Activities For Bullmasadors

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Introduction

A Bullmasador is what you get when you cross a Bullmastiff with a Labrador Retriever. As with most hybrid dog breeds, Bullmasadors tend to look drastically different from one another; even though most Bullmasadors will have short coats like their Bullmastiff parents, some may have longer tails or floppier ears like a Labrador Retriever. Personality-wise, the Bullmasador is a very friendly and obedient dog. We wouldn't exactly describe these dogs as being overly eager to please but they'll follow your commands to the letter once they've been properly trained to do so. Bullmasadors are also fairly intelligent - a trait that allows them to solve intricate puzzles and memorize complex instructions.

Canine Carting

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Sunny Day
Expensive
Hard
2 hrs
Items needed
Dog Cart
Dog Harness
Activity description
When you're driving on the road, have you ever seen folks travelling alongside you via a horse-drawn carriage? Well, this is pretty much a dog-friendly version of that. Dog carting, also called canine carting, is an activity where humans are carted from one place to another by their dogs. It's a very fun, cool, and admittedly unusual way to bond with your dog! To get started, you'll need to get your hands on a dog cart and a dog harness. Acquiring these items can be costly, so you might want to save up if you're interested in carting with your Bullmasador. Once you have procured a cart, choose a sunny day to start the training. If you aren't sure that you want to invest the money in the equipment, try out a carting club in your area.
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Learn the cart
Have your Bullmasador wear the carting harness around the house a few times a day for several days leading up to the commencement of cart training. Once the comfort level is there, try hooking them up to the cart for short increments, basically just to perfect the on and off process. At the same time, familiarize your dog with the cart by having it in your immediate area while playing with your pup.
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Trial and error
We recommend practicing in a relatively controllable environment like a park or a wide open field. It will be much easier to teach your dog how to steer the cart in an area where you don't have to worry about pedestrians or cyclists. Your dog won't be able to practice maneuvering around other people in this environment, but they'll be able to get the basics and fundamentals of carting down pat, which is the safest way to begin.
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The road ahead
The next step after practicing in a wider area is to narrow things down; try carting with your dog at a beach or at a track field if you're able to gain access. You may have to be mindful of other people in those areas but the narrow road will make evading a collision much easier. If your Bullmasador is able to complete a successful trip here, they'll be ready to go carting along a sidewalk - where there's likely to be pedestrians abound.
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Nature Walking

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Any Day
Free
Easy
1 hr
Items needed
Leash
Waste Bags
Water
Activity description
Bullmasadors relish any opportunity they get to stretch their legs and put their strong frames to good use. Going out for a nature walk with your Bullmasador is far from the most physically intense activity that either of you can engage in, but it's a good start. There are a number of pros to nature walking with your dog; you'll be able to burn calories, sightsee, and bond with your Bullmasador all at the same time. This activity is also free, so long as you travel through an area that's open to the public. You can also go for a nature walk during any sort of weather that you'd prefer, so long as you and your dog are properly dressed.
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Choose your destination (wisely)
Most aspects of this activity aren't too complex, save for this one. While you can theoretically go walking through any sort of environment, we suggest staying away from areas with rugged terrain or steep inclines and declines if you haven't been physically active for a while. Even if you have, these sorts of areas can be challenging if you've never travelled through a wild area before.
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A full course
A nature walk doesn't need to be an overly complicated affair; if you just want to walk forward and backward along a preset path than that's perfectly fine. We really only urge you to complete your course and see your walk through. Even if you need to slow down your pace or take a hydration pit stop with your Bullmasador, we encourage you to reach the end of the road before packing everything up and heading home.
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Box Experiments

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Any Day
Cheap
Normal
30 - 60 min
Items needed
Cardboard Box, Plastic Container, or Wooden Crate
Dog Treats
Activity description
The phrase "box experiments" may sound a bit more benign than we intended, so let us elaborate; the goal of this activity is to get your dog to interact with an upturned and open cardboard box, plastic bin, or crate in a variety of creative ways. In other words, the goal of the activity is to literally get your dog to think outside of the box. You'll need some treats on hand as well, because nothing motivates a dog more than snacks and praise. You shouldn't have to spend more than $20 to get started with this activity and you can play indoors regardless of the weather.
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Getting started
All you need to do is get one of the containers we mentioned above, position it so that your dog would theoretically be able to set paw inside of it, and then call your Bullmasador over to you. You might need to get a pretty big box depending on the size of your Bullmasador, but otherwise, there's not much you need to do in the way of prepping for this game.
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Think outside the box
Once you've got everything set up, just encourage your dog to play with the box. Only reward them for every new interaction though; when your dog goes inside the box for the first time, reward them once. If they nibble on the box, reward them once. The idea is to encourage your dog to continue trying new things - even things they wouldn't have thought of doing otherwise. When the activity is done, break down the boxes for reconstruction into a tunnel; this will provide another several minutes of exploration and learning.
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More Fun Ideas...

Dog Puzzles

These toys play on the latent intelligence of the Bullmasador, encouraging them to think their tail off in order to solve a puzzle and receive a reward. These puzzles are cheap, varied, and perfect for rainy days when you and your Bullmasador can't hit the town. Heck, you might even find yourself having fun trying to solve a few of the puzzles on your own!

Epic Yarn

We know, we know - playing with a ball of yarn is an activity that's usually associated with cats. But let your Bullmasador play with a ball of yarn and you'll see that fun doesn't have any species-specific requirements! Your dog will have a ball (pun intended) just the same as any cat would. Just make sure that ball is wrapped up tight before letting your dog go at it.

Conclusion

Bullmasadors aren't the sort of dog that you're likely to come by throughout an average day. Hopefully, this article has provided a bit of insight as to what it can like to care for a Bullmasador, let alone live with one. These dogs are generally down to try anything with their human companions, so they make great partners for adventurous sorts. Having a sense of adventure is almost something of a prerequisite for successfully rearing one of these dogs - while we tried to discuss a variety of activities, a Bullmasador will get burnt out if they're routines aren't shaken up. We encourage you to check out our guides on Bullmastiffs, Labrador Retrievers, and other hybrid breeds that are similar to Bullmasadors for some more ideas.