Activities For Bich-Poos

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Introduction

The Bich-Poo is a designer dog; this hybrid is a mix between the Bichon Frise and the Miniature Poodle. This makes the Bich-Poo a good size as well as hypoallergenic. The Bich-Poo does not require a great deal of activity to remain happy and healthy. Often, two short, brisk walks on a daily basis satisfy their need for exercise. However, because the Bich-Poo is known to bark at, well, anything that moves, you might want to spend some time working on obedience training. Socialization is also another key activity that you and the Bich-Poo might enjoy together, and this is highly recommended by experts on the breed.

Socialization

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doggy waste bags
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Activity description
The Bich-Poo is a very congenial dog; however, experts warn that they will need some socialization. Two undesirable behaviors that can occur with this hybrid breed include excessive barking and nipping at strangers. Socialization will prevent these bad behaviors, but only if socialization begins early and stays consistent. Once your dog has had all their immunizations, begin inviting friends with older, well-behaved dogs over for play time. Take your pup to the dog park so that they are exposed to a wide variety of dogs. Invite friends with children who are experienced with dogs to come and play with Fido. Also, be sure to handle the dog as much as possible from the time you bring him home. These ideas are free yet the benefits to your Bich-Poo will be many!
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Arrange play dates
Once your puppy has had all of their initial vaccines and any necessary boosters, make every effort to introduce your furry friend to other dogs. Sometimes this means inviting other dogs for play dates. You'll want to begin with dogs you know are well-behaved so that Fido doesn't pick up bad habits. After a time, you can take your pup to the dog park to spend time with other dogs. When introductions are taking place, guide your dog in their behavior.
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Get children involved
In order to properly socialize any dog, they should be exposed to children. Ideally, this would involve older children who have some experience with dogs. You can begin this part of socialization shortly after you bring Fido home. Allow them to hold your dog and "handle" them, gently play with their ears, and carry them around carefully.
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Head out to the park
This excursion can mean the dog park or the city park, but this will mean that your pup will be exposed to other dogs that may or may not be as well-behaved as they are. This should take place after your Bich-Poo has spent time with good influences so that acceptable behavior has been established. If at any time when allowing your dog to congregate with others at the park there is aggression, step in to remedy the situation.
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Obedience Training

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The Bich-Poo is a very intelligent dog. You'll want to prevent boredom in this breed. Most experts recommend some form of obedience training in order to satisfy this intelligent breed's need for mental stimulation. Owners should remember that the Poodle side of the hybrid's pedigree thrives on mental activity and challenge. They often are quite enthusiastic about learning commands, and they do not have the typical issues with recall that many other breeds may experience. Start with easy commands that accompany leash training. Practice until your dog has mastered them. Then you may want to work with more difficult commands. Practice at least three times a week. Working on commands at home is free of charge, but if you find your pup is slow or reluctant to learn, try signing up for classes.
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Start early, start slowly
First, consider what commands you want your Bich-Poo to learn. "Sit" is always an easy command to learn. "Come" is also one of the easiest commands to learn, and will benefit you once leash-training begins. Practice these until your pup masters them. Then you can move on to the more difficult commands.
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Increase difficulty
You'll want to add to the list of commands your Bich-Poo knows. "Lay down" can assist you in teaching your dog to roll over. You might also want to teach "leave it" when it comes to food or other items that you might not want your dog to touch. You'll also want to teach your dog to "heel" as a part of leash-training. Search online for training videos from a recommended site if you need pointers.
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Practice often
Teach one or two commands at a time, and be sure that your dog has mastered each command before moving on to another set of commands. Once your dog has learned these commands, you should practice them regularly, perhaps every other day at a minimum. Always remember that dogs learn best in short spans of time, and they need repeated practice to retain what they've learned.
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Mental Stimulation

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1 hr
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food puzzle toys
chew toys
small kibble or treats
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The Bich-Poo thrives on mental stimulation. This can come in many forms. Obedience training is perfect for mentally stimulating this highly intelligent breed. However, you may not always be available to work one-on-one with your Bich-Poo. This is where interactive toys can be of assistance. Food puzzle toys provide your furry friend with mental workouts as well as a tasty treat. Chew toys also help to quell boredom when you have to be away at work or at other obligations. Finally, some plush toys have squeakers that allow the instincts of your Bich-Poo to be satisfied. Prices for interactive toys will range depending on quality and difficulty; start out small and see how your Bich-Poo responds to this type of toy before purchasing an expensive brand.
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Food puzzle toys
Do you have to leave Fido for work during the day? One of the greatest ways to help stop boredom - and prevent mischief - is to provide your Bich-Poo with food puzzle toys. The dog is prompted to shake, toss, and lick the food puzzle toy until the treat hidden inside is obtained. Place some peanut butter at both ends of the toy to encourage play the first time.
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Chew toys
Having chew toys is especially important to younger dogs. Like infants, when they lose their "baby" teeth and the adult teeth come in, dogs feel an impulse to chew in order to alleviate any discomfort. Durable chew toys help to preserve your shoes and furniture while giving your Bich-Poo an outlet for the deep need to chew.
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Interactive toys
Your clever dog may very well enjoy the mental stimulation that interactive toys provide. One should not forget that Poodles were originally used to accompany noble hunters. This instinct is still present, even in the Bich-Poo hybrid breed. Squeaky toys are perfect for fulfilling your dog's need to scratch and dig after small "game" tucked away inside a plush squeaker toy.
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Backyard Fun

Sometimes you just need to get outside and let Fido run and play. Encourage the kids to get outdoors and allow your furry pal to chase them. Grab a flirt pole and encourage your dog to jump and go after the "prey" on the pole. Use your deck steps as if they were part of an obstacle course. The possibilities are only limited by your imagination.

Hide and Seek

This is a fun game for indoors during inclement weather. Grab an item such as an old hat or shoe. Show it to your dog and allow them to smell the item. Then allow them to watch as you "hide" the item. Tell them to go get it, and give them a treat. Eventually, you want to move the item so that the dog relies on their sense of smell in order to find it.

Conclusion

The Bich-Poo is a very intelligent dog that craves more mental stimulation than physical activity. Certainly, the Bich-Poo will enjoy any exercise that you provide, but this breed truly shines when allowed to master commands during obedience training. The Bich-Poo needs early socialization to avoid picking up bad habits such as excessive barking or nipping. Furthermore, provide interactive toys so that the breed will not get into mischief simply because they are bored.