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While I lived in an apartment where pets were not allowed, I would enjoy petting my friends dogs when I visited. I also gave them treats that their owners gave me. The dogs quickly learned where to get their ears scratched and treats. The dog would often spend the game curled up near my feet which I enjoyed.
I would often ask my GM if my character could buy a dog, usually just like their dog, and he was fine with it.
So in the game, after the adventure, in the in, or camp, my character would feed his dog, pet his dog, and it would sleep next to his bed roll, or on his bed in the inn room he rented. There wasn't any really "game effect" other then the Gm would have the dog get into the garbage, come out of the woods with a small critter, or sit and beg from our adventuring company's potential employer, while we were dining together.
When we went into a dungeon, my character would tie the dog off with the horses.
I suppose the only "game effect" was that the GM would allow the dog to make a perception roll while my character was asleep, and have it bark at something. Sometimes it was a monster, or a wolf sneeking up on our camp.....other times it was a small furry critter the dog wanted to chase....we had fun.
Now that I have my own little beagle, I have asked my GM if my character could have a dog just like my dog.
The GMs never even asked me to spend a rank on animal training.
I don't know if this will apply to your fox but i hope it helps.
Oh speaking of foxes you might find this article interesting: domesticated Soviet foxes