The American Bully belongs to the Bully-type mix of dogs and was recently developed during the 1990s. Because of some similarities, the Bully is often mistaken as the American Pit Bull. However, this is a misconception and the Bully was actually specifically made to be used as a companion dog. This breed has quickly grown more and more popular in the recent years, both in the United States and worldwide. They are known for their distinctive head, muscular body and intimidating appearance. But don’t be fooled by this tough exterior, the Bully has a soft heart and a friendly temperament, but sometimes are a bit protective of their families.
When you own an extremely active and energetic dog such as the American Bully, sometimes a simple stroll or game of fetch is not enough to satisfy their physical needs. As such, it is your responsibility to try and find ways to get your dog well exercised. This usually requires you to become creative with your activity choices. One of the easiest but most effective games that a high-strung Bully can try is the double ball throw. In essence, this game is just a game of ball fetch but with a twist – you use two balls instead of one. A simple tweak to a classic game can make a huge difference in getting your pooch all worked up and moving around.
Because they are naturally athletic and are full of vigor, American Bullies are a great candidate for various canine sports. An activity that is highly recommended for Bullies is use of the spring pole, which is a contraption made out of a tire, a spring and a piece of any toy that a dog can bite and hang from. This toy is then fastened to a spring, which is then hung from a piece of wood or a tree. This game simulates the usual tug-of-war game played with dogs, but with a twist. The spring pole is a common activity for Bully-type dogs because it is a muscle-building activity and a great way for Bullies to burn some of that extra fuel.
Dogs usually like to be in or around water, especially ones that have a lot of energy to spare. Moreover, just like humans, swimming can be extremely beneficial for canines. First, it is an effective way to develop a dog’s stamina and endurance. Additionally, it is a great overall workout because it exercises the whole body, particularly the smaller muscles that are typically difficult to spot target. Finally, it helps your Bully maintain a balanced physique, which in turn prevents potential injuries. The great thing about swimming is that it can be done in multiple ways – whether in a pool or a body of water such as a lake or ocean.
Aside from physical exercise, nutrition is a key part in retaining your Bully’s physique. If you want your Bully to form and maintain muscles, you should swap dog food with proper high-protein meals every now and then. Cook food for yourself and your dog and have a “dinner date” with each other.
A good alternative to the spring pole, one that requires less equipment, is the flirt pole. It is a simple activity that does a lot of good to your dog’s hind legs, core and back. It also stimulates your Bully’s prey drive. For this activity, all you need is a pole that has a rope or string attached to it. On the other end of the rope is a lure (either a plastic bag or toy). You use the pole to get your Bully’s interest and then start moving the pole around while your dog chases after it.
The American Bully is a truly one-of-a-kind dog breed that deserves to be taken care of properly. When it comes to meeting the breed’s exercise requirements, owners of the Bully should know how to keep them physically and mentally stimulated to thwart potential negative behaviors. An American Bully that is well-loved and cared will make for an excellent pet and companion for many years to come.