Activities For Brusselranians

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Introduction

Your Brusselranian is a hybrid mix of the Brussels Griffon and the Pomeranian breeds.  The result of this combination is a tiny, loving little ball of fire. Contributions to the gene pool from both parent breeds include moderate to high levels of energy, intelligence, busyness, love, and loyalty.  The Brusselrainian is one little dog who won’t necessarily be found napping quietly on the sofa! Naturally curious, you’ll find them busy, preferably involved in a planned activity, rather than always exercising that nosy little mind.  While the physical energy need for this adorable hybrid is of a moderate level, you'll efficiently manage it on a daily basis with activities done indoors or out, in any weather, enabling them to be perfect for any living accommodations, ranging from apartment to ranch.  We’ve brought you some suggestions for ways to manage that liveliness to keep your pup happy and healthy.

Find the Treats

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Any Day
Cheap
Easy
15 - 20 min
Items needed
Yummy Doggie Treats
Drinking water
Activity description
Your Brusselranian is a hybrid whose Griffon breed parent was initially bred for hunting rats and other small vermin found in stables.  This breeding brings an active nose into the gene pool, creating a higher than average ability to find those yummy treats.  Additionally, because both parent breeds are intelligent and curious, activities which challenge their minds and involve problem-solving are excellent ways to manage the bustle of this busy little pup.  Finding the treats is a game that, done indoors or out, in any weather, satisfies the natural curiosity of your pooch quite nicely.  It will be quickly learned as your canine will find the scent of those yummy treats enticing!  The cost of this adventure is cheap because you probably already have readily available some doggie delights upon which your dog has placed their paw of approval. You’ll need a space which allows for some cool hiding places for the snacks that permit a level of "intelligence work" to sort out, whether inside the house or garage or out.  Be sure to monitor the number of tidbits used and fatigue levels to avoid overeating and overtiring.
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Scope out your space
To play this game, you’ll need a space which allows some exciting hiding places. To engage your pup, and to exercise their problem-solving instincts, try to find some places to tuck the treats that aren’t obvious, requiring some work on your pup’s part. The activity scenario can be inside the house or garage, or outside in the fenced yard.
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Tuck the tidbits
Because your pet is nosy by nature, the more complex the hiding places created, the more challenge you’ll provide for them. All of the spots don’t necessarily need to be difficult, varying between easy to find and more complicated to get those busy little minds more heavily involved. While your darling doggie is out of sight, hide a predetermined number of snacks in those exciting places.
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Retrieve and reward
With your “arena” readied, call your canine to your side. With a command to “find the treats,” watch as your Brusselranian seeks out those yummy snacks. If this is the first go around with this game, you may need to encourage your frisky friend to sniff, taste and touch the treat before issuing the command to seek them out. Repeat as often as desired, controlling the number of yummies consumed by your pet and monitoring their fatigue levels. And remember, rest and rehydration periods are recommended.
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Fetch the Toy

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Any Day
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Easy
15 - 30 min
Items needed
Doggie toy
Doggie snacks
Drinking water
Activity description
Because your Brusselranian is an active little canine, it is always in your best interest to engage them in an activity of your choice rather than one of theirs.  Fetch, played indoors or out, in any weather, the intensity, and duration of which you control, will expend some of the natural energy possessed by this hybrid.  The space that is required is also under your control since you’re the one who’ll be tossing the toy.  The Brusselranian hybrid doesn’t need much space to run and play, the living room or bedroom providing enough space to throw the toy a few feet, with the intention of your pet retrieving and returning it to you.  The intensity of the game should be controlled to avoid overtiring and overheating your dog, who doesn’t care about either of those byproducts of playtime.  The cost of the game is cheap because most pet owners have doggie treats in the house as well as toys that their Brusselranians love to chase.
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Seek your space
You're in control of the space needed for this game, as the official “tosser.” If the weather permits, feel free to play outside, or, if you’d rather not, the game can be played indoors, too. Your feisty little friend won’t care how much space utilized; they’ll only be interested in chasing that toy as well as the possible reward in store!
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Toss the toy
Once you’ve determined your play area, pick the toy, getting your pup's attention with it. Now that you have your dog's attention, give the toy a toss across the room, yard or garage. It won’t take much encouragement for your pawed playmate to do what all dogs love to do - chase things! Canines love this type of play so much that you’ll need to maintain strict control to prevent overtiring and overheating.
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Reap the reward
Your Brusselranian will participate in the game as long as you allow. The time limit of 15 to 30 minutes allows for sufficient energy expenditure, but you’ll need to control the play periods, permitting rest periods every 5 to 10 minutes (for rest, rehydration and rewards) to avoid overtiring and overheating. You’ll delight in the abundance of energy displayed by your precious pup, especially when they bring the toy back to you, later, to play again and again!
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Bubble Chase

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Any Day
Cheap
Easy
15 - 30 min
Items needed
Non-Toxic Bubbles
Doggie treats
Drinking water
Activity description
Many of us grew up playing with “bubbles.”  You know the game - it consists of a bottle of bubble solution and a wand.  The home-made version of bubbles uses water and a few drops of dish soap, while the commercially bottled mix can be found in any toy department.  Make sure the mixture you use is non-toxic. The wand, dipped in the bubble solution, is waved around in the air, with bubbles “appearing” and floating on the air currents in the area.  As kids, we loved to chase the bubbles, trying to catch them or burst them.  This engaging game from our childhoods is also applicable to your precious pup, who will enjoy the chase and destruction of those bubbles as much as we did as kids.  Bubble chase, not requiring a great deal of space, can be played indoors or out and will allow your Brusselranian to blow off some steam.  The activity is cheap, easy, done anywhere at any time, and one which everyone loves!
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Buy the bubbles
The bubble solution is available in the toy department of your favorite store. If you’d prefer, it works well when homemade, utilizing plain water with a few drops of dish soap added for the “bubble” action. Alternatively, one can purchase special dog-safe bubbles that often come in flavors dogs love! The space needed to do this activity is minimal, and there is little “mess” involved.
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Wave the wand
Now, merely dip the wand into the bubble mixture and wave it through the air. The waving movement creates delightful bubbles which will float on the air currents, quickly attracting the attention of your pup. Your frisky friend will run, jump and chase the bubbles, which, as one would expect, burst upon contact. The bubbles are renewable, dipping and waving the wand again and again for continued active play.
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Tug of War

Tug of war is an activity in which most dogs willingly engage.  It requires a tug toy (or an old sock with knots at each end tied in it), a dog and you pulling on one end.  Entice your pup to play by waving the toy or sock in front of them, encouraging them to grab one of the knotted ends.  While your pet is holding one end, you keep the other, tugging gently toward you.  Your frisky friend will catch on quickly, tugging in the opposite direction.  Be sure to allow rest periods to avoid overtiring or overheating.

Cup Game

The cup game is a simple one that requires a few sturdy, relatively untippable cups, doggie snacks and a flat surface on which to play.  With your dog sequestered out of the play area, turn the cups upside down and arrange them as desired.  Place a snack beneath one or more of the cups.  Call your dog to your side and encourage them to find the cup hiding the treat.  Their reward is immediate!

Conclusion

Your Brusselranian is a wonderfully lovable, energetic and intelligent addition to your family.  Managing their energy and intelligence levels is vital to keeping your pup, as well as the entire family, healthy and happy.  Challenges to their mental and physical wellbeing can be easily played, are inexpensive for your family budget and don’t rely on space or weather for accomplishment.  And, the best part - your busy buddy will love you even more for the time spent with them!