Activities For French West Highlanders

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Introduction

The French Bulldog and West Highland White Terrier would have to be two of the most adorable breeds in dogdom. So when you combine them together to create the French West Highlander, you end up with a personality-plus hybrid that makes a wonderful family companion.

Of course, if you welcome one of these dogs into your family, you'll need to find ways to indulge your dog's curious nature and need for exercise. Happily, there are plenty of paw-some activities and adventures you can enjoy with your French West Highlander, so you should never be short of things to do with your furry friend.

Fetch the Remote

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Any Day
Free
Normal
30 min
Items needed
TV remote
Treats
Activity description

No matter what breed of dog you own, mental stimulation is crucial to your pet's general wellbeing. A dog with a job to do is happy and fulfilled, and will also be more tired and content at the end of the day.

If you can make regular training sessions part of your daily routine, you'll go a long way towards providing all the mental stimulation your pooch needs. Once you've mastered the basics of obedience training, you might want to move onto training a few clever tricks.

Teaching your dog to fetch the TV remote is one of the best -- not only is it a rewarding challenge for your furry friend, it means less hard work for you. Here's what you need to do.

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Teach your dog to find it
The first step in the process is getting your dog used to the idea of finding and fetching specific items. To do this, get your dog's favorite toy and place it on the floor in front of them alongside a couple of uninteresting items, such as a book and a hairbrush. Point towards the toy and tell your dog to "find (toy name)" and reward them when they grab the right object.
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Introduce the remote
Now it's time to introduce the remote into the equation. Put it on the floor in front of your dog, point to it and say "remote". Reward your dog when they show any interest in the remote, such as sniffing it or even going to pick it up. Once they know exactly which object the remote is, you can tell them to "find the remote" and reward them when they bring it to you.
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Sit back and relax
Now you no longer have to worry about searching for the remote when you've lost it, or getting up from your comfy position on the couch to pick it up. When you tell your dog to "find the remote", they should now be able to seek it out, pick it up and bring it straight to you. You'd just better hope they don't cover it with too much slobber!
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Go Fly a Kite

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Sunny Day
Free
Easy
30 - 60 min
Items needed
Kite
Leash
Treats
Activity description

It's a sunny day and you're trying to think of a fun outdoor adventure to enjoy with your dog. You could go for a walk or take a trip to the dog park, but you do both of those activities all the time.

So for something a little different, why not go fly a kite with your furry friend? This is a paw-some way to get outside and enjoy the fresh air with your dog, and maybe help them get some exercise at the same time. It'll offer a fun and interesting experience for your dog, and they'll love the chance to spend some time with you.

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Find a park
If it's a sunny day and there's a decent wind blowing, it's paw-fect kite-flying weather. All you have to do now is find a spot to launch your kite into the sky. This may mean heading to a park near you, or, if you live near the coast, you might be able to hit up a dog-friendly beach. The most important requirement is that there's plenty of wide open space for you and your dog to move around. And if your dog is allowed to run off-leash, even better.
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Fly a kite
We don't need to tell you how to fly a kite, but getting your dog involved in the activity may be a new experience for many. The good news is that if your French West Highlander is in a playful and curious mood, they probably won't take too much coaxing to join in the fun. As you start moving with the kite dragging along behind you, your dog will love running beside you and watching as the colorful aircraft heads skyward. Then you and your pooch can jink this way and that as you maneuver the kite around -- it's grrr-eat fun and should offer plenty of mental stimulation and exercise for your furry friend. For an extra challenge, you can even work in a game of fetch on the side to keep your dog interested.
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Play in the Snow

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Cold Day
Moderate
Easy
30 min
Items needed
Treats
Leash
Dog booties
Activity description

If you live in a cold-climate region, chances are you get well and truly sick of seeing snow by the time winter ends each year. But if you live somewhere a little warmer, your dog is missing out on one of the all-time great canine experiences -- romping in the snow.

Running, jumping, sniffing and playing in the fluffy white powder is something most dogs love, and something every dog owner loves watching. So if your dog has never seen snow, why not plan a dog-friendly vacation to let them experience it for the very first time?

Here's how to plan the paw-fect snow adventure.

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Choose a destination
Where you go will obviously depend largely on where you live, your travel budget and the type of trip you want to have. Some people will relish the idea of tackling a big road trip with their canine pal in tow, while others will prefer to fly and get there as quickly as possible. Whatever the case may be, make sure you pick a spot where your dog will have plenty of opportunities to frolic in the snow.
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Plan your trip
As well as choosing your mode of transport and deciding how long you'll stay, you'll also need to find a place to stay. If you've got friends in the area, great. But if not, you'll need to find some dog-friendly accommodation -- happily, there are plenty of accommodation options to sit all budgets. Finally, don't forget to pack everything your dog will need for the trip, including toys, food, bedding and of course warm clothes.
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Play in the snow
This is where the fun starts. Your playful pooch will absolutely love frolicking in the freshly fallen snow, and you'll have an excellent time watching them. Make sure you have your camera ready to get plenty of photos and videos of the experience, and make sure to monitor your dog for signs they may be struggling with the cold conditions. A special pair of dog booties may also be handy to protect delicate paws. Other than that, all you have to do is join your dog and enjoy the simple pleasure of playing in the snow.
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Hide and Seek

This simple kids' game is also grrr-eat for dogs. When your dog is out of the room, all you have to do is find a cheeky hiding spot and wait for your dog to sniff you out. Make sure to reward them with a treat when they find you.

Doggy Toy Swap

If your dog is getting tired of all their toys, don't buy new ones. Arrange a doggy toy swap with a friend so your pooch (and their canine pal) get a whole new box of toys to play with for a month or two.

Conclusion

Whether you're playing a quick indoor game on a rainy day or planning a big, exciting adventure, the main thing to remember is to make it as fun as possible. All your dog wants is to spend time with you, and any other exercise or mental stimulation they get along the way is an added bonus. So get out there and start exploring the world with your French West Highlander -- your dog will love every second of it.