Activities For Giant Bolonauzers

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Introduction

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The Giant Bolonauzer is a combination breed of a Giant Schnauzer dog and a Bolognese. The Bolognese breed is a small, white dog originating in Italy. (It's also a type of delicious pasta sauce!) Slightly similar in looks and temperament to the Bichon Frise, Bolognese are calm and slightly inactive. 

The  Giant Schnauzer, on the other paw, is an imposing, large dog bred in the Bavarian Alps to drive cattle to the market in the early 1880s. Despite their strength, these giant dogs are affectionate and intelligent. Mixing a small breed dog with such a large breed results in a medium-to-large offspring with a much higher energy level than a purebred Bolognese. 

The intelligence of the Giant Schnauzer makes training your cross breed pup easy, but it will take a lot of exercise to keep Giant Fido happy and healthy.   

Canicross

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Sunny Day
Cheap
Hard
60 min
Items needed
Waist Belt
Harness
Bungee Cord
Activity description

Canicross is the activity of cross country running with your dog leading you. It was originally used as a means to exercise sled dogs during the off-season, but the sport has gained popularity with non-sled dogs.

Taking your pup to the park and canicrossing is best done on sunny days that aren’t too hot. Unless your dog likes getting wet, avoid rainy or cold days.

Dogs are attached to the human's waist belt by a bungee cord-type rope. Harnesses are used on the dog instead of neck collars. The items needed for the activity are cheap, and you might even already own the harness. 

It is a difficult activity that takes patience and training (and lots of treats!). If your dog is an excessive puller, this might not be the right activity for you. However, Giant Bolonauzers are exceptionally intelligent, which makes them easy to train.  Give it a try!

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Put harness on Fido
You want to train your pup with each individual step so neither of you gets hurt. The first step is to purchase a harness that fits Fido properly. Many harnesses have measurement suggestions to assist the owner in knowing which size, but some people will buy a harness that is the wrong size. A too-tight harness could cause your pup discomfort and one too loose could lead to their escape. Some dogs hate harnesses, so it might take a few tries before your dog accepts the harness.
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Attach waist belt
The waist belt used for canicross isn’t your typical fashion belt. No one would confuse them for a fashion statement, for one! These belts are more similar to the harnesses used in bungee jumping. It slides up over your pants with straps over each thigh and buttocks. It does wrap around your waist, but some have another strap that wraps around your upper stomach. The belts come with built-in leash hooks, but you want to make sure you use a stronger hook for the cord.
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Connect with bungee cord
The belts for the person have small leash hooks for attachment, but you want to use a bungee cord or other elastic line to reduce the shock for yourself and the dog. Bungee cords offer extra pull in case Fido runs a bit too fast for you. They are also stronger than regular leashes and can offer you more security to prevent your dog from escaping.
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Agility Classes

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Any Day
Moderate
Normal
1 hr
Items needed
Tunnel
Weave poles
Activity description

Giant Bolonauzers are dogs who are very intelligent and loyal. Half of their ancestry involved farm work and herding cows. These traits of stubborn, hard-working dogs can be used in agility training classes.

Many communities offer professional trainer-led classes for a moderate amount of money. If you choose a class, all of the items needed are provided by the class.

These classes are usually taught indoors so that any weather will be right for the activity. If you're in a pinch, you can set up some agility courses at home to work with your pup yourself or practice what you've learned in professional classes.

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Enroll in agility classes
The first step in agility training is finding a local, professional agility class. Many pet stores and dog rescues have monthly classes, or at least know of other businesses that do. If you can’t find a local class and think you have the patience and resources, you can set up an agility course in your home or backyard and teach Fido yourself.
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Got treats?
Dogs are highly food motivated, which makes treats an essential part of any training. If you’re concerned about over-feeding, you can use a handful of Fido’s kibble in place of biscuits or other treats. Too many treats can make your pup refuse to eat at mealtime, especially if they know you have something they like even better than their regular food.
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Practice makes perfect
If you are lucky enough to find affordable, local agility training, it is still a good idea to set up your own agility course at home. When training dogs, repetition is the best way for them to learn. If the classes are monthly, there is a good chance your pup will forget everything they’ve learned between classes. Weave poles and tunnels are cheap items you can buy at any local pet store, or make yourself using cardboard boxes, PVC pipe, and other items you have lying around the house.
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Spa Day

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Any Day
Moderate
Easy
1 hr
Items needed
Bath Tub
Nail Trimmer
Brush
Activity description

A spa day can be at a groomer or in your own home, if you have experience and/or the patience. Spa days can be stressful for some pups, so only proceed with this activity if your dog is at least somewhat willing. Purchasing the equipment needed is around the same price as a grooming salon, so in the long run, you’ll be saving money learning how to pamper your pooch yourself.

Since this is an indoor activity, the weather doesn’t matter, but be prepared for Fido to ignore you for a few hours if they aren’t a completely willing participant!

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Bath time!
Many dogs loathe bath time, so you may be in for a struggle getting Fido in the bath. For small dogs, you can use the kitchen sink. Other dogs require the bath tub, but many self-service dog washes are sprouting up near car washes. No matter what you choose, be sure to use a dog-friendly shampoo, preferably a kind that repels fleas and ticks. Have a towel ready to wrap your pup in, or you will be getting a doggy shower!
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Nail trim
Clipping a dog’s nails is a delicate procedure that takes patience and precision. After a bath, your pup’s nails will be softer, making them easier to clip. However, clipping the nail too short can cut the quick of the nail, causing a lot of blood loss and pain to your pup. Closely examine your dog’s nails beforehand to be sure you know where the quick is. If you’re not entirely comfortable clipping Fido’s nails, most vets will do it for cheap, or a pup spa can do it for you.
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Brush out
After your pup’s hair as dried -- either air-dried or from a blow-dryer -- brush any tangles or mats out of your dog’s fur. If your dog has long hair, you may want to have a spa day more frequently than a short-haired dog. If you have the experience and equipment, you can also trim your dog’s fur until their next full-service grooming appointment.
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Fetch

Fetch is a simple activity that many dogs enjoy and can do for literally hours. The items needed for fetch are a ball -- or anything you can throw -- and a little open space. If you don’t have a big fenced-in yard, you can still play fetch. If you have stairs, you can throw the toy down the stairs and have your dog run down to get it.

A big plus to an easy game of Fetch is teaching your dog the “drop it” or “leave it”commands, or your dog will never willingly give you the toy but somehow expect you to throw it again.

Stair Climbing

Stair climbing with your pup isn’t just to tire them out -- it builds lower body strength for your dog, too. Strength in the back legs can help when a pup gets older and starts having difficulty getting up and down off the floor.

All you need to do this activity is a dog and stairs. They can be stairs in your home, outside buildings (if dogs are allowed in the area), or built in your backyard. If you don’t have access to stairs, you can modify this activity to mountains or ramps. Any of these will get your pup’s rear in shape!

Conclusion

Giant Bolonauzers are big dogs that need a lot of exercise and mental stimulation. The best thing you can do to meet your pup’s needs is to combine physical exercises (canicross, fetch, hill climbing) with mental work (agility classes). A routine spay day isn’t always as relaxing for dogs as it is for humans, since it involves a very exciting car ride. But Fido will spend the rest of the day after grooming snoozing happily.

Remember -- if you don’t have any local agility classes, you can set up a DIY one in your backyard. The location won’t make much difference to your dog!