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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.