Activities For Bo-Dachs

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Introduction

If you enjoy Dachshunds and Boston Terriers, then you will adore the mixture of two, known as a Bo-Dach. Bo-Dachs are loving, loyal, and family-oriented small dogs that will integrate well into home life. While they do tend to be wary of strangers and territorial of their property, you can train them to behave and fill their time with fun activities. However, Bo-Dachs don't tend to enjoy the company of other dogs, so solo activities can be far more beneficial - such as these below.

DIY Puzzles

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Rainy Day
Cheap
Normal
1 hr
Items needed
PVC pipe
Treats
Drill
Cardboard rolls
Shoebox
Food stuffer ball
Activity description
One of the many benefits of the Bo-Dach breed is that they are quite happy to hang inside with you. Therefore, if the weather outside is not all that good for exploring, you can load your furry friend up with fun activities and they won't be racing for the door. DIY puzzles come in handy for this occasion. You'll need a range of craft-type items and treats, but once you have them, you'll find DIY puzzles are an hour-long activity your dog will adore and find challenging at the same time. This cheap rainy-day activity is going to be fun for you as well as your Bo-Dach.
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PVC Shaker
If your dog loves treats (as most do!) then they will love a home-made PVC shaker. Put a cap on the end of a clean PVC pipe, drill holes in it, add treats, then put the other end on. Your Bo-Dach can then spend ages rolling it around on the floor getting all the treats out.
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Cardboard Puzzle
If you have old paper tubes lying around, such as from toilet paper or hand towels, then you can put them to good use with your dog. Fill a shoe box up with them facing upward so there is no room for them to tip over. Add treats into the bottom. Your dog then has to spend ages trying to work out how to get the treats out of the box. It might take some time!
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Food Stuffer Ball
You can either make a ball yourself with a tennis ball with holes in it, or buy one pre-made. Add treats to it - the more natural the better - and let your dog do all the work. To make this activity last longer, add tacky treats such as peanut butter and mashed potato or sweet potato.
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Fetch

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Any Day
Cheap
Normal
20 min
Items needed
Fetch toys
Treats
Activity description
An excellent pastime for you and your furry friend is a game of fetch. You can play it inside and outside, it's cheap, and it's something you can do in short 20-minute bursts to burn up your Bo-Dach's energy. While it can be a little tricky to teach, this affordable activity is one that will become your pup's firm favorite in no time. What's more, you can use it as an excuse to head to the pet store in search of new fetch toys and treats! If your dog has energy to burn, teach them how to play a game of fetch.
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Select toys
You need to select toys your dog is going to enjoy. After all, there is no point trying to teach them a game of fetch if they don't like the toys! Find some that are also aerodynamic and lightweight for your pup to carry.
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Drop it
Teach your clever Bo-Dach how to drop their toys for you on command. This step is an important part of the game and is also useful with other activities. You can carry this out by actively encouraging your pal to pick up their toy, saying your trigger words 'drop it', then giving them a treat.
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Bait and switch
Bait and switch involves the use of two toys to encourage your dog to bring the toy back to you. Throw one toy, then say their name and throw another in the opposite direction. They have to pass you to get it. Repeat, then say their name but don't throw the second toy. Instead, let them run toward you before using your other trigger words 'drop it' so they will drop the first toy back to you.
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Dog Massage

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Rainy Day
Free
Easy
10 min
Items needed
Towel or blanket
Activity description
If you've got 10 minutes to spare on a rainy day and your Bo-Dach is looking reasonably relaxed, why not give them a massage? Think about how much you enjoy a massage. Your dog is bound to as well! This free activity is also one that's quite easy and takes minimal effort from you and none from your dog. What's more, it can help a normally tense pup learn to relax and remain calm. What you are also sure to appreciate is that it requires no tools except for your hands and a towel or blanket for your pup to lay on, nor does it require you to be a professional massage therapist.
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Relax
If your Bo-Dach is not as relaxed as they need to be for their massage, then get them in the mood. Invite them onto the couch and begin patting them in a rhythmic motion until they begin drifting off to sleep. Alternatively, you can wait until they are on their bed resting.
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Circle motions
Begin by pressing your hands into your dog's neck and head area. Pat them in rhythmic circle motions and take note of your dog's body language. If they are looking more relaxed, keep going. If not, then go back to patting them.
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Chest and shoulders
Once your Bo-Dach is relaxed and in a good mood, continue massaging down their shoulder blades and into their chest. This is not an area they can work on themselves. After 10 minutes, they can then drift off to sleep feeling thoroughly relaxed. If only they could return the favor!
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Doga

Want your pup to relax rather than bark at everything and everyone going past your home? Then bring about their inner zen with Doga. Doga is yoga for dogs and you can either perform it at home or within a class. It's a fun pastime for you and your furry friend while also allowing them to relax and de-stress.

Hide and Seek

Whether you live in an apartment or a house, you're bound to find that your Bo-Dach gets bored from time to time. Use their Dachshund parentage of having a keen nose to their advantage with a game of hide and seek. Hide treats and toys around your home, then help them to find them! This activity is bound to make your pup excited!

Conclusion

When you bring home this pawsitively delightful pup, you will find that you will need to think outside the square for activities from time to time. Their distrust for others and high prey drive can mean you often can't always partake in regular activities such as trips to the dog park or play dates. Rather than let your pup remain bored and feel a little ruff, why not try these activities above?