Activities For American Bull-Aussies

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Introduction

The American Bull-Aussie is a fairly new dog so not much information is available on what this dog like. We did learn that they are loyal, courageous and easy going. Luckily, we have done some research and found many games and activities that will make your American Bull-Aussie very happy! When you combine an American Bulldog with an Australian Shepherd, you are getting an active dog who can also have very calm, serene moments. So what can you play with your pup that will suit their personality? Let's find out!

Treibball

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Sunny Day
Cheap
Hard
1 hr
Items needed
Goal
Whistle
Treats
Exercise Balls
Activity description
If you are familiar with your American Bull-Aussie's background, then you know that part of their heritage is Australian Shepherd which is a herding breed of dog. These pups would herd sheep across vast fields, pushing them from one area to another with skill and speed. This trait is still apparent in your American Bull-Aussie and they will be pros at playing this game. Treibball uses all of your dog's herding skills in a fun, playful manner with no sheep needed! It may take a little bit of time and training but once your dog masters this game, it is a great way to help them get out some energy and have fun every day!
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Set up
Grab about eight large exercise balls and a goal large enough for the exercise balls to go in (head to a soccer field for the best set up as the goal will already be in place and the field is flat!). Spread the balls around the field - these are going to be the "sheep" in the game which your American Bull-Aussie will need to herd. Once you have your game set up, grab your pup and get ready to play!
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Training
Show your dog how to nudge the exercise ball around by using commands like "left", "right", "forward", and "backward". These directions will take time to learn but are essential to the game! Bring lots of treats and spend extra time making sure your American Bull-Aussie knows how to guide the ball based on your command.
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Play!
Use a timer and treats to see how long it takes your pup to run around the field, following your directional commands and guide all of the exercise balls into the goal. Then, play again! Not only is your dog getting a great workout but they also are being able to use their innate herding ability. Chances are, you are having a lot of fun too!
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Strangers Are Friends

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Any Day
Free
Normal
1 hr
Items needed
Friends
Treats
Activity description
You may be familiar with the saying "strangers are danger" but what about strangers being friends? While this may not necessarily apply to everyone, your pup should learn to be gentle toward new people. American Bull-Aussies can be very protective of their owners since they form such a strong bond with them and become very attached. However, their protective tendencies can become aggression when not curbed at a young age. Teaching your dog to first be friendly toward new people is a skill that should be learned at a young age. Yet even if your dog is already a little older, this is something that is worth teaching. It's a free activity and enables you to see your friends often. It's a win-win!
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Friends
Get a bunch of friends together that your dog may not know at all or know very well. If you are able to get a diverse group (males, females, various races), this is ideal as it will help your dog be familiar with all types of people. Have your friends be equipped with treats and also have a good amount of treats yourself on hand!
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Hello!
Hold your dog on a leash and have one of your friends approach you and say "Hello". As they do this, hand your dog a treat and then shake the person's hand. Then, have the friend give the dog a treat as well. Repeat this with the next person and the next. If your dog happens to bark or snap and anyone, the game is over and you can begin again in a little bit.
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Daily practice
Once your dog has gotten use to the idea of people saying hello and touching you (in a handshake), move this practice to the outside world. Say hello to people on the street and give your dog a treat as you do so. Not only will your dog learn to remain calm in the presence of new people but they will also learn that the word "hello" means a treat! A double win.
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Strength Games

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Any Day
Cheap
Easy
20 min
Items needed
Rope
Weighted Vest
Treats
Activity description
Your America Bull-Aussie is a powerhouse of strength thanks in part to their American Bulldog background. American Bulldogs are known for their strength and stamina and because of this, they will love games that are geared toward this skill. This strength, combined with the Australian Shepherd's ability to run for miles and miles, makes for a dog who needs a good workout. Get ready to give your dog the workout of their life in a fun and playful way without breaking the bank. Don't be surprised when your dog is significantly stronger than you are - it is just the nature of the breed!
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Tug
Playing a classic game of tug is ideal for an American Bull-Aussie. In fact, this pup could play for hours as they are also quite determined and will not want to give up! Grab a rope toy and take a seat on a comfy chair as this game of tug is going to last a while!
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Weighted vest
Invest in a weighted vest for your dog to wear whenever you go for a walk. Not only will the weight of the vest help your dog build some muscle and work off extra energy but it will also give your dog a sense of purpose. Wearing a weighted vest makes your dog think they have a "job" and must carry the vest from point A to point B. It has been proven that a dog with a job is a happy and healthy dog!
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Up down
The simple act of getting up and lying back down is enough to wear your American Bull-Aussie out. Have your dog lie down and then use a treat to encourage them to stand up. Then, back down again and up one more time! Over and over like squats for dogs! This is a super easy way to get your pup moving and having fun.
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More Fun Ideas...

Independant Tug

Tie a rope to a tree and tie a ball or toy on to the other end of the rope. Let your dog play as long as they like. They can tug the rope or chase the ball as it swings around!

Skateboarding

Bring your American Bull-Aussie for a lesson in skateboarding. The Bulldog side of your dog will love cruising around, showing off their balance.

Conclusion

When you have a dog who loves to herd, has a lot of stamina and strength but also doesn't need a crazy amount of exercise, what do you do? All of these perfect games of course! Your American Bull-Aussie is a dog with a very fun loving personality and you should celebrate that by giving them part of your time every day. You will be amazed at what your dog can do when you take the time to train and play with them!