Activities For Bosmaraners

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Introduction

Here's a quick math equation for you; add a Boston Terrier and a Weimaraner together and you'll get a Bosmaraner as a result. Bosmaraners tend to look like miniature Weimaraners with spotted coats and shorter muzzles - although the appearance of one of these hybrid dogs can vary depending on which of their parents they take after more. Bosmaraners may inherit their Weimaraner parent's somewhat stubborn disposition, so you may not want to adopt one of these hybrids if you're an inexperienced dog caretaker. If you're capable of rearing a dog with a firm but loving approach, then the Bosmaraner may prove to be a great pet for you after all.

Canicross

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Any Day
Cheap
Hard
1 - 2 hrs
Items needed
canicross harness
Water
Waste Bags
Activity description
Weimaraners are known for their endurance, agility, and naturally high energy levels - three traits that lend themselves well to activities require a lot of physical exertion. Being part Weimaraner, Bosmaraners have retained those same qualities as well. Good thing too, as they otherwise wouldn't be able to participate in an activity like Canicross as effortless as they can. Canicross is all about pushing yourself to run or jog the length of a cross-country mile with your dog along for the adventure. You don't need to spend much money on this activity once you have your canicross harness, as you can technically complete it with your dog just about anywhere that's got enough wide open space.
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Warm up time
A few weeks before the canicross run, get your Bosmaraner used to the special harness. Take a few field walks wearing the gear; this will help both of you to get used to the different feel. When it is time to get your body ready for the run ahead; jog in place, stretch your arms and legs, and do a few jumping jacks to get your heart beating and your blood flowing. The most you can do to help your Bosmaraner warm up is help them stretch all four of their legs by carefully taking two of them at a time before gently pulling them out into a stretch. Otherwise, your Bosmaraner will be ready to go when you are.
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Set the tempo
With long distance cardio activities like this one, it's best not to try and blitz through your lap as quickly as you can. Endurance is more important than speed in cross country running - you and your dog aren't racing against anyone other than yourselves, so there's no need to worry amount making it in first place. Just focus on making it to the end of your lap by moving a steady and consistent pace. You really can't complete a cross-country mile too slowly, so run or jog as lightly as you need to.
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Safe and swift journey
Depending on where you and your dog are running, there may be a number of environmental factors you should strive to look out for; if you and your pet are jogging through a heavily forested area, look out for any trees that have tipped over. If the two of you are jogging through a mountainous area, keep an eye out for boulders and precarious cliff sides. Different biomes, different potential hazards! Keep your eyes as keen as hawk's, however, and you'll always be able to avoid potential danger.
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Ball Grabber

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Sunny Day
Moderate
Normal
1 - 3 hrs
Items needed
Golfing Gear
Dog Treats
Dog-safe Ball
Activity description
In essence, this activity is like a game of ball fetch taken up to eleven. Due to their fairly high intelligence, it's very much possible to teach a Bosmaraner to retrieve wayward balls that have veered too far out of bounds. Bosmaraners can even be taught to retrieve balls that have fallen into ponds and other small bodies of water. A golf ball won't do for this golf-related activity due to the choking hazard, however; you will have to practice your shots with a ball that is safe in size for your Bosmaraner. You'll need to be able to properly incentivize and reward your Bosmaraner for their efforts, hence why we recommended gathering some dog treats for this activity. Try doing this on a sunny day as well - rainy and severely cloudy weather and golf don't mix too well.
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Catching on command
Set some time aside for yourself and your Bosmaraner. Show your pet a the ball, saying something like "ball" or even more specifically "grab ball" while you hold the object in front of them. Place the ball on the ground and then ask your dog to "get the ball." If they pick up the ball you've just put down, give them a treat and repeat this step multiple times to reinforce the concept - occasionally delaying your dog's reward.
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No river too deep
This step is pretty simple; just make sure that your dog can swim before asking them to retrieve a ball from the water. Your Bosmaraner won't have any trouble getting balls out of small bodies of water (like the ponds we mentioned earlier) but don't send your dog after a ball if it landed in a particularly steep body of water unless your pet's swimming abilities could give Micheal Phelps a run (or should we say swim) for his money.
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Snuffle Mat

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Any Day
Cheap
Easy
20 - 30 min
Items needed
Sink Mat
Soft Fabrics/ Fleece Material
Scissors
Activity description
This activity will require you to unleash your inner Rembrandt! You're going to use a number of materials to create a scent toy for your dog. You'll need a few arts and crafts materials (and one kitchen tool) to get the job done - all of which can be purchased for less than $30. Creating the mat is only part of the fun - you and your Bosmaraner will also have a blast playing with your new invention for hours upon hours on end. You create and let your dog play with the snuffle mat during any sort of weather, as this is primarily an indoor activity.
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Some assembly required
With the fabric/fleece material in hand, you'll need to get a pair of scissors and cut the material into strips. Measure the width of the sink mat's holes and try to cuts the strips to be as wide as each of the holes. Try to cut the strips to be at least one foot long. Cut out as many slices as you can - you'll need all of them for the next step.
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Tying it all together
After you have enough strips carved out of the material, you'll then need to take those strips and tie them around the sink mat by inserting them through its holes and making knots out of them. Continue to tie the strips to the mat until it's completely covered with the material. If you run out of strips, you may need to get some more material from your local arts and crafts store. You can also see about using an old shirt if it's just a few more holes that you've missed.
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Hide and sniff out
Once the mat is completely covered with fabric, the DIY snuffle mat will be ready for play. Call your Bosmaraner over and ask them to watch as you place a few dog biscuits in the mat. The treats should become concealed by the fabric but your dog will still be able to smell them. Your Bosmaraner will then need to sniff out each of the treats as they sift through the snuffle mat.
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Scootering

Scootering is a sport in which dogs pull their human companions along while the latter party rides atop a specialized scooter. This activity is very similar to most joring sports, though this one is actually easier to get into as fewer voice commands are needed. Scootering is a challenging yet rewarding activity best attempted by Bosmaraners who are more than 6 months old.

Weight Training

If you outfit a dog with a weighted vest, you can help them build their muscles while you do all sorts of things with them; you can go on walks with your dog, play frisbee with your pet, and even enjoy a meal together - all while your dog is wearing a weighted vest. You can also get a dog backpack and fill it up with a few items to achieve a similar effect.

Stair Workouts

Bosmaraners love a good challenge, especially one that's very physical in nature. Jogging up and down a large flight of stairs with one of these dogs will provide both you and your Bosmaraner with an intense cardio workout. You can use everything from the steps of stadium bleachers to the rows of a staircase in the center of your town.

Conclusion

Smart, active, and energetic, the Bosmaraner is a dog that likely won't mix well with a person who's not assertive enough to command their respect. Like their Weimaraner parents, Bosmaraners have a tendency to try and assert themselves as the leaders of their pack early on. One has to be able to let a Bosmaraner know that they're the head of the household in a way that gets the message across in a way that isn't mean or disrespectful. Do that and a Bosmaraner will fall in line for the rest of their days, providing you with a calm and loyal companion.