wire Fo-Chon to raise their head then their two front paws until they are standing on their hind legs. They may need to use your legs for balance at first.
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Beg
Once they stand up on their hind legs, tell your Wire Fo-Chon to beg and then give them the treat. Repeat the process over many days (or weeks if necessary) until you say ‘beg,’ and they begin the process on their own. Given the intelligence of this breed, it won’t take as long as you think.
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Chew Toys

Wire Fo-Chons love to dig, bark, and get themselves into trouble with both you and your neighbors. Nip this behavior in the bud by always making sure you have enough chew toys on hand. Strategically place them around the house so your pooch can always access them. Chew toys are boredom busters and can stop your dog from being destructive. 

Walk

A walk is a practical activity for your Wire Fo-Chon because of how small their legs are. Even a short half-hour walk will exhaust them as they have to put twice as much effort into keeping up with you. Use a harness and leash when you walk your Wire Fo-Chon and take them on a different route each time. You may also find that a twice-daily walking routine can create a well-behaved dog that doesn’t dig or get into much trouble at home. 

Conclusion

With the Wire Fo-Chon you have a fluffy ball of attitude on your hands that loves to be busy and engaged at all times. To tire them out and get them to rest now and then, invest in a ball launcher and a variety of chew toys. Pair the monetary investment with your love and time and you will have a happy Wire Fo-Chon!