Activities For Brusstons

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Introduction

The Brusston is a spunky, large-as-life pooch with a Brussels Griffin and Boston Terrier parent. Because both parent breeds are cheeky dogs with a lot of love and life to give, the resultant offspring is too. Therefore, when you adopt and bring home a Brusston, you will adore their zest for life, cheekiness, and willingness to do anything you do. If you want to keep your furry friend out of trouble and fully entertained, here’s how.  

Calendar Photos

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Rainy Day
Expensive
Normal
1 hr
Items needed
Props
Tripod
Costumes
Camera
Treats
Activity description

Brusstons are quite unique in their appearance, which make them prime candidates for calendar photos. Who wouldn’t want to receive a calendar featuring a dog who looks strikingly similar to Yoda from Star Wars? Making calendar photos with your dog can fill in an hour on a rainy day, even if it’s a little bit expensive. You will need dress-ups, a camera, a tripod, and props. You will also need to plan out 12 months of the year, as well as a front and back cover. To get your Brusston to remain engaged for a full hour might be a challenge, but the end calendar result will be a work of art!

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Plan months
Before you gather everything you need, hold a brainstorming session to work out the calendar months. Try to align public holidays and festive occasions with photo themes. For example, your Brusston could wear green in February for St. Patrick's Day, and oranges and browns during October for Halloween.
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Put costumes on
Asking your Brusston to behave while putting on 12 costumes is no mean feat. Your cheeky Brusston is bound to have something to say! Instead, focus on this activity as a long-term one. Break the 12 months and front artwork into several days. If you can make it a rainy-day activity, it can also give you time to find the right costumes.
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Take photos
When you have put a costume on your Brusston without too many hassles, you can then use your camera, props, and tripod to build and set the scene before taking the photos. You don’t have a lot of time to get the perfect shot, so you may find it beneficial to set your shutter speed to a high level to secure as many shots in a short space of time as possible. You can then build the perfect yearly calendar!
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Skateboarding

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Any Day
Cheap
Hard
10 min
Items needed
Skateboard
Treats
Leash
Activity description

Not every dog is going to be able to go skateboarding, but given the Brusston’s inquisitive nature, there’s no reason why they can’t learn. Their short legs may be their downfall, but this challenging and affordable activity is one that will appeal to them from a physical and mental standpoint. They learn something new while getting to move around at the same time! You will need a skateboard, leash, and treats, and 10 minutes over many weeks to get going. The payoff, even after several weeks, will be significant. Not many dogs know how to skateboard so they are bound to turn heads!

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Familiarize
The familiarizing process involves getting your Brusston to be comfortable around and on the skateboard - both while it’s stationary. Start by putting the skateboard in various areas of your home, leaving treats and toys around it. Eventually, encourage your dog to stand on it without moving it, offering more treats both for getting on it and off it again.
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Move the board
After several days or weeks becoming comfortable with the skateboard, you can now get the wheels in motion - literally! Move the skateboard with your pooch on it. If your Brusston gets off it, that’s okay. Try again and reward them with treats. You should be able to work your way up to moving the board without your Brusston jumping off.
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Dog boarding
Finally, you are ready to teach your dog how to skateboard. Add a leash to the board so you don’t lose control. Stay by your dog while they are on the board, having them put their two front paws on the board while you move it gently behind them. Increase how much you move the board so your dog can see their back paws can move the board. Place a treat in front of the board to encourage them to move forward. With repetition, they will be able to form a connection between moving their feet and the board to get to where they want to go - toward a treat.
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Beg

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Any Day
Free
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5 min
Items needed
Treats
Toys
Activity description

Brusstons love to learn and be by your side, which is why teaching your dog how to beg will be a beneficial activity. Over time, they will learn to associate movement and words with begging, helping them to be the life of the party. All you need is treats, five minutes a day for as long as it takes, and patience. It’s also a convenient all-weather activity with a regular difficulty level. If you want to engage your pooch in something worthwhile, teach your Brusston how to beg! Such a skill can then open the doors of opportunity for teaching them how to learn other skills.

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Engage
The first step is to engage your Brusston in the best way you know how. For some dogs, food is the answer. For others, it’s a toy. Show them their “trigger” and get them excited to receive it. The goal is to have all their attention on you so you can go onto the next step.
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Up
With their eyes on you, it’s time to raise their treat or toy to get them used to looking and eventually moving upward. Show it to them at their eye and nose level, then use a trigger word such as “beg” while moving the item up. Once they move their two front paws up, treat them and give them heavy praise.
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Repeat
Keep running through the same stages - holding a toy or treat at their eye level while remembering to use their trigger word consistently. Within a few weeks, or even days, your Brusston will know to jump up on two legs to receive a reward in return. It’s the perfect party trick!
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Dog Park

Brusstons can take or leave the company of other dogs. If you want to make sure they can handle all social situations, however, then you may like to take them to the dog park on regular occasions. The more dog company they get, the better they will get along with other furry friends. What’s more, they will come home thoroughly exhausted!  

Chew Toys

Brusstons are balls of mischief, which can make it hard to carry out chores throughout the family home without worrying about what your tyrant is doing. Instead of that worry, make sure you always have chew toys on hand. The more of their items they have to chew, the less interest they will have in chewing yours.  

Conclusion

To own a Brusston means to provide your household with lots of laughter and fun for many years to come. The Brusston is a dog to remain by your side, being the life of any party while enjoying learning new things. This fun, spunky, and lively dog is one that requires you to put one paw forward so they get as much out of life with you as possible!