Activities For Wire Foxkers

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Introduction

When an amicable, calm American Cocker Spaniel and a fun loving Wire Fox Terrier combine, the result is a relaxed, family-friendly dog called a Wire Foxker. If you are the lucky owner of one of these pups, you likely want to find fun activities for your intelligent, big-hearted pup to do. Anything that will keep the smile on that dog's face and allow you to spend time with your dog sounds good!

Make Friends

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Any Day
Free
Easy
60 min
Items needed
Treats
Leash
Collar
Activity description
Wire Foxkers can be a little skittish around people and other pets that they do not know. This breed tends to be very close to their family and anyone who is new can frighten them. Of course, you don't want your perfect pup to be afraid of everyone! The best thing to do is to socialize your dog as early as possible and as frequently as you can. Constant exposure to new people and pets will help your dog be less afraid. It doesn't cost anything to make friends and you can do so any time of year, despite what the weather may be outside!
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People friends
Introduce your Wire Foxker to as many friends and family members as possible. When they meet your dog for the first time, instruct them to give your dog a treat and then hold out their hands, palms open and facing upward. This is a signal to your dog that the new person is friendly and gentle. Repeat this with all new people and your Wire Foxker will grow less wary of new humans.
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Dog friends
If you have a friend or family member who has a dog, ask them to bring their pup over to play with yours. Introduce the two dogs slowly, letting them lead the way but also keeping them leashed and in your control. Your Wire Foxker's calm nature will likely make them the "submissive" dog in the relationship. Once the two dogs have sniffed and established who is the "pack leader", you can let them off their leashes to play freely!
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Friends with everyone
Bring your Wire Foxker to a dog park where they will be able to run freely with all different dogs and people. Your pup may be wary at first but they will soon learn that the dog park is a place for fun, not somewhere scary! The more you bring your dog, the more comfortable they will become. This will definitely help them be less skittish around people as well as pets.
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Bone Dig

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Sunny Day
Cheap
Easy
20 min
Items needed
Shovel
Dog Bone or Treats
Activity description
Wire Fox Terriers are a breed that absolutely loves to dig. Since your Wire Foxker is part Wire Fox Terrier, the chances that your dog is also a digger are quite high. While your pup may have a huge smile on their face as they dig holes in your yard, you may not be quite so amused. However, you don't want to stop your pup from having so much fun! Rather than cease the digging habit, encourage it and control it. This very inexpensive exercise will help you do just that! Head outside on the next sunny day and help your Wire Foxker dig!
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Pick a place
Choose a spot in your yard where you won't mind a hole (or holes). Pick a place that is off to the side or out of sight, this way, when your pup digs in that area constantly, you won't be too bothered. If you absolutely want no holes in your yard, set up a sandbox for your dog that will be ideal for digging.
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Bury the bone
Dig a small, shallow hole in your yard where you will be able to bury your dog's new bone or treat. Before you bury it, show your dog the bone and then instruct them to sit and stay inside while you hurry outside. Place the bone in the hole and cover it loosely with dirt.
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Dig it up
Return to your dog and show them your empty hands. Ask your Wire Foxker where the bone is and then send them out into your yard to search. Your dog will get to work, sniffing the whole yard until they find that freshly turned soil! Your dog will dig and dig then retrieve their prize! Let your happy pup chew on their bone for a while and then, play again another day!
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New Fetch

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Any Day
Cheap
Easy
60 min
Items needed
Ball
Ball Thrower
Frisbee
Activity description
The Wire Foxker is a breed of dog that absolutely loves to play fetch. They would play fetch day and night if they could! However, you likely get a little tired of the same old game of fetch which means that it is time to switch it up. Playing fetch with your Wire Foxker in new ways will excite them just as much as you and keep everyone happily running after that ball. While you will need a few supplies to play new versions of fetch, your pup will appreciate the small investment. Head outside on the next sunny day to play!
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Far fetch
Even the strongest ball thrower can only hurl a tennis ball so far. Pick up a tennis ball thrower at a pet store which will enable you to toss the ball to your dog easily and much, much further. Head to a big open space and give the ball thrower a try. Your Wire Foxker will be amazed at how far they have to run to catch that ball!
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Frisbee
While it may not seem so different to throw a frisbee and a ball to your pup, the difference is incredible. Your dog will be amazed at the floating disc and also very excited to jump into the air and grab it before it hits the ground. Throwing a frisbee will also take a little skill on your part and give you something fun to practice.
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Water fetch
When the weather turns warm, take your dog to a pond, lake or ocean where you can swim and play fetch. Once your dog has cooled off their paws and gotten used to their wet surroundings, throw their favorite tennis ball right into the water! Your Wire Foxker will dive right in (this breed loves to swim!) and chase the ball. Tennis balls do float making them perfect for this version of water fetch.
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More Fun Ideas...

Hidden Treats

If you are home with your Wire Foxker, hide a few treats around your house for them to find. Your dog will use their powerful nose to look for the hidden treasures.

Flyball

Look into teaching your Wire Foxker how to play flyball, a game where your dog will jump over hurdles, pounce on a specially designed box to catch a tennis ball and then run back to you. It is the perfect game for an active Wire Foxker.

Conclusion

When you have an active breed of dog like a Wire Foxker, you want to make sure you keep them busy and entertained every day. Since this particular breed is also quite laid back, you may not even notice when they need a little exercise until it is too late and they are moping around the house, wanting desperately to play. Set your dog up with plenty of activities and they will never be sad, especially when you are right by their side playing with them!