Activities For Wire Foxingeses

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Introduction

A Wire Foxingese is both a mouthful to say and a handful to own! This small but sassy Pekingese and Wire Fox Terrier cross takes on the most prominent traits of both dogs, making it a pooch that’s suitable for house and apartment life, but less ideal for living with children. They require a firm hand, consistency with routine, and plenty of mental and physical stimulation. While this lapdog can be cuddly and quiet, they are also headstrong and would prefer to do their own thing rather than follow your commands. Cater to their need for stimulation and direction with these activities below. 

Snuffle Mat

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Any Day
Cheap
Easy
30 min
Items needed
Snuffle mat
Treats
Activity description

What you will quickly discover about your Wire Foxingese is that they can get anxious, destructive, and bored quite quickly. The problem can also get worse if you don’t provide them with plenty of mental stimulation daily. That’s where a snuffle mat comes in. A snuffle mat is a relatively new product and one you can create or buy. Your dog can sit on the floor and 'snuffle' for treats for at least half an hour before requiring more attention from you. It’s also an excellent indoor activity in any weather that comes with an affordable price tag that won't break the bank.

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Build or buy
If you like to get the craft box out from time to time, then you can happily build a snuffle mat for your Wire Foxingese. All you need is a rubber mat with holes in it and a lot of fleece fabric that you cut into 4x10-inch pieces. Depending on the size of the rubber base, you might need upwards of 100 strips to complete the mat. Alternatively, you can skip the arts and crafts session by buying a pre-made one from your local pet store.
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Choose treats
The Wire Foxingese is prone to obesity if you don’t actively involve them in fun activities and make healthy food choices. Instead of high-fat and high-salt dog treats from the grocery store, opt for regular kibble they love. If you choose what they would typically have for dinner, you can then deduct this amount from their morning or evening meal.
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Scatter the kibble throughout the snuffle mat then let your pooch get to work. They will dig, nuzzle, and nose their way to get to the goods – stimulating them mentally and physically. While watching this activity might seem absurd, it’s a thrilling pastime for a dog that needs something to keep their mind active and out of trouble.
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Food Stuffer

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Rainy Day
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1 hr
Items needed
Food stuffer ball
Snacks
Activity description

On a cold, rainy, wintry day, you may be wracking your brain as you try to come up with fun things your dog can do for the day. It’s not all that straightforward! Fortunately, a food stuffer ball can be an excellent option when it’s too cold or wet to go for a walk. It will occupy their time for about an hour, and you can mostly use what you have in the pantry - except for buying the affordable food stuffer ball itself. You can then set your Wire Foxingese up somewhere in the house and supervise them as they try to work the treats free from their rubber prison. 

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Choose treats
While regular kibble is perfect for putting in food stuffer balls, it doesn’t take that long for them to get it out. Sometimes, natural food is best. Fill the ball with sweet potato they have to maneuver with their tongue, or even small pieces of red pepper, carrot, apple, or chicken. Anything that will take time for your dog to get out of the ball and then eat should be your preference.
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Set up an area
Depending on what you put in the toy, you may find it can get quite messy. If you want to protect your carpet or flooring, set your dog up somewhere where it’s effortless to keep clean. Wooden flooring, lino, or tiles are an excellent option. Alternatively, an outdoor patio area could be a good idea too.
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Stuff the ball with food then rejoice in having an hour free to carry on with your household chores. Your Wire Foxingese will be so busy with their new food stuffer that they won’t have the time or inclination to follow you around like a lost puppy. However, you may like to supervise them and keep checking up on them, so they aren’t getting into mischief.
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Tug of War

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Any Day
Cheap
Easy
20 min
Items needed
Tug rope
Activity description

A Wire Foxingese would prefer to hang out with you than children or other pets, so you need to come up with activities you can do together. Tug of war is an excellent option because it doesn’t take a lot of effort, money, or time. However, it will wear your pooch out quickly at the same time. All you need is a tug rope that you can buy or create, and a place to play. Typically, tug of war is an all-weather activity as with such a small dog; it’s not an inconvenience for them to be inside. However, remember to let them win and take all the glory! 

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Build or buy
You can choose to create or buy your tug rope. Because your Wire Foxingese has a small mouth, it doesn’t have to be a large toy. Most pet stores stock small ones that will be perfect for your pooch to get their teeth around. Alternatively, you can cut up a t-shirt into strips and plait them together to form a long, durable, braided toy.
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Clear an area
To get your dog into the mood of playing, you need to have a high-energy voice and move around a lot. Inside, this can be quite tricky, so you need to clear a spot. Make sure there is no furniture either of you can fall back on, and that the floor has plenty of grip so your dog can pull back.
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Now that you have the perfect spot inside or outside your home to play, you can get to work! Give your Wire Foxingese one end of the rope, and you hold the other. Pull gently, but only enough to provide a little resistance. Remember, your dog is small, so if you pull too hard, you’re likely to send them skyrocketing toward you! Let them pull with all their might and let them take the win.
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Car Ride

Wire Foxingeses are known to have separation anxiety, and while you can’t take them everywhere you go, you can still treat them to the occasional car ride. If you know you aren’t going to be too long, and the weather is cold, you can strap your Wire Foxingese into their car harness and bring them along for the journey. It beats them being stressed and anxious at home without you! 

Walk

Wire Foxingeses require a lot of physical stimulation, but not in bulk amounts. An hour of physical exercise is ample, but you can split this up into three 20-minute walks throughout the day. Take your dog somewhere new on each trip, so they get to experience a lot of the outside world.  

Conclusion

A Wire Foxingese requires a lot of your time and energy, and they can feel a bit ruff when you don’t give it to them. Fortunately, there are plenty of affordable, exciting, and stimulating activities that will see your dog be the happiest pooch on the block. These above are merely a few of the many options available.