Activities For Frengles

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Introduction

Frengles don’t just have a name that’s fun to say -- they’re a joy to own, too! A cross between a Beagle and a French Bulldog, these adorable furry friends are just bursting with energy and enthusiasm. They’re also highly affectionate! Once they’re all tuckered out, all these doggos want to do is snuggle. There’s a trade-off here, however. When it comes to separation, Frengles take after their Beagle parents -- hunting dogs that were bred to work in packs and don’t take too kindly to being left alone.

Frengles are intelligent little critters with a strong stubborn streak. Unlike their Bulldog ancestors, they do have fairly high exercise needs. You’ll need to keep their brains busy, their bodies active, and provide them with lots of love and affection. Read on to find out how to keep your Frengle as healthy and happy as can be.

Doggy Sleepover

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Any Day
Free
Normal
12 hrs
Items needed
Bedding
Toys
Treats
Activity description

Not only do Frengles require a lot of human companionship, they love making new four-pawed pals, and regular trips to the dog park are a must. But why stop there? If you’re friends with another pet parent, consider asking them to bring their pupper over to stay the night.

Hosting a canine slumber party is a pawesome way to let your buddy socialize with their furry friends whatever the weather. Plus, if your friend is going out of town, offering to look after their pooch for the night is a great way to earn brownie points (and increase the likelihood of them returning the favor).

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Choose your dog's companion
All pups have their preferences, and you’ll want to make sure your doggo’s sleepover buddy is someone who they can get along with. Frengles can be boisterous little guys, and might not get along well with quieter dogs or those who are easily intimidated. It’s good to make sure that your guest is someone your furry friend already gets along with -- someone they like to play with at the dog park, say.
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Be prepared
It’s better to avoid problems than have to solve them in the middle of the night. It’s a good idea to ask your fellow owner to bring their dog’s bed along with them -- even the most confident of dogs can get separation anxiety, and having something than smells like home can nip any crying in the bud. Be sure to have plenty of toys and food on hand, too. You don’t want to deal with any arguments over sharing a favorite.
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Keep a close eye on the action
It’s not possible to prepare for every eventuality, so supervision is super important. If you’re all set and the doggos are well-trained, all should go well, but it’s still best to keep a weather eye on your little tearaway rather than explain to the other pup’s owner that they were injured in an impromptu doggy obstacle run.
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Make a Toy Pup-sicle

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

Making a toy pup-sicle is a furrific way to keep your buddy entertained, cool and hydrated on a hot day. Not only that, but it’s a cheap toy to make and simple to do to boot! All you’ll need is a freezer, a popsicle mold, some water and a favourite (waterproof) toy or a handful of treats. This is also a pretty quick task -- the time estimate above refers to the time that the pup-sicle has to spend in the freezer. 

It should go without saying that you should give this activity a miss when it’s cold out. You don’t want your pup getting too chilly!

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Assemble the pupsicle
Put some treats or a waterproof toy in a popsicle mold. Fill the mold up with water, add a popsicle stick, and freeze for eight-to-twelve hours (depending on the temperature of your freezer). On the topic of popsicle sticks -- plastic is a far better choice than wood. A wooden popsicle stick could split the wrong way and result in some painful splinters in your pup’s mouth! The larger the stick, the better, as it could present a choking hazard for some dogs.
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Watch the fun!
Put the pup-sicle in front of your pup and watch them try and get at the toy or treats! Depending on the size of the toy, this could take anywhere from minutes to hours. It’s a grrr-eat way to give your buddy some brain training and prevent them from overheating at the same time.
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High-Intensity Interval Training

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Sunny Day
Free
Hard
10 min
Items needed
Cones or other markers
Activity description

High-intensity interval training has long been a favored fitness method for humans, but did you know that you can do it with your dog as well? While it may take a bit of sweat on your part, your dog will thank you for it in the long run, and the intensity of the exercise means that this workout takes far less time than a daily walk.

The easiest and cheapest way to begin is to set up two cones or other markers in your backyard or a local park, several feet apart, and run between them.

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Visit a vet
While HIIT can provide untold benefits, it can put a strain on your pupper’s heart, lungs, and joints. It’s a good idea to visit a vet first to make sure your pooch doesn’t have any problems that could be triggered or exacerbated by strenuous exercise. Your vet can also tell you how much exercise is appropriate for your dog.
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Get running
It’s best to begin any high-intensity exercise by using the Tabata 2:1 method. This means that you and your doggo will be going hard for 20 seconds before resting for 10 seconds. The recommended duration for a beginner’s workout is about 10 minutes -- that’s about 8 work/rest sets.
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Treasure Hunt

Get your buddy’s nose working! The goal of a canine treasure hunt is simple -- you hide treats around the house, and get your furry friend to sniff them out. You might need to start off slow and just use one treat at first, but your four-pawed pal should soon pick it up and then you can move on to multiples.

Agility

Teaching your dog to complete an agility training course keeps their body and their brain active at the same time, and agility jumping is a furtastic place to start. You can sign your pup up for classes, or create your own agility jumps in your backyard using whatever you have lying around.

Conclusion

A Frengle’s needs are fairly simple -- they want friendship, frolicking, fitness-focused activities and a good mental workout. While all this requires a bit of a time investment on their owner’s parts, it’s well worth putting in the effort to get their tails wagging! Try some of the activities above -- your doggo will thank you for it!