Activities For American Pugabulls

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Introduction

Your American Pugabull is a hybrid resulting from the breeding of an American Bulldog with a Pug, and as such, your canine companion is moderately active, combining the high levels of activity contributed by the Pug parent and the lower levels shared by the American Bulldog parent.  The level of intelligence is high in this hybrid as is that of curiosity, thus making it vital to provide mental stimulation at a level that is perhaps higher than that which is needed to keep them physically challenged and healthy. Both parent breeds suffer from separation anxiety, making it essential that you build plenty of together time into your lifestyle with them.  This guide will provide some activity suggestions to challenge your pet both physically as well as mentally, offering options for outside, inside, and any weather condition or climate. The cost of these games is in the moderate zone, and are dependent upon where you make the purchases.  A word of caution, because of the nasal structure of both parent breeds, be sure to avoid letting your pet become overheated.

Frisbee Fetch

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Sunny Day
Cheap
Easy
30 - 60 min
Items needed
Frisbee disk
Treats for rewards
Drinking water
Activity description

The game of Frisbee fetch is one that many children play, which has also become a favored one for our four-legged furry friends, incorporating a primary talent of most canine species - chasing and retrieval.  Most dogs are willing to pursue an object though they may not necessarily be as willing to bring it back to you or relinquish it to you once they’ve brought it back.  Some training and encouragement are sometimes needed to bring them up to speed on expectations. This activity can be done in any open space with dry weather desired, and any member of the family can play.  The cost of the Frisbee is relatively cheap, depending upon where you make your purchase.  The duration of the activity is adjustable as is the venue where played - a backyard, park or beach will do!

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Your friend, the frisbee
The Frisbee is your friend, in that it is a device by which your pup spends the pent-up energies that would otherwise get them in trouble. It is by no means the only way to do this, but it is an amusing way to wear that precious pup out! But, always beware of the risk of overheating your furry friend as this is a prime concern with both parent breeds.
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Tackle the technique
The primary skills required for this game come easily for many canine breeds, as pursuing and retrieving are part of the heritage of many of those breeds. But, if your pup doesn’t quite “get it,” you should expect to do some teaching and training as you tackle the technique of chasing and returning the disk to you. Acquaint your dog with the Frisbee, letting them check it out before giving it a toss. If your four-legged family member doesn’t give chase, a bit of encouragement goes a long way. Once conquering that step, encourage them to bring the toy to you and release it to you. This is another area in which a bit of positive reinforcement goes a long way, with the offer of a reward for obedience a method of that reinforcement. Once these two steps are learned, you’re ready for step three!
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Watch for overheating
If your pup is like most, this is the most natural step of the three! Once they get the game, your canine is not going to want to stop without force or your insistence. Repeating and repeating is not hard when all parties are ever so willing! Remember the word of caution: watch and be aware of the danger of overheating your American Pugabull.
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Bite and Tug Toys

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Any Day
Moderate
Easy
30 - 60 min
Items needed
Bite and Tug Toys
Treats for Rewards
Water
Activity description

Your American Pugabull is a chewer extraordinaire, compliments of both parent breeds!  Unfortunately, your shoes, furniture, and the kid’s toys are at risk for destruction as your pup does what comes naturally to them. To keep peace within your household, and to protect your pet, it is vital to guide them and provide them with suitable toys to achieve contentment in their chewing drive.  A trip to the pet store, or any department store that sells pet toys, enables you to consider the “chewing” options for your precious pup. Depending on the venue at which you make your purchase, the cost of these toys is moderate at best.  These toys are designed for durability and safety while satiating the chewing mechanism genetically programmed into your canine companion. Some of these toys may have openings into which you can stash snacks or lavish with peanut butter, making the enjoyment of the toy even better for your best bud.

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The toy
The Bite and Tug toy is one which is designed to be chewed and pulled upon by your canine companion, satisfying those innate desires in them. The construction of the toy is both durable and safe for your pet, though the configuration of it varies. It allows your precious pooch to chew on the parts at their own pace, employing a variety of pressure intensities determined by the age, size, and condition of the chewer.
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Condition the canine
Though this category of toys is designed to meet an innate need in your American Pugabull, they may not immediately understand how to use it. A bit of encouragement and most likely only minimal training goes along with introducing your pup to this type of toy. And, don't forget to reward them when they do ask you ask, that’s part of the positive reinforcement that makes the game memorable for them.
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Repeat and relax
Once your playful pooch gets the hang of this toy, you’ll likely need to repeat the playtime regularly, maybe even daily. The relaxing part of this step is for you and your family, enjoying the relief that comes from knowing that your shoes, furniture and kid’s toys are safe from the chewing destruction that comes from a bored and dissatisfied American Pugabull.
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Food Puzzles

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Any Day
Moderate
Easy
20 - 30 min
Items needed
Interactive Food Puzzle
Treats
Drinking Water
Activity description
Eating is something that comes pretty naturally for all of us - including your delightful doggie!  Food puzzles are interactive toys that contain compartments into which toys or treats hidden.  The chambers equipped with lids or doors include a mechanism which opens them using a lever or button.  This type of puzzle utilizes your pet’s investigative abilities as well as their natural munching mode to entertain, exercise problem-solving skills, and provide rewards for a job well done.  While the toy is in the moderate zone of cost to you, most pet parents already have some yummy treats on hand to use to fill those compartments, reducing the cost to play the game.  If your dog isn’t accustomed to this type of interactive plaything, you’ll need to provide some instruction.  For proper assimilation to this game, it is vital that you work with your pup to overcome the fear associated with the mechanical opening of the lids or doors of the compartments.  This fear, once defeated, permits the rest of the process to occur more naturally, allowing your pawed playmate to work out the best way to access the treats that lay hidden within.
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Puzzle perusal
Plan a shopping trip to your local department stores or pet stores in search of the variety of interactive food puzzles available for your pooch. They are varied in design, complexity, and price, giving you an opportunity to remain within your household budget with its purchase. Consider the size, age and level of intelligence of your American Pugabull when you make your selection, striving to challenge rather than discourage them.
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Tuck away the treats
Before you tuck the treats into those compartments, take some time to acquaint your four-legged family member with the sound and sights of the movement of the lids and doors, as this sudden movement is strange to them. Eliminating the fear of this opening motion reduces the interference as you teach them to activate the mechanism to open the chambers to access the treats in the next step. After defeating that fear, the way is clear to allow your American Pugabull to do what comes naturally.
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Enjoy the entertainment
Now comes the fun part! Load the chambers and encourage your playful pet to find the treats. The amazement of your precious pup’s problem-solving abilities is second only to their enjoyment of the activity, and the devouring of the discovered treats. Be sure to control the number of rewards consumed by your dog to avoid the ever-present problem of obesity in canines.
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Indoor Bubble Chase

This game involves using a bottle of non-toxic children’s bubbles, an activity many of us played as children. Go to an open area, either inside or out, and fling the bubble wand, creating the floating targets for your pet to pursue.

Treasure Trove

This activity involves hiding a cache of treats and getting your pup to find it.  This activity is so much fun for you as well as your pet, and you will want to play this game often.  Your American Pugabull is sure to remind you if you forget!  It is important to remember to control the number of snacks consumed by your four-legged family member to avoid overeating and obesity.

Conclusion

The American Pugabull is a moderately energized dog who needs more mental challenge than physical exercise.  Many activities listed here can fill both needs, but it is vital that you be sure to engage the dog in as many mental challenges as possible to avoid the annoying and destructive behaviors which accompany boredom.  Throughout all activities with your American Pugabull, it is essential to be wary of the dangers of overheating as they exercise.