Activities For Brottweilers

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Introduction

Designer dogs are hybrid canines that were bred from two pure breeds, both of whom tend to be very popular in their own right, in an effort to create a dog that possesses the best traits of both the parent breeds. Brottweilers are hybrid dogs that resulted from breeding Brussels Griffons with Rottweilers. As a result of their unique parentage, Brottweilers possess the same agility and strength associated with Rottweilers while also being as friendly and personable as Brussels Griffons. As with all designer dogs, the appearance of a Brottweiler can vary drastically between members of this hybrid mix - a Brottweiler's physical attributes largely depend on which of their parent breeds they favor more.

Taking Brott Strokes

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Sunny Day
Cheap
Normal
45 min
Items needed
Dog Life Jacket
Activity description
Swimming is an excellent activity for medium to large sized dog breeds as it's very physical while at the same time being easy on the joints. Rottweilers are fairly talented natural born swimmers while Brussels Griffons have all the aquatic grace of a sack full of potatoes. This places the Brottweiler in an interesting position; one of their parent breeds is renowned for their swimming ability while their other parent is infamous for their lack thereof. That's why we recommend getting a hold of a life jacket for your Brottweiler - you can get one for about $20 or $30 - to help your dog develop their swimming abilities.
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Best practices
You've probably been told never to swim immediately after eating at least once or twice in your life. As it happens, that same bit of wisdom applies to dogs as well; if you've fed your dog recently, wait an hour before getting in the pool with them. When you do get in the pool, start at the shallow end and stay out of the deep end for a few weeks - or at least until your Brott's swimming skills have developed more.
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Doggy paddling
This is the default method dogs will use to swim. It's much more effective for canines than people due to the fact that all dogs possess webbed feet to a degree. Your Brottweiler will start doggy paddling around the shallow end of the pool in an effort to keep up with you. We advise swimming to one side of the shallow pool and waiting for your dog to reach you before swimming to the other side.
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Delving in deep
After a few weeks of practicing in the shallow end of the pool, your dog will be ready to try their paws at swimming through deep water. The life jacket will ensure that your Brott doesn't sink, but it won't automatically make them a master swimmer. That'll come with continued practice and support on a regular and consistent basis.
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Griffon Grooming

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Any Day
Moderate
Easy
30 - 60 min
Items needed
Dog Leash
Dog Grooming Kit
Activity description
Due to their rather luscious locks of fur, Brussels Griffons have to be groomed regularly to keep their coats healthy and strong. If your Brottweiler has a coat that's very similar to their Brussels Griffon parent's, then you'll have to ensure that your hybrid puppy is given the same treatment - you can either purchase the supplies needed to groom your dog and do the deed yourself or you can contact a professional dog groomer and pay for someone else to complete the task. If you're able to, you should also bring your dog's Brussels Griffon parent along for some quality family bonding.
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The hands on approach
If you'd like to groom your Brottweiler personally, you'll need to spend some time becoming intimately familiar with the tools inside your dog grooming kit; clippers, shears, combs, and brushes will be your tools for the task at hand. After you've learned how to use each of them, we suggest cutting your dog's hair during an hour or so that you've specifically set aside. This isn't the sort of activity that you'll want to rush if you do it by yourself, but an hour should provide you with plenty of time.
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The hands off approach
If you're so inclined, you could also just hire a dog groomer to tend to your dog's coat for you. Should you choose this option, research the various groomers in your area and use your intuition to find the ones that will be the best fit for your dog's personality - regardless of price. After grouping up the best fits, then we'd suggest limiting your choices based on price. Most groomers aren't very expensive, charging $30 or $40 for a session. Once you've found the right person for the job, step aside and let them work their magic.
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Rottweiler Hiking

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Any Day
Moderate
Hard
60 - 90 min
Items needed
Hands Free Dog Leash
First Aid Kit
Water
waste bags
Navigational Equipment
Activity description
Rottweilers are very physically active dogs who are always up for a challenge and a good workout. If your Brottweiler takes after their Rottweiler parent more than their Brussels Griffon parent, they'll likely have a similar disposition and will be eager to join you on various physically taxing adventures. A good task to try out with your Brottweiler is hiking; the actual act of hiking isn't all that complicated (you'll really just be walking from one place to another across rugged terrain), but you're also guaranteed to break a sweat, so it isn't going to be a cakewalk either. Set aside $80 to $100 that you can use to buy the supplies you'll need for a successful hike.
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Nav equipment
These items are maps, compasses, GPS devices, and even wooden sticks in some scenarios. The idea is that you'll need to know how to use these sorts of items to traverse the wilderness before you seriously think about hiking through a forest or up a mountain. You won't necessarily be able to rely on Google or Apple maps in certain places, so it's good to be familiar with the old ways of getting from point A to point B.
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Hiking rules
There aren't really any official hiking rules that you or your dog need to rigidly adhere to - unless you and your dog plan on hiking through an area like a National Park or a wildlife preserve. There are a few unofficial rules that you and your Brott ought to follow that'll keep you both safe: don't disturb the area's natural flora and fauna, pick up after yourself and stick together at all times.
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Meet the Parents

It can be an incredible experience to see a hybrid dog reunite with one or both of their parents. If you've personally bred your Brottweiler, then this step may be fairly easy for you. If you acquired your Brottweiler from another breeder, ask them if arranging a meeting would be possible. If not, you can always introduce your Brottweiler to another member of either of their parent breeds via a socialization event.

Socialization

Socialization is key to helping a dog of any breed properly adjust to the modern world. All it really consists of is taking your dog out to places and teaching them how to properly interact with other animals and people. The sooner you can socialize a dog in their growth cycle, the better, so try to do this activity when your Brottweiler is still a few months old.

Pupsicles

This activity is easy to do and won't really require your Brottweiler to do much in the early stages. Take an empty ice tray, fill it with water (or any liquid that your dog likes,) insert a dog treat of your choice into each section of the tray, then place it in a freezer and check back in a few hours. An easy and tasty treat for your dog that's cheap and creative!

Conclusion

Brottweilers can make great pets for both first time pet parents and long time canine caretakers due to their friendly attitudes and willingness to learn new things. Brottweilers are also fairly easy to train, meaning that this particular breed of dog will really be able to reap the benefits of obedience training. We'd only advise against a person adopting a Brottweiler if they're unable to commit to a somewhat active lifestyle - at least while one of these dogs is in their prime; Brottweilers aren't the most energetic dogs out there, but they do need their exercise on a regular and consistent basis. The activities we've discussed throughout this guide can help in that regard, if performed regularly.