Activities For Bea-Tzus

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Introduction

The Bea-Tzu is a small and adorable hybrid dog that is a combination of the Beagle and Shih-Tzu. With the former’s friendly personality and the latter’s feisty but fun attitude, the resulting dog makes for a great family pet who has a lot of sass and spunk in a small body. The Bea-Tzu is one of the more recent designer dogs, having surfaced just around three decades ago. The original idea for the breed was to produce a dog that carries all the desirable qualities from the most popular dog breeds. As a result, Bea-Tzus are known for their intelligence, affability and devotion to their owners. 

Animal Shelter Volunteer

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Any Day
Cheap
Normal
30 - 60 min
Items needed
Leash
Activity description

The Bea-Tzu is one of the friendliest and most likable hybrid dogs around because of their easy-going nature. You can use this affability and volunteer at a dog shelter to turn your dog into an ambassador for rescuing and adoption of canines. The common misconception about volunteering is that it is limited to grooming pets or taking dogs for a walk. However, there are many ways for you and your pooch to help out. One important task is socialization; shelter dogs usually need to be exposed and socialized before they can be put up for adoption. In doing so, your pup also gets an opportunity to socialize, so it’s a win-win situation. Volunteering is one of the most rewarding activities that you and your dog can participate in.

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Find the right animal shelter
To volunteer, you first need to find a rescue shelter that has what you are looking for. It can be that you want to volunteer somewhere close to where you live or you are looking for something in particular. Do a search of shelters and organizations that accept volunteer work and choose which one meets your preferences. Then, inquire about volunteering with your dog and go through the application process.
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Start your work as a volunteer
Once you pass the application and are accepted as a volunteer, head down to the shelter with your pooch. Find out which opportunities are available for you and which ones you and your dog can participate in. It could be anything from dog walking and foster care to adoption events and community volunteer work; either way both your dog and the shelter dogs will benefit!
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Dog-friendly Cruise

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Sunny Day
Expensive
Easy
24 - 72 hrs
Items needed
toys
food and bowl
Leash
Activity description

Now that the United States has taken major steps into becoming a more dog-friendly country, experiences that were once exclusive to humans can now also be enjoyed by their canine buddies. One of these said experiences is going on a cruise. More and more harbor tour boats and ferries allow patrons to bring their four-legged friends along for the ride. This can range from quick, day cruises to longer transatlantic crossings. Prices also range from $100 to as much as $1000, depending on the type of ship and the length of travel. While the activity may be a bit pricey, this experience will definitely be worth your money and one your pooch will love! 

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Find and book a dog-friendly cruise
Do a search for a dog-friendly cruise that falls under your budget and takes place in a date that you are available in. More often than not, these cruises happen during the summer and can get fully booked fast. Hence, it would be to your advantage if you book way ahead of time.
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Pack your stuff and go
A few days before the cruise, pack all the things that you and your dog will need. Bring a leash, your dog’s favorite toys and treats and some essential medicine for your pooch in case of emergency. You should also pay a visit to your veterinarian and get any necessary shots, especially if you are going on a long cruise. On the day of the trip, head to your cruise and enjoy the facilities available to you and your dog. A cruising dog will need to be on their best behavior and will also need encouragement as they acclimate to their environment, particularly on a days-long voyage.
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Chase Bubbles

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Sunny Day
Cheap
Easy
10 - 20 min
Items needed
Bubbles
Activity description

Dogs, in general, have an inherent knack for chasing things, especially those that are new to their eyes. It can be anything from toys to other animals and creatures. This is why chase is a good activity to get your dog moving and running. A very simple tool that you can use to instigate a game of chase is a toy bubble. This activity is cheap and requires little to no effort on your end. Despite its simplicity, however, it is quite effective in keeping your pooch entertained. It’s also a fun form of exercise that goes beyond just walking or running. 

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Get a bubble toy
In order to play a game of bubble chase, you would naturally need to buy a toy that produces bubbles. There are different forms of this toy - from the traditional ones that you blow to more innovative ones like a bubble gun – that are easily available in most toy stores. However, since your dog will most likely be in contact with the bubbles, it is crucial that you choose one that is non-toxic.
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Start chasing bubbles
Once you have your bubble maker, find a space large enough for your dog to run around in. The best spot would be a fenced backyard. There, start by blowing a few bubbles and see if your dog shows any interest. If they don’t, try pointing at the bubbles to draw your dog’s attention. You can also chase the bubbles yourself for show and let your dog copy you. Once they start chasing the bubbles, keep blowing some more until your pooch is tired and well-exercised.
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Siesta Time

Bea-Tzus are notorious for how much they crave human companionship, particularly from their primary owners. Even though this breed is a little ball of energy, Bea-Tzus will happily cuddle with their owners and take an afternoon nap with them. 

Have a Spa Day

Bea-Tzus love to be pampered and require a certain level of grooming, particularly if they inherit more from their Shih-Tzu parents. Set aside an afternoon to spoil your pooch by giving a bath, cutting the nails and brushing the teeth. 

Conclusion

The Bea-Tzu is a lovable cross-breed that can easily capture the hearts of many dog lovers due to their loyalty and good nature. However, this dog may have a stubborn streak, mainly coming from the Shih-Tzu parent. Hence, this breed requires an owner who can keep this stubbornness at bay without resorting to harsh punishment. All in all, Bea-Tzus fare well with owners who can give them enough time and attention.