Activities For English Boodles

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Introduction

A designer breed produced by crossing the lovable English Bulldog with the clever and athletic Poodle, the English Boodle makes a wonderful family pet. Known for their friendly and loving nature, these dogs make strong bonds with all members of the family and love spending quality time with their two-legged friends.

Boisterous and energetic as puppies, English Boodles develop a slightly more placid personality as they grow older. As a result, there's a wide range of activities that you and your canine companion can enjoy together, ensuring you'll always be able to find something to do rain, hail, or shine.

Here are three grrr-eat activities to share with your English Boodle.

Grooming

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Any Day
Cheap
Easy
15 mins
Items needed
Brush
Dematter
Clippers
Nail clippers
Activity description

With that gorgeous soft and curly coat for which Poodles are famous, English Boodles need regular grooming to stay happy and healthy. This will prevent mats and tangles forming in their coat and ensure that they're always looking their best.

Health benefits aside, did you know that grooming your dog is actually an excellent way for the two of you to spend some quality time together? Gentle brushing and combing can be quite a relaxing experience for your English Boodle, and doing this regularly can help create a stronger bond between you and your canine pal. Here's what you need to do:

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Brush regularly
Those beautiful curls aren't going to brush themselves, so get a good doggy grooming brush or comb and get to work. Your English Boodle will hopefully come to love being allowed to just relax and let you get their coat looking neat and tidy. You may need a special de-matting tool to help get the job done.
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Bathe when necessary
If your English Boodle is getting a little on the nose or simply doesn't look their best, it might be time to give them a bath. Make sure you use a gentle shampoo designed for use on dogs, and that you give your pooch a thorough clean and dry to keep them looking sharp. But don't get too carried away and think that your pet needs a wash every other day, as over-bathing can cause more problems than it solves.
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All the trimmings
There are plenty of other tasks you can do on a semi-regular basis to properly look after and even pamper your English Boodle. These include checking and cleaning their ears, brushing their teeth, and trimming excess hair when required. If you're unsure of exactly what to do, ask a professional groomer for help.
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A Trip to the Day Spa

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Any Day
Moderate
Easy
1 - 2 hrs
Items needed
Your wallet
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Loving and affectionate, adult English Boodles tend to have quite mellow temperaments and love getting plenty of attention from their humans. And when you also consider that they have a higher level of grooming requirements than many other breeds, it quickly becomes obvious that a trip to a day spa is something your cuddly English Boodle might "pawsitively" love.

Doggy day spas have several benefits. First and foremost, you get to spoil your furry friend with a host of treatments to help them look and feel their best. But grooming can also be a wonderfully relaxing experience for many dogs, and can also help your pooch stay as healthy as possible.

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Find a doggy day spa
If you're spoiled for choice, research doggy day spas near you to find out what services they offer and how much they'll cost. Check out photos of their facility online and look for independent online reviews to find out what other dog owners have said about the spa. Once you've found a place you like, book your dog in for a pampering session.
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Let your pooch be pampered
The list of services and treatments available at doggy day spas is a long one. From quick trimming and clipping to exotic hair styling, cleansing baths, nail trimming, teeth brushing, anal gland expression, and a whole lot more, there's plenty of ways to pamper your Boodle. Your pooch will come home feeling like a million bucks!
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Flyball

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Sunny Day
Cheap
Normal
60 mins
Items needed
Hurdles
Tennis ball
Tennis ball launcher
Activity description

There's a widespread misconception that Poodles are pampered pooches who would rather lie around getting massages all day than do a little hard work or get a bit dirty. However, this is a long way from the truth!

Poodles are actually highly intelligent and athletic dogs, so don't be surprised if your English Boodle excels at a variety of doggy sports. One of the best ways to harness your pet's athletic ability and energetic personality is to let them try the fast-paced sport of flyball.

Essentially a relay race for dogs, flyball gives your pooch a chance to run, jump, and indulge their passion for something many dogs absolutely adore: tennis balls.

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Find a flyball club
While you can purchase specialist flyball equipment to use at home, the best place to start is to find a flyball club near you and head along to their next event. You can watch demos of this exciting activity in action and give your pooch a chance to try it out. But be careful -- they might soon become obsessed with this fun and frenetic sport.
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Try it out
The basic premise of flyball is a relay race between two teams of four dogs. One by one, dogs from each team race over four hurdles, release and catch a tennis ball from a special box, then run back over the hurdles to the start/finish line. The first team to finish wins. Dogs of all shapes and sizes can compete (hurdle heights are adjusted according to the height of the smallest dog in the team) and it's a truckload of fun for dogs and spectators.
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Train and compete
You can treat flyball purely as a fun way for your dog to get some exercise and enjoy themselves. But if you really catch the bug, you might want to spend more time training your dog to increase their speed and maybe even join a team that enters in competitive competitions. It's entirely up to you and what works best for your dog.
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Tug of War

Many Bulldogs love a good old-fashioned game of tug of war, and many English Boodles share the same passion. So get your dog's favorite chew toy and get ready for some good, clean fun!

Quality Time

Activities with your dog don't need to be overly complicated. Sometimes your English Boodle will love nothing more than spending some one-on-one time with you. Whatever you're doing -- going for a walk, sitting in the lounge, pulling out weeds in the garden -- make an effort to involve your canine pal.

Conclusion

When an English Boodle is part of your family, every day is an exciting adventure. Whether you're just playing in the backyard or heading out to explore and experience new activities and destinations, your furrific friend will love every minute they get to spend by your side. From puppyhood through to old age, these family-friendly dogs simply thrive on human attention -- which is probably one of the reasons why they're becoming such a popular hybrid breed.