Activities For Bologneses

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Introduction

The Bolognese is a toy breed that descends from the Bichon dog family, which is why they closely resemble other popular small toy dogs such as the Bichon Frise and Maltese. The breed has been around since 2000 years ago and was named after the city of Bologna, Italy, where they were first developed. Throughout the Renaissance period, the Bolognese was considered a prized possession of members of royalty. In fact, ownership of this dog was a symbol of stature and wealth during this time. To date, Bologneses have retained their calm and friendly demeanor, which is why they are a favorite pick for a companion dog. 

Road Trip

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Sunny Day
Cheap
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12 - 72 hrs
Items needed
Food
Water
First aid kit
Dog toys
Treats
Leash
Collapsible bowl
Activity description

The first thing that you will notice after spending some time with your Bolognese is the breed’s clinginess. Bologneses are known to crave companionship, especially from their owners. As a matter of fact, experts of the breed do not recommend leaving them behind for an extended period of time, as this can cause separation anxiety. This attachment is the perfect excuse to bring your furbaby with you on a road trip. Whether it is a short day trip or a long, multiple-day trip, let your fluffy pooch tag along for the ride. This activity is a great way to introduce new places to your dog while also developing your bond with each other. 

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Make plans for the trip
The first step to a successful road trip is planning where to go and what to do. If this is your first time to travel with your dog by car, it is probably best to keep the trip short. You may even opt for a quick day trip, which will allow you to evaluate your dog’s comfort while in a moving car.
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Pack the essentials
Once you have finalized your plan for the trip, you now have an idea of how much stuff you will need based on the length of your trip. You also get to decide on what to bring, depending on the activities that you are looking to do. However, there are some essentials that you definitely need to bring, such as food, water, leash and a first aid kit containing medications for you and your dog.
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Hit the road with your dog
Once everything is set and your stuff is packed, you are ready to go. Get in your car and make your way to your destination. Don’t forget to check out some interesting spots along the way and to stop for bathroom breaks. Also, observe your dog throughout the trip and watch for any signs of anxiety or fear during the ride.
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Doggy Play Date

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Any Day
Cheap
Easy
1 - 2 hrs
Items needed
Food
Water
Treats
Doggy toys
Activity description

The Bolognese is one of the most sociable dog breeds, not just towards their owners but also with other humans and fellow canines. Initially, they might be a bit wary of strangers. However, a few conversations later and they will slowly warm up to others. For this reason, a doggy play date is a good activity for the Bolognese. Setting up a play date with other dogs can go a long way toward improving your pooch’s social skills and providing overall entertainment. At the same time, you get to bond with friends and other dog owners and meet their respective furbabies. 

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Arrange a "first date" on neutral ground
Just like how humans go on a “first date”, it is important that dogs get introduced to each other in a neutral setting. This means bringing the dogs to an unfamiliar territory. Also, keep the dogs on leashes in case they react aggressively. Don’t throw them together right away; instead, drain the excitability that they are feeling.
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Let the dogs mingle
Once some of the excitement has died down, bring your dog to the other dogs and allow them to mingle with each other. This step is crucial because they start to get familiar and sniff each other as a way of assessment. Watch out for any hostile behavior and be ready to pull your dog away in case of aggression.
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Set up another play date
If all goes well and the dogs get along, let them run free and play. At this point, you can relax and just let your dog have some fun with fellow canines. This also means that you have found your dog some friends, allowing you to set up play dates regularly and in a different venue, such as your home. In case the dogs do not get along with each other, find other potential doggy play dates and start all over again.
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Beach Time

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Sunny Day
Cheap
Easy
1 - 2 hrs
Items needed
Food
Water
Treats
Toys
Leash
Flotation vest (optional)
Activity description

Going to the beach is a relaxing and exciting activity, especially for a dog who wants to take in a new environment. Another good thing about hitting the beach is that there are lots of different activities that you and your dog can do while there. Want to cool off on a hot summer day? Take your pooch and go for a dip in the ocean. Looking to burn off some steam and have fun at the same time? Bring a ball or Frisbee and play fetch with your dog. Hoping to relax with your four-legged friend? Get your beach towel out and lie by the shore. The sky’s the limit when you’re on a beach trip. 

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Bring the necessities
To make the most out of your trip to the beach, make sure that you have everything that you and your dog needs. Pack enough food and water for your Bolognese. Also, bring some toys in case your dog wants to play. Have a leash ready as well, especially if you are going for a stroll by the shore. You may also bring a flotation vest if you intend to go for a swim with your pooch.
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Find a dog-friendly beach
Dog-friendly beaches are becoming more and more popular, thanks in large part to the Americans’ love for dogs. Look for a beach that has what you are looking for. Remember that the rules about bringing dogs vary from one beach to another; some beaches allow dogs to be off-leash while others require that they are kept on a leash. Also, there are beaches that are open to dogs only during certain seasons.
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Have a beach adventure!
Once you find a spot, head down to the beach of your choice and be ready for some fun with your dog. Run, swim, play, eat and relax during your time at the beach. Don’t forget to be mindful of other beachgoers and always abide by the rules of the place.
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Play Chase

Even though they have low exercise requirements compared to other breeds, this does not mean that you should keep your Bolognese locked indoors. A game of chase is a fun and creative way to get your dog up and running. Just make sure that your dog does not overexert effort and end up fatigued and dehydrated. 

Picnic Date

A good way to spend some downtime with your Bolognese is to have a meal together while taking in the outdoors. Pack food for yourself and your dog and go to the nearest dog-friendly park. Here, you can have a picnic and enjoy some delicious food. Your pooch will surely appreciate the bonding moment that you two will share. 

Conclusion

Adorable, affectionate and fun-loving are just some of the words that perfectly describe the Bolognese. As an owner of this breed, you need to remember that they have immense companionship needs. Hence, it is crucial that you spend as much time with your Bolognese and try exciting activities together so you can keep them happy and content.