Activities For Be-Apsos

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Introduction

Be-Apsos are adorable and fun-loving pups who love to be with their families. With a mix of the loving, goofy attitude of the Lhasa Apso and the determined and independent streak of the Beagle, the Be-Apso is a versatile companion who can spend the day by themselves and play hard with their families in the evenings. Activities for Be-Apsos should help keep them fit and mentally sharp. Daily walks and training them in obedience or tricks create a balance for your dog.

Follow the Leader

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Any Day
Free
Normal
30 min
Items needed
Treats
Furniture
Outside obstacles
Activity description
Activities for Be-Apsos that include the whole family are the best for this dog breed. If you have children that range in age from very small to older, this game will be perfect for everyone. Follow the leader with a dog is played similarly as with other children. The idea is to teach your dog how to follow behind you, no matter where you take them. This can be done inside on rainy days or outside in the yard when it's sunny. It's also a free game and doesn't use may more resources than your imagination.
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Follow me
The first skill you need to teach your dog before you play follow the leader is how to follow behind you. Be-Apsos are often food motivated, so it shouldn't take too long to teach them. Start by taking a treat in your hand and leading them to line up behind you, then giving them the treat. Once they are doing this easily, introduce the command "follow." You can start taking a few steps forward before you give them the treat. Eventually, you won't need the treat and the dog will know to follow you. Make sure all your children can also give the dog this command.
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Start off the game
You can start the game with the dog directly behind you and the kids behind the dog, or the dog can be behind everyone. Start by walking everyone in a line around the room. Eventually, you can find obstacles to walk over or under. The kids will have so much fun encouraging your dog to follow you through many situations.
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Switch leaders
Once you know the dog is comfortable following in the line, you can appoint the other children as the leader, each in turn. Encourage them to use their imaginations to travel all over the house or the backyard. Crawl under a table, or jump over a log. Make sure they keep watch of the dog and encourage them to go through the obstacles too. Give each child a turn for a few minutes before you end the game.
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Agility Classes

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Any Day
Expensive
Normal
1 hr
Items needed
Leash
Treats
Agility equipment
Activity description
Agility is a fitting activity for Be-Apsos because it builds a strong relationship between dog and owner, teaches them how to control their impulses, and combines obedience with speed. It's a fun hobby to get into as a family as well. Agility isn't the most expensive activity you could get into with your dog, but it will cost a bit to get the training you need and gain access to agility equipment, whether you buy it yourself or get a membership to an agility center. It is a worthwhile investment and will help your dog learn important social and obedience skills that will transfer over to other aspects of their lives.
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Learn the basics
Before your dog is ready to run through agility obstacles at lightning speed, they need to learn basic commands. Building a strong foundation of listening behavior in agility dogs is key to success. Your pup should be able to come when called, even if they are distracted, to stand, sit and to stay no matter what. Work on these basic commands for a few weeks or months and you'll be ready to make it in the agility ring.
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Teacher's pet
When you're ready to get into agility, it's important to find a good trainer who is familiar with dogs like Beagles and Lasa Apsos. These dogs have very different learning styles and you need to know which techniques will work best for your dog. Learning agility is just as much about the owner as it is about the dog. A good trainer knows this and will teach you how to work with your dog to get over the obstacles.
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Practice makes perfect
Taking classes isn't enough to master agility with your Be-Apso. You need to practice the key commands daily. Even if you don't have access to the obstacles, you can practice groundwork and improve your relationship together. When you do this, you'll be even better when tackling new obstacles at your next class.
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Pick the Hand

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Any Day
Cheap
Easy
15 min
Items needed
Strong scented treat
Activity description
Your Be-Apso most likely inherited the sharp nose of a Beagle. Finding games and exercises that play into this natural instinct will be fun for your dog and your entire family. Playing pick the hand asks your dog to find which hand holds the treat and teaches them to think hard and use their nose. Using high smell and reward treats like a bit of cheese or hot dog will really enhance your dog's experience, and they don't cost as much as fancy treats. This game is quick too and should only take 15 minutes before your pup is satisfied. It's one of the best after work activities for Be-Apsos.
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Find it
The first step is to teach your Be-Apso how to identify the hand with the treat. Place a piece of cheese or hotdog in one hand and hold it in a loose fist in front of your dog. Encourage it to smell your hand. When they do say "find it" and open your hand to give them the treat. repeat this a few times until they have the hang of it.
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Pick the hand
Now, place the treat in your hand again, and don't let the dog see which hand you are using. Put both hands out this time and move them around. Cross and uncross your wrists or move them in circles. Now ask your dog to find it. If they nose the right hand, give them the treat.
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Increase the challenge
As your dog gets better at finding the right hand, up the challenge. Don't just reward them at the slightest sign of choosing a hand. Make them strongly identify the hand. Move your hands around with speed or find any other way you might trick them. as you pass the treats from hand to hand, both hands will smell like the treat and they will have to be precise to get it right.
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More Fun Ideas...

Walk

Take a walk around the block with your pup daily. It will keep the both of you fit and healthy and allow your Be-Apso to meet and greet the neighbors.

Fetch

Fetching a ball or frisbee is a fun early morning or after-work game to play with your Be-Apso. Take your time teaching them how to bring the ball back, and they will pick up the game with some patience.

Conclusion

Activities for Be-Apsos should be both physically and mentally challenging. While these dogs don't need hours of exercise, they are known to find their own "entertainment" if left to their own devices too often. These dogs can sometimes have a stubborn streak and are independent. It's important to work with them on obedience, listening skills, and your relationship all through their lives. These pups make wonderful family animals and will provide hours of love and entertainment for everyone in your family. Be-Apsos are the perfect combination of cozy house dog and outdoor adventure dog. You'll have plenty of fun activities as long as you are together.