Activities For A Basset Bordeaux

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Introduction

The Basset Bordeaux is a hybrid dog; the parent breeds are the Dogue de Bordeaux and the Basset Hound. While these two breeds are quite different, the resulting pups are the best of both breeds. Initially, it is believed that this designer breed was created to hunt rabbits and other small game. In addition, the Basset Bordeaux is a great guardian. They love nothing more than spending time with their family, so keep this in mind when planning activities. The Basset Bordeaux will be a lazy lapdog if you allow, so be sure to keep them moderately active or risk obesity.

Toy Time

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Any Day
Cheap
Easy
30 min
Items needed
food puzzle toys
squeaky toys
chew toys
treats or small kibble
Activity description
The Basset Bordeaux has the reputation of a coach potato, but if you'll provide them with a few interesting toys, they are sure to stay occupied - mentally, at least - with these items. If you aren't familiar with food puzzle toys, these toys are a reward within themselves. The dog knows that there are treats or small kibble inside the toy - the objective is to lick, shake, or toss the toy until the food drops out of the item. You may have to begin by placing peanut butter on the ends of the toy, but once the pooch knows that the prize is inside, they will do whatever necessary to get it out.
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Food puzzle toys
What pup doesn't love a good treat or a few bites of kibble? The food puzzle toy has its own reward inside. The food puzzle toy entices your pooch to work for their food, and these toys occupy the mind of the dog for some time. These toys give a dog that might experience separation anxiety something to keep them busy while you are away.
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Squeaky toys
Often, squeaky toys require the dog to chew, toss, or otherwise interact with the toy in order to produce that annoying squeak. These toys also provide mental stimulation for your dog. Squeaky toys make great "rainy day" toys, and your Basset Bordeaux may play for hours on end with them.
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Chew toys
Often, when a Basset Bordeaux is bored, they will do one of two things - chew or dig. Both of these activities are destructive and unwanted. Puppies especially need chew toys so that they do not destroy shoes or other valuable items as they teethe. Keep chew toys available in a place where Fido can access them easily. Check the condition of the toys regularly and discard if necessary.
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Outdoor Play

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Sunny Day
Free
Easy
45 min
Items needed
flirt pole
treats
tennis balls or other toys for fetch
Activity description
Most Basset Bordeaux owners claim that the best way to exercise the breed is to engage them in outdoor play in the backyard. Because the Basset Bordeaux most often takes the size of the Dogue de Bordeaux parent breed, outdoor exercise is often the only way to provide ample activity for the hybrid breed. There are many fun things you can do with your Basset Bordeaux right in your own backyard and partaking in play there greatly reduces the expense for entertaining your pal. Grab a flirt pole and engage your pooch in a game of chase. Throw the tennis ball and encourage your Basset Bordeaux to fetch it. Free play is best outdoors.
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Flirt pole
A great way to engage the Basset Bordeaux in play is by inviting them into the backyard for a little flirt pole play. You can purchase a flirt pole at your local pet supply store. It often resembles a fishing pole, with an attractive object attached to a string on a flexible pole. Encourage your pooch to jump, run, and chase after you using the flirt pole.
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Play ball
Playing with a ball does not always have to be about playing fetch only. You can get a soccer ball and teach the Basset Bordeaux how to push the ball back and forth with you. There are also flyball exercises that you can do with the Basset Bordeaux. This fun sport involves a springloaded box that, when jumped at by your dog, releases the tennis ball to be caught.
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Play chase
The Basset Bordeaux will enjoy being engaged in a game of chase with you. Perhaps you might even enlist the kids to play with Fido. You can use the flirt pole to get the attention of the Basset Bordeaux, or you may simply call their name and coax them to chase after you. Again, free play is the name of the game here.
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Scent Games

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Sunny Day
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Normal
60 min
Items needed
scented items
treats
Activity description
When you consider what the Basset Hound parent breed is best at, scent trials (or any scenting activity) is great for the Basset Bordeaux as it gets them off the couch and doing something that comes natural. You can begin scenting games with a young pup by playing games of hide and seek indoors. You can move the fun outdoors as they grow older by scenting items and allowing the Basset Bordeaux to find them in the yard. If you so choose, you can enter the Basset Bordeaux in scent trials with local dog clubs. Scent games at home are cheap to play, whereas entering a scent trial or taking scenting courses will have a moderate cost. The sensory and socialization practice that your Basset Bordeaux will have as a result of any scenting activity is priceless!
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Train
First, you'll need to wake up that scenting ability in your pooch. When your Basset Bordeaux is a young puppy, you can begin playing "hide and seek" with smelly treats indoors. You can begin by hiding the treats in plain sight, then you can hide them in earnest as your dog begins to understand the rules of the game.
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Practice
Once you have moved up to scenting items other than treats, you'll want to practice on a regular basis. You can scent an item in two ways. Slice open a hot dog and rub the insides on a toy. Place it in a not too conspicuous area in the yard. Then, bring the hot dog to the dog and allow them to smell it so that they know exactly what scent to seek out. Practice as often as you wish.
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Participate
You'll need to find local clubs to register to participate in organized scent trials. In these scent trials, dogs are often given a scent to trail, and the item is hidden along the trail. Dogs are not timed as far as scent trials go; the objective is to find the scented item and retrieve it.
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Fetch

Because the Basset Bordeaux has such a low activity level, a couple of walking excursions during the day as well as a twenty-minute game of fetch will be quite sufficient activity for the designer breed.

Walking

The Basset Bordeaux functions best with at least two short, brisk walks a day. Fifteen to twenty minutes in the morning and evening are just right for the Basset Bordeaux.

Conclusion

The Basset Bordeaux is a very laidback dog; without your prompting them to activity, this couch potato is happy to veg out beside you on a daily basis. This beautiful dog does not need a great deal of exercise but still requires attention and stimulation. Brisk walking and playing outdoors with your family are two of the best ways for the Basset Bordeaux to meet daily activity and socialization requirements.