Activities For American Bullhuahuas

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Introduction

An American Bullhuahua is a mixed breed resulting from breeding the American Bulldog with a Chihuahua.  Designer dog breeding has taken place over time to come up with the energetic and adorable dog we see today.  Both parent breeds are people lovers and considered in the moderate zone of energy capacity.  Because they are both intelligent and energetic, this breed needs to be exercised 45 to 50 minutes per day to keep them mentally and physically challenged.  They are not necessarily dogs which are happy when left alone, requiring the human family to carve out the time on a daily basis to manage their mental and physical energies appropriately.  Walking or hiking is always a fun way to get that exercise time in, attempting to walk or hike about eight miles a week for best results.

Flyball

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Any Day
Moderate
Hard
45 - 60 min
Items needed
Tennis balls
Hurdles
Flyball Box
Treats
Water
Activity description

Flyball is a competitive fun activity for you and your American Bullhuahua.  While some parts of this game can come naturally to your pet, some parts require training. Played at home on a homemade course or at a facility created specifically for it, flyball can be played alone or in competition with other dogs and teams. The game involves a dog racing down a course, jumping four hurdles, jumping at the spring-loaded ball box at the opposite end to release the ball, retrieving the ball and racing back over the same four hurdles to the finish line with the ball in their mouth.  Completion of these steps must occur before the next dog on the team of four can begin their part of the relay. The team with all four dogs completing the course first wins. As you can imagine, this demanding sport requires that dogs be in excellent physical condition (some facilities requiring some medical verification to confirm), be confident in a noisy atmosphere, get along well with other dogs and be trained to respond to commands off-leash.

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Run, retrieve, return
If your American Bullhuahua doesn’t already possess a love of balls, then you’ll have to teach it to them. Introduce your pet to the tennis ball, allowing them to sniff and investigate it. Toss the ball and encourage them to pursue it, pick it up and bring it back to you. This process may involve repetition, lots of loving encouragement, and patience on your part. Be sure to offer yummy treats often to encourage them to learn this new trick. Repetition of this step may be needed until your pawed playmate is confident and comfortable.
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Handle the hurdles
Once the retrieve and return are learned, the next step is to set up some hurdles in the backyard. You can create these barriers as quickly as placing a board over a couple of five-gallon buckets, or over small boxes or rocks. Begin with one hurdle and stand your dog directly in front of it. From the other side of the barrier, you or an assistant can offer a treat to your American Bullhuahua if they jump over the hurdle. Encourage your canine companion both verbally as well as with the snack. Start with lower heights for the obstacle and increase the height as the dog becomes more confident and comfortable. As they handle the first hurdle, add a second, then a third and finally a fourth one to complete the jumping part of the course. Repeat, offering rewards for good work, until your dog is proficient and relaxed.
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The ball box and race
The ball box contains the tennis balls which can be released when the dog jumps at the box to let the ball fly, allowing the dog to catch it. Once you get your pet past the initial “surprise” that accompanies the flinging of the ball from the box, the rest of this step should fall into place with the training from step 1 by the returning of the ball to you. Now, we put it all together for plenty of exercise and fun! Your pet will need to run down the course, negotiate the hurdles, get the ball from the ball box by activating the release mechanism, retrieve the ball and carry it back to you at the finish line, jumping the hurdles again and racing back to you. Repeat until your pet is proficient and comfortable, encouraging them to increase their speed. With speed increased, you’re ready to compete in the real course with other dogs and other teams.
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Frisbee

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Sunny Day
Free
Easy
30 - 40 min
Items needed
Frisbee disk
Water
Activity description
A Frisbee is a plastic disk which, when thrown, travels on air currents for many feet or yards.  This game, historically one which children have played for decades, has become a trendy one to play with our frisky friends. While some canines get the game “requirements” quickly, some will come to understand it naturally, and others may need a little training.  Though most dogs will pursue things most willingly, especially if there is any hunting heritage in their breeding, some may require encouragement or stimulation to chase, retrieve and return the item to you.  The age and health condition of your American Bullhuahua may cause limitations to the length of this exercise to perhaps 15 to 20 minutes as it involves a fair amount of running and jumping.  Be sure their medical and health condition permits safe participation in this type of activity; running and jumping places extra stress on bones, joints and the cardiovascular status of the animal.  Your veterinary professional can guide you in this decision.  There is a good deal of free fun, fresh air and sunshine to enjoy when playing this game.
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Teach the technique
Since not all dogs are “naturals” at catching and retrieving, with or without the jumping part, you will need to determine where your canine stands in this respect. The quickest way to determine if your pet is a “natural” at this game is to toss the Frisbee and see how they respond. If your dog chases and retrieves it, then you can move on to step 2. If not, then some training will be required to get them on board with the requirements of the game. You’ll need to “introduce” them to the new toy, enticing them as needed with treats as rewards when they respond appropriately. Many dogs are quick to get on board anytime they're offered a new toy while others may need a little prodding and positive reinforcement. Toss the disk and encourage them to retrieve it, rewarding them when they do as asked.
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Fling the Frisbee
Now that you have acquainted your American Bullhuahua with the toy, it is time to fling the Frisbee, repeating until they are confident and comfortable with it. Begin by throwing it short distances, keeping it low until your canine is completing the retrieval successfully. As they become more proficient at shorter, low recoveries, increase the lengths and heights, encouraging them to run and jump as needed to catch it. Some dogs will “catch on” to this step more rapidly than others, but keep practicing until they are moving with smooth fluidity, rewarding them often with yummy treats.
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Energetic workout
Continue these steps for a fun and energetic workout for both of you. Don’t be surprised when, tomorrow or the day after or maybe even this afternoon, you feel a nudge on your leg, resulting from the tapping of the Frisbee against it as a gentle “suggestion” that you indulge your pooch again … and again … and again!
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Bob-A-Lot Puzzle Toy

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Any Day
Moderate
Easy
15 to 20 min
Items needed
Bob-A-Lot puzzle toy
Dog treats or food
Activity description

Do you have a playful pup who “wolfs” down their food or one who gets “in trouble” when left alone? The Bob-A-Lot is a plastic toy, shaped like a light bulb, filled with snacks or food.  While large enough to accommodate an entire meal for your American Bullhuahua if necessary, it has openings which can be adjusted to make accessing the food inside easier or harder, depending on the need. The openings in the toy allow the scent of the yummy contents to be picked up by the dog, but the size of those openings require them to work to get the contents out.  This toy effectively accomplishes two goals: first, it makes the dog use mental energies to problem-solve their way to the treats or food, keeping them busy longer; and second, it slows down the consumption of the food, facilitating better digestion of it.  While the cost is moderate for the initial purchase of the toy, it is washable and reusable, making it an affordable consideration. 

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Purchase the puzzle
The toy doesn’t have to be a “Bob-A-Lot” per se, but rather can be any puzzle type which works similarly. The idea behind it is to place the food or snacks in the toy of choice in such a way as to require mental stimulation and problem-solving skills to kick in. Be sure the plaything is rugged enough to endure repeated use to reduce your overall budgetary costs for the initial purchase.
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Stash the snacks
Determine which of your American Bullhuahua’s favorite foods or snacks to employ in this game. Stash or hide them in the toy body or compartments, closing any doors or latches securely. Tuck away as many yummy edibles as you wish, keeping in mind the goals behind utilizing this type of interactive puzzle.
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The eating exercise
Now comes the fun and entertaining part for you. As you watch your frisky friend paw around over, under and around the puzzle in search of the tucked treats, try not to laugh too hard as they work out the “details,” toiling with their task of treat retrieval. This toy is likely to evoke so much eating entertainment for all involved that you’ll want to use it daily.
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Kong Wobblers

The Kong Wobbler can’t be more uncomplicated from our perspective - fill it with peanut butter and watch what happens.  Most likely, your American Bullhuahua will be standing on their back legs, front feet on the counter, observing your every move while you fill that Kong Wobbler.  Dogs love peanut butter and are more than happy to help remove it from the toy!

Smart Dog Puzzles

Smart Dog puzzles vary in design and basic operation, but they all have one thing in common - they provide mental challenges for your pooch.  Mental stimulation is one way of avoiding or at least curbing the destructive behaviors associated with separation anxiety and boredom.

Daily Walks

The daily walk is always a great “go to” for a quick and easy exercise opportunity.  These walk periods can be about 20 minutes in duration and can happen several times a day.  Try to vary the route to keep it interesting for all participants.

Conclusion

Your American Bullhuahua is an intelligent and energetic canine companion.  And, as such, they will need plenty of mental challenges as well as physical stimulation to avoid, or at least reduce, annoying behaviors that accompany boredom and separation anxiety.  We offer these activities as suggestions, ranging from free to moderate in cost and from basic to hard in difficulty, and are meant to help you manage your precious pup.  Perhaps, these suggestions may even stimulate your imagination to create unique exercise opportunities to deepen the bond between you and your pet and expend all of that pent-up pep, making way for happier and healthier four-legged furry family members.