Activities For Bolo-Tzus

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Introduction

If you want an adorable, teddy bear-like dog with a lot of love to give and minimal physical activity requirements, then a Bolo-Tzu could be for you! This lovely hybrid breed is the result of a Bolognese and a Shih Tzu breeding. While the parent breeds date back to ancient times, the Bolo-Tzu has only been around for around three decades. As a result, there is not a lot of information on their traits. What you can expect, however, is a fun little dog that will enjoy spending time with you and taking part in fun activities. Here are a few necessary ones that you might find helpful. 

Toilet Training

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5 min
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Treat
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Out of all dog breeds, the Bolo-Tzu is one of the hardest to toilet train. For some reason, they don’t take to it as naturally as other breeds. However, you will get there with time and patience. What’s more, in three steps, you can be on your way to a regular toileting routine in your yard instead of on your carpet! This all-weather activity doesn’t cost a dime but can be a bit of a challenge. Find a leash, treat, and a timer, and get the ball rolling. The sooner you can toilet train your Bolo-Tzu, the sooner you can trust them in your house on their own! 

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Keep them close
When you are beginning to toilet train your Bolo-Tzu, keep them with you at all times. You can’t let your new furry friend out of your sight! The more accidents they have inside, mainly those you don’t see, the harder it is to break the habit. When you catch them having an accident inside, use a trigger word or sound, so they associate it with going to the toilet.
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Consistency and treats
To be successful with toilet training, you need to be consistent and on the ball at all times. Take your Bolo-Tzu outside every hour on the hour. Set a timer, so you don’t forget. Take them to the same spot in your yard and use the same trigger word or noise you used when they went to go to the toilet in the house. Once they finish their business, give them a treat.
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Positive praise
During toilet training sessions, never get angry, lose your temper, or raise your voice. Remain consistent and confident, using a reward system when they go outside. You want their toileting to be a positive experience, not one they fear. Bolo-Tzus take far longer to learn than others, but it’s a process you must endure. Seek professional help if you are struggling.
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Hydrotherapy

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30 min
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While you might strike it lucky and not get any of the degenerative diseases from the parent breed, there is a chance you will. One of the more common conditions of the Bolo-Tzu is Legg-Calve-Perthes disease. While surgery may be an option for this joint disease, so too is hydrotherapy. Hydrotherapy is an expensive half-hour activity, but it’s one that will benefit your dog. It can take all the pressure off their joints, help to strengthen them and keep your dog fit and healthy when regular exercises are not an option. All you need is a leash, and a hydrotherapy expert will help with the rest. 

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Choose a facility
Many dogs will require hydrotherapy at some point in their lives, so you are not short of options. Look online, talk to your vet, or ask family and friends. They are bound to know of a facility that can help your Bolo-Tzu. It’s also helpful to read reviews to make sure they are experienced professionals who have all the technology at their disposal and know what they are doing.
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Try it out
Hydrotherapy, which means water healing in Greek, can incorporate a range of options. You can use whirlpools, treadmills, and specialized dog pools that enable them to swim laps. Find out which exercise option is going to be the best one for you. Depending on your dog’s needs, you may find a mixture of all three will work in their favor.
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Food Puzzles

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Rainy Day
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1 hr
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Food puzzles
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Because Bolo-Tzus don’t need a lot of physical activity, you will find you need to stimulate them in other areas instead. Mentally, Bolo-Tzus require something to challenge them. Doing so can stop them from becoming bored, upset, and destructive. Food puzzles are an excellent way to both cater to their need for mental stimulation and give them something to do that doesn’t involve you. You can carry on with your daily chores while your pup partakes in this rainy-day activity. Buying food puzzles can get expensive, but with an average difficulty and only a need for treats to go in them, they become a favorite pastime. 

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Choose toys
The market is full of excellent food puzzles for all manner of dogs. All of these toys come in three experience levels – beginner, intermediate, and advanced. Bolo-Tzus tend to be at the beginner level of intelligence. Then, factor in the size of the toy. Remember, Bolo-Tzus are small, so you need to buy little toys that will suit them.
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Choose treats
The next step is to choose treats to go in the new toy you purchased. Peanut butter is always an excellent option because it can take a while for your dog to be able to get it out of your food puzzle of choice. Other good choices include carrots, frozen sardines, brown rice, and sweet potato. Store-bought dog treats can be high in fat and salt, and should only be an “occasional” food.
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Play
Once you purchase the toy and fill it with tasty treats, you can then pop your Bolo-Tzu on the floor with it and leave them to play. Supervise from a distance to make sure they stay out of trouble, but this activity is one which should go off without a hitch.
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Fetch

If you want an activity that will tire out your dog quick while taking minimal effort from you as well, then fetch might be it. Once your pup masters the basics, you can throw their toy down the hall and wait (quite a while) for their short little legs to bring them back. Ten minutes of fetch will be enough to tucker them out for the rest of the day!  

Walk

Want to head outside for a bit of fresh air? Take your time and take your furry little companion! In only half an hour, a walk can tire out a Bolo-Tzu, who has short little legs that don’t take them very far, very fast. What’s more, a walk a day can be something you both look forward to, enjoying nature and breathing in the fresh air. 

Conclusion

A Bolo-Tzu is a tiny dog with a big personality. They are friendly, loyal, easy to satisfy, and you don’t have to dedicate a lot of time to physical activity. In saying that, it’s still quite impawtant to provide them with some activities to keep them out of trouble. Try a combination of these above!