Activities For Wire Foxy Rat Terriers

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Introduction

The Wire Foxy Rat Terrier is the intentional cross-breeding of a Rat Terrier and a Wire Fox Terrier, both small, intelligent dogs that would suit apartment and home life well. Both dogs have a history involving rat and fox hunting, which means they have a high prey drive and a tendency to chase small critters. Fortunately, they are also quick learners which means you can teach them a whole host of tricks quickly while housebreaking them with minimal effort too. If you need a helping hand with both physical and stimulation of this spunky little doggo, then read on. These activities below are bound to entertain both you and your furry friend. 

Homemade Chew Toys

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Any Day
Cheap
Easy
1 hr
Items needed
Old t-shirt
Water
Sock
Sweet potato
Rope
Plastic bottle
Activity description

What you will quickly learn about the Wire Foxy Rat Terrier is that they are an avid chewer. It doesn’t matter what it is and whether it’s delicious or not, they will take pride in turning anything and everything you own into confetti. As a result, homemade chew toys will be your go-to activity in any weather. You can make these toys out of anything you have lying around your house such as a t-shirt, sock, rope, and plastic bottle, as well as sweet potato and water. After creating your works of art, your Wire Foxy Rat Terrier can then spend an hour or more playing with them. By building these toys, your shoes are now safe (or safer than before!) 

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Crinkle toy
Often, the sound of a toy is more fun than tearing something apart, which is why a crinkle toy could be an excellent option for your Wire Foxy Rat Terrier. All you need is an old t-shirt and a plastic bottle. Put the bottle inside the t-shirt then create a lot of knots. Your dog can chew on the knots, but they can also enjoy the crinkling sound of the bottle safely inside.
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Sweet potato rope
If you want your Terrier to receive a treat and entertainment, then consider building a sweet potato toy. Cut a sweet potato into discs then cut a hole out of the center of each. Dry them in the oven on a low temperature or in a dehydrator before threading them onto a rope. Knot it at each section then let your dog have hours of fun nibbling away on the sweet treat.
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Frozen ball
If you adopted your Wire Foxy Rat Terrier as a puppy, you would know by now that nothing is safe. They will not stop chewing or nibbling. Direct their attention to something you don’t mind them destroying. Wet an old pair of socks until they are dripping wet, then put the ball in the freezer. Once it’s frozen solid, you can give it to your dog who will have a challenge trying to break through the icy façade.
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PVC Shaker

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Rainy Day
Cheap
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1 hr
Items needed
PVC pipe
Kibble
Drill
Activity description

Wire Foxy Rat Terriers love a challenge, and they thrive on it. Their ancestors spent much of their time hunting for rats, digging, and having something to do, so the apple hasn’t fallen far from the tree. Appeal to their inquisitive nature and need for constant stimulation by building them a food shaker. This affordable activity only requires you to head to the home depot store for a piece of PVC pipe and two end caps, and you will need to get the drill out of your tool kit. It’s effortless to build but will challenge your Terrier, and it will get them out of your hair for an hour on a rainy day. 

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Drill holes
The first step is to put one cap on the end of the PVC pipe to give it some stability, then drill small holes. The holes should be big enough for kibble to fall out freely without getting stuck. Do a trial run before you put your tools away. Always supervise your pup any time they are playing with something they could potentially chew into sharp pieces.
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Add treats
Add kibble to your new food shaker, ensuring you measure the amount you put in there, then put the lid on the final open end. So that your dog remains happy and healthy, you should consider deducting the amount you put in it from dinner, so your dog keeps slim! Roll the pipe along the floor to ensure the kibble comes out without much effort.
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Play
Set your pooch up somewhere in your house where they won’t get the toy stuck in corners or make a mess. Supervise their play in case a pair of your favorite shoes catches their eye and their attention switches to something they shouldn’t chew! This food shaker should distract your dog for as long as you need it.
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Hoop Jumping

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Any Day
Cheap
Normal
10 min
Items needed
Hula hoop
Treats
Activity description

What you will discover early on in Terrier ownership is that they are quick learners. Nothing is ever a problem, which is why you would have found housebreaking to be a breeze. Take advantage of their intelligence by teaching them fun skills and tricks. Hoop jumping could be a firm favorite in no time. Training your dog to jump through hoops only takes a few ten-minute training sessions, but is something you can do in any weather. You also just need to head to a child’s toy store to buy a hula hoop and have a few treats on hand. This activity will challenge your dog but will also be a lot of fun. 

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Walk through
Set the hula hoop up on the ground, so the rim is touching the floor. There should be no gap between the carpet and the edge of it. Hold a treat through one side and encourage your Wire Foxy Rat Terrier to walk through to get it. Have patience because they might be wary of what you expect. Once your pooch walks through it, give them the treat and tell them to jump. That word will become your new trigger.
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Raise it
After repeating the first step over and over, you can now move onto raising the hoop. Tell your Wire Foxy Rat Terrier to jump, lift the ring, and hold a treat through the other side. Make sure you increase the height of it only ever so slightly at a time, so the change is not too drastic.
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Repeat in sequence
Keep raising the hoop until it’s at a level that challenges your dog but isn’t too high for their short legs to handle. At this point, you may not need the treat through the other side, but you can give them one upon them jumping through the hoop on your command. Hoop jumping will surely become a fun party trick you show your visitors!
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Weasel Ball

Most Terriers, including the Wire Foxy Rat Terrier, have a high prey drive which can be quite troublesome if you have a cat or other small pet. If you want to direct their behavior to something else, consider buying a weasel ball. This toy is affordable but can provide hours of joy. It flips around the floor, courtesy of the motorized ball, encouraging your Wire Foxy Rat Terrier to take chase. 

Fetch

A sure-fire way to tire out your Wire Foxy Rat Terrier with minimal effort is a game of fetch. All you need is a bit of space in your fenced section and a fun toy they will love to chase. You can throw it as far as you can then sit and wait for your dog to bring it back. If your Wire Foxy Rat Terrier struggles with their attention span, use a treat to remind them they need to come back to you with the toy! 

Conclusion

A Wire Foxy Rat Terrier is going to bring a lot of joy to your life because of how spunky their personality is. They enjoy a fast-paced life, spending time with their human companions, and don’t mind getting into a little bit of trouble on the side. Fortunately, you can distract this pawsitively charming breed from destructive behaviors by coming up with fun activities such as these above.