Activities For Bull-Boxers

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Introduction

The Bull-Boxer is a lovely hybrid breed pooch that is the result of mixing an English Bulldog and a Boxer. This medium-sized designer breed dog enjoys spending time with family; in fact, the more time you are able to engage your canine companion in play with you and your family, the happier they will be. The Bull-Boxer rarely meets a stranger, so walks in the neighborhood or park are great choices for physical activity. Keep in mind that the Bull-Boxer will likely have a brachycephalic nose, which can cause the dog to have shortness of breath if they are allowed to become over-exerted.

Let's Walk!

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Sunny Day
Free
Easy
30 min
Items needed
leash
doggy waste bags
Activity description
Walking seems to be a simple enough activity for your pooch, right? When it comes to the Bull-Boxer, special care must be taken. Your Bull-Boxer may have the build of the Boxer parent breed, and, if so, you will need to be careful about the amount of walking as well as the intensity of activity that you allow your puppy to take part in. The Boxer parent breed is a large breed, and their bones must be protected as the dog grows. The English Bulldog parent breed may also experience joint issues as they grow, so, start slowly and increase the pace and distance as the dog reaches one year of age.
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Pup participation
A Bull-Boxer puppy should start with short ten minute walks beginning at about four months of age. Be sure that your four-legged friend has completed all vaccinations, including booster shots. Once this milestone has passed, you can begin a routine of walking daily.
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Watch the weather
While we humans never want to spend too much time out in the summer heat or winter cold, your pup still requires daily activity. In addition, your daily walk may also serve as bathroom time; in other words, it may be unavoidable. Keep in mind that your dog has a brachycephalic nose (meaning their snout is short and may actually partially rest in the throat of your dog). Brachycephalic dogs cannot tolerate extreme heat or cold, so keep their exercise time to twenty minutes or less.
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Other walking considerations
The Bull-Boxer that has reached one year of age is ready to increase their walking time to between thirty and forty-five minutes per day. You may choose to split this time into two or three sessions per day. You can walk in your neighborhood, or you may decide to head for the dog park. Remember that the Bull-Boxer should be walked in the early or later parts of the day.
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Jazzy Fetch

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Sunny Day
Cheap
Normal
30 min
Items needed
treats
doggy Frisbee
tennis balls
favorite toy
Activity description
Fetch is an easy game, and most dogs enjoy playing the game. However, it is often for a short time that dogs will play before boredom sets in. So, what is a pet parent to do? Put a little pizzazz in your furry friend's Fetch game. The traditional tennis ball can be replaced with a favorite toy. You can also adapt the game so that you throw the Frisbee with your pup. (NOTE: You'll need a doggy Frisbee for this.) The Bull-Boxer is likely to be a healthy and energetic partner in a game of Fetch; simply remember not to allow them to become over-exerted.
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Tennis ball fetch
Certainly, throwing a tennis ball and playing with your pup in this way is a natural game that provides both you and your canine companion with physical activity. However, even the most enthusiastic partner is likely to grow complacent within a few minutes. In order to change it up, throw the ball and then pretend to run for the ball at the same time Fido does. They will believe you are competing for the ball, and the game will present a new interest.
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Beach fetch
If you live near the beach or a lake with a nice sandy beach, take Fido for a little game of fetch. The sand is much more forgiving on the joints of your Bull-Boxer, and you'll find you enjoy running on the beach more than on asphalt or other surfaces. An alternative is to bury the toy then encourage your furry friend to dig it up.
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Teach commands
One of the most common games pet parents play with their pooches is tug of war. However, some admit that their pup can become aggressive during the game. Some dogs may refuse to give their owner the toy or rope. This is why it's important to teach the command "give." Learning this command will be useful in Fetch too, as your pup will quickly give up the ball for another round. Stop tugging on the toy, and offer your hand. Say "give." You may have to ply your canine companion with a treat. Soon, they will learn that they must "give" when you ask.
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Agility Games

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Any Day
Cheap
Normal
30 - 60 min
Items needed
leash
DIY Obstacle Course items
treats
Activity description
The Bull-Boxer is a highly intelligent hybrid breed. They can learn how to perform a number of tricks, obedience commands, and run an agility course with a modicum of training. You can visit your local dog park to utilize any of their facilities, or you can create your own obstacle course in your backyard. Encouraging your furry friend through the agility course obstacles will provide them with physical activity, but they will also be required to think on their feet in some instances. In the beginning, you may need to limit their time training to ten or fifteen minutes. You can increase their time as they learn the course. Be sure to give a reward for a job well done.
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Build the course
Utilizing just a few items, you can create your own DIY agility course. Using PVC pipe, you can create a jump obstacle. Many websites have detailed instructions on how to build these items. You can build agility poles with PVC, and make a teeter-totter with wood. Of course, if you aren't a handy person, you can visit the dog park to practice.
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Learn the routine
Begin by walking your pooch through the course a few times. As you peruse the obstacles, be sure to use commands with your furry friend. You may choose to walk through the course a few times while your dog is leashed. Once you feel the dog understands what you expect, take them off the leash and let them have some fun.
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Practice makes perfect
Once your pup has the routine down, you can begin practicing three times per week. Always watch your pooch to determine if they are getting tired. Some dogs, even the most intelligent, can become bored with some routines. Never push your pooch to run through the course. If they seem disinterested, then end the activity and find something new to pursue.
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More Fun Ideas...

Tug of War

A game of tug of war is always a fun activity for the Bull-Boxer. Be careful not to overdo it, and be particular about the time of day that you and the Bull-Boxer play. During hot weather, it is best to play in early morning or early evening hours when outdoors.

Swimming

The Bull-Boxer is an avid swimmer, whether you swim together or you allow the dog to do a little dock-diving. Always have them wear a doggy life vest in case of fatigue.

Conclusion

The Bull-Boxer is a hybrid breed that truly possesses the best of both worlds. This strong, muscular dog enjoys regular play time with their family. Any games that utilize the intelligence of the Bull-Boxer will be beneficial to your canine companion. Most of all, this is one breed that will enjoy games in which their family can participate.