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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.