Activities For Bichon-A-Ranians

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Introduction

If you were to line up a Bichon-A-Ranian amongst teddy bears, you might struggle to pick out which is the dog. This fluffy, adorable, and soft toy-like dog is one that will bring a lot of joy to many households. A Bichon-A-Ranian is the result of intentional breeding of a Bichon Frise and a Pomeranian. There is no 'one size fits all' approach to the resultant breed. Some are fluffy, others have short coats, and their colors and temperaments can vary too. What stays the same, however, is their need for exercise and attention. Try out these activities below.

Puzzles

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Rainy Day
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Normal
1 hr
Items needed
Puzzles
Treats
Activity description
There is a reason why the Bichon Frise used to be circus dogs many years ago - they are brilliant. Even by bringing Pomeranian into the mix, you can still expect a dog that thrives on puzzles and games with quick wit and intelligence. That's why store-bought or handcrafted games and puzzles are such a favorite rainy-day activity for a Bichon-A-Ranian. They can test their intelligence, take up an hour of the day, and have a moderate price tag. You also only need to add treats to them before leaving your furry friend to their own devices. This activity will become an owner and dog preference in no time.
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Choose a puzzle
If you want to spoil your Bichon-A-Ranian rotten, then a trip to the pet store is imperative. Here, the world's your oyster. You can choose from rows and rows of puzzles for dogs - all of which will test your pup's intellect in more ways than one. However, there is a right and wrong way to choose a toy. Make sure it's ideal for your pup's tiny mouth as well as their intelligence. If it doesn't test them, they will soon get tired of it.
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Choose treats
Once you bring your new puzzle home from the pet store, you then need to choose treats to go with it. In most cases, your dog's everyday kibble is going to be enough. However, some Bichon-A-Ranians might find this tedious! Instead, you can add healthy and natural treats such as sweet potato, cabbage, brown rice, and even red pepper/
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Supervise
Even though your Bichon-A-Ranian will be more than happy playing with their new food puzzle on their own, it's still a good idea to supervise. You can make sure they aren't destroying their toy or making a mess, all while carrying on with your everyday home chores.
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Dog Park

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Sunny Day
Free
Easy
1 hr
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Leash
Toy
Doggy waste bag
Activity description
Given a Bichon-A-Ranian's minimal requirement for physical activity, you may not think a trip to the dog park is necessary. However, it is for their social needs. The Bichon-A-Ranian has a Pomeranian parent, and Pomeranians are notorious for snappy, unsocial behavior around other pets and even people. Even the inclusion of the well-rounded Bichon Frise may not keep this behavior at bay. Therefore, regular trips to the dog park from a young age are crucial. Set an hour aside at least once per week for this free and easy social activity. All you need is a toy, leash, and waste bag, but the lifelong benefits are priceless.
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Choose a park
Given your Bichon-A-Ranian's complex needs, it's important to "shop around" before deciding on one dog park. Because the United States is a country of dog lovers, you are bound to have more than one in proximity to your home from which to choose. Find one that has a small enclosure for little dogs, robust fencing, and a family-friendly atmosphere.
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Start slow
Even if you begin taking your Bichon-A-Ranian to the dog park during the fun-loving puppy stage, it's still important to make the first visit a slow one. You don't want to throw a new environment and new dogs at them all in one breath. Instead, focus on getting them accustomed to their environment by walking them around it. Then, once they seem to settle in nicely, you can introduce them to the dogs at the park.
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Play
Once you have taken the time to introduce your pup correctly, you can now bring them into the enclosure for some fun! Introduce them to at least one other friendly dog then let them loose with a toy. Such interaction is crucial for how they interact with others as they age.
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Doga

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Any Day
Free
Easy
20 min
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Yoga mat
Activity description
Doga may not seem like the most fun activity, but it's certainly one of the most relaxing. This activity is popular with Yoga lovers and those with dogs that tend to stress or get anxious. If you leave your Bichon-A-Ranian home alone, they can often suffer from intense separation anxiety. As a result, Doga may be what you require to set them on the right path to zen. All you need are your hands, 20 minutes to spare, and a yoga mat or comfortable pad. Before long, this free and easy activity will be your go-to task for relaxing yourself and your furry friend.
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Dual breathing
This pose is crucial for helping your dog to de-stress and minimize their anxiety. Sit with your pup, making sure your dog is comfortable on you or near you. Connect with your Bichon-A-Ranian by matching their breathing. Rest your hands on them, sit up straight, and exist for two minutes. Don't move, feel the connection and use your energy to calm your dog.
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Stretching
Another beneficial pose in Doga involves stretching and massaging. Sit down on the ground and stretch your legs out around your dog who is lying on the ground. Massage them, adding a stretch to their legs, deepening it as you progress. Lean forward and massage and stretch your dog's entire body until they are calm and relaxed.
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Savasana
Savasana is a beneficial Doga pose that enables you to get close and connect with your dog. Doing so may help to calm them down and make them less anxious in their surroundings. Encourage your dog to lie on their belly, then rub it. It's that easy! Before long, your dog will be very relaxed and may even fall asleep.
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More Fun Ideas...

Car Ride

Just popping to the shops for five minutes? Take your Bichon-A-Ranian along for the ride. You may not realize but this breed can become anxious when you leave them home alone. Even if you're stepping out for five minutes, it would mean the world to them if you would harness them into the car and take them with you for a fun adventure.

Walk

A Bichon-A-Ranian only needs around 40 minutes per day of exercise. It also doesn't need to be all at once. A walk can then be one of the most effective activity options. Split the 40-minute requirement into three walks around your neighborhood. It enables you both to see beyond the front door while giving you more of that Vitamin D you require!

Conclusion

Whether you're a couple, individual, or family, you are bound to love welcoming a Bichon-A-Ranian into your home. They are intelligent, fun, loving, and make exceptional lap dogs. However, they are also very anxious and require a lot of stimulation. They only need 40 minutes of physical exercise but they require a lot of pawsitive attention too. Make sure you set aside plenty of time for fun games, pats, and cuddles.