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.
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.
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.