Activities For Frenchneses

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Introduction

If you’re looking for a doggo that truly adores you and your family, you could do a lot worse than a Frenchnese! These lovable lumps are a combination of two of the most adoring companion breeds out there -- the French Bulldog and the Havanese. That being said, owning a Frenchnese is a bit of a gamble -- even more so than other dogs, each Frenchnese is truly unique. You never know what characteristics your pup will inherit from each parent.

Both French Bulldogs and Havaneses are lapdogs, but the Havanese was originally bred by Cuban sailors to work on ships. Unlike the famously laid-back French Bulldog, Havaneses need a lot of mental and physical stimulation. One thing’s for sure though -- your Frenchnese needs a lot of love, and won’t take too kindly to being left alone. Read on to find some activities guaranteed to help keep your pupper as healthy and happy as can be!

Hall Ball

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Any Day
Cheap
Easy
15 min
Items needed
Tennis ball
Activity description

If your canine companion has a lot of French Bulldog traits, you may find it difficult to get them moving! French Bulldogs are notoriously lazy. While their body type means that their activity needs aren’t too high (and high-intensity exercise is a real no-no), they do need some movement to keep fit!

The best way to stop your Frenchnese from turning into a true couch pup-tato is to keep them interested in their exercise -- it’s always good to vary things up! Hall ball puts a new spin on the classic game of fetch, asking your pooch to retrieve a ball that’s bouncing off the walls. All you’ll need is a relatively clear corridor in your house. As an added bonus, this is a game that can be played indoors in all weather.

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Clear the area
You’re going to be sending a tennis ball rocketing off several walls in your house. Needless to say, there are some safety protocols that should be observed. Make sure that all tables, picture frames and anything else that can be damaged or cause damage are removed from the area. If the walls are thin or flimsy, it might be better to stick to a game of fetch in the park. You don’t want a ball or your buddy barreling through drywall!
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Throw the ball
You’ll want to throw the ball at a slight angle, and hard enough that it bounces off the wall opposite. It might take you a few tries to get this down, so if you need to, practice while your pooch is out of the room. Your pup should have a whale of a time chasing after the bouncing ball!
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Teach Them to Retrieve

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Any Day
Cheap
Hard
20 min
Items needed
Toy
Treats
Activity description

If your four-pawed pal has more in common with a Havanese than a Bulldog, keeping their brains working will be almost as important as keeping their bodies moving! Havaneses are bright little critters, and their original purpose was to keep rats down on ships and retrieve fish from the water (as well as to keep the sailors company -- it does get lonely out there).

Teaching your pup to retrieve -- to identify objects by name and bring them to you -- has grrr-eat benefits for the both of you. Your buddy gets a mental challenge, and you get a doggy butler. What’s not to like?

It should be relatively easy to teach this trick to a pup who already knows how to fetch. But although your pooch may have a strong retrieval instinct, it still may take a while for them to get the bones of this task down pat. The time estimate above refers to the time per training session -- it could take days or weeks to properly ingrain the behavior.

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Teach them the name of an item
As with all training, it’s best to start slow and simple. Focus on teaching them to name and retrieve one item first. You may want to begin with a favorite toy. Hold the item in front of your doggo’s nose and call it by its name. Every time your buddy takes the item in their mouth, reward them with a treat and lots of affection (after a while, you can begin to randomize the rewards before doing away with them entirely). Repeat this step several times over a few days.
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Start moving the item
Once you’re confident that your pooch knows what the item is called, it’s time to ramp up the difficulty. As your dog watches, move the object to different spots around the room and call it by its name. Your pupper should walk over to the item and pick it up. Remember to reward them handsomely when it happens!
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Get them to bring the item back
If your furry friend already knows how to fetch, they should have a good grasp of the "come" and "drop it" commands. Use these commands to get your canine companion to bring the item back to you. Over time, you can add more items to the mix, and eventually your hound should be happy to bring you your slippers in the morning!
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Give Them a Pupsicle

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Hot Day
Cheap
Easy
6 hrs
Items needed
Popsicle mold
Plastic popsicle stick
Water
Treats or toy
Activity description

Bulldogs are prone to overheating, and many Frenchneses carry the trait. So how do you keep your pupper cool and entertained when it’s hot as all heck out? Why, you give them a pup-sicle, of course!

Making a toy pupsicle is the pawfect way to keep your pooch engaged, chilled and hydrated all at the same time. All you’ll need is some water, a handful of treats or a small waterproof toy, a popsicle stick and a freezer. Pupsicles are quick to put together -- the time estimate above includes the time it needs to spend in the freezer. Depending on the temperature, one of these babies could keep your pup busy for minutes or hours!

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Make the pupsicle
Put the treats or toy in the popsicle mold and fill it up with water. Add the popsicle stick and freeze. There are some safety concerns to keep in mind. It’s best to use a plastic popsicle stick rather than a wooden one, as a wooden stick might break and leave your pupper with some painful splinters in their mouth. If you’re using a toy, make sure that it’s large enough not to pose a choking hazard.
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Watch them go!
Your pup should have a furrific time licking away the all the ice to try and get at the goodies inside. It should go without saying that this is a treat that should be reserved for warm days. You don’t want your canine companion to get too chilly, after all!
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DIY Spa Day

Every pup needs a little pampering now and then! A DIY spa day at home doesn’t just save you money, it also provides valuable bonding time for you and your buddy. Draw a warm bath, give them a massage, light some candles -- you might just feel your own stress melting away, too!

Go to the Movies

America is falling back in love with the retro drive-in, but did you know that many of these movie theaters allow you to bring your furry film buff with you? Do some research and see if you can catch a show with your pooch in tow.

Conclusion

Since Frenchneses vary so much in body type and temperament, you’ll really have to get to know what makes your dog tick before you can decide on which activities will suit them, but the list above should have something for everyone! Give one of these five ideas a try -- you’d be barking mad not to!