Activities For Bo-Jacks

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Introduction

If you want to invite a small, loving, and loyal dog into your home, then you may end up with a Bo-Jack. This hybrid breed of a Boston Terrier and a Jack Russell Terrier is a friendly, sweet, and energetic breed with a lot of love to give both adults and children. You may even find they get on with your other pets well too. However, though the Bo-Jack is small, they have an appetite for fun activities. Therefore, you may need to consider these activities below to keep them occupied and out of trouble! 

Doga

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Rainy Day
Free
Easy
20 min
Items needed
Yoga mat
Activity description

Bo-Jacks can be quite anxious dogs, with separation anxiety and health issues also a concern from time to time. If you want to calm your dog down and make them feel peaceful and relaxed, then you may find Doga is very beneficial. Doga is a form of Yoga you do with your dogs. It’s free if you do it from the comfort of your home, takes 20 minutes or so of your time, and you only need a Yoga mat or your carpet to make it happen. For a dog that can stress, it’s a useful rainy-day activity that’s well worth your consideration. 

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Wheelbarrow
The Wheelbarrow Doga move is not the most relaxing in the repertoire, but it’s one that can be beneficial for your dog’s torso. Have your Bo-Jack lie down in front of you, then stand behind them and lean forward over them. Pick up their back legs and support their hip joints with your hands. They should now be in a wheelbarrow-like position. Finally, encourage your Bo-Jack to stretch out, flexing their torso at the same time.
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Puppy Paw Mudra
Lie your Bo-Jack on their stomach with their legs extended outward. Kneel behind them and place your head on their back, gently holding their front leg outward. Turn your head to the side and hold the position, encompassing your pooch.
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Heart-to-Hound Mudra
Become “one” with your dog with Heart-to-Hound Mudra. Less invasive than other Doga methods, it involves placing your hand on your heart and that of your dog, breathing slowly. The goal is to calm both yourself and your dog, while not interrupting your breathing patterns.
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Doggy Dates

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Any Day
Free
Normal
1 hr
Items needed
Leash
Toy
Activity description

While most Bo-Jacks get on well with other dogs, there are a few that take more after the Jack Russell Terrier, taking a while to warm up to others. If you don’t want to introduce them to a dog park environment straight away, you can instead try doggy dates. Doggy dates involve another dog, a toy, and a leash, and only take up an hour of your time. They are also free and offer you the opportunity to enjoy your time in a social setting, as well as your puppy. What’s more, your dog gets to learn how to play nicely with others in a safe environment. 

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Choose a date
You would be surprised at how dogs can choose to like or dislike other dogs. Even if you think you’ve found the “perfect” date, you may learn your dogs don’t get on at all. Just like humans, not all dogs like each other. Choosing a playmate for your dog can be a process of elimination. For the best chance of success, however, talk to friends with calm, laid back dogs with a similar energy level. A non-dominating dog may also be a good option.
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Meet and greet
The first meeting can always be quite nerve-wracking. Keep your dog on a leash and allow your dog to be in the same vicinity as your potential new friend. Let them walk around – not meeting, on a leash. Then, once they get to smell where each other has been, you can then walk them side by side, before introducing them officially. Pay attention to their body language.
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Play
If the meeting has gone off to a great start and all signs point to positive, then you can let your dogs play nicely together. Make sure the area has fencing as Bo-Jacks have a high prey drive. Include a toy so they can play nicely and have a bit of rough and tumble!
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Frisbee

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Sunny Day
Cheap
Easy
30 min
Items needed
Frisbee
Treats
Activity description

Frisbee can be a fun pastime for you and your furry friend, and it’s also one that’s affordable and only takes half an hour of your time. Unfortunately, not every dog is going to understand what you want when you throw the frisbee. All they see is you throwing an item then talking to them. They aren’t to know you want them to get it! Therefore, on a sunny day, there’s no harm in buying a frisbee and showing your dog how to play. Once they pick it up, it’ll become their favorite pastime in no time at all! 

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Frisbee type
There are so many frisbees on the market that it can be hard to know which is the best for your dog. If your Bo-Jack is a chewer, then avoid brittle plastic. They will break right through them! A robust rubber frisbee is often the best kind as it lasts longer and features special non-toxic and durable rubber your Bo-Jack will struggle to penetrate.
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Get interested
The first step to playing frisbee is to get your dog interested in it. Some dogs naturally love the sight of a new toy and will take it from you, while others are more aloof and disinterested. Get them engaging with the toy by putting a little peanut butter on it or using it as a food bowl for the first few days. You can then start playing tug of war and asking them to give you the frisbee. Give your Bo-Jack the frisbee, ask them to give it to you, and when they do, give them a treat. Keep repeating the process until they understand that giving their toy away results in a treat!
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Play
Once they have made the connection of reward for return, you can then begin to play frisbee properly. Start by throwing it a short distance away, then giving your Bo-Jack a treat when they return with it. You can slowly throw it further away, replacing a treat with a pat instead. Frisbee is all about repetition. It may take some time, but eventually, they will understand that it’s a fun game!
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Walk

Sometimes all you want to do is go for a walk, and you will be pleased to know it’s a fun and simple activity your Bo-Jack will enjoy as much as you. Bring their leash and take them for a quick half-hour walk around the neighborhood. Even though it doesn’t seem like an exciting activity to you, it’s one that will make your Bo-Jack extremely happy. After all, they get to spend time with you and check out what their neighborhood has on offer! 

Swimming

Bo-Jacks are unique dogs in the respect that they have a waterproof coat. Even when you dunk them in water or bathe them, they won’t require a lot of drying to have them looking as good as new. Therefore, swimming is not going to be the messy activity you thought it was. On a hot summer’s day, you can take great pleasure in loading up the car with a towel and toy and taking your four-legged friend to the beach. By the time you even hit the car after fun in the sun, they will pretty much be dry! 

Conclusion

A Bo-Jack can be the pawfect companion. They will get on well with pets and children, are small to fit into apartment life well, and only need around 30 to 60 minutes of physical activity each day to keep them happy. This pawsitively delightful breed is bound to bring a lot of love and joy into your life.