Activities For Wire Foodles

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Introduction

Are you the proud owner of a Poodle and Wire Fox Terrier mix, otherwise known as a Wire Foodle? If you are, then you have come to the right place! That small pup needs to have some fun and these curated activities will ensure that they do! While this breed can be quite friendly and docile, they will only stay that way when entertained so keep this list on hand to make sure you and your Wire Fox Terrier have plenty to do together.

Bark On and Off

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Any Day
Free
Easy
10 min
Items needed
Dog Treats
Activity description
Wire Foodles are known to be barkers and while an occasional yap every now and then is no big deal, constant barking can become quite frustrating. However, Wire Foodles are very trainable and you can easily teach your dog how to bark on command and, in turn, how to stop barking on command. Turning that bark off is a skill you will definitely benefit from! Grab a bunch of your dog's favorite treats and get ready to teach your pup how to bark and stop when you ask. It only costs the price of a few treats and is something you and your Wire Foodle can do anytime you'd like.
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Learn to Bark
While your Wire Foodle is likely an expert barker, they may not know the word "bark". Carry around a few of your dog's favorite treats and whenever they bark naturally, say "bark" and toss them a treat. It won't take long for your Wire Foodle to learn what to do when they hear the word bark! Once they know the new command, you can instruct them to bark whenever you'd like.
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Quiet time
Next step is to teach your dog to stop barking on command. When your Wire Foodle is barking, tell them "quiet" and the second there is a pause in the bark, reward them and give them a little praise. Do this every time your pup barks and stops. The word quiet will carry great weight soon enough and you will be able to tell your dog to stop barking effectively.
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On and off
Practice controlling your Wire Foodles bark daily in order to make sure they stay well trained. Not only will you enjoy having a responsive dog who will stop barking when you ask but your Wire Foodle will also enjoy using their brains to please you. Keep those treats on hand to make sure your dog continues to associate barking and stopping with a well deserved reward.
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Flyball

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Any Day
Moderate
Normal
30 min
Items needed
Tennis Ball
Treats
Flyball Box
Hurdles
Activity description
Wire Foodles may be small but they have a lot of energy inside those tiny bodies. This breed does well when exercised on a consistent basis and playing flyball is one way to ensure they get a good workout every day. While the game will take a little bit of time to learn, once your dog has a good grasp on how to play, they will be unstoppable. You can even enter flyball competitions where your Wire Foodle can prove their skills. For the price of a few hurdles and a flyball box, you and your Wire Foodle will be ready to have fun for days, months, even years!
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Hurdles
Begin learning flyball by teaching your Wire Foodle to jump over hurdles. Place a hurdle in front of your pup and block both sides so that your Wire Foodle cannot go around but has to go over the jump. Use a treat to coax your dog over the hurdle and then give them some loving praise. Set up the hurdle again and repeat the process. Once your dog has mastered one hurdle, teach them to jump over several in a row in order to get their treat.
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Flyball Box
A flyball board or box is a specially designed contraption that will shoot out a tennis ball when your dog pounces on the box. When the ball jumps out, your dog catches it! Any Wire Foodle who loves to catch balls will be instantly attracted to this new toy, pouncing on the board to get the ball to come out as frequently as possible.
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Go!
Now that your Wire Foodle is a pro at hurdles and activating the flyball board, tie the two tricks together. Have your pup jump the hurdles, hit the flyball box, catch the tennis ball and carry it back over the hurdles to their treats that are waiting at the finish line. See how fast your dog can race through the course and keep practicing!
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Earthdog Training

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Sunny Day
Moderate
Normal
30 min
Items needed
Flashlight
Treats
Tunnel
Activity description
Humans have used dogs for centuries to help them with hunting. While some dogs are great herders or trackers, Terriers are great at chasing small animals out of their underground homes. While you may not be interested in having your Wire Foodle chase real animals, you may want to consider training them to compete in Earthdog competitions. Winding through dark tunnels to find their way out is a skill that your dog can definitely do and they will have fun learning how! You will need to invest in a tunnel for your dog to practice in and this activity is best when the weather is nice and sunny as you and your Wire Foodle will be outside.
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Tunnel maze
Begin by constructing a tunnel maze for your dog to practice in. Make the maze out of cardboard boxes at first and then, once your pup shows an interest in being an earthdog, you can build more permanent tunnels out of wood. The main idea with your first tunnel maze is to get your Wire Foodle accustomed to being in a dark small place. Set the tunnels up outside (underground if possible!).
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Go inside
Show your pup the tunnel maze and toss a few treats in to get them excited to go inside. The Terrier side of your Wire Foodle will be very intrigued and likely not hesitate to go right into the tunnel. While real earthdog competitions will utilize live rats for your pup to chase through the maze, treats or toys will do just fine for at home practice.
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Hide the treats
Once your Wire Foodle is used to running through the dark maze, making decisions about which path to choose, it is time to test their skills. Hide a few treats inside the maze and see how long it takes for your Wire Foodle to find them. The faster your pup gets, the more rewards they should receive as well! Your dog will be running through those tunnels in no time.
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Treat Puzzles

Wire Foodles can get a little anxious when left alone so they will do well with a fun toy to occupy them until you get back. Dog treat puzzles are perfect to keep your dog using their brain and trying to solve a puzzle in your absence.

Frisbee

Both Poodles and Wire Fox Terriers love to play fetch which, of course, means that your Wire Foodle will love doing this as well! Play with a frisbee to give your dog a fun new floating toy to catch instead of a regular old ball.

Conclusion

Wire Foodles are a fun breed of dog to have as a pet. While they are not ideal for first-time dog owners as they require a lot of training and attention, if you have the time to invest in your Wire Foodle, they will be loyal and happy pups. Train your Wire Foodle to bark on cue (and to stop), teach them how to play flyball or even how to be an earthdog. All of these activities are the perfect recipe for a happy Wire Foodle!