Activities For Boxanes

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Introduction

The Boxane is a hybrid of the Boxer and the Great Dane, resulting in a large dog that can weigh between 60 and 150 pounds. These gentle giants are affectionate and usually fairly active, requiring regular exercise (at least 45 minutes of physical activity per day). It is important that your Boxane get the activity they need or they may use their energy and strength in destructive ways. Fortunately, there are many fun and challenging ways to engage your Boxane in physical activity, offering the chance for the two of you to strengthen your bond, ensuring your pup's physical health, and keeping your canine companion out of trouble.

Dog Park Outing

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Sunny Day
Free
Easy
30 - 60 min
Items needed
Waste Bags
Treats
Water and Bowl
Ball or Frisbee
Activity description
As a Boxane will usually be friendly with other dogs, a trip to the dog park will be a great way for your pup to get not only a good workout, but to enjoy some time socializing with new friends. Dog parks are typically fenced-in and offer the space for your pup to run and play without you having to be concerned for their safety. Because of the likely size of your Boxane, you will want to keep an eye on them while they play, to ensure that they don't accidentally hurt a smaller pup. Your Boxane will likely have a blast exploring the park and making new friends and you will enjoy watching their experience.
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Choose the park
First, you will want to decide on a dog park to visit. This will depend in part on where you are and how far you are willing to travel. You may have a dog park in mind that you want to visit, or you can search online for possible parks to explore. Each dog park will have different things to offer your Boxane. For example, some dog parks will have separate spaces for larger and smaller dogs to play in, while others have agility equipment for your dog to try out. Your Boxane will enjoy the challenge of learning new things - try the agility equipment; you may have a champ on your hands!
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Toys and water
What do you need for a trip to the dog park? Make sure to bring waste bags, so that you can clean up after your pup during your time at the park. Water will also be necessary; anticipate that your pup will be very active and you will want to be sure that they remain well-hydrated. A ball or a frisbee can be good to have with you so that you can engage with your pup in the park, particularly if there are few dogs for your pup to interact with. Also, bring your pup's leash with you so that you can keep them safe as you head to the park from your car and back.
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Freedom run
Once in the dog park, if it is fenced-in, you can let your pup run free. It is likely that there are other dogs in the park for your canine companion to spend time with. Your pup may immediately make friends with the other dogs or they may be a little more hesitant. If you find your pup is nervous about interacting with other dogs, this is an ideal time to engage them in a game of fetch. This will not only keep them busy but may attract other dogs to interact with yours. As you pup becomes comfortable, sit back, relax and enjoy watching your pooch have fun!
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Social Media Page

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Any Day
Cheap
Normal
1 - 2 hrs
Items needed
Photos and Videos
Activity description
Are you in awe of some of the cute things your large Boxane does? It is likely that your sweet, affectionate Boxane keeps you amused and entertained. Why not share the love and create a social media page featuring your pup? You and your pup will have a lot of fun together posing and coming up with fun photos for the page and you will be able to post the unique things your dog does. This is a fun way to keep in touch with people that you know, as well as to make new friends. And you never know; your Boxane may wind up being an internet star!
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Your pup's page
If you want to make a social media page for your pup, you will first want to decide where you would like the page to be. You can choose a Facebook page for your pup, or perhaps Twitter, Instagram or Snapchat. Choose one you are comfortable with, as that will make setting up the page easier for you. All forms have their pros and cons, the main thing is getting your Boxane's cuteness out there for all to see!
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The basics
Once you know where your pup's page will be, you can go ahead and get it set up. This won't require much, just a little time to fill out the basic information required to get the page up and active. Be creative as you develop the page. but don't stress; perfection is not required and the idea is to have fun with it. You can always make changes as you work on the page.
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Photo fun
Go through photos that you already have of your Boxane, or spend some time taking new ones! Spending time with your pup taking photos can be a lot of fun; choose some cool places to visit or have fun with props. How does your pup look with sunglasses? You and your pup will have a blast creating content for their social media page, you may have an internet sensation in the making!
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Treasure Hunt

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Any Day
Free
Easy
30 min
Items needed
Dog Toys
Treats
Activity description
Tap into your Boxane's hunting instincts by setting up a scavenger hunt. Your pup can use their excellent sense of smell to locate treats or favorite toys that you have hidden from them. This simple activity can be undertaken both indoors and out, making it a good way to keep your pup occupied regardless of the weather. Another benefit is that the cost is minimal, if you need to spend anything at all. Start by hiding treats in easy to find places and as your keen and cute pup gets the hang of things, make the hiding places more challenging, ensuring that they remain engaged in the fun!
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Where to hunt
When looking to create a scavenger hunt for your pup, you will first want to decide where to set it up. Consider your pup's strengths and weaknesses and think about what you want to work on. Does their patience need developing? Or do they need to learn how to use their unique tracking sense? Fortunately, a scavenger hunt can be developed either indoors or out, making it a good activity for your Boxane to engage in regardless of the weather. If the weather permits, an outdoor scavenger hunt may be preferable, as your pup's size can lead to some things being knocked over when engaging in indoor activities!
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Treats for the hunt
Decide what your dog will be seeking during the scavenger hunt. Treats, whether in the form of dog treats or special people food that your pup enjoys (like bacon or cheese), are a great option. You can also hide a few of your pup's favorite toys; it can be helpful to rub some scent on the toys that would appeal to your pup. Be sure to show your Boxane what you are going to encourage them to search for.
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Encourage exploration
Once you have hidden the items that you have chosen for the hunt, you can send your dog to look for them. Utilizing their excellent sense of smell, your Boxane will begin exploring their surroundings, seeking to locate the smells that appeal to them and thus find the treats or toys. You have a clever companion - before long you will be upping the challenge!
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More Fun Ideas...

Puzzle Toy Play

Providing your Boxane with a. puzzle toy will be an excellent way to keep them occupied both physically and mentally with minimal effort on your part. Puzzle toys are typically made of rubber or hard plastic and can be filled with treats, kibble or something yummy and sticky. Once filled, you can present the puzzle toy to your pup who will work to access the appealing item inside. This will require some thought on their part, as well as that they physically manipulate the toy. You can sit back, relax and watch the gears in your pup's head turn as they seek to get their treat out of the toy.

Play Dress Up

Dressing up your pooch will be a fun way to spend time together as well as provide you with unique photos that you can include on your pup's social media page. Choose different themes and be creative. You can even dress to match your pup if you like! Be silly or be serious; the important thing is to have fun and enjoy the quality time spent with your canine companion. Capturing your fun on camera will ensure that you have lifelong memories of your fashion show.

Crate Training

If your dog is going to be spending time in their crate, you want them to feel positive about their special space. Fortunately, you can work with your dog on getting to know and love their crate. Start slowly by introducing the space to them. Place a favorite toy inside as well as something soft. A tasty treat will also help. Give your pup time to explore the crate, leaving the door open. They may go in for the treat and hang out a bit, or come right out. Regardless, they are developing a positive association with their space which will aid in their learning to love the crate.

Conclusion

Your Boxane will likely be a large dog who will need to be kept busy to avoid getting into trouble. Fortunately, there are a number of challenging activities that will appeal to your Boxane and that will help them maintain their physical and mental health. As a result of their size, outdoor activities are ideal, though there are plenty of ways to engage your Boxane indoors as well. Your involvement in your Boxane's activities will be key and will help you and your pup further enhance your relationship with one another. And, of course, both of you will have a blast!