Activities For An American Bully

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Introduction

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. 

Double Ball Throws

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Sunny Day
Free
Easy
10 - 30 min
Items needed
Ball
Treats
Activity description

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. 

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Choose a playing spot
For double ball throws, you need a safe and wide space where your Bully can run around freely without any hazard. More often than not, a fenced backyard is a good spot for this activity. You can also go to a dog park but you have to make sure that your dog does not get aggressive with other dogs.
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Start slow
Start simple and just use a single ball for the game, similar to how you do a game of fetch. Get your dog familiar with the ball’s scent and throw the ball some distance away as watch your dog run after it. Just repeat this until your dog gets used to chasing and retrieving the ball.
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Make things more challenging
When your dog becomes comfortable with the fetching and retrieving, it is time to turn things up a notch and add the other ball into the game. Throw the ball in one direction and the second ball in another direction. This will get your dog all hyped up and excited. The goal is to have your dog running in all directions and have them use up energy.
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Spring Pole

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Any Day
Cheap
Easy
30 min
Items needed
Toy
Tire
Wood
Rope
Swivel and Hooks
Spring
Activity description

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. 

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Build a spring pole
If you own a Bully that you need to exercise on a regular basis, investing on a spring pole is well worth it. Luckily, you can easily build your own. Search online for tutorials on how to create your own spring pole, including the materials needed. Generally, you will need a spring, heavy-duty hooks and swivels and a tug-of-war rope or any other toy to use as bait for your dog.
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Get your dog to play with the pole
Once you have assembled your spring pole according to the instructions, find a tree or somewhere high where you can hang the pole. Make sure that the pole is not hung too high above the ground and is just the right height for your dog to cling on to. This activity will work on your dog’s core, back, forelegs and hind legs.
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Swimming

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Sunny Day
Free
Normal
30 - 60 min
Items needed
Flotation device
Floating toy
Activity description

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. 

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Pick out a swimming spot
Choose a spot where you can bring your Bully for a swim. The spot you will choose will typically depend on how good of a swimmer your Bully is. You can start easy by choosing a dog-friendly indoor pool. You may also choose a shallow lake or river. Ask other dog owners at the park if they can recommend a safe spot.
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Introduce to the water
While dogs are typically fond of getting in the water and splashing around, not all dogs are immediately comfortable to get in the water, even at your command. It is crucial that you introduce your dog to water slowly to gauge how they are when in the water. You should also assess the swimming ability of your pooch and watch if they get scared. Use a flotation device as a safety precaution.
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Play in the water
When you become confident with your dog’s swimming skills, you can allow your dog to swim on their own. You may even start to incorporate toys into the swimming. If you have a floating toy, throw the toy into the water and watch as your dog runs after and retrieves it. Encourage your pup when swimming, and always be alerted to fatigue.
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Prepare a Meal

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. 

Flirt Pole

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. 

Conclusion

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.