Activities For Brats

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Introduction

A Brat is a resultant breed from Boston Terrier and Rat Terrier parents. Even though their name suggests this small companion dog can be a bit of a terror, you may find that’s not the case at all. Instead, Brats are lovely, loyal lapdogs that require constant attention, love, and commitment. That’s not to say, however, that they can’t act like brats from time to time. If you leave a young Brat to their own devices, you can come back to many chewed items that weren’t like that when you left. If you have welcomed this small pooch into your home and want to spoil them rotten with fun activities, here’s how.  

Chew Toys

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Easy
1 hr
Items needed
Chew toys
Activity description

You will be surprised at how quickly a Brat can set their teeth into your prized furniture or pair of shoes. As soon as they think you have your back turned, they can do anything and anything to get your attention back. To appeal to their puppy-like nature, you are going to need to have plenty of fun chew toys in the house. They become a simple all-weather activity while occupying your furry friend for an hour or more. What’s more, you can create or buy the chew toys – depending on what you are planning on getting them to play. 

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Buy or build
Firstly, decide whether you are going to buy your Brat a toy or create one. The pet stores have loads of different options – including ones with robust rubber that will appeal to your tough little chewer. Alternatively, you can make several of your own using old cotton t-shirts. Plait them together to form thick chew ropes they can throw around and destroy.
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Incorporate training
When a dog has a toy they love, it can make training more effective than if they didn’t. Your puppy will do almost anything to get that toy back – including obeying your commands. Use their love for their toy to your advantage. Immediately start trying to teach them new skills such as sit, stay, roll over, or lie down.
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Supervise play
Even though a chew toy is for your Brat to chew, it’s still a good idea to do as most pet packaging suggests and supervise them. The last thing you want is for tiny pieces of their toy to end up all over your home, with the toy deemed useless as well. Encourage your Brat to play with it, rather than merely chewing it into pieces.
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Doggy Daycare

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Easy
8 hr
Items needed
Toy
Leash
Activity description

If you own a Brat, you will quickly learn they do not like to be left alone. They can become upset and ultimately destructive if you let them be alone for long enough. However, to earn trust, you are going to need to leave them alone at some point. Do so in the safe care of a doggy care facility. While such a service is expensive, it’s something your pup will look forward to (eventually) and it’s straightforward to do. You can drop them off to play with their friends all day, then pick them up on your way home. All you normally need to take, too, is a leash, toy, and treat. 

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Pick a facility
You will be surprised at how many options are available for your dog’s care. There are some high-end facilities with single rooms for dogs, grooming facilities, and fun swimming pools. Regular care facilities, however, are more affordable and may cater more to your dog’s need for stimulation and play. Pick a facility that’s going to suit your dog’s personality the best, while working in with your budget as well.
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Start slow
Imagine if your parents dropped you off somewhere and never told you if they were coming back to get you or not? It’s a terrifying thought, and for some dogs, that’s what’s going on in their heads. Rather than drop your Brat off at a facility for the entire eight-hour day, you can start with visits while you’re there, building up to a half-day tour, then a full-day stay. Each time, your dog is beginning to understand that you are coming back to get them – no matter the length of the visit.
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Day stays
Once you have got your Brat used to attending the facility, you can then leave them there for a full day. They will love getting interaction all day, as well as meeting new dogs and building on their social skills. It won’t take long until they are dragging you out the door so you can get there quicker!
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Fetch

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10 min
Items needed
Toy
Treat
Activity description

A game of fetch may not come naturally to your Brat, but given its effectiveness for tiring them out and engaging them, it’s a valuable one to teach them in any weather. Set aside 10-minute training sessions to train your dog in how to fetch. All you require is a toy and treat, and plenty of patience as well. It’s affordable, relatively straightforward, and given that your Brat loves attention, will engage your pooch for a long time. It’s time to teach your Brat how to play fetch, so you can while away the hours on your porch with your pup tired from all the running! 

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Toy choice
Always pick a toy or ball that your dog loves, it can add the motivation they require to want to go after it. Pick up their toy, throw it, then wait for your Brat to chase it. Encourage them to bring it back with treats – swapping the toy for the treat.
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Retrieve
If you find it hard to get your Brat to bring the toy back – even with the lure of treats, then use a rope. Tie their toy on a line and throw it. Once they grab it, try a treat and verbal encouragement, before reeling in the toy on the rope. Give them the treat then repeat the process.
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Opposite direction
If your Brat is still not connecting the dots between catching the toy then bringing it back to you, then involve another toy. Get them familiar with heading past you by throwing a second toy in the opposite direction once they have retrieved the first. This method will surely get them to form a connection between coming back to you and retrieving their toy.
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Tug of War

Brats love to engage you in their games, even if it’s only for a short while. Don’t miss an opportunity to spend time with your furry friend. Buy them a tug of war toy, or build one out of plaited t-shirts, and let them latch onto one end. Pull the other end gently, allowing them to win from time to time.  

Dog Park

Even though Rat Terriers tend to be unsocial dogs on many occasions, the addition of the Boston Terrier in the breed can help overpower that trait. They end up forming a love for other dogs, making trips to the dog park beneficial. Set aside an hour every week for a regular trip. Take a toy and spend time playing with them. They will look forward to it every time you head out of the house.  

Conclusion

Once you bring a Brat home as a puppy, it’s impawtant to immediately compile a list of things you can do together to engage them. A Brat needs a lot of love and attention, and it can take some out-of-the-box thinking to make sure what you choose to do with them meets the mark. However, as long as you are spending time with your Brat, you will find that’s as much as they expect from you – enjoying every minute.