Activities For An American Bull Dogue De Bordeaux

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Introduction

The American Bull Dogue de Bordeaux is a hybrid breed dog. They are a combination of the American Bulldog and the Dogue de Bordeaux. This designer dog breed is the result of two very compatible parent breeds. The Dogue de Bordeaux was originally used for cattle driving or guardianship, and the American Bulldog has traditionally been a protector as well as a hunter of large prey. Keeping this in mind, the American Bull Dogue de Bordeaux will need activity that gives them the opportunity to run and "hunt" prey. Furthermore, this hybrid canine will enjoy retrieving games and obstacle courses.

Hide and Seek

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Any Day
Free
Easy
30 min
Items needed
treats
small kibble
ball or other favorite toy
Activity description
Hide and seek is a great game for Bulldogs and Bulldog-mix breeds as these breeds naturally look for their human companions. This game can be played outdoors. Simply "hide" behind some trees or other structures in your yard and call your pup. They will automatically look for you. Another way to play hide and seek is to gather some old pillows and blankets (make sure these are objects that you don't mind your pup ripping the fabric). Grab some smelly treats or some kibble, place the blankets or pillows over the "treasure," and let your American Bull Dogue de Bordeaux go to work.
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Outdoor hide and seek
The Bulldog has a natural penchant for finding their human. Depending on the trees and structures of your yard, you can actually stimulate your dog's physical body as well as give them some mental stimulation. Simply have your pup sit and stay. Do not allow them to see where you "hide." Then call their name and let them start the search.
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Move it indoors
Gather some old pillows or blankets that you don't mind getting ripped. Grab some smelly treats or small kibble for the first few rounds of indoor hide and seek. Be sure that your dog is out of the room when you hide the treats. Then call them in and let the fun begin.
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Change it up
Once your dog has gotten the hang of digging to find the treats or kibble treasure, then change up the rules of the game just a little. Grab a favorite toy and hide it underneath the blankets or pillows. Add the command of "give" to the game. Reward your pup with a treat.
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Fetch and Tug

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30 min
Items needed
nylon rope toy
Activity description
The combination of two games into one will allow you to provide your American Bull Dogue de Bordeaux with a break in the monotony of regular Go Fetch or Tug-of-War. One thing is certain about Bulldog breeds, they love to pull and tug. You will need a tough, nylon rope type of toy. Teach your dog first to go fetch. For most Bulldog-related breeds, tug-of-war comes naturally. However, before you combine the two games, you will want to teach your dog to "give." The combination of these simple games will not only entertain your American Bull Dogue de Bordeaux, but keep them healthy both mentally and physically as well.
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Go fetch
Go Fetch comes naturally to most all dogs. At first you may want to teach the game with a ball that you can roll in your hallway, for instance. Make sure that you have your dog's attention. Simply roll the ball forward gently and say, "Go get it." Excitedly encourage the dog. Then, it's time to teach "give."
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Teaching "give"
Grab some treats, and make sure that your dog knows that you have them. Get a game of fetch going. Tell them to come to you once the dog has retrieved the ball. Make a big deal of swapping the ball for a treat. You will need to do this again with the nylon rope toy. It is very important that you can enforce the "give" command at the end of tug-of-war play.
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Implement the rope toy
Once you have mastered the technique of your dog retrieving and giving the rope back to you, then you can allow your pup to play a little tug-of-war. This will come naturally for the dog, and, your pup may be a little confused at first. Instead of giving the command for your dog to "give" the rope toy, act as if you're going to take the toy away from them. The dog should naturally pull back on the toy. Encourage your pup to do so. However, you may want to practice "give" a few times as you play.
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Obedience Work

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15 - 30 min
Items needed
small treats
Activity description
When it comes to activity for your American Bull Dogue de Bordeaux, you may find that you need to initiate activity. Often, Bulldog-related breeds are couch potatoes. They may follow you around the house or outside, but they can often be found snoring away peacefully. In order to keep your Bulldog mix from becoming overweight, it is a good idea to encourage activity. Sometimes this activity might be as simple as obedience training. The American Bull Dogue de Bordeaux is highly intelligent and curious about the world around them. Harness this intelligence and give your dog some physical activity at the same time.
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Get their attention
In order to train your dog, the best thing to do is grab their attention. Let them know that you have treats and be sure that their focus is on you and what you have to say. Start with something simple, such as "sit" or "stay." Then, work up to more difficult commands.
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Lie down
"Lie down" is a great command for the end of playtime. With a dog the size of the American Bull Dogue de Bordeaux - and one that has the potential for drool factor such as this designer breed - teaching the dog to lie down after exercise has benefits for you as well. Have your dog sit or stand and let the dog see that you have a treat in your hand. Do NOT allow the dog to take the treat. Instead, lower the treat to the floor. When the dog lays flat on the floor, then give the dog the treat.
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Leave it
"Leave it" in many ways is like the command to "give." It will come in handy when you are ready to stop a game. Grab two treats. Let the dog see that you have these treats. Place them in two different spots, one in close proximity to the dog and the other in your pocket. At the same time, say, "Leave it." You may want to stay close to the treat, so that if the dog tries to get the treat anyway, you can cover it with your hand repeating "Leave it." Pick up the treat and reward him with the treat that was in your pocket. Repeat as necessary.
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More Fun Ideas...

Swimming

The American Bull Dogue de Bordeaux is often a natural lover of the water. Some Bulldog breeds are not strong swimmers, though; for safety, put a swim vest on them and just let them have fun while you remain worry free that they will get in a dangerous situation due to fatigue or lack of breath. Observe them at all times. This activity is low-impact and will not hurt their hips or knee joints.

Walking

Bulldog-related breeds typically enjoy following their masters. Take advantage of this by going on short adventures in your own yard or around the neighborhood.

Conclusion

The American Bull Dogue de Bordeaux is a great companion with a bit of lazy streak. In order to prevent health problems that could be caused by obesity later in life, keep your dog active, if only for one half hour daily. Take them for a walk or swim, or get them involved in obedience training and practice. Either way, you are helping your pup to live a happy, long - and productive - life.