Activities For Bolo-Chis

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Introduction

A Bolo-Chi is the result of intentional breeding between a Chihuahua and Bolognese. And, fortunately, they get many of their personality traits from the Bolognese as opposed to the Chihuahua. While this breed can be wary of people and yappy, they are also happy, loyal, and friendly dogs that are ideal for new pet owners, families, and children. They are tiny little fluffballs that weigh no more than ten pounds, and they can live a long and happy life into their teenage years. They also don’t require a lot of physical exercise because of their small stature. However, the Bolo-Chi is a needy dog that wants much of your time, so fun activities are a must. Here are a few to start you off.  

Dancing

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Any Day
Free
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10 min
Items needed
Treats
Activity description

If you are going to treat any breed how to dance, let it be a Bolo-Chi. If you don’t teach them, there is every possibility they are going to pick it up on their own anyway! However, teaching your Bolo Chi how to dance means you can get them to do it on command. It’s a straightforward and free activity, only requires a few treats, and you can do it in 10-minute sessions in any weather. Teaching your Bolo-Chi how to dance also means they can be the life of the party. Do you need a conversation starter? Invite your furry friend into the room and get them to dance. You are bound to find it’s one of the best icebreakers around.  

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Using treats
While Bolo-Chis are not the most food-oriented dogs around, they are bound to enjoy being given a snack for little to no effort. Take them to a part of your home with no distractions and show them a treat. Move it around in a circle in front of their nose, encouraging them to move their face with it. Complete a full circle then give your pup the treat. You can then repeat the process but start to raise the treat and encourage them to move with the circular motion as they did when it was closer to them.
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Circle motion
Once your dog is comfortable moving in circles, following the treat, try to remove the treat from the equation. Make the same circular motion in the air, but begin to make that circle smaller and offer praise instead of food.
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Trigger word
If your dog has mastered the movements, you can add your trigger word into the mix. The word “spin” is the most common. Every time you get them to go into the air, use the word spin as well as your hand motion. Over time, you will be able to phase out the hand motion and only use your trigger word.
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Grooming

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Any Day
Cheap
Normal
20 min
Items needed
Brush
Treat
Scissors
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Bolo-Chis are relatively hypoallergenic – at least more so than some other breeds. However, because they have a long double coat, they have higher grooming requirements than others. You need to groom your Bolo-Chi daily to prevent tangles from turning into knots and matting. You will also need to brush their fur to remove loose hair, dirt, and to even out their natural oils. Grooming can become a fun pastime for you and your furry friend, as well as an opportunity to bond. Once you buy the grooming kit, it’s an affordable and relatively straightforward task that will take only around 20 minutes if you do it every day.

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Target tangles
The first step of grooming a Bolo-Chi is to target the knots, mats, and tangles. You can brush these out gently with a brush. If you leave them longer than a day, you may require scissors to cut them out. For Bolo-Chis that become distressed quickly, scissors may also be a quicker method that reduces their stress levels.
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Brush
Once you remove all the tangles, knots, and matting, you can then begin a thorough brush. Make sure you get down to their first coat, bringing up all the loose and dead fur that you need to remove. This process can take around ten minutes, depending on how often you groom your dog.
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Natural oils
As you are brushing, be aware of your dog’s natural oils. You need to work your dog’s coat thoroughly to make sure you distribute these well. Bolo-Chis are prone to dermatitis, which also means the less you bathe them, the better.
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Chew Toys

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1 hr
Items needed
Chew toys
Activity description

Bolo-Chis may not need a lot of physical activities to keep them entertained, but they do need mental stimulation. What’s more, they are not in a hurry to let you stray too far from them! Bolo-Chis need you to be around them and can stress and fret if you leave them to their own devices. But, how can you hope to achieve anything in a day when your dog follows you around like a, well, lost puppy! Chew toys can fill the gap. Chew toys are an excellent all-weather activity that’s very affordable, doesn’t take any effort on your part, and can entertain your Bolo-Chi for an hour or more. 

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Buy toys
Buying toys for your Bolo-Chi is not a process that’s all that easy. You may think you can pop into a store and quickly obtain a few things that look bright and colorful, but there are a few considerations you need to make. Firstly, make sure the rubber is thick, durable, and non-toxic. It needs to withstand sharp teeth that are capable of tearing most things into confetti. Then, pay attention to its size. If a chew toy is too large, your dog will not be able to get their teeth into it. If they can’t, they won’t attempt to play with it. Choose your chew toys wisely.
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Supervise play
Once you are back home, armed with new toys, supervise their play. You don’t have to stand in front of them with an eagle eye, but you do need to pop in from time to time and make sure they are keeping out of trouble. Most toy manufacturers recommend adult supervision on the packaging. Following those instructions can save a whole lot of grief and mess!
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Car Ride

Are you popping out to the shops? Take man’s best friend along with you! If you are only going to be in the store for five minutes, you will find that your dog will enjoy coming along in the car with you. Make sure you invest in a car seatbelt harness so they can ride along safely. 

Dress-Ups

If you adopt a small dog, then you are going to find that building up their wardrobe is a must! After all, it’s too difficult to walk past the human-like dog clothes in any pet store and not at least buy one or two! Take the time to dress your Bolo-Chi up, with their permission of course, and then take photos. You never know, your dog could become a social media sensation!  

Conclusion

If you require a dog that doesn’t take up a lot of your time but fills a huge piece of your heart, then a Bolo-Chi is it. They take on all the loyalty and friendliness of the Bolognese and only the size of the Chihuahua. Even though they don’t need to go jogging with you to get their hit of physical activity, it’s still impawtant to fill their day with fun activities. Otherwise, they can become bored, anxious, and a little bit needy!