Activities For Wire Fox Pinschers

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Introduction

A Wire Fox Pinscher is the result of intentional (or not) breeding between a Wire Fox Terrier and a Miniature Pinscher. Both parent dogs are hard workers in the ratting and fox hunting industry, making even the resultant offspring pooches with a high prey drive. The Wire Fox Pinscher loves to dig, run, chase, and spend time with their owners in any size section or house. However, they are less likely to get on with young children – or even other dogs. Therefore, choosing activities to suit them can be a bit tricky. Here are a few that could potentially appeal. 

Treasure Hunt

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Sunny Day
Cheap
Easy
30 min
Items needed
Treats
Sandpit
Toys
Activity description

What you will quickly discover with your Wire Fox Pinscher is that they love to dig. They create crater-size holes when they’re happy, sad, bored, entertained, and at any time at all. You may struggle to get a handle on this quirk, but there are ways around it. If you involve your Pinscher in a treasure hunt involving a sandpit, they will be able to redirect their digging to a more suitable area of your home. Your dog can enjoy discovering new toys and treats for around half an hour in their sandpit, all the while ensuring they get full enjoyment from the activity. This straightforward and affordable task could save your lawn from a lot of distress. 

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Build a sandpit
Building a sandpit doesn’t have to be an expensive exercise, and your pooch can be a part of the entire process. You can take your dog on a car ride to the depot store to pick up four pieces of wood to build one, or you can use an old children’s paddling pool or plastic clam. You can then buy sand to put in it which won’t cost all that much either.
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Set up the sandpit
Place your sandpit somewhere in your home where digging has been a problem. Usually, this is near a fence or somewhere with loose digging materials such as around your prized plants. Once you fill the pit with sand, add toys and treats that your dog will love. Cover them with sand.
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Play
Encourage your dog to get into the sandpit by using a high-energy voice. Because the sandpit is new, you won’t need to try all that hard as your dog will be curious about what it is! Play with them to begin with, showing them that treats and treasures lie within its bounds, before leaving them to their playtime for the next half an hour or so until they get bored.
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Beg

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Rainy Day
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Normal
5 min
Items needed
Treats
Activity description

If you live in an apartment or wintry weather has set in, you may struggle to entertain your Wire Fox Pinscher. After all, you can’t send them off into the yard with a toy to entertain themselves. Fortunately, there is an abundance of things you can do indoors with them. Teaching your dog to beg is an excellent option for the motivated owner and pooch that’s eager to learn. It only takes a few five-minute training sessions and a handful of treats and tends to be quite a straightforward activity. What’s more, upon completion of training, your dog will have a new skill that could lead to many more.  

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Engage
To successfully teach your dog how to beg, you need to engage them. Use your dog’s favorite snack or tidbit, or even a toy your pooch takes everywhere if the food isn’t attention-grabbing. The goal is to have your Wire Fox Pinscher sitting in front of you with their full focus on you. Without it, you may find it’s a lot more challenging to teach them how to beg than it usually is.
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Raise
With your Wire Fox Pinscher’s full attention, you can now begin. Hold the treat or toy in front of their face and slowly raise it above their head. If your dog doesn’t engage with it, bring it back down to their eyesight then lift it again. Keep trying until your dog begins to lift their head, followed by their two front legs. Let them use your knees as a resting point for their front legs if you need to. Once they complete this movement, give them the treat and tell them to beg.
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Beg
Over time and with your patience and repetition, your dog will begin to associate the word “beg” with getting up onto two legs. Continue letting them use your legs as a balancing beam if they need to, before slowly moving your legs away over time. Eventually, you can say your trigger word and have your dog jump up on two legs immediately to retrieve their treat.
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Harness Training

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Any Day
Cheap
Normal
10 min
Items needed
Harness
Leash
Treat
Activity description

Wire Fox Pinschers can be exceptionally stubborn dogs that like to do everything on their terms. Unfortunately, this means that even the most straightforward tasks can become a battle. Even harness training takes effort, which is why it should form part of your routine – at least until they master how to walk on a harness, so you have full control. This all-weather activity is affordable as you only need a harness, leash, and treat, but its difficulty level is mid-range. Over time and with dedication, you will be able to help your Wire Fox Pinscher adjust to going for walks with a harness. 

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Introduce
The first step is to present your dog with the harness, which doesn’t mean immediately going to them and forcibly putting it on them. Instead, add it to your home. Leave it lying on the floor or where your dog sits typically in the house. Feed them treats and their dinner by it, and make noises with the clips and buckles, so the sound doesn’t terrify them or give them a fright when the time comes to put it on them. Keep the harness in your home for at least a week before trying to put it on your dog.
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Put it on them
Once the harness has been around your Wire Fox Pinscher for at least one week, you can attempt to put it on them. Make it a game by giving them a piece of kibble with each movement you make to put it on them. If your furry friend frets or struggles, stop the process and try again once they calm down.
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Walk
Once you put the harness on, let your dog walk around with it on their body. Distract your dog with toys and treats, so they forget they are wearing it. Then, attach their leash and let them wander around the yard with the lead. Finally, you can walk them. It’s a slow process but a worthwhile one for a nervous dog who likes to be in control of every situation.
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Snuffle mat

If you want to stop your Wire Fox Pinscher from getting into trouble, digging holes, and creating mischief, then build or buy them a snuffle mat. With layers of fabric and treats hidden within, they will spend hours ensuring they get every last morsel out of it. A snuffle mat could be an excellent option for a playful pooch.  

Weasel Ball

Wire Fox Pinschers have high prey drives, which is why people would use their parent breeds for fox hunting and ratting. If you want to give your pooch the opportunity to burn as much energy as they would in their old “profession” then provide them with a weasel ball. This plastic and plush toy has a motorized unit that enables it to flip around your floor. Your dog will love chasing this around for a long time.  

Conclusion

A Wire Fox Pinscher is not the most straightforward dog to own – and you will find they suit life in apartments and with adult companions more than families. Once you own one, however, their cheery disposition and spunky attitude will be a breath of fresh air, and they will settle in nicely. Treat your Wire Fox Pinscher to fun-filled days with these activities above. It’s impawtant to load them up with as many fun things as possible to avoid them getting into trouble!