Activities For Bostchons

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Introduction

Bold, spunky, self-assured and looking to please, the Bostchon is one of the most fun designer breeds around. This mix of the Boston Terrier and the Bichon Frise is cheerful and will always keep you on your toes. Because of their high energy level, activities for Bostchons need to help tire them out and keep them fit. This mix is also incredibly social, so don't leave them by themselves all day long. They are social and love to perform. Make sure they are socialized to other dogs and people, and your dog will enjoy a happy and healthy life.

Hoop Jumps

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Any Day
Cheap
Normal
30 min
Items needed
treats
small hoop
Activity description
Sometimes it might seem like your dog has springs on their feet, the way they bounce around the room. Why not harness all that extra energy by teaching them how to jump on command with a hoop? Jumping through hoops is one of the most fun activities for Bostchons because it will challenge them mentally and will make them the star of the show. All you need to purchase are a few treats and two hoops for your dog to jump through. You can practice this any time of year, no matter the weather, because you can do this activity inside or outside.
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Bring in the hoop
The first step is to get your Bostchon used to the hoop before you ask them to jump through it. Start by laying it on the ground and giving your pup a treat each time they come close or sniff it. When they are comfortable with it on the floor, pick up one side so it's standing up on the floor. Continue to praise your dog for coming close and sniffing it. You can even encourage them to walk through it while the bottom is still resting on the floor.
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The first jumps
Once your dog knows the hoop is a good and fun thing, you can begin to ask them to jump through the hoop. After they've been walking through it both ways, lift it off the ground just a little so they have to step high to get over it and give them a treat. Once they feel good about this, you can lift it high enough to jump through. Lure your dog through the hoop with a treat and give them lots of praise when they hop through. Keep practicing jumping both ways and raising the hoop up so your dog really has to jump high to go through it.
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Put on a show
Challenge your dog to learn a routine using one or more hoops to jump through. You can ask them to jump through a figure-eight, make a tall jump, or go behind your back. You can watch other dog jumping videos for inspiration and put together a little show for friends and family. Your dog will love showing off, and they will get a great work out in.
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Chase Bubbles

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Hot Day
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Easy
15 min
Items needed
Dog-safe bubbles
Rag for clean up
Activity description
If you're looking for activities for Bostchons in the summer, teaching them how to chase bubbles is a great option. These dogs are naturally curious and love to chase, so blowing bubbles for them will really catch their attention and help keep them stimulated. On sticky, summer days when you don't want to do anything but sit on the steps, this game will make sure your dog still gets the exercise they need. You can use kid-safe bubbles or even buy dog-friendly flavors to make sure your pup doesn't get sick. When you're finished, wipe their noses and eyes off so they don't ingest too much soap or get it in their eyes.
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Bubble are fun
If your Bostchon has never seen bubbles before, they may be scared or intimidated at first. You can show them that bubbles really are fun by chasing after them yourself and popping them with your hands. Your dog will pick up on your excitement and start chasing them too.
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Bubble time
You can chase bubbles almost any time of day. Keep a bottle of bubble solution handy. Don't play more than once per day because the solution can irritate their stomachs if you use it too much. Twice or three times per week is better. When you pick up the bubble solution and say "bubble time" your dog will get so excited for their favorite game.
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Clean up
Cleaning up after bubble time is very important. You want to make sure you've cleaned up any spills so they can't lick the solution and you've closed the cap tightly on the bottle and placed it where they can't get to it. Wipe off their nose and eyes to remove any residue from bubble popping and you should be good until the next time.
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Flirt Stick Fun

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Any Day
Cheap
Easy
15 min
Items needed
PVC Pipe
Rope
Dog toy
Activity description
Activities for Bostchons need to be both physically tiring and mentally stimulating. If you live in an apartment or are often busy, finding activities for these dogs can be challenging. Using a flirt stick, a pole with a rope and lure attached to the end will help your dog burn some energy, challenge them to "get their prey" and help you work with them no matter the weather or time of day. It's easy to make your own flirt stick using some PVC pipe, a bit of rope, and a toy. Your dog will love playing this rough and tumble game, and it will help them stay healthy and out of trouble.
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Make your stick
The first step is to assemble the flirt stick. Go to your local hardware store and purchase a length of PVC pipe. The smaller sizes are easier to control and move around. Have them cut it between two and three feet for you. Next, purchase some sturdy rope or clothesline that you can feed through the pipe. Make sure there is enough to hang about a foot outside the pipe. You can tie a knot in one end of the rope to keep it from sliding out or put another stopper at the end of the pipe. The last step is to tie the free end of the rope around a toy.
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Fishing for Bostchons
The flirt stick works just like a fishing pole. You can dangle the toy in front of your dog to chase, and then move your arm so it moves across the room. Make figure eights, change direction, go slow or fast and let your dog chase the toy all over the place. Always let your dog catch the toy every now and then so they get the reward and continue to be engaged.
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Fast paced play
Though you won't have to do much moving around, playing with the flirt stick will be exhausting for your dog. Start by playing for only ten minutes or so at a time until they build up stamina. They will be doing quite a bit of jumping, stopping, and changing direction so make sure they get other kinds of exercise that are softer on their joints along with the flirt stick play.
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More Fun Ideas...

Rainy-day Reading

When the weather outside is wet and cold, your best bud knows what to do. Grab a good book and curl up in a cozy chair with your Bostchon by your side.

Paw-decure

Your sweet and funny Bostchon always loves to look their best. They will be tickled pink to have a attention paid to their paws and a stylish new look to show off.

Conclusion

Activities for Bostchons can be creative and fun for the both of you. These sweet mixes are also spunky and full of energy, so you need to make sure they are getting an adequate amount of exercise to keep them out of trouble. Luckily these dogs are also up for almost anything as long as they are hanging out with you. You can teach them fun circus tricks like jumping through a hoop, or watch their silly side while they chase bubbles to pop. These adorable dogs will keep you laughing and make wonderful companions for a variety of people.