Activities For Wire Fox Beagles

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Introduction

Anyone who is familiar with Wire Fox Beagles knows that they are quite an active breed. Both the Wire Fox Terrier and the Beagle are small prey hunting dogs so it makes sense that the combination of the two breeds, the Wire Fox Beagle, also has hunting tendencies. When not able to really hunt, these dogs will need a new way to get out their energy and stay the happy pups that they are! These activities will help you keep your little Wire Fox Beagle busy!

Nose Work

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Any Day
Cheap
Easy
20 min
Items needed
Treats
Activity description
Wire Fox Beagles are traditionally hunting dogs and while they may not be as active in hunting as in years past, they still have strong hunting instincts. The Wire Fox Beagle uses their nose to hunt and is quite adept at easily tracking and finding their prey thanks to their amazing sense of smell. One of the best things you can do for your Wire Fox Beagle is to let them exercise their nose in a fun way. Doing nose work with your pup will help them stay active and use one of their best skills - treat sniffing! With just a few treats needed, this activity is inexpensive and can be done anytime, anywhere!
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Hidden treat
Have your Wire Fox Beagle sit and stay in one room of your home. Show them their favorite treat but don't give it to them yet! While your pup waits patiently, hide the treat in your house. Then release your dog and watch as they put that powerful nose to work! It may not take long for your Wire Fox Beagle to sniff out the treat and enjoy their reward.
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Cup treats
Grab a few plastic Solo cups and place them upside down on the floor. Hide your Wire Fox Beagle's favorite treat under one of the cups and then call your dog over. Ask them where the treat is and see if their nose can sniff it out correctly on the first try! With such an amazing sense of smell, your Wire Fox Beagle may find the treat right away every time!
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Which hand?
Similar to the cup game, you can have your dog guess which hand a treat is in instead. Requiring no extra equipment other than a treat and your dog's nose, you can play this game anywhere. Hide a treat in your hand and then put out both closed hands for your dog to sniff. Will they immediately push the hand with the treat or guess wrong? Chances are, they get it right!
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Hunting

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Sunny Day
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Normal
1 hr
Items needed
Treats
Activity description
If you want to let your dog experience something that will bring them back to their roots as hunting dogs, why not bring them on a real hunt? Wire Fox Beagles have lineage in fox hunting as well as rabbit hunting and, while you can opt to hunt either with your dog, rabbit hunting with dogs is still quite popular. Look for a hunting club in your area or give hunting with your dog a shot by yourself. While it doesn't cost much to train your Wire Fox Beagle to hunt, it does take time and patience! Look for a nice sunny day in the forecast anytime you hunt with your dog as you will be outside the whole time!
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Beginning
The best time to train your Wire Fox Beagle to hunt is when they are young. A puppy is more likely to have that rabbit hunting instinct still intact while an older dog may already prefer to chase an easy tennis ball instead of a more challenging rabbit. To be the best hunting partner, you and your dog also need to have a strong bond. To achieve this bond, all you need to do is feed your dog and take care of them - the bond will come naturally.
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Learn from the best
Dogs learn to hunt best when they follow other, more experienced dogs. If there is a hunting club near you, bring your younger pup there to run with the older rabbit hunters. Just by running with the crowd, your dog will learn to track, chase and catch a rabbit. The more your dog hangs out with the pros, the better they will get!
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Hunt
When the season is right, it will be time to go rabbit hunting with your Wire Fox Beagle. Let your dog lead the way as they use their nose to sniff out some great game rabbit. Remember patience is key - your dog may not be a perfect hunter right away but the more they are out in the woods hunting, the better they will get!
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Clean Up

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Any Day
Free
Normal
15 min
Items needed
Storage Bin
Treats
Toys
Activity description
Wire Fox Beagles are quite the playful breed and because of this trait, your dog may have a lot of toys at home. We bet they are toys that you are often tripping over on a daily basis or constantly putting away in a storage bin in the corner of the room. Wouldn't it be nice if those toys would clean up themselves? What if your dog could just help you? They are, after all, your pup's toys! Training your dog to put away their toys is a fun and useful activity that is practically free and can be done rain or shine. Calling all Wire Fox Beagles - it's time to clean!
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Storage spot
Begin by showing your Wire Fox Beagle where their dog toys are kept. Of course, they may already know this spot well but giving it a name or associating this area with a command is essential. Show your dog the toy spot and say "Toys, away" or "Bin", something easy for them to remember. Repeat the name over and over on a regular basis so your Wire Fox Beagle really learns it well.
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Follow the leader
Help your dog put away the toys by leading by example. As you pick up the toys, be sure your Wire Fox Terrier is watching and say "Toy, away" or "Toy, bin" as you clean. Whenever you put a toy in the bin, give your dog a treat so they learn that when a toy goes in the bin it is a good thing!
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Pup's turn
Once your dog has watched, learned and listened to how to put away toys, it is time for them to put this into practice. Instruct your dog to pick up a toy and then use your command to tell your dog to bring the toy to the storage bin. Be sure to give your dog a big reward when they successfully put a toy in the bin! Soon, you will be able to simply say "toys, away" and your room will magically clean up all by itself (with a little help from your dog!).
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More Fun Ideas...

Quick Runs

While your Wire Fox Beagle may appear to be a slower runner due to their little legs, that is not the case! Wire Fox Beagles are true runners and while they may not be best for long distances, they would love go for a quick mile run by your side!

Treat Toys

Investing in a treat dispensing toy for your Wire Fox Beagle is a fantastic idea. A toy that gives out treats as it is tossed around will keep your dog entertained and rewarded! These toys are perfect if you need to leave your pup alone or just want to entertain them for a little bit.

Conclusion

Wire Fox Beagles are a breed that has a lot of interesting and fun traits. Their spunky personality is a joy to be around and makes them a perfect household pet. You will want to keep your dog busy using any of these activities in order to keep them so happy. So grab a bunch of treats and get started, your dog will be right by your side as soon as that treat box opens and they get a whiff of their favorite food!