Activities For Bullwhips

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Introduction

A purebred Bulldog and a purebred Whippet combine to make a very interesting mix called a Bullwhip. If you are the proud owners of one of these designer breeds, you know all the amazing traits they have as well as those that are a little more challenging. A well trained Bullwhip is happy and sweet but a Bullwhip who is not looked after can turn aggressive and prefer to be left alone. So, in order to keep your Bullwhip a happy, lovable one, keep them entertained with these games specifically designed for Bullwhips!

Chase

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30 min
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Ball
Treats
Motorized Toy Car
Activity description

Whippets were originally bred as hunters for small prey animals. They are fast and love to chase anything that moves. However, chances are that you may not want your Bullwhip chasing around any small animals that may cross their path (look out small dogs at the dog park!). To help your Bullwhip satisfy this need to chase without harming any small animals along the way, give them a chance to chase things on a day to day basis. Give some of these fun activities a try and watch as your Bullwhip thoroughly enjoys chasing, running and get out some pent up energy.

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Fetch
Grab a tennis ball, frisbee or your just your Bullwhip's favorite toy and head to a park. Playing a simple game of fetch with a Bullwhip is more than just exercise, it is a chance for your dog to use that hunter instinct and run after and catch a moving thing. Fetch will help your pup feel better mentally and physically.
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Toy car
Purchase a motorized toy that you can control while your dog chases it around. While there are toys specifically designed for dogs to chase (think about what dogs chase at a race track - a motorized rabbit!), a simple kid's remote controlled car will do! Hang out at home and play with your pup right from the couch as you make the car go left, right, and all around for your excited Bullwhip!
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Chase me
While there is nothing your dog would rather do than chase things, they also just want to be close to you, their favorite person! Have your dog chase after you around the house or around the yard. Nothing will excite your pup more than interacting and exercising their desire to pursue a living, moving thing.
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Proper Training

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15 min
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Treats
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While many dogs can be trained to do a trick and then they always listen and obey from there on out, Bullwhips may have something else in mind. This strong willed breed can be difficult to train and they need constant, assertive reminders as to who is in charge. Make sure that your Bullwhip remains a well behaved and obedient dog by doing training activities frequently. You do not need to spend hours each day training your pup and working on tricks or skills but practicing commands on a regular basis will make a big difference to a Bullwhip. By keeping your loving command over your dog, they will be a happier, healthier and well adjusted dog. 

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Daily basics
After your dog has learned the basic commands like sit, stay and lie down, continue to integrate these "tricks" into your everyday life. Before your Bullwhip gets their food, have them sit and wait until you put the bowl down. When putting on their leash to go outside, have them stay while you grab a quick glass of water. There are many ways to use basic commands often and remind your dog that you are in charge.
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Stay firm
Never waver when you give your Bullwhip a command. This breed is smart and they want to be the dominant one! If you say "sit", (and you know that your dog understands the command), make sure that they sit! Don't let your Bullwhip misbehave or you will go down a slippery slope of disobedience.
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Treats all day
Bring treats with you anytime you go out with your Bullwhip. This way, if they are being the well behaved pup you know and love, you can reward them! If your Bullwhip starts to misbehave, you can use the commands and training that you have worked on to reel them back in. While it may seem a little intense to constantly remind your dog that you are the person in charge, it is best for you and your dog to know the rules!
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Watchdog

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Any Day
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Hard
20 min
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Treats
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While Bulldogs are known to be very effective watchdogs, Whippets are not the best when it comes to this skill. However, if you want your Bullwhip to be an expert watchdog and protect you and your home, you can train them to do so easily! Let that Bulldog personality shine through! Even though the Whippet personality is more docile than alert and protective, a Bullwhip is a smart dog no matter what their main personality trait - they can easily learn to be a watchdog with proper training and consistent reinforcement. A few days of training and your Bullwhip will be protecting and alerting you and your family of any dangers in no time! 

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Choose the training
Before beginning your watchdog training, decide what you want your Bullwhip to be alerting you to. Do you want them to bark if there is a knock at the door or alert you when a person is walking outside your home? Maybe you only want your Bullwhip to bark if someone is actually inside your home. Depending on where you live and your housing situation, what you need your Bullwhip to do may vary (if you live on a busy street, you may not want your pup barking at every person who walks by).
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Bark
Begin by training your dog to bark on command. Start naturally by rewarding your dog anytime they bark and saying the word "bark". Soon, your dog will associate the word with the action and the reward. Once they have learned how to bark on cue, teach them to bark at a specific thing. Ring the door bell and say "bark" to associate barking with a doorbell or have someone walk by the window while you command "bark". These associations will teach your Bullwhip what they should bark at.
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Practice
Keep up the watchdog training by practicing once or twice a week. Always reward your pup when they bark at the proper moment and correct them if they are barking when you do not want them to be. Your Bullwhip will enjoy being a watchdog and take pride and pleasure in protecting you (especially if they get a tasty treat whenever they do a great job!).
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More Fun Ideas...

Be Social

Bullwhips can be an aggressive dog and the only way to combat this is to socialize them at a young age. Bring your Bullwhip to dog parks, to friends houses and around crowds of people and pets frequently to keep them happy and calm around others.

Run

Whippets are known to be race dogs. They are incredibly fast and love to run. Bullwhips may not be quite as fast as a purebred Whippet but they still love to run. Let your dog run freely on a regular basis or take them for a jog with you!

Conclusion

Bullwhips are an interesting and unique breed of dog that needs to be cared for properly. When well adjusted and happy, Bullwhips are great around people, pets and small kids - they are just a joy to own. However, a Bullwhip who is bored or neglected may turn into a liability. To keep that happy dog, just give these activities a try! You and your Bullwhip will be better off after you play and learn games together.