Training Your Fox Terrier (Smooth)

Fox Terrier Breed Profile

Average Weight:
Male – 7 – 8kg (15 – 18lbs).
Female – 6 – 7kg (13 – 15lbs).

Average Height:
Male – maximum 39.5cm (15.5in).
Female – maximum 38.5cm (15in).

Coat:
Short, smooth, dense coat.

Average Life Span:
12 – 15 years.

Average Litter Size:
3 – 6 puppies.

Fox Terrier Fast Facts

Ease To Train
Exercise Needs
Grooming Frequency
Energy Level
Protective Instincts
Behaviour Around Children
Relationship With Other Pets
Loyalty To Owner
Ease To Train
Some dogs are easy to train while others require more effort. General breed factors are taken into consideration to determine how easy you should find it to train your dog. On the scale, a 1 indicates that your dog will be difficult to train while a 10 indicates that your dog should be easy to train.

Exercise Needs
Dogs vary greatly in the amount of exercise they need on a daily basis. Some may need long, vigorous walks while a walk around the block will be sufficient for some. A score towards the lower end of the scale means that your dog requires little exercise while a score towards 5 indicates that they have high exercise needs.

Grooming Frequency
Depending on your dog’s coat, the grooming frequency will vary. Some will need brushing every day while others can be groomed once a week. On this scale, a 1 shows that a dog needs very little grooming while a 5 shows they require plenty of upkeep.

Energy Level
Some breeds have incredibly high energy levels and find it difficult to rest while others prefer sleeping for large parts of the day. A score of 1 on the scale indicates the dog has a low energy level while a 5 shows they have extremely high levels of energy.

Protective Instincts
Many dogs have protective instincts and may act wary around strangers while others are much more friendly and accepting. A score of 1 indicates that your dog is unlikely to react to strangers while a score of 5 shows that your dog is likely to be wary.

Behaviour Around Children
Many dogs that are reared and socialised around children understand how to interact with them but some breeds are completely unsuitable to have around children. On this scale, a score of 1 shows that a breed is not good around children while a score of 5 shows they are perfectly compatible.

Relationship With Other Pets
Stereotypically dogs don’t get on with other pets but often this is not the case; many dogs enjoy the company of other animals. A score of 1 shows that it is not a good idea to mix a breed with other pets while a 5 indicates they tend to get on well with other animals.

Loyalty To Owner
Most dogs are extremely loyal to their owners and family, although there are a few that are quite independent. A low score of 1 indicates that a breed does not have a strong sense of loyalty while a score of 5 shows that they are extremely loyal.
Proper Smooth Fox Terrier training is required to keep these energetic dogs under control.  In general they are quite happy to listen to your command and do what you say, but training is important to ensure this is the case.  They can pose problems for households with other small animals, as the chasing instincts of this breed are difficult to curb and they are known to bark when they sense danger. The right Smooth Fox Terrier training programme can stop these types of negative behaviours from forming and can ensure a happier, healthier animal.

When undertaking Smooth Fox Terrier training, one of the biggest obstacles to overcome is the breed's personality. They can be extremely independent and stubborn, which can present problems.  While training should be kept positive, your dog needs to understand the consequences of stubborn, contrary actions. Pet owners should teach the word ‘no’ to a terrier as soon as possible and should stay on a regular schedule. At least half an hour per day of Smooth Fox Terrier training is necessary for the first year or so of their life to ensure good behaviour and obedience.

Ideally Smooth Fox Terrier training should be handled by a single person in the household. Terriers can become confused easily, which frustrates them and limits their ability to learn, so training sessions should be brief and should include breaks when necessary.  While other family members can join in on occasion so that the dog learns to obey commands from all, the main parts of the process should be done by the same individual.  At first the breed should not be left alone with small children but once trained they make wonderful play companions.  You should also aim to train them into accepting other pets, as they will often see them as prey unless consistently told otherwise.  However, do not use harsh words or actions during Smooth Fox Terrier training as this will have the opposite affect and cause them to disobey your commands.

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