Activities For Bolonoodles

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Introduction

If you are looking for a fun, cheerful, loving, and loyal companion dog, then a Bolonoodle could be the answer. This adorable little dog is the result of a Poodle breeding with a Bolognese. You then get a loyal little dog that’s more than happy to follow you around, do what you’re doing, and not require a lot of physical activity. However, if you are looking to spoil your Bolonoodle rotten, as most owners do, then here are a few options to give you a head start. 

Swimming

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Sunny Day
Cheap
Easy
1 hr
Items needed
Life jacket
Toy
Leash
Towel
Activity description

It might seem strange that swimming could be an excellent pastime for a small dog such as a Bolonoodle, but it can be. Remember, the Bolonoodle has Poodle parentage, which means their parents are excellent water retrievers by nature. As a result, on a sunny day with an hour to spare, you may find a dip in the water is the very thing to keep your pup out of trouble and full of excitement. You are going to need a few items for this task, depending on where you go and what you do. You may need a leash, dog life jacket, a towel, and a toy. If you need to buy everything, it can get quite expensive, but otherwise, it’s either cheap or free. 

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Choose location
If the sun is beating down and you know that playing in water is going to make the day more bearable, then it’s time to choose where to go. You may like to stay at home and put up the paddling pool, head to a natural watering hole like a lake or river, or book into a hydrotherapy facility for dogs. No matter where you go, your dog is bound to have a blast.
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Safety first
If you are taking your Bolonoodle to the water for the first time, then plan your trip. Get them used to a life jacket in the days leading up to the swim by putting it on them for 10 minutes at a time. By the time you get to the water, it will not phase them. Take the process of accustoming them to the water slowly. You can’t throw them right in. Instead, coax them in with their toy and get in with them if you can.
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Swim
Now’s the time to go out and swim! Have fun with a toy and let your pup paddle around in the water burning off their pent-up energy. After around an hour in the water, you will find they will sleep for the rest of the day with no problems at all!
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Begging Trick

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Any Day
Free
Normal
5 min
Items needed
Treats
Activity description

With the intelligence of a Poodle and eagerness to please from the Bolognese, you may find that your Bolonoodle picks up training quicker than any other dog you’ve ever owned. There’s no denying they have a stubborn streak and may not “hear” your instructions, but if you break down training sessions into five-minute slots, you can teach them to beg quicker than you could another dog. What’s more, you only need treats to get the process underway. Set aside around 20 minutes in one day (broken up into four sessions) and teach them to beg. This all-weather activity can make your Bolonoodle the life of the party while challenging them mentally. 

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Treats
The first step is to get out your Bolonoodle’s favorite treats – the ones they go mad for and will do anything to get their paws on them. Then, hold them up to around their face level, making sure you get their full attention as they sit in front of you.
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Raise the treat
Raise the treat slowly, an inch at a time, building on your dog’s excitement levels. Be careful not to do so in a teasing manner. As you raise the treat, encourage your Bolonoodle to jump up on two legs. They may need your knees for support. When they are up on two legs, give them the treat, use your trigger word “beg”, then offer plenty of praise.
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Practice makes perfect
While your Bolonoodle may not need to repeat training to learn to beg as often as other dogs, you will still need to practice. Keep holding a treat up to them and encourage them to ask for it. Eventually, they will do so on command so you can phase out the snacks and replace them with pats instead.
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Dancing

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Rainy Day
Free
Hard
10 min
Items needed
Treats
Activity description

Apartment life can mean your dog has no yard, but when it’s raining, you also don’t have access to the outdoors even if you did. Therefore, in either instance, you are going to need an indoor activity to keep your dog mentally stimulated. Teaching them dancing can be hard, but it’s a 10-minute activity that will tire their brains out quicker than you may think. The best part is, it’s also free! You only need a pocket full of treats, some patience, and a few 10-minute time slots open for dedication to the skill. It’s time to teach your Bolonoodle how to dance! 

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Jump up
Holding a treat in your hand, ask your dog to sit, then raise the treat from their face level upward. Make sure you have your dog's full attention. From a sitting position, the aim is to get them to jump up to get the treat. When your dog does, give them the treat and positive attention as well as the trigger word “dance.”
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Hold it
Every time you get your dog to jump up, try to get them to linger in the air a little longer, encouraging them to work on their balance and hind leg strength. Eventually, let the treat go, extending the release time between each jump. In good time, your dog will be able to hop around on two legs trying to keep their balance.
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Practice
Teaching your dog to dance doesn’t happen overnight. It can take several days or weeks, with them working on their balance and hind leg strength. Keep the training sessions short as jumping up can tire your dog out more than it should. Eventually, however, you will be able to tell them to dance and offer positive praise instead of treats for their efforts.
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Chew Toys

If you intend on leaving your Bolonoodle alone for a few hours, don’t set them up to fail. They are companion dogs, and when their companion is away, they can struggle with it. Your Bolonoodle can get upset, anxious, and even a little destructive. So, if you leave the house, give them a chew toy. You can then exit with confidence, knowing they have something to do in your absence. 

Fetch

Even though a Bolonoodle is small, it doesn’t mean they are not going to be good at a game of fetch. Such a game is going to be the most effective way to tire your dog out with minimal effort on your part. Clear an area in your apartment or home, or play outside, and get comfy on your favorite chair. You can then throw your Bolonoodle’s toy, wait for their little legs to bring them back, then repeat the process. Five or ten minutes can be all it takes to tire them out. 

Conclusion

If you prefer a dog that isn’t going to make you run laps, hike mountains, or jog for hours, then a Bolonoodle is it. Their physical activity requirements are minimal, but you do need to make up for it with mental stimulation. Be their absolute best friend, and they’ll be yours, and everything you do with them is a bonus. This pawsitively delightful breed will be the highlight of your life for many years to come.