Activities For French Bull Tzus

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Introduction

If you're looking for a small, affectionate, and highly loyal dog in a dynamic, tiny package, the French Bull Tzu might just be right for you. This designer dog is the result of the breeding of a full-blooded Shih Tzu and purebred French Bulldog. While the two parent breeds seem so different, the resulting hybrid offspring are known for their happy personality and willingness to go just about anywhere with their family. This dog does not require much physical activity at all to be happy and healthy, but you will certainly want to make this sweet pooch a part of many family outings.

Doga

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Any Day
Moderate
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30 min
Items needed
leash
harness
doggy waste bags (if outdoors)
Activity description
Doga? Is that a dog performing a yoga workout? Well, yes, it is! Doga involves stretching and some doggy massage. Participating in this unique and fun activity will enable you to interact with your dog in addition to providing them with some beneficial exercise. Some programs use the dog as a workout partner, while other programs focus on the dog as the workout tool. Doga can be of great benefit to dogs who have been injured or who should not experience intense workouts. It is also recommended for those elderly dogs who still need some physical movement without becoming exerted.
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Observe and learn
While Doga is a great activity for most any pet parent and their dog, you need to take some things into consideration before just showing up to class. To begin, simply observe a Doga session. You might even begin by practicing at home with your dog. If your French Bull Tzu is still in the "puppy" stage whereby they have a hard time being calm and don't quite listen to instructions just yet, it might be wise to wait a month or two before taking on Doga. You can work on basic commands in the meantime.
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Tips for beginners
Introduce your French Bull Tzu to Doga in the comfort of a familiar place - home. There are many books and online videos depicting the most popular stretches. View them and begin practicing in your home where there are no distractions. Encourage your dog to imitate what you are doing. This is also great mental activity as it requires your pup to practice cognition.
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Classes when you are ready
After you've observed a class or two, and you have taken the time to practice Doga at home with no distractions, it's time to attend a class. The Doga class is a perfect opportunity for both you and Fido to meet new people and their dogs. It is an especially great socialization opportunity for your friendly pup.
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Beach Day

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Sunny Day
Cheap
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1 hr
Items needed
sunscreen
toys
bottled water
doggy waste bags
Activity description
What could be more fun than taking your French Bull Tzu to the beach for the afternoon? The soft sand provides a place that you can exercise in a low-impact manner. You can run together or play fetch without fear that your energetic companion will injure themselves on normal ground. You can also incorporate the water while you play fetch, but be careful to avoid very strong incoming tide as the French Bull Tzu is a little too small to fight the powerful water. You might also simply walk along the beach at sunrise or at sunset, just spending time together.
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Run (or walk) along the beach
The French Bull Tzu is sometimes prone to hip dysplasia (the Shih Tzu parent breed is often genetically predisposed to this condition). Therefore, you will want to plan activities that are low-impact on the bones. Running on the beach is one such activity that allows for maximum calorie burning without damaging the joints. It is an intense activity though, as the sand makes the workout tough! Keep the beach run short or stick to a swift walk together until your dog builds stamina. The French Bull Tzu should not be overexerted.
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Game of fetch
You can bring a few tennis balls or a fetch toy along to the beach. A fetch toy resembles a doughnut, and smaller dogs tend to prefer them as they are easy to grip. Toss the toy and call your French Bull Tzu back to you. When they give the toy to you, toss it again and again. Be sure not to let your furry pal get too hot or excited as this could interfere with their breathing.
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Water play
Because the French Bull Tzu is so small, you will want to put them in their swim vest any time that you are playing in the water. This small dog can get swept away by powerful waves, so play during low tide. Throw their tennis ball into the shallow water of the shore for a variation on a game of fetch. Or, you can run and splash in the water. This is a great way for Fido to cool off from a run on the beach.
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Jazz Up Routine

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Sunny Day
Free
Easy
30 min
Items needed
harness
leash
Water
Waste Bags
Activity description
Sure, you know that walking is the go-to activity for most dog parents. Furthermore, with a small dog such as the French Bull Tzu, you will not need to plan vigorous activity on a daily basis. This small dog isn't made for rambunctious play or taking long hikes. However, both you and Fido will become bored if you do not take some steps to keep this activity interesting! You can choose a few safe places to alternate your walking location. Plan weekly walking dates with fellow dog owners. Finally, learn how to pace your daily walk so that you walk at a pace that can be considered a warm-up, then pick up the pace for about five minutes, then cool down.
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Break it up
First, break up your walking routine into multiple sessions. Depending upon your daily schedule, you can do this in two shifts - morning and evening. This works well for the French Bull Tzu as they are likely to have a brachycephalic nose, which gives the pup their cute, "smushed" nose. However, this same cute nose can inhibit breathing should your dog become overheated or too excited. Start slowly, walking five minutes at a leisurely pace, then speed-walk for five minutes, then cool down at a slower pace.
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Find new places
The same route for your daily walkabout will make your walking sessions rather humdrum. Choose three or four places that you consider safe, and swap up your location. Walk in your neighborhood, and the next day, take a stroll in the park. You might even sneak in a daily walk at an outdoor track near a lake. The change in scenery will prevent boredom, and Fido will have new places to explore.
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Dog park
The dog park provides a safe place to take your daily walk (many feature an indoor closed track). On these closed tracks, you can often allow your French Bull Tzu to go off-leash as you walk together. They may choose to keep up with other dogs on the track, or they may keep pace with you. Change up the routine by utilizing any obstacle course stations available - your pup will love the challenge!
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Routine Grooming

You should establish a grooming routine with your dog as soon as possible. Begin by getting your companion accustomed to touch and being handled. Brush them with a soft bristle brush daily. Trim the nails as needed.

Enter a Dog Show

Your French Bull Tzu doesn't have to be professionally trained to enter a local dog show. As long as the two of you can maneuver through the required walk and your dog will be on their best behavior for the judge, you can enter them in local dog shows for a little competitive fun.

Conclusion

The French Bull Tzu is a great furry friend to take almost anywhere you go. They will enjoy accompanying you on daily walks, and for fun, make your routine one that mimics the power-walking routine of some fitness fanatics. Establish a grooming routine that your pup comes to enjoy, and keep in mind a few fun interactive exercises such as Doga. Your French Bull Tzu will be happy and healthy, as will you!