Activities For Bosapsos

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Introduction

The Bosapso is a hybrid dog; this designer breed is a combination of the Boston Terrier and a Lhasa Apso. Because both parent breeds are small dogs, the Bosapso will be as well. However, the phrase "dynamite comes in small packages" is quite apt for the Bosapso. This dog has a rather high energy level, so you will need to plan activities that will help to abate this energy and prevent boredom and mischief. The Bosapso may be rather independent (read: stubborn), so you may want to work in some training and socialization as a part of their exercise routine.

Obedience Training

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Any Day
Cheap
Normal
15 min
Items needed
treats
Activity description
The Bosapso is generally a very delightful dog; however, the "terrier" in the Boston Terrier parent often lends to a very independent personality. You may, at times, have to show the Bosapso exactly how being obedient will benefit them. In addition, the Bosapso will need to be trained so as not to get into mischief. Training should begin almost as soon as a puppy is brought home. You may begin simply by showing your puppy the routines of your home, but you should also teach them command words such as "stop," "no," and "good." Once a puppy is around sixteen weeks of age, you can begin training in earnest. If you plan on taking on the challenge of training at home, the cost will be minimal. If you find your pup is not cooperating or is finding it hard to catch on to the training, it may be best to seek out a class.
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Introduction to obedience
Obedience training can begin almost as soon as you bring Fido home. Begin by showing your new furry pal where they will eat and sleep. You may also want to begin crate training at this stage as well. Puppies often like to have a cozy space and the crate can certainly become this area. If you choose to use a crate, you can use this as a starting point for housebreaking also.
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Teach command words
You'll want to begin almost simultaneously the teaching of words such as "stop," "no," and "good." Try to be consistent with your use of these words. Back up "good" (and good behavior) with a treat. When teaching "stop," move the puppy away from whatever negative behavior is taking place. Consistent practice will ensure that your pal learns these common command words.
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More sophisticated training
Once your puppy is closer to six months of age, they are mature enough to begin taking on more difficult commands. Begin with the easier commands such as "sit" and "stay." Sit is rather easy to learn. Call your pooch to you and have them remain standing. Show them a treat in your hand. Keeping the pup's attention, make them raise their heads until their haunches naturally rest on the floor. Repeat the word "sit" as you do so.
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Walkabout

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Sunny Day
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30 min
Items needed
treats
doggy waste bags
leash
Activity description
For many dog breeds, the best form of exercise is simply walking. The Bosapso especially needs to take care in the way they exercise. Both the parent breeds of the Bosapso have brachycephalic noses, which means vigorous exercise or extreme weather can cause the dog to become short of breath. Be selective when you choose a time to walk the Bosapso. Early morning (before the heat of the day) and evening hours are the best time to walk the Bosapso. You can also use walking to enlist other pups in socialization with the Bosapso. The dog park, your neighborhood, or the city park all are great places (and free locations!) to take a stroll with your Bosapso. Dress for the weather and you can go just about any day, keeping in mind that hot weather limits the walking time of your Bosapso.
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Brachycephalic care
The Bosapso is likely a brachycephalic dog. This means that you should be cautious as to the time of day and the weather when walking your Bosapso. Be careful with extreme weather - a brachycephalic dog cannot handle very hot or very cold weather as it affects their breathing. Also, you'll want to walk during the early morning (before the heat of the day) and late evening. Adjust these times for cooler weather.
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City park or dog park?
Picking a location to walk Fido is just as important as when you walk. The dog park is a great place to take your Bosapso. You will have many opportunities to socialize your pup while there in a safe, enclosed environment. However, you may not live in an area near a dog park. If this is the case, your local city park is a great place to take a walk with your Bosapso. Keep them on a leash and let them meet and greet as they walk along.
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Let's socialize
Use exercise opportunities as a means of socializing your pooch. The aforementioned dog park is the perfect place to socialize your Bosapso. Some dog parks have enclosed areas in which only small dogs are allowed. Your dog fits this category and letting them run and play there is a safe way to introduce your Bosapso to other small dogs. Never leave your Bosapso unattended in any area of the dog park, however.
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Outdoor Fun

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Sunny Day
Cheap
Normal
30 min
Items needed
flirt pole
tennis ball
Boxes
Broom
Plant pots
Activity description
While you must be cautious about allowing your Bosapso to become overexerted, you need not keep them indoors at all times. Choose a time when the weather is pleasant. If you live in a place with high humidity, schedule exercise for early morning or early evening. Avoid outdoor exercise when it is very cold as well. Both of these extremes can have a negative effect on the breathing of the Bosapso. Never allow the Bosapso to become so excited or overexerted that they experience breathing issues. Watch for excessive panting, and always have a bottle of water on hand. Without a huge outlay of money, there is much fun to be had in the form of toys and homemade obstacles.
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Have a ball
The Bosapso, like most dogs, loves to play ball of any kind. In fact, your spunky pal will enjoy a rambunctious game of fetch, and they will play as long as you allow. Yes, even to the point of their own overexertion. You will need to set the pace of your play so the Bosapso does not experience breathing issues.
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Play chase
The Bosapso is a natural when it comes to playing with children. Get the kids involved in playing a game of chase with the Bosapso outdoors. However, you must supervise so that the Bosapso does not overdo it in their excitement! Keep water handy at all times and be sure to allow for rest in between games.
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Free play
Sometimes the best outdoor play is simple free play. If at all possible, a fenced-in backyard is the perfect place to participate in free play. It is here your furry pal can run and frolic as they see fit. Make a jump for your Bosapso out of two plant pots and a broom. Make a tunnel for them to navigate out of boxes. Again, water should be available while you play outdoors. Remember, the Bosapso is apt to chase small animals such as squirrels, so never leave them outdoors unattended.
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Pet-friendly Places

Sometimes your Bosapso will simply want you to take them out on the town. Many metropolitan areas have pet-friendly restaurants and outdoor shopping locations which welcome four-legged friends.

Water Play

Your Bosapso will enjoy engaging in any activity that involves water. Grab a water gun and watch as Fido jumps after every spray. They may also enjoy chasing the water that comes from the sprinkler system. On very warm days, the Bosapso will enjoy lounging in a kiddie pool.

Conclusion

The Bosapso is a sweet, energetic pooch. They love spending time with their families. They are more than happy to sit on the couch on your lap, but they also enjoy playtime with you. Take them outdoors, go to a pet-friendly restaurant, or simply visit your local park and allow them about thirty minutes of play per day.