Activities For A Buggs

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Introduction

When encountering a Buggs, it is almost a certainty that you will leave with a big grin on your face. No, this Buggs is not the flying kind; it is a hybrid dog that is developed by mixing the Boston Terrier and the Pug. Because of their parent breeds’ impish appearance and mischievous streak, the Buggs inherits most of the physical attributes of both parents. The result is a small dog with large eyes and a dopey facial expression. This breed is also known to exhibit a goofy and clownish personality and some amusing antics, which can provide dog owners with hours of entertainment. 

Muffin Tin Game

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Any Day
Free
Normal
15 - 30 min
Items needed
Muffin tin tray
Tennis balls
Treats
Activity description

Due to the intelligence and natural curiosity of their parent breeds, the Buggs excels in different forms of puzzle and mental games. One of the simplest but most stimulating games that you can play with your Buggs at home is the muffin tin game. The mechanics of the game are simple: all you have to do is place treats in a muffin tin tray and cover them with tennis balls. Your dog will then use their sense of smell and wits to find the treats hidden underneath. It is a great way to fight boredom and to keep your dog occupied even while staying indoors. 

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Set up the game
To be able to play the muffin tin game, you need to collect the materials needed - a muffin tray, a couple of tennis balls and your dog’s favorite treats. Then, set up the game by placing some treats in the muffin tray. Use the tennis balls to cover each of the trays and hide the treats.
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Let your dog find the treats
Call your dog’s attention to the muffin tray and hide one of the treats underneath a ball while your dog looks on. This will help them realize what you are doing. Then, command your pooch to retrieve the hidden treat. After getting the treat, your dog will start to look underneath all the other tennis balls to find the rest of the treats.
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Hall Ball

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Any Day
Free
Easy
15 min
Items needed
Toy ball
Activity description

The Buggs only needs a moderate amount of physical stimulation and exercise on a daily basis. However, they do need some form of entertainment so that they will not end up bored, which can then lead to some negative behavior. Another straightforward but effective indoor game that you can play with your pooch is hall ball. As its name suggests, this activity simply involves rolling down a toy ball across a hallway (bonus points if your hallway at home is long!) and getting your dog to fetch it. This can be played anytime, even during the rainy season, and is completely free. 

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Get your dog to stay
To start the game, you first need to bring your Buggs to your hallway at home. Make sure your dog is positioned at one end and command them to sit and stay. If your dog does not have a good grasp of the “stay” or “sit” command, you may use a leash to keep your pooch in place.
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Toss the ball
Once your dog is still, throw the ball towards the end of the hall. At around the same time, you can release your dog by either commanding them to “Fetch!” or by releasing your hold on the leash. Your pooch will then run after the ball and fetch it. Don’t forget to reward your dog with praise or treats every now and then to keep them interested in the game.
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Follow the Dog

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Sunny Day
Free
Easy
30 - 45 min
Items needed
Leash
Waste Bags
Activity description

One of the downsides of owning a Buggs is that they can be prone to obesity, especially when their diet is not monitored well. Fortunately, a Buggs only needs a relative amount of physical exercise regularly. In fact, a short 30 to 45-minute walk around the block should be more than enough physical stimulation for your dog. However, your usual walks can get a bit boring and repetitive over time. One way to shake up your usual routine would be to let your pooch take over. In this activity, the twist would be getting your pooch to walk you instead of the other way around. 

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Do your usual walking routine
Since your dog will likely not understand how the activity works initially, what you can do is to just go about your normal walking routine. Follow the path that you frequently take on your daily walks. At one point during your stroll, go towards a different direction or make an opposite turn to change things up.
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Let your dog take over
When your dog realizes that they are in a new environment and that the surroundings have changed, they will start to take charge. More often than not, your Buggs will start to familiarize themselves with the new sights and scents and use their nose to lead them to new places. You might be amazed where your dog’s keen sense of smell will lead the two of you.
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Netflix and Chill

While Netflix is mostly just for your entertainment, your Buggs will definitely appreciate chilling with you. The Buggs loves to be around their owners and families as they can get really attached. While watching your favorite flick, let your pooch enjoy lying on your lap or cuddling with you on the couch. 

Grab a Puppuccino

Starbucks has a famous “secret menu” for humans but did you know that they also have a special off-the-menu item for dogs, too? Yes, your local Starbucks branch offers a “Puppuccino” for their customer’s four-legged companions. But don’t worry, this does not contain any caffeine; it is simply a cup with whipped cream inside. So next time you grab your cup of Joe, don’t forget to get one for your pooch as well.

Conclusion

The Buggs is a comical dog with a lovely personality that will surely capture the heart of any human they meet. Because of their easygoing temperament, moderate exercise and maintenance needs and friendliness towards humans, the Buggs is an excellent choice for both first-time dog owners and more experienced ones.