Activities For Bitons

1k Views
0 Comments
0 Votes

Introduction

What is small, adorable, sweet and a bundle of fluff? You would be right if you answered, ‘A Biton dog of course!’ And they are all the above but don't let that fool you. This little dog is tougher than they look and can cope with a good dose of training and daily exercise. It is when dogs get bored that the trouble begins. A bored dog is looking for something to do. They don't mean to be naughty, it just kind of happens. They think that you will probably be pleased when they shred the toilet paper all over the house or perhaps rip the children's toys apart. That fluffy stuff that came out was surely a lot of fun! But you don't look happy nor pleased. Nor do the children. This is when your dog gets confused as they really didn't mean to upset anyone, they just needed something to do. So here are a few ideas to vary your pet's day by offering a selection of activities that test their fitness as well as their mental abilities. By the time they have tried a few of these games they won't have any energy left to rearrange the house.

Obedience Class

Popular
0 Votes
Any Day
Moderate
Hard
1 hr
Items needed
Leash
Treats
Activity description
A good work out for your dog is to enroll them in an obedience class. It is worth the extra money to have a professional dog trainer teach you and your pooch some special skills. Your dog will get a good workout both mentally and physically; plus, it is a chance to practice their social skills. They will meet other dogs there and will learn to listen and obey you even though there are distractions tempting them to go explore or play. You will learn effective ways to teach your dog and it will give you an understanding of how dogs learn. We think they understand us, but it is more our tone and our actions that they judge us by. But it is not all just work, it will be fun. Especially if you outperform that big dog next to you!
Step
1
Book a class
Scout around your area to find a professional dog trainer who can give you help as you seek to teach your Biton some obedience skills and tips. They can often give you valuable new insight into effective ways to train your dog.
Step
2
Get there early
Don't rush in at the last minute, get to the class early and let your Biton get used to the property. Let them meet and greet before getting down to the learning. Tiny rewards are often allowed for when they accomplish a task but check with the trainer regarding this. Be patient with your dog as there is a lot to learn and there are many distractions in a room full of dogs.
Step
3
A champion
Tell your Biton what a champion they are at the end of the class. How good were they! Praise them up and fuss over them. They will be keen to come again should the opportunity arise. Dogs love a challenge, and this will work their intellect as well as their body. Your Biton is a winner all around.
Love this activity?

Picnic in the Park

Popular
0 Votes
Sunny Day
Moderate
Normal
1 - 3 hrs
Items needed
Picnic basket filled with edible goodies
Picnic blanket
Ball or toy
Activity description
Imagine a green picture-perfect park that has a meandering stream running through it. Could you see yourself, the family and your dog enjoying a warm sunny day here? It is a great opportunity to get out as a family, take a picnic basket and eat out at the park for a change of pace. Your Biton will sense the excitement and will pack their best ball and squeaky toy into the car with them the minute they hear the car keys rattle. It will be a great outing for them. New smells, ducks to try and round up, fishing in the stream, and of course joining in a game of chase or fetch. Everyone likes a change of scenery and your dog is no exception. A social event such as this teaches them to socialize and to obey commands for good behavior. Then, of course, there is the picnic basket. Your dog will have their eyes on that! Hopefully, you will have packed a few special dog treats just for them!
Step
1
Plan ahead
Plan your day and your trip to make it easy to just get up and go in the morning. Pre-pack the essentials such as snacks and water. All dogs love to go on an adventure. Your dog will be in the car hogging the best seat the moment you unlock the vehicle. Clip on their seat belt and head out to a dog-friendly park for some family fun.
Step
2
Fun in the park
Let your children and dog run and play to get rid of some excess energy. Fetch or a game of chase is always fun. Then, let your dog sniff the bushes, greet other dogs, or chase the birds occasionally. Make sure they don't wander or don't disturb other family groups. Relax, chill out in the sun, or wander with your pup along the quiet sunny pathways around the gardens.
Step
3
Picnic basket time
Now comes the moment your dog has been waiting for. The opening of the basket. Get your Biton to sit quietly and not to poke their nose into the basket. Manners are required! Ensure they get some tasty treats and a good drink. No running around right after lunch. Relax and let the food go down before going exploring again.
Love this activity?

Musical Buddy Sing-a-long

Popular
0 Votes
Rainy Day
Free
Easy
30 - 60 min
Items needed
Treats
Activity description
Rainy weather can become boring if the days drag into a week of inclement weather. The persistent rain and the developing mud can dampen anyone's spirits! If you are the musical type, why not have a good old sing-a-long with your dog? Teach them to chime in on the chorus as you sing along. A new command such as 'sing with me' will have them yodeling like a cowboy. It has been said that singing can change your feelings and lift your spirits. You and your dog may make a unique team, singing along as the rain pelts down on the roof. It is a good bonding session, it's fun, and even the kids can join in and you can form a band! It is amazing how something so simple can change a day for the better. Your dog could stand up on their hind legs at the piano and you could teach them how to push a key on a certain hand signal or word. Try it out, it is a ton of musical fun for everyone.
Step
1
Warm up the vocals
Dust off the piano or the guitar and tune them up if need be. Dogs will often join in voluntarily when you start singing, but if not, encourage them to start singing and reward them with a treat. You could howl along with them to get them going. Just remember to be considerate if you have close neighbors who are at home as well.
Step
2
Teach your dog to play
This is easiest on the piano! Teach your clever Biton to gently paw a few keys as you are playing. Reward and praise. Then try to get them to do it on command, while you are singing! Imagine the look on your spouse's face when they hear the two of you singing and playing along.
Step
3
A musical twosome
Christmas and birthday sing-a-longs will never be the same again with you and your dog harmonizing a tune. Your dog will love to be the center of attention. And they won't say no to a treat or two. Getting them to stop may be the hardest part, but having the piano as a cue will help. Packing the piano or guitar away means the end of the game.
Love this activity?

More Fun Ideas...

Stroll Along the Boardwalk

If you are lucky enough to live by the beach or a river, there may be a boardwalk where you can take your dog for a walk. Keep them on a leash in case they sniff something and take off on you - this applies especially for young dogs who are not yet fully trained. A casual wander along the boardwalk opens up many opportunities for your Biton to meet new doggie friends and say hello to some strangers who just love your little canine. There are always bushes and trees to sniff at will. This walk will be intellectually stimulating for young and old dogs alike. It is a great time to test their training skills with all the distractions going on around them. Plus it is a great socialising occasion for your dog.

Special Grooming Time

There is always a need for a fluffy dog to have a good grooming session. It doesn't have to be tedious; toys can be added to their bath water, and nontoxic bubbles will have your dog snapping and popping the shiny spheres! If you always bath them inside, why not fill up a paddling pool with water and have an outdoor bath for a change. After the fun, a bit of gentle combing and brushing as you dry their hair will be relaxing, and you can even give them a dog massage as a special treat. You can find information online on how to massage your dog. After a week of training and exercising it will help ease any sore muscles.

Kite Flying

Who doesn't love to get out on a breezy day and see the brightly colored kites flying high in the sky? When people get together to fly their kites, it's a special occasion. This event gives you the perfect excuse to take your dog out as well, where they will get valuable exposure to other dogs and people which adds to their social skills. Keep your dog on a leash in case they want to go and attack that lovely bright coloured fluttering thing!  Can you picture their face when they see the kite fly up into the sky! The air will be alive with excitement and the breezy day will tickle your pups ears. Wander along and watch what everyone is doing, and keep an eye on your dog to ensure they are not devising an escape plan to go and chase kites!

Conclusion

The Biton is cross between the Bichon Frise and the Coton de Tulear and are known for their intelligence and mild manner. They are gentle and kind with children and bond closely with their family. Full of energy, they will be the first to bounce into a game, and they will probably be the last player standing. You will have a lot of fun with the antics of this fluffy pooch who really just wants to be with you and to be part of the family. When you play a game of soccer expect them to join in. They will leap without thinking twice into the pool to be with you! They will follow you around like your second shadow as they like to see what everyone is up to. Design their day to be fun and give them a variety of tasks to do. They like to feel important, so don't just treat them like a cuddly soft toy, work the little tigers so they can happily collapse into your lap at the end of the day.