Activities For A Boston Iggy

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Introduction

When the Boston Terrier and the Italian Greyhound are mixed together, the conceived breed is known as the Boston Iggy. Since this designer dog is quite rare compared to others, there is not much data about them. However, since both parent breeds have plenty of similarities, it is safe to assume that the Iggy will inherit these qualities. For instance, both parents are small in size and athletic. Moreover, they both have high prey drives and trainable, which will likely carry over to the hybrid dog. In general, the Boston Iggy is an agile dog that is willing to please and sensitive in nature. With a commanding but kind owner, this breed will truly thrive. 

Flirt Pole

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Any Day
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Easy
15 - 30 min
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Flirt pole
Activity description

Since both the Boston Terrier and Italian Greyhound possess a high prey drive and impressive speed, the Boston Iggy hybrid will most likely inherit these qualities. Hence, it only makes sense for the Boston Iggy to regularly engage in activities such as the flirt pole game. A flirt pole is a training device that doubles as a toy for your dog. A lure, typically in the form of a plastic toy, is attached to a string of yarn or rope, which is then attached to a pole. The handler then uses this to attract the dog’s attention and get them to move and run around. It’s a great way to train your dog in self-control while also getting them physically and mentally stimulated.

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Buy a flirt pole
Truth be told, you can make a simple flirt pole using materials lying around your house. All you need is a stick or a pole, a string of yarn and a plastic bag or toy. Just tie your “lure” to the yarn and tie the other end of the yarn onto the pole. However, if you are going to play this game with your pooch on a regular basis, it would be best to invest in a quality flirt pole. Online shops and pet stores have a variety of flirt poles to choose from.
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"Flirt" with your dog
When you acquire a flirt pole, you can then play the game with your pooch. Start by attracting your dog using the lure. Swing the lure around and let your dog take an interest in it. Once you have your dog’s full attention, you can start moving and making the game more difficult for your pooch. Just make sure that you take time to rest in between the game and that you let your dog win every once in a while. You can also give your dog treats as a reward.
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Canicross

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Sunny Day
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30 - 60 min
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Harness
Leash
Waist belt
Water
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One of the many joys of dog ownership is spending time with your pooch. There are many activities that dogs and their owners can try together, one of which is canicross. Essentially, canicross is simply cross-country running but with the added twist of having your dog with you. It is an activity that benefits the health of both you and your furbaby. In addition, it helps to establish an even stronger and closer relationship between the two of you. The Boston Iggy is also a great choice for this activity because this breed is a speed demon and needs a lot of exercise in order to stay happy. 

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Visit the veterinarian
Canicross may seem like a simple activity but it can be quite taxing, especially if your dog is not in tiptop shape. Before engaging in this sport, you should first pay a visit to your veterinarian and have your dog assessed. Your dog’s safety should always come first and your vet will help you determine whether or not your dog is fit enough for canicross. Also, if you are going to be training a lot outdoors, it pays to have the needed shots for your dog’s protection.
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The gear you need
After your veterinarian gives your dog the green light to train, buy the needed gear for the activity. The most important gear for your dog to have is the harness. This harness needs to fit your pooch comfortably. Also, by using a harness instead of the usual collar, your dog is able to pull from the chest, which allows them to move freely. A waist belt where you can attach the leash of your dog is also great to have. This allows you to run hands-free.
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Start running
Once you have the equipment, all you have to do is gear up, put your trainers on and run. When starting out, it would be best to choose a familiar trail that your dog has seen multiple times. Narrow trails also work better so that your dog won’t go off to different directions. Also, don’t forget to start slow and steady so your dog won’t exert too much effort. In the long run (no pun intended!), you can start to join organized canicross events.
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Doggy Party

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Any Day
Cheap
Easy
60 min
Items needed
Food
Water
Toys
Activity description

The Boston Iggy is a cheerful dog that enjoys being in the company of others, be it humans or fellow pets. Like most dogs, the Iggy also loves being the center of attention. Why not make your pooch even happier by throwing a doggy party? A full-fledged party for your dog is an excellent form of socialization for them. It also allows you to have a little fun with other furparents while all your furbabies hang out together. Whether you are celebrating your dog’s birthday, graduation from training or any holiday that you can come up with, organizing a dog party is always a great idea. 

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Guest list
Just like any party, you need to come up with a guest list for your doggy party. The reason for having a guest list is that it will help you determine the rest of the details of the party. Is it your dog’s first party and you want to keep the crowd small? Or would you like a bigger party with loads of guests? It is best to choose “guests” that you know your pooch gets along and interacts with on a regular basis. Then, send out the invites and have them RSVP for a final headcount.
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Plan the details
Once you have a final guest list for your party, you can then move on to the other parts of the planning stage. Choose a venue for the party and make sure it is spacious enough to accommodate all your guests. You should also make this venue “dog-proof”. Additionally, pick a theme for the celebration (birthday, Halloween, St. Patrick’s Day) and choose decorations and items based on it. You will have to plan out how much food and drinks you will need to have as well. Consider not just the canine guests but also their furparents. Finally, you may come up with games or other gimmicks to make the party more fun.
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Enjoy the party
When everything is in place and the venue is all set, wait for all the guests to arrive. If you have a program that you will be following, start with a game or two. The most important part of your celebration is for your dog to have fun, so make sure that they are having a grand time. Give the canine guests a time of their own for some playing and socialization.
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More Fun Ideas...

Take Agility Classes

A fast and clever dog such as the Boston Iggy will surely excel in a canine activity like agility. Lots of clubs offer agility classes. All you need to do is sign your dog up, pay the necessary fees and let the pros show you how it's done. 

Watch a Canine Movie

Dogs love to spend time with their owners, whether indoors or outdoors. Turn on your television and play your favorite canine movie with your dog on your lap. 

Conclusion

The perfect mixture of a watchdog, an outdoor buddy and a home companion, the Boston Iggy can easily be a great pet to have. Even though they might not be as popular as other hybrid dogs, they possess all the desirable qualities that every dog owner is looking for – affectionate, friendly and loyal to their families.