Fox Terrier Puppies
General Info on Fox Terrier Puppies
Buy your Fox Terrier from a reputable breeder only! Never buy your dog from puppy mills or pet stores. Good breeders know the blood line of the sire and the dam. There are few problems with Fox Terriers from reputable breeders. However, poor breeding can result in excessively large dogs (as big as 32 lbs!), dogs with medical problems, and dogs with behavior problems. Good breeders breed dogs for their love of the breed, not the money. The goal of the Fox Terrier Club of Maryland and its members is to promote the breed through proper breeding and are of our dogs. Check out our breeder referral list for good breeders.
Fox Terrier puppies demand A LOT of attention. They are extremely energetic and will not even begin to slow down until 2 years of age. Many Fox Terriers will act like puppies for quite some time. Future owners of Fox Terriers must be willing to make a long commitment to their pet for this period Fox Terriers who do not get enough attention and exercise, will do damage in the house from frustration. It is vital to run off this energy and devote lots of time to play with and petting the dog. Long leash walks are great for your health and are great for your dog. Their high energy levels need to be reduced on a daily basis. Simply letting your Fox Terrier out is not sufficient. They need to be put to work through long walks or repetitive runs of chasing a ball. If you are interested in losing weight, lowering your cholesterol and improving your health, walk your Fox Terrier 1 to 2 miles every day. Your Fox Terrier will be happy, less damage is done to your house and your health will be better.
Minimum Age of Puppies
I highly recommend buying puppies that are 12 weeks old and older. In many areas it is illegal to sell puppies younger than 8 weeks. Reputable breeders will not sell young Puppies. It is very difficult to tell how good a Fox Terrier will be when it is 8 weeks old. At 12 weeks the Fox Terrier has matured a lot more and it is easier to separate the show dogs from the pets. A very important fact is that the socialization the puppies get from their siblings and mother are very import lessons that must be learned.
While an 8 week puppy is cute, be patient, your Fox Terrier will live for 15 years. Make sure that it is a healthy, well adjusted dog.
There are all sorts of gizmos out their for house training. Pads, scents and chemicals. I have never seen these things work. Fox Terrier puppies take time to house break. Accidents will happen for up to 18 months. A 8 to 12 week Fox Terrier is NEVER house broken. Crate Training is highly recommended. Be consistent and take your puppy for frequent walks. As a rule of thumb, a puppy can hold it for the number of hours equal to its age in months (obviously only to a point!). Always continue to play with the dog or stay outside for a period of time AFTER the dog eliminates. This is so you don't train the dog that play time ends when they eliminate, this can really defeat the purpose.
Fox Terriers can do A LOT of damage when you are not home. Crate training is one of the best ways to spend more quality time with your Fox Terrier and less time being mad at your dog. In addition there are many things that look like great toys to a Fox Terrier that can hurt or Kill your dog. Electric power cords are wonderful chew toys until they hit the wires. I had one Fox Terrier who chewed through at least a half a dozen power cords to the point of flipping the circuit breaker. She lived to the age of 15!
Dogs are den animals. They are comfortable in small confined areas with not view. I feel solid airline style crates are the best for this reason. Dogs do not like a "View" in their den. In nature, if another predator can see them, they are not safe. In a solid crate they feel safer (and they can not eliminate outside of it) Eventually your Fox Terrier will learn to love its crate. It is its area of protection, it is its den. Leave the crate door open when the dog is loose. You will soon find your dog curled up in its crate asleep, or there when it is scared.
Crate training can be an efficient and effective way to house train a Fox Terrier. Dogs do not like to soil their resting/sleeping/eating areas if given adequate opportunity to eliminate elsewhere. Temporarily confining your dog to a small area strongly inhibits the tendency to urinate and defecate. However, there is still a far more important aspect of crate training.
If your Fox Terrier does not eliminate while it is confined, then it will need to eliminate when it is released, i.e., it eliminates when you are present to reward and praise it. If you take your Fox Terrier outside and it does not eliminate, take it back inside and put in back into the crate for 15-20 minutes and try again. Eventually they will learn to eliminate outside quickly.
Be sure to understand the difference between temporarily confining your dog to a crate and long term confinement when you are not home. The major purpose of confinement when your are not home is to restrict mistakes to a small protected area. The purpose of crate training is quite the opposite. Short term confinement to a crate is intended to inhibit your dog from eliminating when confined, so that she will want to eliminate when released from confinement and taken to an appropriate area. Crate training also helps teach your dog to have bladder and bowel control. Instead of going whenever she feels like it, she learns to hold it and go at convenient scheduled times.
Crate training should not be abused, otherwise the problem will get drastically worse. The crate is not intended as a place to lock up the dog and forget her for extended periods of time. If your dog soils her crate because you left her there too long, the house training process will be set back several weeks, if not months.
Mistakes and Accidents During Training
If you ever find an accident in the house, just clean it up. Do not punish your Fox Terrier. All this means is that you have given it unsupervised access to your house too soon. Until your new Fox Terrier can be trusted, don't give it unsupervised free run of your house. If mistakes and accidents occur, it is best to go back to the crate training. You need to more accurately predict when your Fox Terrier needs to eliminate and it needs more time to develop bladder and bowel control.