Activities For Miniature Bull Terriers

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Introduction

If you are familiar with the retail store Target, then you'll also be familiar with their mascot, Bullseye. Bullseye is a Miniature Bull Terrier. Often described as a smaller version of the standard Bull Terrier, the Miniature Bull Terrier packs a great deal of personality and toughness into their tiny bodies. This breed is silly and fun-loving; they are also quite courageous, and they are often described as not knowing their true size. This athletic pooch requires a moderate amount of exercise in order to remain happy and healthy. The Miniature Bull Terrier was originally developed as a ratter; today they are generally companion dogs.

Walking

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Sunny Day
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30 min
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treats
doggy waste bags
Activity description
The Miniature Bull Terrier requires a great deal of daily physical activity, and walking is typically the best exercise for any dog. Walking need not be a boring activity! Some owners actually mix the walk with a jog or run. The Miniature Bull Terrier has a great deal of stamina and can accompany you on long walks or on a sprint. Many Miniature Bull Terrier owners attest that their Mini Bull can walk well over a mile each day. Some owners split their walks into two long strolls per day. Others walk in the morning and engage in other activities for afternoon exercise.
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Warm up
Some Miniature Bull Terrier owners take about ten minutes prior to any strenuous exercise to walk briskly as a form of activity. Many Mini Bull owners walk their pooches an average of two miles per day. Some walk three miles. While many bulldog breeds cannot endure a great deal of activity, the Mini Bull does not have the brachycephalic nose that can inhibit breathing should they become overexerted.
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Be prepared
The Mini Bull has great endurance, but that does not mean that you should throw caution to the wind. Always come prepared with extra bottled water during hot and humid weather. Also, during cooler weather, you may need to outfit your Mini Bull with a sweater or other protective coat. Be sure that the pup's paw pads do not become cracked while walking on asphalt or concrete.
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Where to go
The Mini Bull has one advantage in that they do not require a lot of room indoors. Some days, a walk around the perimeter of your property is all you need to provide adequate activity. Other days, particularly if the weather is nice, you might want to visit the city park and take advantage of the walking trail.
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Swimming

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1 hr
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Activity description
Many Mini Bull owners concede that their pooches are natural swimmers. In addition, their propensity for endurance lends them to water activities. However, owners should never make the assumption that they can just throw Fido in the pool and watch him swim miraculously across it. On the contrary, one should take time to ensure the Mini Bull can swim basically on their own. You will need to teach the pup to swim just as you would a child. Of course, because they are natural swimmers, the Mini Bull will catch on rather quickly. On another note, never allow the Mini Bull to swim unattended or without a swim vest.
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Teach the basics
First, suit your pooch in a swim vest. Be sure that it is adjusted correctly. Next, get into the pool with Fido. Just as you would with a small child, place your hands under their stomach. Allow them to kick and "dog paddle." Show them encouragement. Keep one hand under their tummies at all times until they are able to stay afloat on their own.
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Ride in the boat
The Miniature Bull Terrier will enjoy riding along in the boat with you. Of course, you'll need to dress them in a swim vest. In addition, you will need to train them to stay inside the boat (although it might be tempting to jump overboard and play in the water). Teaching command words - "no" and "good" - will work well for this aspect of boating.
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Dock diving
Because the Mini Bull is such a good swimmer, you can teach them to dock dive once they have mastered swimming in a pool. Throw a favorite (waterproof) toy off the dock. Encourage them to dive in after the toy. Then call them back to you on the dock. You can also "dive" from a boat, but make sure that your Mini Bull is properly trained to swim first.
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Dog Park

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1 hr
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Activity description
Many Miniature Bull Terrier owners claim that the dog park is perhaps their favorite place to exercise. The Mini Bull definitely enjoys getting outdoors and engaging in free play. One should remember that the Mini Bull is a bit of an escape artist. Left to run and play outdoors unattended, the Mini Bull may dig out of any enclosures that are not anchored very deep in the ground. The dog park is often at least partially enclosed, particularly near the walking area. This means you can allow Fido off-leash if you wish. You can also take advantage of socialization opportunities at the dog park which will prove invaluable as you train the Mini Bull.
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Train for socialization
Although the dog park is this author's favorite way to socialize your sweet Mini Bull, because this breed is fiercely independent, you would be wise to start socialization at home. As soon as your pup has had all immunizations, invite friends with well-behaved dogs over in order to expose the Mini Bull to proper behavior as well as another dog. Then you'll be ready for any dog you encounter at the dog park.
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Go for a walk
Most dog parks have an enclosed area in which you can walk your Mini Bull. However, you can also let Fido off the leash so that they can run and play freely. Look at this as a socialization opportunity for your Mini Bull. Some parks offer areas for small dogs to play together. Because you've already prepared your pup for interaction with other dogs, you will be able to enjoy time watching your Mini Bull play.
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Agility and obstacle courses
Take advantage of any available agility or obstacle courses at the dog park. The athletic Miniature Bull Terrier will quickly learn how to traverse the course. You might begin by walking through the courses with them. Soon, your verbal command will be all that's necessary to prompt the Mini Bull to run through these fun obstacles.
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Flyball Retrieving

The athletic Miniature Bull Terrier will enjoy engaging in a game of flyball retrieving. They are quick learners, and they will thrive on the intense activity of this exercise.

Obedience Training

The Miniature Bull Terrier may live up to their name in many ways. They are notorious for their terrier-like independence and are reputed to be somewhat stubborn. Obedience training will help the Miniature Bull Terrier to become compliant when necessary without breaking their independent spirit.

Conclusion

The Miniature Bull Terrier is a delightful little dog; they have a great deal of energy and personality packed into a tiny body. This small pooch will need a great deal of activity in order to remain happy and healthy. Long walks, swimming, and trips to the dog park provide a wide variety of opportunities for socialization and activity.