Activities For An American Bull Staffy

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Introduction

The American Bull Staffy is a hybrid breed; the parent breeds are the American Bulldog and the American Staffordshire Terrier. The result is a stocky, muscular, and loyal guardian and companion dog. Don't let their build fool you, however. The American Bull Staffy is surprisingly agile. The breed is also quite intelligent, so, when planning activities for the American Bull Staffy, consider those that incorporate the intelligence and agility of the breed. Although the American Bull Staffy was bred to be a guard dog, this does not mean the breed will be standoffish. Rather, the American Bull Staffy will enjoy spending time with you and your family while exercising. Make exercise a form of play to ensure a happy and healthy Staffy.

Get Outdoors

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Sunny Day
Cheap
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1 hr
Items needed
tennis ball
leash
rope toy
Activity description
The American Bull Staffy is a fairly active dog. In fact, without regular exercise, this hybrid breed can become bored and may become destructive. One great way to help them burn off this energy is to get outdoors and enjoy the many activities available there. Engage the American Bull Staffy in a game of fetch using a ball or a doggy disc. You might even play a fun game of tug-of-war with your American Bull Staffy. Are children a part of your household? Get them to engage the American Bul Staff in a game of chase (this protective pup loves children and will be happy to play with them).
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Fetch
Certainly, fetch is one of the most natural games for an American Bull Staffy. Simply grab a tennis ball and throw it. A word of caution, though - due to the nature of how the American Bull Staffy grows, do not begin this game until the pooch is over one year of age. Growth problems can occur when American Bull Staffys are given too vigorous exercise before their first birthday.
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Play Frisbee
Another alternative to fetch is playing Frisbee. While it is tempting to use a regular Frisbee, you should consider purchasing a doggy disc. Regular Frisbees have the potential to cut and further damage a dog's mouth. Even though the American Bull Staffy has a very strong set of jaws, the doggy disc will not do this. Plus, it works just the same.
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Get the kids involved
Do you have children in your home? If not, do you have nieces or nephews that visit often? Engage them in play with the American Bull Staffy. Get them to play chase with your furry friend. If you are rather athletic yourself, you might want to join in the fun. Twenty or thirty minutes of free play will help to run the American Bull Staffy down and get them ready for rest.
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Proper Socialization

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1 hr
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leash
treats
Activity description
Although the American Bull Staffy is a dog that is reputed to be good with kids, part of this good reputation is based on appropriate socialization. Socialization is beneficial to all dogs, and it should begin as soon as possible. Once you bring your puppy home, begin getting them acclimated to all types of sounds and your normal house routine. If you do not have children in your home, invite friends or family members who do over so that the American Bull Staffy can become used to their antics. You should also expose the American Bull Staffy to cats and other potential pets.
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Introduce the routine
Take the same advice a new mom is given - you should carry on with your normal routine (including any noisy activities) just as usual. A really good piece of advice is to introduce your pooch to the sound of thunder (you can pull up a YouTube audio clip to do this). Many dogs are terribly frightened of thunder. As a puppy, if you teach them that this sound is scary, but not harmful, the dog will adapt and not be frightened each time a storm rolls in.
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Introduce kids
All dogs, regardless of breed, should be acclimated to children. With your supervision, allow kids to play with your dog from the time they are about ten weeks old. Kids should be allowed to act as they normally do - even if that includes squealing while playing. Of course, never allow the child to be too rough on the American Bull Staffy puppy. But, they should be allowed to play freely so the pup can become used to children.
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Introduce other animals
Although the American Bull Staffy is not an overly aggressive dog, it is still a good idea to acclimate them to other animals such as cats and birds. If you yourself do not have animals such as this, contact a friend with cats and ask if you can come by for a visit. Dogs that have been socialized to cats and other dogs at a young age will be able to easily make other animal friends as they grow older.
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Agility and Obstacle Runs

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Sunny Day
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30 min
Items needed
agility poles
teeter totter
Activity description
Although the American Bull Staffy is a large dog, they are quite agile. Furthermore, the American Bull Staffy thrives on games which encourage mental activity, which makes them very astute at agility games. They also enjoy running through obstacle courses as this provides them with physical exercise as well as mental stimulation. You can visit your local dog park to utilize their obstacles, or you can search the Web for building plans that explain how to make your own agility poles and teeter-totter obstacles. The first few times you begin working the agility course, you might want to walk your pooch through the obstacles. The American Bull Staffy will quickly catch on.
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Find a course - or build one
Your local park is likely to have several obstacles as a part of their facilities. Often, these include agility poles and teeter-totters. Some parks have platforms that emulate the actions a dog might be expected to carry out in a dog show. If you don't live near a dog park with these facilities, you can make your own. In most cases, all you need is PVC pipe and a few pieces of wood.
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Begin training
You can begin training your American Bull Staffy puppy at about six months of age Likely, you will spend most of your time walking your young pooch through the course to familiarize them with it. Give them a treat as a reward for a job well-done. You want to work them to a point where they navigate through the course as you wait for them to complete it.
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Join in the show
Once you feel that your dog has gotten a good command of the agility course, you can work on their speed. Once you believe the dog is ready, you can enter them in a local dog show. The American Kennel Club sponsors shows all over the United States. Check local dog club websites for more information.
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More Fun Ideas...

Fetch

Fetch is a natural game for most any pooch, and the American Bull Staffy is no exception. Grab a tennis ball, head outdoors, and have fun.

Go for a Run

Do you enjoy jogging, but don't want to go out alone? The American Bull Staffy is a natural guardian dog, and they will enjoy accompanying you as you run in your neighborhood or at the park.

Conclusion

The American Bull Staffy is a dog that is highly energetic, friendly, and always ready to play. You may find yourself engaging in socialization at an early age with the American Bull Staffy, which gives them the opportunity to learn how to act in a variety of situations. This breed will also benefit from agility training and general play with you.