Activities For Boubermans

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Introduction

Are you looking for a super-smart dog that has the stamina to go for miles and miles, wants to help around the house, and makes a wonderful family companion? Look no further than the Bouberman. This dog breed is a hybrid of the popular Doberman Pinscher and the determined Bouvier des Flandres. Both of these breeds are sensitive, hard-working, loyal, and very energetic as well as being intelligent. A first-time owner will have their hands full, but there are dozens of activities for Boubermans that will keep them engaged, happy, and out of trouble.

Search and Rescue

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Any Day
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1 hr
Items needed
Long Leash
Treats
Search and rescue training guide
Activity description
If you live near the wilderness and love to give back to your community, you might consider training your Bouberman to become a Search and Rescue dog. These dogs are specially trained volunteers who can help search teams locate lost people in the wilderness. It takes a lot of training to become a SAR dog, so it's best to begin early when they are puppies. Search and Rescue is one of the best activities for Boubermans because of their strong desire to work, their high intelligence, and their excellent stamina. You and your dog could become an important asset to the community.
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Hide-and-seek
When your Bouberman is a puppy, you can start their SAR training by playing games that encourage them to seek people out. Hide-and-seek is one of the best games for these dogs because they learn the reward of seeking people out in difficult places.
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SAR School
Once dogs are 18 months old, they can begin the real training to become a search and rescue dog. Dogs can be trained in one of three specialties - air scenting, following ground disturbances, and tracking. Depending on your dog's strengths, you can focus on one of these areas of training during SAR school.
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First rescue
It can take several years for your Bouberman to be fully trained as a search dog, and for you to learn how to handle them while on a search. After all your hard work, you'll be so excited to head out on your first rescue. Remember that your dog has the drive and instincts to be a big help while searching for missing people. The first rescue will be a wonderful memory for both of you.
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Greeting a Stranger

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15 min
Items needed
Treats
Leash
Activity description
Both the Doberman Pinscher and the Bouvier des Flandres are known to be protective dogs who are wary of strangers, and your Bouberman is likely to inherit this trait as well. To make sure they are well socialized and behaved around new people, you can teach them how to politely greet new people. Greeting people doesn't mean they have to interact or be pet. Some dogs can be introverts just like people. However, they should know how to sit and stay quietly when you see a friend out on a walk or welcome people to your home.
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Sit and stay
To begin training your Bouberman how to greet people, you need to give them a good foundation. Start by training them how to sit by your side and stay. When you greet people, you never want your dog to sit between you and the other person. Have them sit either at your side or slightly behind you.
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The far approach
Enlist a friend to help you with this next part. Go outside on the sidewalk and have a friend stand several hundred feet away. As your friend starts to approach, have your dog sit by your side and stay when they notice the person walking towards them. Have the person turn around and walk away and give your dog a treat.
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Good greeting
Slowly have your friend get closer and closer to your dog. Each time they notice the person, have them sit down and wait. Always have your friend turn around before your dog gets tense. If your dog does tense up, just have the friend turn around but don't give the dog a treat. only reward them for good behavior. Once your friend can approach you with your dog staying calm, they can give the dog a treat as long as they stay still with all paws on the ground.
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Obedience Competitions

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30 min
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six-foot leash
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Activity description
Activities for Boubermans need to accommodate their incredible intelligence and need to have a job or you mind find you have a bored and destructive dog on your hands. One of the best things you can do to engage your pup and give them a purpose is continuous training. It will help them focus and learn to control their impulses. Training for obedience competitions will help give you and your dog a goal to work for and teach you both discipline while strengthening your bond. There is always something more to learn in obedience training and will keep you going for the life of your dog.
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Basic training
Before you can enter obedience training, you need to learn how to work with your dog. Basic skills like sit, stay, down, and come will build up a strong bond and teach you how to listen to each other. Find a trainer who is familiar with your dog breed who can help you.
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Training for competition
The next step is to get an official Obedience Competition handbook from the American Kennel Club. This will let you know everything you and your Bouberman need to learn before you can compete. There will be several categories you can enter depending on bred and experience, so you can decide what to work on first. You can also hire a trainer to help you prepare.
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Competition fun
Make sure your first competition is fun. Remember that your dog may be distracted by all the noise and excitement and might not perform as well as at home. Give them lots of praise and enjoy yourself. It takes lots of hard work to train a dog for obedience competition and you will have earned your spot.
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Fetch

Your active dog is most likely a natural fetcher. Use a ball or frisbee to play fetch after work or in the morning to ensure they get enough exercise.

Cart Dog

Bouvier des Flandres dogs were often used to pull carts. Keep your Bouberman active by training them to pull a cart around your yard to help with gardening or maintenance.

Conclusion

There are plenty of activities for Boubermans that will help you keep them busy and tire them out. These hardworking and intelligent dogs need lots of exercise each day and plenty of mental stimulation. Both parent breeds come from hardworking stock that were bred to do a specific job. Finding activities that give them the same sense of focus and purpose will make sure these pups are happy and busy. These dogs make great family pets but need to be socialized well so they don't become aggressive towards humans or other animals. With the proper training and plenty of activities, Boubermans make amazing pets for active people.