Activities For Basseliers

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Introduction

If you are looking for a furry four-legged companion that doesn’t require endless physical activity and attention, then you found the perfect friend in a Bassalier. Even though a Bassalier, which is a hybrid of a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and a Basset Hound, looks like they might be full of energy, that couldn’t be further from the truth. Instead, they are prone to short bursts of energy before retreating to that warm and sunny spot on the carpet! However, to keep them in excellent health, at least 40 minutes of physical activity per day is a necessity. Here is what you can do to get started. 

Puppy School

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Any Day
Expensive
Easy
1 hr
Items needed
Leash
Treat
Activity description

When you first bring your Bassalier home as a puppy, the first thing you will want to do is book them into puppy school. While it can be an expensive activity, it’s a fun and rewarding all-weather one that only takes an hour of your time per week. What’s more, it ticks all the boxes for physical and mental stimulation while teaching your pooch some life-long skills. Puppy school also only requires you to have a leash and a treat, as well as a puppy between the age of eight weeks old and six months. A puppy school is an excellent option for all dog owners looking to have the most well-behaved pup in town. 

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Research
If you aren’t sure whether a puppy school is a good idea for your dog, then don’t take our word for it. Research what a puppy school is, what it can offer, and why experts recommend it for young dogs. Puppy school is different from obedience training in the respect that your dog learns with others of similar ages. They can learn how to socialize, sit, stay, come, and heel – all necessary commands you need as a dog owner in charge.
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Train
Once you begin attending puppy school, you will join several other new dog owners who are equally as nervous about the process as you. While you train, it’s important not to judge yourself based on how quickly other dogs are picking up new skills. Each dog learns at a different pace, and while Bassaliers are intelligent and quick to pick up new things, there may be other dogs who pick them up quicker. And, that’s okay.
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Practice
Practice makes perfect, which is why your dog trainer will encourage you to continue what you learned at the facility in the comfort of your home. Your dog will be able to pick up some fantastic new skills at puppy school, but they will soon forget them if you don’t repeat the processes at home.
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Pupsicles

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Hot Day
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Easy
30 min
Items needed
Chicken or beef stock
Ice cube mold
Rawhide
Water
Activity description

When the intense summer weather hits, many dogs hit the beach or paddling pool to cool off. However, not all Bassaliers have their water wings. If they don’t, it can be a challenge to help them cool off when there’s no respite either indoors or out. If you’re desperate to help your furry friend, then why not try out pupsicles? As an affordable and easy activity on a hot summer’s day, you are sure to find creative pupsicles offer sweet relief your dog didn’t think was possible. Pupsicles consist of rawhide sticks, chicken or beef stock mixed with water, then frozen in big ice cube molds to create popsicles. They provide any dog with around 30 minutes of mental stimulation. 

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Gather ingredients
The first step is to make sure you have everything you need to create the pupsicles. For the traditional type, you will need a rawhide or bully stick, low salt diluted chicken or beef stock, and plenty of water to mix with it. If your furry friend is on a diet, then opt for a long vegetable stick instead, such as a carrot.
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Create pupsicles
Creating pupsicles is an effortless process, but it’s one that can be so rewarding when you see how much relief your dog gets from the sun. Begin freezing the stock, then add the rawhide stick halfway through the freezing process. Carry on with the freezing process until they are solid.
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Enjoy
When the pupsicles are ready for your dog to enjoy, take them into the backyard with the treat. If there is no relief from the sun, create a sunshade or set them up in another area with shade and coverage. They will then enjoy the pupsicle for half an hour – if not more.
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Bubbles

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Sunny Day
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Easy
20 min
Items needed
Bubble mixture
Bubble blower
Activity description

Bassaliers are relatively low-energy dogs and don’t require long walks and endless physical activity. However, if you want to motivate them to get off the couch and spend time with the family, then bubbles may be the way to do it. Bubble mixture is affordable to buy but can excite your dog when they see what happens. You can then benefit from around 20 minutes of fun out in the sun while your lovable Bassalier darts around, trying to get the bubbles. While it might not fill in a lot of time, it will sap your pup’s energy meter by at least half. 

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Choose bubble mixture
The market is full with valid bubble blowers and bubble mixtures, but when it comes to your dog, you need to make sure they are safe. The best bubble blowers and liquids are those which are non-toxic and feature labeling to the effect of being “safe for children and pets.” Alternatively, you can visit a pet store and find a suitable liquid there.
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Blow bubbles
Start off by blowing small bubbles in quick succession, so the blue sky becomes abundant with them. Then, once your dog sees how exciting they are, create larger ones that are bound to catch their attention. Blowing bubbles doesn’t take a lot of effort on your part, but your dog will be over the moon with how much fun they are having!
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Fetch

The parentage of Basset Hound and Cavalier King Charles Spaniel lends a Bassalier toward being reasonably handy with a game of fetch. While it’s not a guarantee in all cases, you never know until you try, right? Purchase a toy or use one they already own and throw it. If they don’t immediately go and get it, put on a very energetic voice and get them excited about the journey to retrieve the toy. Repeat the process until they understand what you expect of them. 

Walk

Bassaliers are low maintenance dogs, with only the occasional groom and 40 minutes of exercise per day necessary. To help fill that quota while spending time with your dog, why not take them for a walk? A 40-minute walk is not very long but enables you both to get outside, enjoy your neighborhood, and get some much-needed fresh air. 

Conclusion

Bassaliers are a beautiful, family-oriented and low maintenance dog you are bound to find blends seamlessly into home life. They love nothing more than being a part of your family and don’t require endless amounts of attention to be satisfied. However, if you want your Bassalier to be happy and healthy, treat them to 40 minutes to an hour of exercise per day.