Activities For American Boston Bull Terriers

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Introduction

The American Boston Bull Terrier is a hybrid breed. The breed is a result of interbreeding a Boston Terrier and an American Pit Bull Terrier. Often, the result is a larger, muscular Boston Terrier-look alike. They will be a great guardian and a wonderful family dog. In addition, they will be very affectionate but will not exhibit the hyperactivity of the Boston Terrier pet parent. The American Boston Bull Terrier will, however, require a moderate amount of activity in order to keep from getting into mischief. Regardless, they are likely to be a bit of a clown, and activities which allow them to be a little silly are the perfect prescription for good behavior.

Which Ball?

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Any Day
Cheap
Hard
15 - 30 min
Items needed
two balls of different colors
Activity description
Like any other dog, the American Boston Bull Terrier has a strong nose. The point of "Which Ball?" is to train them to bring back the ball covered in your scent. Not only is this great physical exercise for your pup, but the dog will get some mental stimulation as well. In addition, you get to tap into your pup's primal instinct where scent is concerned. This game can be played indoors or outdoors. It can be played in any kind of weather, as well. If you can't obtain two balls of a different color, grab a marker and make a distinctive mark on one ball. Remember, the object of the game is for your pup to retrieve the ball with your scent on it.
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Teach the game
First, you will need to make sure that your dog understands the concept of the game. Furthermore, this game will require a good bit of patience in order to make sure your dog understands they are only to retrieve a ball with your scent. However, trial and error is part of the fun! First, start by teaching your dog to retrieve the ball. This may require you to take them to the location of the ball, then pick up the ball and give it to the pup. Teach them to give the ball to you. Simply say, "give," and, when they do, give them a reward. Repeat until the dog will get the ball and give it to you.
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Move to phase two
Now that your pup has mastered bringing a ball to you, you want to emphasize that the only ball that they should retrieve is the one with your scent on it. First, take the ball and rub it in your hands for about sixty seconds. This will ensure that your scent is on the ball. Take the scented ball and place it beside the unscented ball. Encourage your dog to get the ball. This is when the real work begins.
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Get the tight ball for a treat
You may have to go through a few rounds of trial and error, but eventually your pup will understand what you expect of them. When they bring the ball with your scent, heap praise on them and reward them with a treat. Repeat a few times until your dog brings the ball to you without prompting.
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Let's Chase Bubbles

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Sunny Day
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15 min
Items needed
flavored bubbles for dogs
Activity description
The American Boston Bull Terrier often has a very short attention span. They will need a variety of activities that will keep them engaged. One surprising way to do this is to teach them to chase bubbles. Most dog owners who play with their pups swear by the game; one owner even stated that her dog knew where the bubbles were kept and would get excited when the owner went for them. This game is best played outdoors, depending on the size of your pup. Even though the American Boston Bull Terrier is not a very large dog, their enthusiasm might lend to their jumping into things.
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Introduce the bubbles
It is very likely that your dog will not know exactly what to think about the bubbles at first. However, multiple testimonies cite the fact that pups love the game. There are flavored bubbles made just for dogs that can be purchased at pet stores or online. The author does not personally recommend using soap bubbles as they might upset your dog's stomach, should they pop the bubbles with their mouth and swallow any remnants.
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Model the activity
You may need to get out and chase the bubbles yourself while encouraging your pup to follow suit. The first few times you model the activity, you might want to have a friend blow the bubbles while you chase them and encourage your pup to join you. As the pup begins to play, keep up the enthusiasm.
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Reward time
Particularly when you are training your pup to play correctly, your praise might not be enough. Always heap praise on them, but be sure to slip in a treat during the critical training phase of the activity. Soon, they will learn to enjoy chasing bubbles as much as they do getting a rewarding treat.
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Under, Over and Through

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Any Day
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15 min
Items needed
End Table
Bar stool
Activity description
Want to try agility exercises with your pup, but have no time to invest in making an agility course? Do you have a small apartment or a home with a small yard? Never fear - you can make your own agility exercise for your American Boston Bull Terrier. All you need is a bar stool or an end table that your dog can walk under comfortably. Remember, the hybrid breed is a very intelligent dog, and craves activity. Training them to do a few agility exercises using household items will be fairly easy and very entertaining for them. In addition, this is perfect indoor activity.
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Let's crawl
The first step is to teach your pup to crawl under the stool. This may require you to get on one side of the stool, get face to face with your pup (yes, this may require you to get down on all fours!), and ask them to crawl under the stool. Once they have crawled to you successfully, then you can heap praise on them and reward them with a treat. Repeat as necessary until your dog will crawl under the stool without much prompting.
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Walk around It
Next, teach your dog to walk around the stool. This is not very difficult to teach. Simply walk around the stool yourself while asking the dog to come to you. You may want to face the dog while doing so. Walk around the stool with your pup following you about three times, then stop and give them a treat. Command them to stay. Then repeat the activity, saying, "Walk." Command them to stay once more, then walk to the opposite of where your dog is. Have them walk to you once more. When you feel they are catching on, walk away from the stool and ask them to walk on their own.
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Let's jump
Walking around the stool might be the toughest part of the agility exercises in this activity. You might want to grab your pup's leash for this part of the game. Invite your dog to climb on the stool or end table. Have them stay. Then show them how to get down. Now, add commands. Say, "Jump." Soon, they will realize that you want them to go over the stool or table entirely. Reward them with praise and a treat.
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Obstacle Course

You can create a make-shift obstacle course using almost anything - a kitchen chair, a milk crate, even a box with open ends that allows them to run through the middle.

Tug

Using a flirt pole, entice your pup to grab on to a toy at the end of the pole. Tug gently, and allow them to pull the toy.

Conclusion

The American Boston Bull Terrier is a truly fun breed to have as a member of the family. They are not a large dog, but they are muscular and somewhat compact. They are energetic, but not as hyperactive as a Boston Terrier tends to be. They are easy to train, and, once they are accustomed to performing the games above, will be a great joy to spend time with as you play together.