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 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!
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.
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!
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!
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.
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!