Activities For Boxollies

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Introduction

Your Boxollie is a hybrid resulting from breeding a Boxer with a Border Collie.  Both parent breeds, bred for working activities, possess high energy and intelligence levels, requiring daily stimulation both mentally as well as physically to prevent the annoying, destructive habits that develop from boredom.  Both parent breeds contribute moderate amounts of energy and busyness, with average prey instincts. While your Boxollie is a medium to high energy canine, they also love cuddling on the couch with you, riding in the car and being involved in just about anything you’re doing - in fact, they can be as close as a shadow as they vie for your time and attention.  They’re excellent family dogs, getting along well with children and strangers if adequately socialized early in life. Here are some activity suggestions to occupy your playful pawed pet, keeping them happy and happy. 

Daily Dog Walks

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Any Day
Free
Easy
30 - 45 min
Items needed
leash
Drinking water
treats
Activity description

Walking and running are activities of which your Boxollie will gladly participate!  It is good to remember that, initially, your pet’s breed parents chased down prey and herded sheep, both of these jobs requiring higher energy and busyness than most furry family members can spend in today’s society.  Because the Boxollie is an intelligent as well as a busy dog, your pup requires challenges that are both mental and physical to be happy and healthy.  Daily dog walks or runs are about as basic as canine exercise gets, movements which easily done by almost anyone, at nearly any time and in most any weather conditions.  The only costs involved are those connected with the purchase of the dog collar and leash if you don’t already own one, and perhaps the snacks and water to take along for refreshment.  The time investment for daily dog walks can be broken up into smaller increments, to better fit into your busy schedule, and should total at least 40 minutes per day, though your frisky friend will happily accommodate longer walk periods. And, in the interest of avoiding boredom, your couch and shoes will thank you.

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Recon your route
Choose the route that you plan to walk ahead of time. For best results, you need to know the “lay of the land” so to speak. Being aware of any unusual situations such as neighborhood dogs, cats or other small animals, pedestrian and vehicular traffic, and other potential dangers will help you plan a better exercise experience for all participants. If possible, to keep the walk from becoming boring, vary the route every several days.
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Gather your gear
Gathering your gear consists of assuring that you have a good, sturdy dog collar for your pet as well as a leash that is 4 to 6 feet in length. For the safety of your Boxollie, use of the collar and leash ensures better control when the unexpected squirrel comes on the scene, or a bouncing ball crosses your path, followed closely by a child intent upon retrieval. No matter how thorough your recon, there are bound to be surprises along the way, making preparation even more important. Be sure to bring adequate amounts of drinking water for all participants and a few yummy treats to use as rewards when your pup obeys your commands.
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Pace with your pup
Now, buckle up, leash up and go! Open the front door and begin your walking experience. Walking the planned route, watch with delight as your pawed playmate sniffs and investigates every bush, flower bed, and blade of grass as they pass. Take frequent breaks, especially if the weather is warmer, to allow rehydration and a snack or two, allowing a brief rest period for both of you. Enjoy the fresh air, sunshine and bonding time with your Boxollie.
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Seek the Snacks

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Any Day
Cheap
Easy
15 - 20 min
Items needed
Dog treats
Drinking water
6' leash (optional)
Activity description
Your Boxollie has a great sense of smell, a contribution from both sides of the biological equation.  Since most dogs don’t generally get many opportunities to use their sniffer to find stuff, your pup will love this game, and you’ll be honing a natural skill for them.  The game is one played indoors or out, in any weather condition and facilitated by any member of the family.  Since most dog owners already have yummy treats on hand, the costs involved are minimal, though you may need to restock that supply frequently as your canine companion entices you to play more often.  All you’ll need is some space, either inside the house or garage or outdoors in the fenced backyard, and those yummy snacks.  Sequester your special friend where they can’t watch you, then pick a variety of hiding places in which to place your pet’s favorite nibble.  Hide the treats, and call your pet to your side, allowing some investigation of the treat in your hand, limited licking, sniffing, and perhaps, even a nibble or two.  Once engaged, encourage them to seek the snacks, the reward for successful searching being the immediate consumption of the treat.
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Scope for space
The first step in this fun endeavor is to decide where to play it. Because your pet needs the freedom to search, this activity should be done in a secured area, like inside the house or garage, or outdoors in the fenced backyard. If there is no option for this type of security for your dog, then putting them on a leash to keep them from unexpectedly darting away is your safest option. Locate an area in which you have a variety of neat hiding places for the treats, keeping in mind that the mental challenge of the search is the primary goal of this enterprise.
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Tuck the treats
Isolate your canine in an area where your actions are not observable. Decide the number of treats you’re going to allow your pet for this game. This step is necessary to avoid the absolute potential to overfeed while enjoying the antics of your dog during the search. Pick the hiding places and tuck the treats into them. Vary the difficulty, making locating the snacks easier in some areas than in others. Your precious pup will love the mental challenge of the hunt!
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Refresh and repeat
During the game, stop the search and allow brief rest periods to rehydrate your dog because searching is hard and thirsty work! Allow the game to go on for about 15 to 20 minutes only to avoid accidental overfeeding of snacks. However, you may need to replenish your supply of tasty tidbits more frequently as your Boxollie will likely want to play this game often.
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Beach Day

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Sunny Day
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3 - 4 hrs
Items needed
6' leash
Beach blanket and towels
Floaty-type dog toys
Drinking water and snacks
Beach umbrella
Activity description

What better thing would you want to do on a hot summer day than to go for a swim!  Just think about enjoying the warmth of the sun and sand, listening to the pounding surf, and watching the kids and dog as they run, play and swim.  Is this an activity that trips your trigger, or one that your kids love?  Your Boxollie will happily join you and the family as you frolic in the surf and bask in the warmth of the sun.  Be sure to include in your gear some cool, floaty toys that will entice your pup to play.  For most of us who love the sun, sand, and surf, much of the necessary gear is likely already packed and kept in the trunk of the car.  The addition of drinking water and snacks for your precious pooch, as well as some of their toys, dog collar, and leash, will complete your accessories.  What could be more natural than packing up stuff you already own, picking a beach, and driving there with your family and four-legged furry friend.  The rest, well, let’s say, “surf’s up!”

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Dog-friendly beach
The hardest part of this activity is locating a beach that allows dogs. But, fear not, because your local tourist center or an internet search will net practical solutions for this issue. While most beaches are not necessarily pet-friendly, many places with shorelines will have some areas which accommodate our pets. Going the extra mile to find an appropriate beach, is well worth the effort, as you’ll see soon after your arrival.
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Bundle your beach bag
If you’re a beach lover, the chances are that you already have some of the needed gear for this adventure. Besides the beach blanket, towels, human drinks, and snacks, beach toys, and scuba gear, you’ll also need to plan for your pup by including some of their toys (preferably those that float), extra blankets and towels for them, their collar and leash, as well as food and drink of the canine variety. Bundle it all up, and you’re ready to go!
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Surf's up
Drive to the beach of choice and pick the perfect spot to set up your “beach camp.” Did you remember the beach umbrella? If not, be sure to throw it in the trunk before you leave because all participants will need a space to get out of the sun from time to time. Set up your camp, suit up and prepare to enjoy the day in the sun with your family and best furry friend. It is vital to remember to pull everyone out of the water periodically to allow rest periods and refreshment time to avoid overtiring and overheating. Treasure the bonding time you’ll spend with those most important to you!
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Go for a Drive

This activity is pretty much self-explanatory. Gather the family and the dog, pack necessary supplies for the length of the trip, load everyone in the car and go!  The decision about where and when to go, as well as how often, is entirely up to you, and the expenses can be budgeted and planned for those trips requiring some traveling distance.

Cup Game

The cup game is much like a game we used to watch on magic shows on TV, in which a small item is hidden under one of three upended cups.  The goal is to pick the cup hiding the object.  This activity works similarly for your Boxollie, though the object is a favorite yummy treat.  The cups need to be sturdy and relatively untippable to be effective in this game.

Conclusion

Your Boxollie is an active, intelligent and loving canine.  They make excellent family pets, bonding to people quite quickly and being great with the kids.  They can live in any environment, provided they have ample exercise opportunities and family bonding time.  Your Boxollie will love to run, walk and swim as much as they love cuddling with you by the fire. They will enjoy playing with the kids in the backyard, or riding along with you in the car - this pup will happily be your shadow!