Activities For French Bullhuahuas

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Introduction

French Bullhuahuas are the delightfully sassy offspring of the bat-eared French Bulldog and the small but mighty Chihuahua. Although this breed shouldn't partake in strenuous physical activity, they still have a lot of energy that can get them in trouble if not channeled into a pawsitive outlet. French Bulldog hybrids often inherit short brachycephalic snouts, a genetic trait that can lead to obstructed airways and increase the likelihood of over-exhaustion. Getting "winded" from playing too hard can cause inflammation in the throat and even make them pass out. It is important that owners of French Bullhuahuas and other brachycephalic breeds make time to find creative, low-intensity activities to mentally and physically engage their pooches.

Go Thrift Shopping

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Any Day
Cheap
Easy
30 - 60 min
Items needed
Dog carrier (optional)
Harness
Leash
Activity description

What's more fun than getting new duds? Getting new duds with your best four-legged friend, that's what! Since French Bullhuahuas are on the smaller side, you can grab a cart and a pillow and chauffeur them around the store while you browse. Some shops even have water bowls and treats for their four-legged patrons! 

You can’t go thrift shopping without buying something for your fur-baby. Unfortunately, doggy clothes can be difficult to find at consignment shops. The cool news is that Frenchie mixes typically wear between a size 12 month to 2T in toddler wear.  

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Teach your pup manners
Before going out on public outings, your dogs should have a basic understanding of the commands “sit", "stay", and "heel". Fido should also be broken of jumping and pottying inside. Having basic “people” manners will make the experience go much more smoothly and will be less stressful for you and your fur-baby.
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Do some research
A quick internet search can reveal which local thrift stores are pet-friendly. Pro-tip: read the reviews if their pet policy isn’t listed on their site. You may be surprised by how many of your local shops are dog-friendly! If you're in doubt about whether a paw-ticular store is down with the doggos, then give them a call!
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Attend a Festival

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Sunny Day
Moderate
Easy
2 - 4 hrs
Items needed
Drinking water
Collapsible water bowl
Harness
Leash
Activity description
Not only are festivals a fun way to spend a pretty day, but they are also an excellent learning and socialization experience for dogs. There are tons of different types of festivals, from carnivals to music, food, and art festivals. Music festivals may not be a good choice for dog families with pets who are fearful of loud noises such as fireworks, but we think everyone can agree on a food fest! Teach your pup essential people manners like not jumping and basic commands such as “sit” and “heel” before you take to the streets, and don’t forget the doggy bags.
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Socialize your dog
Before hopping right into large-scale outings like a festival, take your dog on shorter outings to places that are less crowded, like the pet supply store and the park. It can be very dangerous to bring a puppy who hasn’t been vaccinated to public spaces. Make sure your dog is protected against things like parvo and rabies before going on any excursions. Socializing your dog early in life can prevent dog and human reactivity and make interactions less intimidating for your pet.
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Come prepared
Just like with a human baby, being out and about with a fur-child will require some careful preparation and a few extra supplies. At the very least, you will need to bring poo bags, a leash, collapsible water bowl, and bottled water. Some festivals do not allow food or drink from outside sources, so bring some cash with you just in case. A backpack will work best to hold yours and your dog's supplies and keep your hands free.
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Find Your Inner Paw-casso

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Any Day
Cheap
Easy
1 - 2 hrs
Items needed
Assorted paintbrushes
Non-toxic paint
Canvas or wood board
Activity description
One great non-physical way to bond with your canine is to do paw art. The best part is you will always have a keepsake to treasure! First, you will need to start by painting the background on your medium of choice. Wood, canvas, and thick paper are all great choices for this craft. Simple geometric patterns or shapes can work beautifully a background, and you can just stamp your pup's prints right into the foreground with a contrasting color. You can even incorporate Fido's "footprints" into the background as foliage, flowers, or clouds -- the possibilities are endless! Don't forget to sign and date your masterpiece!
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Assemble your supplies
For an optimal paw-painting experience, you should assemble all your supplies before you begin. The art supplies you will need are a few different colors of non-toxic paint, your medium (canvas, wood, thick paper, and painting boards all work well), assorted brushes, a painting sponge/sponge brush, and a cup of water. We recommend you lay out a tarp or thick layer of newspaper before you begin and have a towel at the ready to clean any messes.
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Get to painting
If you are using canvas as your medium, you should give it a couple of coats of white paint to prime the material; then you can paint your background. Find three or four complementary colors for the base paint applications. A simple ombre background created with a sponge can be very beautiful; alternatively, a geometric or nature-themed canvas can be lovely as well. After your background has dried, then you can use a brush or sponge to apply paint to your pup’s paw and begin to incorporate their paw prints. If you want to kick your painting up another notch, then paint or write in a dog-related quote!
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Hide the Treat

Start by offering Fido one of their favorite treats to smell. Once they've gotten a good whiff, put them in the crate or another room while you hide the treat (or treat-stuffed toy) out of their sight. Release them from the enclosure and let them go to work looking for the toy. It's hilarious to watch! 

Play in the Sprinkler

Many French Bullhuahuas inherit brachycephalic facial features from their bulldog ancestors, which means they're prone to overheating in the summer months. Beat the heat with fun water activities like playing in the sprinkler and filling a shallow wading pool with water and floating toys.

Conclusion

We hope this list of fun and non-physical activities inspires you to find new and exciting ways to bond with your French Bullhuahua. Every dog is different, so you may need to experiment and see just what hobbies spark the interest of your smush-faced pup! Remember, physically taxing activities can be very hard on the French Bullhuahua’s body, so make sure if you throw the ball, you do it in moderation!