Activities For Bulloxers

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Introduction

The American Bulldog and the Boxer are two of the most beloved breeds in the whole world. Individually, these breeds feature some great qualities that make them popular – the Bulldog is renowned for being alert and strong while the Boxer is sweet but courageous. Both breeds are also athletic in nature. Thus, when mixed together, they form a hybrid known as the Bulloxer. Originating in the United States, Bulloxers are big and muscular, thanks to the parent breeds’ respective builds. However, despite their intimidating appearance, Bulloxers are actually very gentle and friendly, especially towards their owners and can make for wonderful family pets. 

Weight Pulling

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Sunny Day
Cheap
Normal
30 min
Items needed
Harness
Wheeled cart
Weights, bricks, rocks
Activity description

Because it is a mix of two athletic and muscular breeds, it is only natural that the Bulloxer will inherit the parent breeds’ strength. Being such a powerful dog, Bulloxers need to engage in physically-demanding activities so that they can meet their daily exercise requirements. A simple but extremely effective activity that your Bulloxer can do is weight pulling. This is an actual canine sport wherein the dog wears a harness that is attached to a wheeled cart containing heavy items. The objective is to pull the cart within a certain distance. While it can be competitive in nature, some dog owners use weight pulling as a way to train and build the muscle of their dogs. 

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Prepare the required equipment
Weight pulling may seem like a simple activity but it does require the right kind of equipment. The most vital thing that you need to have for this activity is a proper harness that is specifically for weight pulling. This type of harness is meant to distribute the weight evenly over the body of your pooch. You will also need a wheeled cart that is just slightly smaller than your Bulloxer.
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Train your dog to pull
When you have acquired the needed items, you can start training your dog to pull. Start by getting the harness on your dog and attaching it to the wheeled cart. Start light by adding one or two pieces of brick or rock on the cart. Then, set some distance between you and your dog. Call your dog out and command them to come to you; you may use treats to entice them. Your dog should then drag the weight while walking towards you. Take short rests in between to avoid tiring your dog out. Like with all sports, start easy and eventually add weight to the cart after several sessions.
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Spring Pole

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Sunny Day
Cheap
Easy
15 - 30 min
Items needed
Spring
Rope
Lure
Quick links/carabiners
Activity description

Another activity that is effective in building muscle and keeping dogs in tip-top shape is the spring pole. The spring pole simply refers to a spring with some kind of lure attached to the end. The spring is then hung from a beam or tree branch using a rope. The dog will then play tug-of-war with the lure, which in turn helps them be physically and mentally stimulated. This is similar to the flirt pole but is stationary and requires more effort and power. Owners of muscular and athletic dog breeds love this game because it helps burns off a lot of steam. Another great thing about spring poles is that your dog can play even when you are not there. 

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Set up the spring pole
To create your own spring pole, you will need a rope, spring and a lure such as a toy or plastic bag. Attach the lure to the spring using a quick link or carabiner. A popular item used for the lure is a fire hose. Then, tie or use a carabiner to attach the spring to the rope. Look for a tree branch or somewhere high where you can tie the other end of the rope from. Make sure everything is tied securely to prevent your dog from getting harmed during play time.
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Let your dog play
Once the spring pole is set up and good to go, take your dog out to the play area. Start moving the lure around to entice your dog to play. When your pooch takes interest in the spring pole, you can then leave them to their own devices until they eventually get tired.
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Stair Exercise

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Any Day
Free
Normal
15 - 30 min
Items needed
Leash
Treats
Activity description

Walking up and down the stairs is a great way for humans to exercise and burn some excess energy on a daily basis. But did you know that it can also be an effective form of exercise for our canine friends? This activity actually provides two corresponding actions: walking up the stairs forces dogs to use their muscles in order to move forward while walking down the stairs helps build core stability and balance. Because of these reasons, stair exercise is a perfect way to train your Bulloxer and keep them physically fit without even having to step outside of your home.

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Start with climbing up the stairs
The first thing you would want to do is train your dog to go upstairs since this is the easier of the two movements. To start, put your dog on a leash. Then, bring your dog to the second to the third step and set them down with the front legs on one step and the hind legs on the step below. Then, slowly move your way up the stairs while gently tugging on your dog to encourage them to move up. Use treats if you must in order to motivate them to move. Make sure not to pull too hard and to take things slowly. Repeat this every day until your dog becomes comfortable moving up the stairs.
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Train your dog to go down the stairs
Once you are confident in your dog’s climbing abilities, you can then move on and teach them how to go down the stairs. This is more challenging for your dog because of the movement. To start, all you have to do is reverse the process that you followed in teaching your dog how to go up the stairs. Again, you can use treats to reward your dog for the job well done. Also, stay close to your dog in case they start jumping off the stairs.
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Swimming

Swimming is one, if not the best all-around exercise for dogs. In fact, a 10-minute swimming session is equivalent to a full hour of walking. It is also a low-impact activity because it takes the weight off the bones and joints of your pooch. Bulloxers will benefit greatly from swimming and the sport will help them stay in shape. 

Beach Trip

A trip to the beach is always an enjoyable time for dogs and their owners. But, aside from enjoying some time outdoors, the beach also offers a lot of opportunities for dogs to get some exercise in. Walking on sand or in shallow water is an effective form of exercise for the Bulloxer because of the resistance involved. 

Conclusion

Combining two of the top dog breeds in the world, the Bulloxer is an excellent designer dog that will add fun and value to any owner’s life. This gentle giant may be active and powerful by nature but they can also be calm and sweet when the occasion calls for it.