Activities For Bolosilks

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Introduction

If you didn’t hear of a Bolosilk until you adopted your own, then you are not alone. The Bolosilk is not a very common dog, given that they get their history from Silky Terrier and Bolognese parents. As a result, you do not get a guarantee of any personality traits. They can be a mixture of both parents or have stronger features from one than the other. In most cases, however, you can expect to get a friendly, small dog that doesn’t need a lot of outdoor physical activity. Instead, you can try out these activities with a strong focus on mental stimulation. 

Bubbles

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Sunny Day
Cheap
Easy
10 min
Items needed
Bubble wand
Stock / Bouillon cube
Bubble mixture
Activity description

Bubbles make an excellent activity for Bolosilks for many reasons. Firstly, they cater to their need for mental stimulation by making them work out how to get the bubbles. Then, they provide a little bit of physical activity to take the edge off. All you need for this sunny outdoor activity is a child-friendly and non-toxic bubble mixture, a wand to blow it with, and chicken stock to make it smell appealing. You can then carry it out in 10-minute sessions which should be enough to wear them out and keep them happy. This cheap and easy activity is going to appeal to many Bolosilk owners. 

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Set up
Bubble mixture can be quite messy, and you also need to source the right tools and environment so the task can go off without a hitch. Invest in quality bubble wands, and clear an area in which you will be happy for your dog to play. Remember, it might get messy so outside is best for this activity. Alternatively, an unused area of your home with no carpet could be okay.
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Make the mixture
You can buy children’s bubble mixture - just be sure it is non-toxic. Use beef or chicken stock or a bouillon cube to add smell and flavor. Dissolve the bouillon cube in water and mix the concoction. Alternatively, there are fun, dog-friendly bubbles that you can buy which dry in the air so that your dog can easily catch them. Search online for the shop to stock them nearest you.
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Blow bubbles
Your Bolosilk, with their Terrier parentage, may enjoy chasing all those bubbles you blow. Between the jumping and the running, it can easily tire them out in as little as 10 minutes. What’s more, altering the mixture to include beef or chicken stock can appeal to their senses more than regular bubble mixture can.
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Nail Clipping

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Any Day
Cheap
Normal
20 min
Items needed
Treats
Clippers
Activity description

If you want to bond with your dog, then earn their trust through activities such as nail clipping. Bolosilks require constant and regular grooming, and nail clipping can be a part of that. They do not get to run and jump on concrete as much as more energetic dogs do, so their nails are not often wearing down naturally. Nail clipping is not the most fun activity, but it’s one that enables you to spend time with your furry friend. It’s also reasonably affordable with only a need for clippers and a treat, and it can all be over in 20 minutes. You can also do it in all weather conditions which makes it convenient as well. 

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Calm environment
The first and most important step is to create a quiet environment. The Bolosilk can stress in nerve-wracking situations, so avoid cutting their nails when the house is tense, or they are all hyped up with energy. Doing so can make it harder to achieve the perfect cut and may put them off cooperating with you during future trims!
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Cut the nails
Use guillotine or scissor-style nail clippers that take little bits off your dog’s nails at a time. Hold their paw firmly but do not pull it or squeeze it. Make sure your Bolosilk is comfortable with the situation. If your dog doesn’t usually appreciate you touching their feet when you cut their nails, then spend weeks leading up to the nail cutting “preparing” them for it. You can do this by spending a few minutes every day touching and playing with their feet. Doing so can desensitize the area. You can then cut their nails with minimal hassle.
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Avoid the quick
The quick is the spongy, nerve-filled area underneath the nail. You will know you have hit it when you feel your dog’s nail go from hard to springy. This area can bleed profusely, and if you cut it, it’s very uncomfortable and painful for your dog. Always make sure you can see the quick before you cut the nail. If your dog's toenails are black cut from the underside, so you have an idea of where it is. Have gauze or a nail cauterizer on hand as a precaution.
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High Five

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Rainy Day
Free
Hard
5 min
Items needed
Treats
Activity description

Coming up with fun things to do when it’s raining outside can seem impossible, but for a breed that typically spends a lot of time inside anyway, it’s not as much of a hard ask. You only have to think outside the square a little more. Teaching your dog how to give a high five is a fun but challenging task that can take several days or weeks to master. Break up the time into five-minute sessions and have plenty of treats on hand. Even though it’s free, you are still going to need to have a lot of kibble at your disposal until they finally master it! However, once your Bolosilk nails how to give a high five, they will be the life of any party. 

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Treats
Make sure you have enough snacks available that your dog loves to eat. Hold one up in a closed fist and hold it near their face. Wiggle your fist around if you need to encourage them to investigate. Once they hit your hand, give them the treat.
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Repeat + trigger
Repeat step one over and over, but include a trigger word such as “high five” when they smack your hand for the treat. Begin moving your hand in the air so your dog can hit it wherever it is for the treat. Raise the treat with a closed fist, say high five, give them the treat. It’s that effortless.
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Remove treat
Over time, you can offer positive reinforcement and pats instead of always giving your Bolosilk snacks. You will need to keep providing them from time to time, however. What’s more, you may like to alternate hands and positions, so they will know that wherever your hand is, whenever you say “high five” they need to smack your fist to get a reward.
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Chew toys

Are you allowing your Bolosilk to stay home alone for any period? Then don’t leave them empty-pawed! Instead, arm them with dog chew toys they can enjoy while you’re off the property. Bolosilks are companion dogs, and you need to give them something to focus on while you are away. The last thing you want is for it to be your new pair of shoes instead.

Doga

If your Bolosilk is anxious or stressed, then why not try out Doga? Doga is yoga for dogs, focusing on calming down your dog, so they are less of a ball of nerves. You can try out moves at home, or you can join a club. There are now more dog-friendly yoga classes in cities than ever before. 

Conclusion

Bolosilks are beautiful companions for families, couples, individuals, and those who are old or young. They are versatile, lovable, and tie in beautifully with home life. They also don’t need a lot of physical exertion. You do, however, need to keep their minds active and sharp, and always offer pawsitive reinforcement whenever they do anything well. They are a breed that is in constant need of your attention and love. One look at their face and you won’t mind giving them all that and more!