Activities For Bulladors

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Introduction

Can you imagine what kind of dog would dog we would get from crossing a Bulldog and Labrador Retriever? As it turns out, a Bullador is the type of dog that would result from such an unconventional yet welcome pairing. Bulladors tend to vary quite greatly from one another, as is common for most hybrid dogs, in terms of appearance; one Bullador may look a lot more like a Bulldog with the tail of a Retriever while another may have a fluffier coat that makes them more closely resemble a Lab. Either way, Bulladors are great medium sized breeds who love to try their hands at physical activities as well as brain games.

Jumping for Joy

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Any Day
Free
Easy
15 - 20 min
Items needed
Food
Water
Activity description
We mentioned earlier that Bulladors are very physical breeds, but we didn't exactly get into why they're wired that way. As it turns out, Bulladors just naturally have a lot of energy (no doubt due to both of their parents having a lot of energy themselves), so they need to be physically active in order to use that energy constructively. This first activity on our guide is a simple yet effective way to help your Bullador get that much closer to reaching their physical activity needs for the day. Though we've given it a quirky name, this activity really will just involve you and your dog jumping up and down to burn fat and energy.
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Loosening up
Simply put, give your arms and legs a good stretch before you get into this activity. This step isn't particularly groundbreaking or anything like that, but it's vital if you don't want to cramp up mid-activity. Help your dog stretch their legs out as well; they'll probably react in a funny way once you start slowly extending their legs out, but it'll help them in the long run.
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Jumping in place
After the two of you are all limbered up, you and your pooch will be ready for the second part of this activity - jumping in place. The idea is that you'll want to face your dog, put a reasonable amount of distance between the two of you, and then jump up into the air, springing off of your toes as you go up. After doing this enough times, your dog will likely begin to follow suit and the two of you will be jumping for joy together.
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Jump squats
For those of you looking to add a bit more difficulty to this activity, try squatting down low when you land after jumping. Doing so will actually turn this deceptively simple activity into a high-intensity workout. Your dog will also eventually start squatting down low when they land as well, provided you maintain eye contact with them.
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Backpack Hiking

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Any Day
Moderate
Hard
1 - 2 hrs
Items needed
Hiking Gear
Backpacks (for you and your dog)
Water and Food
Activity description
We're actually going to be blending two activities that are really quite similar this time around. When you hear about backpacking, you usually hear about people loading up tons of supplies into their backpacks and then travelling through the wilderness for days, weeks, or months on end. When you hear about hiking, you usually hear about people traversing through rough and hardy terrain to reach a particular area so that they can get a scenic view of their environment. Backpack hiking combines both of these already similar activities to provide an extra layer of challenge for you and your dog; the idea is that the both of you will be travelling through the wilderness for a (relatively) brief time so that you and your dog can hike up a trail and take in the sights at its summit.
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Plan accordingly
Since this is a pretty unconventional activity, you'll want to spare no expense during the planning and prepping phases. Use resources at your disposal to find a patch of wilderness (like a forest or grassland) that will eventually lead to a hiking trail that you and your Bullador can follow. For those of you living in California (Los Angeles County in particular) the world famous Griffith Park is the perfect place to go backpack hiking.
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Inventory management
First time hikers, we know how tempting it may be to turn it into a packing frenzy during the packing phase; you'll want to grab everything that you think will help for the trip so that you can try to cram it into your backpacks. But what good would it do to pack everything, including the kitchen sink, away only to find that you and your dog are all tuckered out from carrying too much stuff? Food, water, and first aid are must-haves. Everything else you're thinking about taking should be thoughtfully scrutinized.
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Brain Games

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Any Day
Moderate
Normal
30 - 60 min
Items needed
Dog Puzzles
Treat Toys
Cups
Activity description
One can tell by the quizzical, contemplative looks on the faces of most Bulladors that these are a thinking person's kind of dog. Your Bullador will definitely appreciate any brain games that you introduce to them, as they'll finally have a chance to show you how clever and creative they can be in terms of problem solving. Some of the best brain games you can give a dog come in the form of these delightful little puzzles known as treat toys; they prompt your dog to use their noodles to unlock them, granting them access to a tasty treat inside. Treat toys are just one example of a great brain game for your dog. Other examples include dog puzzles and the "cup game."
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Treat toys
Let's start things off on a sweet note with treat toys. We briefly mentioned these types of tools earlier, but we didn't talk about them at length. Treat toys can be loaded with a treat of your choice, then presented to your dog so that they can figure out how to open them. There's usually some levers that have to be pulled or a nozzle that has to be twisted, but your dog will figure it out with time.
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Dog Puzzles
Many dog puzzles are a lot like treat toys, but you don't have to load them up with food if you don't want to. Dog puzzles are solid ways to tease your dog's brain without having to break their diets, as they don't rely on incentivizing your dog with food to solve them. Dog puzzles also come in a variety of sizes and difficulty levels, with each typically being catered to dogs based on their age.
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The "cup game"
This one's probably the easiest brain game to get into, but it can be difficult for a dog to master early on. The "cup game" consists of taking something that you know your dog will go head over heels for (snacks or toys tend to work,) stashing it underneath a cup, placing two cups next to it, shuffling all three cups around, and then encouraging your dog to pick which cup has the toy or treat. Easy to start, hard to master.
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Trick Training

This new breed of dog will definitely enjoy learning new tricks, as Bulladors tend to enjoy being the center of attention just as much as their Labrador parents. You can teach a Bullador how to sit, stay, shake, and more once you've earned their respect (a great way to do so being completing an obedience training course with them.) Eventually, you'll even be able to teach your dog how to fetch specific items like car keys and newspapers.

Obedience Training

Bulladors tend to be very well behaved breeds by nature, but it never hurts to have a dog complete an obedience training course so that they can become much more robust and refined pets. Obedience training courses are all about getting your dog to see you as the leader of the pack, and not just a friendly, less hairy, two-legged dog who occasionally brings them food. This activity is a great way to bond while also earning your dog's respect.

Conclusion

We'd like to thank you for reading to the end of this guide; it's always fun for us to dole out tips and tricks based on our experiences, but we wouldn't be able to do so without readers like you. Hopefully, you've read something about Bulladors, or the activities you can try out with them, that's sparked your interest in this breed. We definitely hope that's the case, as Bulladors are a hybrid breed that we feel needs a lot more exposure and a lot more love; these quaint canines make great companion animals and loving additions to any family of any shape or size.