Activities For A Brittany Bourbonnais

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Introduction

If you don’t love this dog for their human-sounding name, then you are going to love them for their energy levels, enthusiasm for hunting, and sense of adventure. For the outdoor lovers, a Brittany Bourbonnais will fit right in. The Brittany Bourbonnais is a hybrid breed consisting of Braque du Bourbonnais and Brittany (Spaniel) parents. While this crossbreed is not common, both parent breeds are keen hunters and pointers, which means the resultant offspring could be too. Knowing how much energy they will have, it’s a good idea to have a few activity options up your sleeve. Add these ones below to your list.

Pointing

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Sunny Day
Free
Hard
1 hr
Items needed
Leash
Treat
Activity description

If you want your Brittany Bourbonnais to eventually become a hunting companion, then you’ll need to begin the process of pointing from a young age. As soon as your pooch begins to go adventure-seeking outdoors, take advantage of how keen they are and begin training them for hunting. Brittany Bourbonnais’ will take to pointing naturally, so you won’t need to try all that hard. However, this one-hour activity is still challenging, and you will need a leash, a sunny day, and a treat. You will also need to have plenty of patience and be willing to remain consistent in your training. Here’s how to teach your Brittany Bourbonnais to point.

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Outdoors and commands
The first step is to expose your dog to the outdoor environment, letting them do what they naturally want to do. They might like to smell trails, chase squirrels, or walk around aimlessly. While you are outside, begin teaching them recall - knowing how to come back to you even when there is a lot going on around them. You may need a treat and leash for this step.
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Expose and correct
Now that you trust your dog to come back when you call them, you can bring them to an area with game birds. If your dog freezes when they see a bird then sets the bird, harvest the bird then praise your dog with plenty of positive reinforcement and a treat. If, however, they rush to the bird, flush it, or bump it, then stop the hunting trip. Bring your dog back to you, take them to where they spotted the game then make them stay in that spot, sitting still. You can reward them when they stay in that position for a few minutes.
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Practice
Teaching your dog how to point is all about repetition. Your Brittany Bourbonnais is never going to get it perfect straight away - even if they are far more talented than most other domestic dogs around wildlife. Always correct your dog when they bump or flush game instead of freezing, and reward them when they get it right.
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Frisbee

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Sunny Day
Cheap
Easy
1 hr
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Frisbee
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One of the perks of having a high-energy dog is that you get to do a lot of fun activities with them outside on a sunny day. A game of frisbee is one of them. Buy a frisbee that’s suitable for your Brittany Bourbonnais, take them outside, then spend an hour throwing it for them to run and chase. This effortless activity is low-cost and fun, meaning your dog can have the time of their life then return home ready for a nap. If you have more than one dog, you can also make it a fun family affair and a bit of a competition! 

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Pick a frisbee
There’s a reason why the market is full of different frisbees - they are all suitable for different dogs. Think about how your dog interacts with their toys. Do they chew them up or do they prefer to play with them as intended? You can now buy almost-indestructible rubber frisbees from pet stores, but the more commonly plastic ones may be suitable for your pooch as well.
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Choose a location
If you want your Brittany Bourbonnais to burn off as much energy as possible, then go somewhere with plenty of space. The further you throw your frisbee, the further your dog has to run to retrieve it. They then burn off energy quicker as well. You may know of a school field, a local dog park, or your spacious yard that will be the perfect spot.
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Play frisbee
Playing a game of frisbee is a breeze! Throw the toy as far as you can, then encourage your dog to go chase it. If they aren’t all that keen on bringing it back, you may like to coax them back with treats until they get the hint. After an hour, they would have had more than enough fun!
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Hiking

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Any Day
Free
Normal
3 hrs
Items needed
Water
Leash
Waste bag
Activity description

Brittany Bourbonnais dogs love to be in the great outdoors, so if you intend on going on a hike, consider bringing your eager pooch along with you. Your dog will love nothing more than to traverse the challenging terrain with you, spending at least three hours in any weather in the wilderness. With a normal difficulty level, it’s also well within their capabilities, and in most cases, is a free activity as well. Set aside three hours, bring along fresh water, a waste bag, and leash, and head out on an adventure with man’s best friend.

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Choose a location
Fortunately, there is an abundance of hiking spots in the United States. However, if you’re bringing your Brittany Bourbonnais along, you may like to do a bit of research first. Some areas have protected species; this means dogs are not allowed in that area. Take a look online or speak to friends who go hiking with their pets often. Some brilliant spots include Runyon Canyon in California, Lake Dorothy in Washington, and Red Rock Canyon in Nevada.
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Hike
Once you know where you’re going, you can then head off! Make sure you tell someone where you are going, when you are leaving, and when you will back. Take plenty of water, and maybe even consider taking a backpack with warm clothes if you need them. While you can go hiking in any weather, check the conditions before you head out, and reconsider if the weather will be too poor. Make sure your dog gets plenty of water along the way.
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Dog Park

Brittany Bourbonnais dogs can be social with most other pets - especially dogs the same size as them. Consider taking them to a dog park from time to time so they can play with other pooches. They will enjoy the companionship, as well as being able to sprint around and burn off energy.  

Obedience Training

Even though the Brittany Bourbonnais is an intelligent breed that takes to many new skills with relative ease, they still have a stubborn streak. With this in mind, you will quickly learn that they sometimes prefer to do as they please instead of listening to you! If you’re a first-time dog owner, consider getting a helping hand from an obedience trainer. Their advice can be beneficial for long-term ownership.  

Conclusion

If you’re furever trying to come up with ways to entertain your Brittany Bourbonnais and burn off their energy, then you’ve come to the right place. If you try out these activities above, you will find you can tire them out with minimal effort on your part. Start dog ownership on the right paw with trips to the dog park, hiking adventures, and more.