Activities For Froodles

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Introduction

Foodles (also called French Boodles) are a mix of the French Bulldog and Poodle breeds. They are small- to medium-sized dogs with the curly hair of a Poodle and the stout body of a French Bulldog. 

French Bulldogs are known for having breathing issues due to the brachycephalic syndrome. If your pup inherited the face of a French Bulldog, they could have breathing and respiratory problems, especially in hot weather. For that reason, your Foodle should be exercised several times over the course of the day instead of in one long session. If the activity takes place outdoors in warmer weather, early mornings or late evenings are the best time to exercise your pooch. 

Muffin Tin Game

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Any Day
Cheap
Easy
30 min
Items needed
Muffin tins
Treats
Tennis balls
Activity description

The muffin tin game is a simple way to keep your pup occupied on rainy days or when the weather is too hot out. You probably already have all the items needed in your home, which makes it a cheap way to entertain your four-legged pal.

All you need is a muffin tin, 12 tennis balls (or fewer) and treats that are easily broken apart. This activity should only be done once a week or so for about 30 minutes or until the treats have been found and eaten.  Otherwise, Fido might get spoiled and refuse to eat at meal times.

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Put small treats in each muffin cup
You probably have a spare muffin pan in your kitchen that you can use for this activity. The first step is to break apart treats and spread them out into the 12 muffin cups. Or you can use Fido’s regular kibble if they’re a bit chunky and on a diet; you can decide what works for your situation.
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Put tennis balls on top of treats
The tennis balls should be placed in each cup on top of the treats. Be sure the tennis balls fit loosely in the cups. The whole point of the game is for your pup to figure out how to get to the treats. If you don’t have 12 tennis balls, you can use however many you have on hand (or paw).
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Let Fido sniff out the treats
Once the treats and tennis balls are set in the pan, put it on the floor for your pup to use their snout. Your dog will sniff out the treats and figure out a way to get to them with their mouth or paws. You might want to have your camera ready because hijinks will surely ensue!
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Frequent Walks

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Sunny Day
Free
Easy
20 min
Items needed
Harness
Leash
Water
Activity description

Walks might seem like an easy activity to do with your pup. And they are. Except with a Foodle, you need to be on high alert for any breathing troubles. Two or three walks spread out over the course of a day are better for your Foodle pup than one long walk. Twenty minutes is a good amount of time for each walk.

Aside from the leash and harness, which you should already own, walks are free and can be done in just about any weather. However, Fido’s short nose prevents normal panting that dogs use to cool down. You’ll need to bring water and make sure the walk is done in cooler weather.

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Choose a time
Your Foodle shouldn’t be walked in hot or humid weather. That means early mornings or late evenings are the best times to walk your pup. French Bulldogs are brachycephalic dogs that have trouble breathing in humid climates, even if it feels cold to you. Carry water with you even if it’s only a short walk.
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Choose a place
Do you live in an apartment building or neighborhood that has a safe place to walk Fido? Is there a sidewalk away from traffic? Before you take your pup on a walk, you need to scope out the area and find the best routes and dog-friendly areas to walk your dog. You can adjust your route as needed, and you and Fido will probably enjoy the change of scenery anyway.
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Multiple walks per day
You might think you’d save time and energy by walking your Foodle for an hour and be done with it. Unfortunately, your Foodle's nose disagrees. Your pup is more likely to become overexerted by one long walk than multiple short walks per day. Too much exercise at once can cause your dog to have a serious medical problem due to difficulty breathing.
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Go Fetch

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Any Day
Cheap
Easy
30 min
Items needed
tennis ball
treat
Activity description

Another game for rainy days is a simple game of go fetch. You throw a ball or other toy and your dog brings it back to you. If you play the muffin tin game, you’ll already have a tennis ball, or twelve, in your home.

Those will come in handy if Fido doesn’t quite grasp that you can’t throw the ball unless they give it to you. This is one of those situations when the “drop it” command is used. (The other being when your pup has something in their mouth they shouldn’t.)

When you start teaching your pup to play fetch, you’ll need to use treats. But after your dog gets the hang of it, the toy becomes the treat.

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Find a place to play
Go fetch is a game that can be played indoors or outdoors. Depending on your pup’s enthusiasm (and your own aim), you might want to play away from valuable household items that break. If you want to take the game outdoors, you’ll have to check the weather; Foodles don’t do well in humidity.
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Throw the ball
Throwing the ball is pretty obvious, right? But this is a great time to see just how smart your dog is! Some people like to count to three before they throw the ball to build Fido’s anticipation. Or you can put your dog in a “sit/stay” command and then release them with a rousing “Get it!” In the next step, we’ll work on getting the ball out of your pup’s jaws.
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Jaws of life
Your dog has fetched the ball and brought it back to you. They stare at you intently, waiting for you to throw the ball again. Except the ball is in their mouth and they won’t let it go. If you’ve taught your pup the “leave it” or “drop it” command, reinforce it by giving a treat or a pat on the head as praise when they give the ball back without a struggle. Repeat over and over — but not too long, so Fido doesn't get overheated.
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Obstacle Course

Foodles are part Poodle, and Poodles were tracking dogs in the first and second World Wars. You can put that tracking instinct to work by making a small obstacle course in your yard using agility poles. If you have a local dog-friendly park, you can use rock formations and other natural obstacles to let your Foodle's nose out for a test drive.

Take Your Dog to Work

Foodles are dogs who do not like to be alone and are prone to severe separation anxiety. If you work in a dog-friendly office environment, see if you can make Fido the official office dog. Or you can quit your job and stay home with your pup all day. That’s the dream, right? Or you could hire a dog walker on Wag! to check on your pup during the day. 

Conclusion

Froodles are affectionate, social dogs that love to be in the center of any family outing. They generally don’t like to be left alone for too long, so if you have a job where you can take your pup to work with you a few days a week or you can work from home, you should do that.

Given the predisposition to breathing problems that French Bulldogs have, it’s best to exercise Fido throughout the day and indoors in hot weather. Frequent walks and obstacle courses are two outdoor activities you can do with your pup. Indoors, your dog will enjoy the muffin tin game or a simple game of fetch.