Activities For Bossies

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Introduction

Aside from being a Boston Terrier and Australian Shepherd cross, there is another reason why this mix breed is called Bossie - they are very much bossy by temperament. There is no denying a Bossie (also spelled Baussie) will fit beautifully into your family with older children, but their need for attention, love, and to be the boss can mean you have to be quite selective with their activities. Want to educate and entertain your beautiful Bossie at the same time? Take note of these options below.

Leash Training

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Sunny Day
Cheap
Hard
20 min
Items needed
Leash
Treats
Activity description
Bossies can be, as their name suggests, bossy, which is why it's so important to take up leash training. Failure to begin training from a young age can result in them barking and lunging while on a walk. They will also have no respect for who is walking them. You can get on top of this behavior with several 20-minute leash training sessions over a period of days or weeks. It might be hard, but at least it's an affordable and beneficial activity that only requires the use of a leash and treats. What's more, it's going to make walking your Bossie so much easier in future.
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Introduce
The first step is to introduce them to the walking devices you will be using now and into the future. It's up to you what these may be. Some people prefer a simple collar and leash, while others like a full harness. Your choice will depend on your dog's size and how much you think they need your control at this point.
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Lunging
Lunging is quite a common problem in Shepherds (and therefore, Bossies), particularly curious ones that want to check out more of the world than you're prepared to allow. If you find yourself being pulled forward on your walks, then it's time to take action. Predict their behavior and work out what makes them lunge. Is it the skateboarder going past? Birds and other wildlife? A car? Predict the behavior and redirect it. When you see a potential "lunge trigger," get their attention with a treat to avoid it. Before long, you can wean them off the snacks and avoid the lunging behavior.
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Barking
Barking is another common problem on the leash, but not one you need to endure. Some dogs bark at other dogs on a walk out of boredom. You may find that they bark more if you haven't exercised them as much lately. The key to preventing barking is by making sure they get at least an hour or more of exercise per day.
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Chew Toys

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Any Day
Moderate
Easy
1 hr
Items needed
Chew toys
Activity description
Bossies not only require a lot of physical stimulation but mental as well. Failure to cater to this need will see your favorite pair of shoes in shreds, and holes in furniture that shouldn't have any! When you leave your Bossie alone for extended periods or even fail to curtail their boredom, they can get upset and think you've abandoned them forever. Slightly melodramatic!  As a result, you need to make sure you have something on-hand to keep them out of mischief at all times - mainly if you are busy or the weather is not ideal for playing outdoors. Chew toys could be the answer.
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Choose a toy
Before you go and stock up on chew toys, get an idea of the type of chewer your Bossie is. Do they have sharp teeth that will nail a regular chew toy in seconds? Pet stores cater to all manner of chewers. You can get durable rubber toys that last the distance or fun squeaky toys that don't last but provide a lot of entertainment.
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Include treats
Some toys are multi-faceted - featuring areas for treats alongside being a fun toy. If you need to provide your pup with mental stimulation to keep them out of trouble, choose a toy that enables you to add treats. Opt for healthy treats such as brown rice, sweet potato, and peanut butter.
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Supervise
Even though the goal of chew toys is to give your pup something to do while you're busy, it's still a good idea to supervise. Where possible, set down the treat and toys somewhere in the house where you can view them from time to time. Doing so can stop them creating havoc.
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Hoop Jumping

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Any Day
Cheap
Hard
10 min
Items needed
Hoop
Treats
Activity description
If you need a high-energy activity for a high-energy dog, then hoop jumping is it! Whether you teach them to jump through the hoop inside or outside, you will find it's an excellent all-weather activity that's affordable, challenges you and your furry friend, and takes only 10 minutes. You also need a hoop and some treats! The Australian Shepherd is a smart dog, so this activity is one that your Bossie may pick up quicker than other dogs. It also takes less time than you would think. Spend 10 minutes a few times a day working out the kinks and creating a fun party trick.
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On the ground
The first step is to familiarize your dog with going through the hoop. Place it at ground level with the bottom rim flat on the floor or ground. Place a treat through the circle, encouraging your dog to walk through it to get it. If they don't, they don't get a treat. Praise your pup once they complete the walk-through with high-energy, positive reinforcement. Repeat a few times.
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Raise it
After practicing getting your Bossie to walk through the hoop and familiarizing them with it, you can lift it an inch off the ground. When you poke the treat through it, use the trigger word "jump" as they go through it. Offer the treat and positive praise when they complete it, but no praise or treat when they don't.
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Raise it again
Keep repeating the process throughout many days until you can raise the hoop high enough for them to leap through. Once again, given the Bossie's parentage, it won't take too long. This activity is all about practice making perfect, but it also burns up a lot of energy in the process!
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More Fun Ideas...

Biking

If your Bossie is a ball of energy but you can't keep up with, then invest in a tool that will allow it. Biking with your dog could be an excellent option. Attach a special bike harness to your bike, get your dog used to it over a few days or weeks, then hit the road. They will get to run as far and as long as they can, while you get in some valuable pedal time.

Swimming

Is it a hot day and you can't think of anything for your pup to do? Treat them to a dip! Don't let them lounge around the house bored and hot - it's a recipe for disaster! Instead, load the family, the dog, and a few towels in the car and head to your local watering hole. The fresh air, sunshine, and water will do your family and furry friend the world of good.

Conclusion

A Bossie may be bossy, but they are a beautiful breed with so much energy and spirit. If you can harness it correctly and provide them with fun and exhilarating activities, then you will have a friend for life. Spoil your four-legged companion with some of these activity options above.