Activities For Bully Bassets

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Introduction

A Basset Hound mixed with a Bulldog- what could be cuter? In addition to being very good looking pups, this big hybrid of dog is social, loyal and also very affectionate. They love to meet new people and make friends with fellow pups. In addition to all of these traits, Bully Bassets are a pretty active hybrid. While they love to walk and run, they are more likely to have short bursts of energy and then be ready for a nap. These activities are all perfect for a Bully Basset's demeanor so give them a try with your pup!

Scent Games

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Any Day
Cheap
Easy
10 - 45 min
Items needed
Dog Food
Treats
Activity description

Basset Hounds were originally bred as tracking dogs and were trained to follow scent trails in order to find their prize. Bully Bassets are still very likely to want to use this incredible skill and follow their nose when searching for something. Setting up games that revolve around your Bully Basset's desires to track scents is a great idea! There are games you can play indoors and outdoors, activities that are more challenging and some that are easy for when you and your pup are just starting to test their tracking skills. So grab your pup's favorite treats and get started! 

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Dinner search
Rather than just putting your Bully Basset's dinner in their dog bowl on the ground like you usually do, why not hide it! Make your dog work for their dinner by making it a challenge to find. Start by hiding the dog bowl with a trail of food leading up to it for your pup to track and then, after a few times, eliminate the food trail and make your dog just use their nose to search for the bowl.
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Treasure hunt
Set up a treasure hunt for your dog by hiding their favorite treats all over the house. Have your dog sit in the middle of a room and wait while you tuck a treat behind a pillow, put one in a far corner and place another on top of a chair. Tell your Bully Basset to go and use their nose to search for all the treats!
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Dig it
Give your dog an extra challenge by burying a strongly scented treat or bone in your yard. Show your dog the treat and then have them stay and wait while you dig a small hole and hide the treat inside. Your dog will not only have to use their nose to find it but also their paws (and a little energy) to dig it up!
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Water Games

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Hot Day
Cheap
Easy
1 hr
Items needed
Tennis Ball
Kiddie Pool
Sprinkler
Hose
Activity description

Bulldogs are known to be big fans of water and this trait has carried over to Bully Bassets. What better way to stay cool and have fun than to set up a fun water game for your pup?! Now you don't need to live by an ocean or have your own private pool to play these games all of these games, there are ways to treat your Bully Basset to a water filled day without those luxuries. Of course, if you are lucky enough to have easy access to a body of water, that’s even better! Before jumping in, make sure your Bully Basset truly does like the water by slowly getting them accustomed to it. 

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Sprinkler
Set up a sprinkler in your backyard on a hot day for your Bully Basset to play in. Begin by showing your pup the sprinkler before turning it on Then, with the water on, show them how to run through the water by demonstrating yourself! Run back and forth with your pup in the nice cool sprinkler - a perfect game for a hot day!
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Kiddie pool
Get a small kiddie pool and fill it with cool water for your Bully Basset to lie in. Introduce your dog to the pool before it is filled with water and then fill it up and stand in it yourself. Let your dog climb in on their own terms and once they are situated, let them hang out there all day!
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Water trip
Plan a trip to an ocean, lake or stream where your Bully Basset can run in and out of the water all day. This breed loves to chase a ball so throw a ball into the water and let your pup wade out to retrieve it (tennis balls work great as they float!). Keep your eye on them, though and don't let them stray from shore.
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Training Time

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Any Day
Free
Normal
30 min
Items needed
Treats
Activity description

A Bully Basset is a relatively smart breed of dog who is fairly trainable. However, this breed also tends to be a little stubborn and pushes to be independent, doing what they want on their own terms. This personality trait is all the more reason to train your dog at a young age and continue to train them throughout their life. Training doesn't have to be boring though! In fact, it can be a lot of fun to train your pup especially after you have moved on past the basics like sit and stay. Bully Bassets respond to treats well so grab your dog's favorite bag of goodies and start the training!

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Pick a trick
Begin by deciding what skill you are going to teach your dog. If you have a young Bully Basset, you will want to train them to do the basic commands like sit, stay and come. If you have a pup who already is familiar with the beginner tricks, pick something more challenging such as rollover, dance or jump.
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Focus time
When you are first teaching your dog their new trick, find a place that is nice and quiet with limited distractions. When you are trying to train a stubborn dog like a Bully Basset, any disturbance can cause them to lose focus and be unwilling to learn. A secluded place will ensure that your dog keeps their attention on you.
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Consistency is key
Train your dog slowly at first, rewarding them every time they perform the trick correctly. Continue to practice their new trick daily until it comes naturally. When your dog truly knows a command, they will react immediately after you say it, treat or no treat in hand. Making your Bully Basset respond to your commands and by encouraging training, you and your stubborn pup will be much better off!
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More Fun Ideas...

Quick Jog

This dog is much better off going for a quick jog rather than heading out on a long hike. Running with your Bully Basset will only take a few minutes a day!

Hide and Seek

Since Bully Bassets are a loyal breed of dog, they will want to know where you are at all time. Have your pup sit in one room while you go hide in another. Let your dog use their sense of smell to find you!

Conclusion

A Bully Basset is certainly a fun breed of dog. Celebrate your dog's uniqueness and fun loving spirit by playing one of these great games. Whether is it training your pooch to do a new trick, chasing them through a sprinkler or having them track a treat, they are going to have fun playing with you, their favorite companion. At the end of an activity packed day, also be sure to relax with your cuddly dog and give them the attention they love.