Activities For Wire Fox Terriers

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Introduction

Wire Fox Terriers are relatively small dogs at an average of 16 to 18 pounds. Dogs of the breed tend to be upbeat, friendly and full of personality. These bright dogs are smart, athletic, and independent. While they can be challenging to train, doing so is possible and they make excellent companions who are fun to have around. Wire Fox Terriers need both physical and mental activity to ensure their overall health; fortunately, there are many things that your pup will enjoy engaging in, some of which are activities that will allow you to spend time together and further develop your relationship. 

Obedience Training

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Any Day
Free
Normal
10 - 45 min
Items needed
Treats
Activity description
Obedience training is an important activity for the Wire Fox Terrier, a breed that is typically headstrong in nature. While obedience training won't completely eliminate their barking and digging, your efforts will help to ensure that YOU, and not your pup, are in control. With obedience training, you can work with your dog on basic commands, like "come", "sit" and "stay" as well as more complicated ones. Obedience training provides the chance for you and your pup to spend time together getting to know one another and further developing your relationship. Considering the personality of the Wire Fox Terrier, you likely will be in for a good time!
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What to master
Just getting started with obedience training? First, think about what tasks you would like to see your dog master and remember to start simple so that you and your pup can gain confidence. For example, tasks like "sit", "stay" and "come" will be relatively straightforward; though, with your Wire Fox Terrier likely being a bit stubborn, even simple commands may bring some challenge!
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Gain knowledge
Once you know what tasks you want to work on with your pup, a little internet research will help you to learn more about how to best train your dog on each one. You will have no trouble finding plenty of information to help you out, either in writing or in online videos. Spend a little time reviewing how to train your dog on a particular task before giving it a try yourself. Make sure to have some treats handy as well as plenty of patience!
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Start training
After reviewing how to train your dog on a particular task, whether through reading, watching a video or both, you are ready to get started. Have some treats at hand and follow the instructions that you have reviewed. When it comes to training Wire Fox Terriers, positive reinforcement is recommended. Remember that training your Wire Fox Terrier is going to take patience. If you are feeling frazzled, it is not the best time to try and work with your pup. It is likely that as you get started you will have questions and need to refer back to what you were reading or watching. Keep in mind that dogs of the breed can get bored easily, so training sessions should be short and fun. Ideally, no matter what, you and your pup will enjoy your time together!
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Ball Time

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Any Day
Cheap
Easy
10 - 30 min
Items needed
Ball
Activity description
The simple act of throwing a ball for your Wire Fox Terrier to chase after will make your pup one happy canine. These sprightly dogs LOVE chasing balls and will do so for hours on end (a real possibility considering their energy level). The only hindrance so such a dream day is that you may actually tire of throwing the ball! This simple activity can be played indoors and out, making it a great way to occupy your pup no matter what the weather. You can throw the ball in a fenced-in yard, down your hallway or in a dog park and watch your pup happily run after it.
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Choose a good location
If you want to give this activity a go, first decide where you want to play. If you have a fenced-in yard and the weather is nice, your pup will love running around outside, enjoying the weather while running until their heart is content (or their body worn out). If you don't have your own yard, this game can easily be played at a dog park; in fact, it may help your dog engage with other canines. If it is raining, no worries; you can bring the game inside and ensure your pup gets plenty of exercise. Just throw the ball down the hall and have your pooch chase after it!
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Ball introduction
Aside from a place to play, all you will need is a ball. A tennis ball or rubber ball will work great for this activity. If you have not already done so, introduce your Wire Fox Terrier to the ball. Let them play with it if they choose. Getting to know the ball will peak their interest and they will want to get that ball again and again!
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Time to play
When you and your Wire Fox Terrier are in the place you have chosen to play and you have your ball, it is time to get started. Show your pup the ball and let them watch as you throw it. Very likely, before the ball is out of your hand, your pup will be off and running. You will enjoy watching your pup run at full speed to acquire the prized ball and happily return with it. The simplicity of the game is in part, what makes it so great. By your merely throwing a ball, your canine pal is thrilled!
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Special Dig

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Any Day
Moderate
Easy
30 min
Items needed
Plastic Kiddie Pool or Fencing
Dirt or sand
Activity description
Wire Fox Terriers LOVE to dig. It is likely though, that you would prefer your pooch to not dig up your garden or your lawn. One way to let your pup enjoy their love of digging while protecting your plants is to create a special place just for your dog to dig in. You can create this space either by fencing in a particular area or purchasing an inexpensive plastic kiddie pool and filling it with sand or dirt. Once your pup's special digging area is ready to go, your canine pal can dig away, meeting the needs of the breed while your plants remain safe!
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Decide on the space
First, you will want to decide if you will create the digging space for your pup by using fencing or a plastic kiddie pool. Either way will work, just keep in mind that any fencing aimed to keep a Wire Fox Terrier in should be reinforced underground. With their digging abilities, they are more than capable of digging right under the fence and letting themselves out!
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Acquire supplies
After deciding on the space, you will want to acquire the items that you need to create the digging area for your pup. A plastic kiddie pool is easy to acquire at a local retail store and fencing can be easily found at a hardware store. You can choose to use dirt from your yard or purchase sand or dirt to fill up your space. After placing the pool or fencing in the area where you want it (a shady spot is a good choice), go ahead and fill the space with dirt.
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Investigate and dig
Once their digging space is set up, you can go ahead and allow your dog the opportunity to investigate it. Chances are that your pup will know just what to do and start doing it. Fortunately, with your planning, no plants are at risk! Grab a chair and sit down. You can relax and enjoy watching your Wire Fox Terrier partake in one of their favorite pastimes.
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Spend Time at the Dog Park

Let's face it; you are not always going to have the same level of energy as your Wire Fox Terrier. Fortunately, it is important that dogs of the breed receive early and regular socialization. The dog park is a great place for this to happen and you will have the chance to relax while your pup plays with their friends, new and old. Each dog park will have something different to offer, from separate spaces for small and large dogs, water features or agility activities. While at the dog park your pup will not only be able to get their energy out, they will also practice interacting with other pups and learn social skills.

Therapy Dog

Wire Fox Terriers are a lot of fun to be around and can make excellent therapy dogs. Imagine spending time with your dog and seeing all of the smiles they bring to the faces of those that are going through a difficult time. This would be very rewarding for both you and your pup. This training will go beyond basic obedience training and to be a therapy dog, your pup will have to receive certification from a qualified therapy dog organization. As Wire Fox Terriers thrive in the spotlight, the time and effort that this training takes will likely be well worth it.

Take a Jog

Wire Fox Terriers LOVE to run. While dogs of the breed benefit from going on several walks per day, they would be thrilled to have the opportunity to run as well. If you are physically capable, take your Wire Fox Terrier for a jog, whether around the block or for several miles. You will likely find that your pup makes an excellent (and enthusiastic) running partner. You can always count on your Wire Fox Terrier to be ready and their enthusiasm may help you keep your motivation up. Be sure to bring along some water so that you and your pup can stay hydrated.

Conclusion

The Wire Fox Terrier is a busy breed. They enjoy doing many things, so keeping your energetic pup occupied should not be too difficult. You can help ensure that your canine companion meets their need for activity and socialization through engaging them in a variety of activities. While the breed can be headstrong at times, their antics will have you laughing and likely forgetting that they did not listen to your last command. The best thing about engaging in these activities with your pup? Building your relationship and making lifelong memories!