Activities For Box-A-Pugs

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Introduction

The Box-a-Pug is a lively, fearless, alert dog that requires a lot of exercise. They make a great family dog and love children. The Box-a-Pug is an ideal companion, and will follow you around like your shadow. But if ignored or left to their own devices, they may invent their own fun which may not go down too well in the family circle. Children may not appreciate their best toys being chewed to pieces or carted away and partly buried. And you may not like their version of helping to bring in the washing! This is one dog that you need to keep busy. Push them to play hard, work hard, and learn hard (within reason)! A tired Box-a-Pug is a good obedient pup. Simple games such as chucking the ball for them to retrieve while you hang out the washing is easy to implement. When you bring in the washing, drop the pegs on the ground and get your alert pooch to pick them up and place them in a basket. This dog enjoys training as long as it is fun, or even better - if they get a reward and praise. Stroke their ego and they will do anything for you. Read on for some great activity ideas to engage your pet.

Chase With a Difference

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Any Day
Moderate
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30 - 60 min
Items needed
Remote controlled off road vehicle
Activity description
Here is an activity that will appeal not only to your dog, but to any child (or grown male) in your family. Invest in a remote controlled car that can handle a  grassy yard. When you are too tired to play chase with your dog, pull out your secret weapon - the remote control! If your dog is one who loves to play chase, then this will be their best toy! It will fulfill that need to chase, and you both will have a ton of fun with it. Just make sure when your dog catches it, they don't destroy it! The moment they touch it with their paw, stop the car and praise your dog, asking them to sit for a really neat treat. Keep repeating this and your dog will get the idea - it will be in their best interest not to destroy the golden goose! Let them catch it occasionally or your dog may get discouraged and lose interest. However, the hardest part will be to  stop the children (or hubby) from taking it over and wanting to keep it
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Choose the toy vehicle
While you don't want to spend a fortune on this little car, make sure you get one that is robust. It needs to be able to handle your dog as you teach them to be gentle with it. Choose one that can move over the grass so you can use it in your backyard.
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Educate your dog (and family)
Take some time to educate your dog with this toy. You don't want them to flatten it the first time they catch it. Try a few test starts at a low speed, and teach them to just tag it rather than leap onto it! Remember to praise and reward your dog for their efforts.
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Ready, set - go!
Once your dog knows what you expect from it, you can increase the speed of the remote controlled vehicle. As your dog tags the toy and sits, stop the toy immediately and reward. This activity is not only a physical workout for your dog, but it gives your pup a mental workout as well as having fun!
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Town Hike

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Sunny Day
Free
Normal
1 - 3 hrs
Items needed
Route plan
Harness or leash
Water bottle and treats
Activity description
While hiking in the country is great fun, not everyone feels comfortable or is able to get out and spend a day in the wilds of the countryside. The next best thing is to go hiking around town. Obtain a decent map of your town and you will find there are many areas that you have never ever been to. Plan a route to include some flat walking and try to work in a few hilly areas if there are some. Look to find streams you can follow, parks you can explore and rest in, and really try to make for an interesting walk. Train your dog to carry their own backpack - they will feel really important with a job to do. Then head out for a few hours. This time is a great opportunity to strengthen the bonds with your dog, and is a good socializing opportunity for your pup. You will find out a lot more about the town you live in by walking it with your dog. Plus, it is excellent exercise for you both.
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Plan the route
Get a detailed map of your town, and settle down to plan a route for a hike. Try to include some hilly areas, a waterside wander, or a new park. Make sure they are all dog friendly as well. Plan the route to suit your dog's (and your own) fitness level.
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Get an early start
The early morning is a great time to start before the heat of the day sets in. Get your dog's backpack strapped on, pop on their leash or harness and hit the road. Give your dog time to smell the bushes and to greet other people and dogs. Aim for a relaxed walk, and let them catch their breath after a hill climb.
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Water break
Remember to have frequent water breaks for you both. Stop in at some of the parks for a rest while your dog explores, then head off again. If you find a stream, let your dog have a splash and throw a stick in for them to recover. Then, finally head for home where your dog will spend the afternoon sleeping and reliving their great adventure!
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Doggie Vacay

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Any Day
Expensive
Normal
24 - 72 hrs
Items needed
Dog food and bowls
Dog Bed
Dog toys and treats
Activity description
A vacation isn't a holiday without your dog! Instead of worrying about them while you are away, why not include your dog in your vacation plans? There are many hotel chains, lodges and cabins that accept dogs these days. Go online and google pet-friendly places to stay in the area that you want to visit. Your dog will love going on holiday with you. It will be a real adventure for them, and the time spent with them will reinforce the bond you share. Prior to going on holiday, brush up on your dog's obedience skills. Make sure they understand the call to come, sit and stay as well as other basic commands. Your dog needs to obey you when you are travelling as it will make it more pleasant for everyone. Make sure you make a list for your dog before leaving the home: leash, doggie backpack, their bed, favorite toys, and water bowl. And plan for the travel time too; toilet stops, exploration stops, and energy burn off stops!
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Make a plan
First, you need to decide where you are going. Perhaps the seaside, the mountains or maybe the quiet countryside. Consider the activities available at each venue and plan for variety and for the overnight stops. For the first vacation with your dog, make the trip a shorter one, or plan for a lot of 'excitement' stops for a longer one.
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Wake up and travel!
By now your dog will know something is up, they will sense your excitement. Get them settled in the car, make sure they can see, breathe the fresh air and are safely secured. Then, warm up the car and off you go. Follow your plan, and stop often for your dog.
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Enjoy your vacation
The rest is easy - just enjoy. Go walking, swimming if it's warm, or whatever you want. Relax at your new home, and let your dog explore this new area. Take some photo snaps of you and your dog indulging and relaxing by the pool, or perhaps on a grassy mountaintop! Your dog will love this experience and learn to become a seasoned well-behaved traveller.
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Training

Your Box-a-Pug is a naturally active and curious dog. Consider enrolling your pup in a rewards-based training class to teach them some new skills. Having a professional dog trainer give you some guidance on how to teach your dog and what type of commands and hand signals are best will save you a lot of time when you are training your dog at home. Often these classes have several owners and dogs learning at the same time, so it is an ideal socializing time as well.

Squeaky Toy-in-a-sock

Try putting a squeaky toy in a sock and tie it with a length of rope onto the end of a stick. Use the stick to drag the toy in the sock around for your dog to chase. Your Box-a-Pug will love to chase this, and the noise the toy makes when it is caught will just add to the fun. Your dog can get a good workout with this game in a relatively small space. Outside is probably best if you don't want your house destroyed!

Conclusion

The activities you can do with your dog are only limited by your imagination. Remember the activity should suit the age and health, not to mention the size, of the dog. Most dogs love to feel useful and have a job or two that is theirs to perform. Don't be scared to teach your Box-a-Pug to help around the house. They can be taught to pick up their toys each night and put them into a basket. They can even help carry the groceries into the house for you - depending on their size and the size of the bag. Remember to always make a fuss of them when they do a good job, this reinforces their self worth and makes for a confident dog. Fill your dog's day with meaningful chores, games, and a variety of activity and your dog will be wagging their tail off for joy.