Activities For Miniature French Bull Terriers

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Introduction

If you're in the market for a unique dog, the Miniature French Bull Terrier most definitely fits the bill! This hybrid dog is a mix of the French Bulldog and the Miniature Bull Terrier. The Mini French Bull Terrier is a dog that loves to play, so, when planning activities, you should allow at least one hour daily to giving this furry companion exercise. Due to the breed's small size, you can allot some of this time to indoor activity such as learning tricks or obedience. However, this breed will enjoy taking long walks with you as well as playing games of fetch or simply running and playing.

Outside Play

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Sunny Day
Cheap
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15 - 30 min
Items needed
canine sunscreen
Sturdy tennis or lacrosse ball
flirt pole
Activity description
The Miniature French Bull Terrier loves to play outside, but you must plan accordingly. Some Mini French Bulls, particularly those who have a light coat, will need sunscreen to ensure that they do not experience a sunburn (a thin coat might be a trait inherited from the Bull Terrier parent). Also, the Mini French Bull can be very strong, so tug-of-war is not a game that you want to engage in without some training beforehand. However, you can use a flirt pole to engage the pup in a fun game that helps them to burn off some energy. They also love water games, and, if you have older children available to play, they will enjoy simply roughhousing with them.
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Ball games
Most Mini Bull Terrier parents state that their pups love to play fetch, and the hybrid Miniature French Bull Terrier is no different! You'll want a ball that is rather sturdy (one pet parent uses a lacrosse ball). Also, you'll want to teach the "give" command before embarking on this game. The Mini French Bull often loves to retrieve, but not to give up the coveted ball.
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Water games
It's sunny, and the weather is warm. Your Miniature French Bull Terrier will entertain you with their antics if you'll just engage them in a few water games. Washing the car? The Mini French Bull loves jumping and biting at the water! Sprinkler on? Again, this pooch loves to chase and bite at the water. Furthermore, the Mini French Bull won't get too hot as the water keeps them cool. Add a little variety by adding a water gun and letting Fido run after the water.
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Free play
The Mini French Bull Terrier loves nothing better than to engage in play with the members of their family. If there are older children present (those who are accustomed to playing with a rambunctious pup), encourage them to engage Fido in a game of chase. No little ones available? Grab a flirt pole and watch your pooch jump and run after the toy. Always play in a fenced-in area. Some pet parents warn that the Mini French Bull loves to run without this boundary.
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Obedience Training

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Any Day
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15 min
Items needed
treats as a reward
Activity description
With a hybrid dog, no pet parent can guarantee the personality traits the offspring will inherit. However, we can make an educated guess on the behavior of a designer dog based on the characteristics their parent breeds possess. For instance, terriers are notorious for their headstrong nature. It is for this reason that this writer recommends some obedience training. (Note, Bulldogs are very sweet, but also tend to be independent like the terrier.) Start slowly with common commands such as sit, come, and stay at about twelve to sixteen weeks of age. You may want to add more complex commands, such as heeling, as the dog becomes more mature.
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Assess readiness
Although most dogs are ready to begin some obedience training at just three months of age, you should begin with the easiest commands to master (such as "sit"). Keep all training sessions to no more than fifteen minutes, If the pup seems uninterested, postpone the training for about a week. Remember that each dog is different, and training should never be imposed when the dog isn't ready to learn.
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Start simple
Begin training your dog to your household routine as soon as you bring them home. This is why waiting until the pup is ready to learn a few commands is so important. Remember that repetition and consistency are key to successful training. Begin with learning to sit, come, and stay. "Sit" is easy, and all you need is a treat. Begin with Fido in a standing position, hold the treat a nose level, and then raise the treat so that their head follows the treat and their bottom heads for the floor. Say "sit" as they complete the motion. They will soon gather what you expect of them.
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More complex commands
Learning "heel" - You want your pup to learn to walk beside you. Even the smallest Bull Terrier is quite strong, and they will pull you while out walking. Start out with the dog at your side in the sitting position. Make sure they are focused on your lead. Say "heel" and have the dog walk beside you. If they try to charge ahead, stop, say "heel" and bring them back to the sitting position. Your dog will soon learn that you expect them to walk alongside you, not in front of or behind you.
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Swimming

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Sunny Day
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30 min
Items needed
swim vest
canine sunscreen
Activity description
Both parent breeds of the Miniature French Bulldog Terrier absolutely love swimming. They love to swim in a backyard pool or at the beach (however, be cautious - this small dog must be supervised at the beach due to the strong tide). Begin teaching your dog to swim in your bathtub at home, then move to the pool (you'll need to jump in as well). Be sure to confirm that your local beach (or, if you're traveling, the prospective destination location) allows for dogs. Furthermore, even the most experienced swimmer needs to wear a swim vest. No access to a beach and no travel plans? Then consider dock diving.
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Introduce the water
Introduce your Miniature French Bull Terrier to the water in your own bathtub. Fill the water up just enough so that Fido can float. Put them in the swim vest in order to get them acclimated to wearing the item. Hold your dog by placing your hand under their tummy; let them kick and float with your assistance.
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Head for the pool
Once you believe that your Miniature French Bull Terrier has gotten the hang of floating and is not afraid of the water, you can move to a pool in order to give them a little more experience. Get in the shallow water with them, and, again, place your hand under them as they really begin to swim. Encourage them to use all four legs to maneuver themselves.
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Dock diving
If you don't live near the beach, but you do have access to a lake, you can allow your pup to participate in dock diving. Again, they will need to wear their swim vest. You'll need to ensure that the water near the chosen dock does not have a great deal of boating traffic, and Fido will need to know how to swim back to you. You can even train them to climb back on to the pier if you wish.
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Flyball Retrieving

The Mini French Bull Terrier loves to play fetch, so why not purchase the equipment and train them to participate in flyball retrieving? The Mini French Bull will take to this activity quickly and will enjoy playing endlessly.

Daily Walking

The Mini French Bull Terrier will also enjoy going on two or three daily walks with you. Most pet parents recommend breaking these walks into two twenty-minute sessions. Always aim for early morning and early evening to avoid overheating your pup.

Conclusion

The Miniature French Bull Terrier is an energetic, playful dog. While this dog generally loves to play outdoors, only do so if you have a fenced-in area as they do tend to run off when not supervised. You may enjoy hours of walking together, playing fetch, or simply goofing off together. This companion wants nothing more than to spend time with you, and they provide a great buddy for many outdoor activities such as swimming.