Activities For Mountain Bulldogs

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Introduction

If you're interested in handling a strong, intelligent and muscular dog breed, check out all a Mountain Bulldog has to "offur." Mountain Bulldogs are a cross between a Bernese Mountain Dog and an American Bulldog, resulting in a hardworking and playful pup. Because of their American Bulldog parent, this breed can exhibit aggressive behaviors if they're not trained or socialized correctly. That's why it's vital to ensure you fill your Mountain Bulldog's schedule with activities that work their mind and body both indoors and out. 

American Bulldogs are comical, mellow and aim to please their owner. Their calmer personality makes exercise requirements minimal. They should not take long or strenuous walks, and they don't tolerate the heat well. Bernese Mountain Dogs have entirely different physical needs. They require moderate exercise in the form of various physical activities, including pulling tasks, running and playing in the cold outdoors. They, too, are calm, gentle and easygoing, all traits that can be found in the Mountain Bulldog making them easy to train. If you're interested in owning or already do own a Mountain Bulldog, be sure to diversify their exercise schedule with activities to get them moving and thinking! 

Running Exercises and Games

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Any Day
Free
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15 - 60 min
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Ball
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Mountain Bulldogs are playful and energetic, which is why you can use running games to keep them satisfied. Running has undeniable benefits including increasing one's endurance, working muscles, improving strength and overall heart health. It's easy to include a short running game throughout the day.

For starters, get your pooch moving by playing fetch. Once they master chasing and returning an object, add in the elements of catching and jumping by using a Frisbee. Keep away is another useful activity for a quick workout, as long as you have another player to pass the ball to. Regardless of how you make your Mountain Bulldog run, be sure to include ample opportunities for this activity throughout your week. 

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Playing fetch
Fetch is a classic running game. This activity involves you throwing a ball (or similar object) as far as possible in a wide open area, which your pooch will then chase and retrieve. If you’ve never played fetch, you'll need to introduce the activity by getting your pup excited before tossing the ball. Make little tosses at first and encourage them to return the ball immediately after they retrieve it. Use rewards if you have a tough time getting the ball back. Once they master a standard game of fetch, make it more fun by throwing the ball and running in the opposite direction, so your pooch runs further and for longer!
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Frisbee toss
Tossing a Frisbee or disc is very similar to fetch. The big difference is your pup is to catch the disc before it hits the ground. This is something you need to train them to do by starting with very short tosses, without motion. Add in motion after your Mountain Bulldog masters the catch. Throwing a disc is a "pawtastic" way to work the brain and body!
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Keep away
Keep away can be done by either throwing or kicking an object. If your pup if a fan of soccer, try using the soccer ball to encourage them to handle the ball with their legs and paws. Tossing a ball or favorite toy can be equally as fun. The purpose of this game is to keep the object away from your pup by passing it back and forth between the two players. Watch in amusement as your pup chases after the ball, tiring them out.
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Playing a Game of Soccer

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Sunny Day
Cheap
Easy
15 - 30 min
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Large Ball
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Another strategy to get your pup moving and thinking is to play a game of soccer. This activity requires minimal equipment, just yourself and a ball. You can play soccer in your backyard, basement or a nearby park. Any large open area will do, but green space is preferable. You can kick around the ball for a quick 15 minutes or wear out your Mountain Bulldog with a long, strenuous game full of running. 

Soccer is fun and can be the foundation for other activities to explore together. If you decide, you can build upon your Mountain Bulldog's acquired skills by teaching them how to play Treibball, a herding game that requires more thinking than soccer. 

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Finding a space and prepping your gear
Pick an ample open space that's clear of any obstacles, especially breakables. This game is best when played outside in an open grassy area so that you can kick the ball as far as possible. Pick up a soccer ball from the store, or a similar sized ball with equal durability, if you don't have one already. With the ball, some water, and your pooch, you're set to get started.
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Playing the game
To play soccer with your Mountain Bulldog, simply begin by dropping the ball in front of you. Gain your pup's attention by calling them over. Dribble the ball back and forth between your feet while making verbal comments to get your pup excited. Once you have their full attention, give the ball a good kick, encouraging your pooch to pursue it.
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Encouraging the right behavior
You don't want your dog to pick up the ball with their mouth -- if they do, correct them and have them drop it. Encourage your pooch to use their paws and legs to push the ball. Do this by using your own feet to move the ball around them, passing it to them, and taking it away again. Every time your pup slows down, give the ball a powerful kick to get them back into the game.
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Hiking the Great Outdoors

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Sunny Day
Cheap
Normal
1 hr
Items needed
Backpack
Refreshments (Food & Water)
Leash
Waste Bags
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Hiking is beneficial for both dogs and humans for a variety of reasons. For starters, hiking exposes you to the natural atmosphere, void of the everyday distractions found in the city. This will give you the chance to make the most of the time you spend with your Mountain Bulldog, attending to the sights and sounds they notice. 

Hiking will also build endurance in all participants, improving health and encouraging weight loss. It's proven to mellow out and calm aggressive or anxious behaviors in pups when done regularly. Not to mention the activity is free for the most part, unless there's a small trail usage fee, and it requires minimal equipment -- only a leash, waste bags and some refreshments! Grab your Mountain Bulldog and gear and set out for a trail near you! 

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Finding the right trail
Thousands of trails are scattered throughout North America, making hiking an accessible activity. If you're not too familiar with hiking trails near you, do some online research or inquiry at your municipality information center. If you're a novice, choose easy trails to start, before exploring more difficult terrain.
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Prepping your gear
Hiking doesn't require that much equipment, which makes it convenient and easy to enjoy. For your comfort, prep your activewear, hiking boots, and a backpack. Bring along snacks and water for hydration. Pack according to your planned trip length. Maps are a compass are other useful tools, especially when GPS isn't available, though most hiking trails are marked and have stationed maps for visitors. Bring along waste bags and a leash for your pup. You can purchase them their own backpack if hiking is an activity you want to partake in regularly.
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Being present and adventurous
When you arrive at your destination, grab your pack and pup and hit the trail. While walking, be sure to stay in the moment by tuning in to your pooch. Let them guide your senses by acknowledging the things that they notice, such as the unique vegetation and landscapes. Explore rivers, climb up steep hills and delve into the forest. Be adventurous while you enjoy this one-on-one bonding time together with your Mountain Bulldog.
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Obedience Training

Obedience training is recommended for Mountain Bulldogs and goes “paw in paw” with socialization to prevent the development of aggressive or anxious behaviors in your pooch. Begin obedience training from a young age. Establishing basic commands gives you the ability to build upon them in other activities, such as agility training. Be prepared to use treats and praise as positive reinforcement to encourage wanted behaviors! 

Socialization Time

There's a variety of options for you to socialize your Mountain Bulldog. Dog parks are a great start as there's a good chance you'll run into other pups utilizing the space, allowing your pooch to make friends. Arranging playdates, visiting the park and going for daily walks are additional ways for your Mountain Bulldog to interact with others.

Conclusion

Mountain Bulldogs are intelligent, eager to please and playful, requiring moderate exercise daily. Keep your pup busy by introducing activities that challenge them physically and mentally. Obedience lessons and socialization activities are both "impawtant" to begin at a young age, to encourage the healthy development of your pooch. Visit the dog park, arrange a playdate or look for chances to mingle with other pups during your daily walks or hikes. 

Keep your Mountain Bulldog fit and content by playing various running games. Both fetch and Frisbee require your pooch to chase an object, which can last for hours! Teach your dog how to play soccer and then use the ball in a game of keep away with another player. Help your pup maintain a happy and healthy lifestyle by attending to their needs through daily stimulation!