Activities For Rottbulls

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Introduction

Rottbulls are a mixed breed that combines the confidence of the Rottweiler with the agility of the Bull Terrier. With an intimidating appearance, their Rottweiler parent is built strong, requiring daily physical activity for both their minds and bodies. Rottweilers are known to be independent and sometimes stubborn. They also tend to be protective of their family and wary of other dogs, which is why early socialization is key to a healthy upbringing and preventing aggression.

Bull Terriers, on the other hand, are often described as comical, playful and mischievous companions, always full of energy! This breed is devoted and affectionate in nature, though they too need their mind and body exercised daily, or else they may become destructive. Bull Terriers have a higher energy level than Rottweilers, but they can be equally as stubborn.

This breed can inherit characteristics from either parent, though all Rottbulls are both intelligent and alert. They’re suitable for protecting the home and providing comfort to all family members. With adequate exercise in the form of both mental and physical stimulation, your Rottbull will have nothing to complain about -- which is why it's important to explore a variety of activities together! 

Obedience Lessons

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30 - 60 min
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Healthy Treats
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Obedience training should be an essential component of your Rottbull's daily lifestyle. This is because Rottbulls tend to inherit the strong-willed personality and stubborn nature of both parent breeds, so establishing their place within your family's pack is necessary at a young age. 

Depending on your budget, you may want to consider enrolling your Rottbull in lessons facilitated by a professional dog trainer. You could also participate in training sessions to learn how to become a knowledgeable leader for your Rottbull. Rottbulls do have a strong personality, so they may not be the best choice for first-time dog owners; they're more suitable for experienced handlers. They require a daily routine and consistent obedience training, whether you decide to do it yourself or through an organization. 

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Deciding on your course
To begin your obedience journey with your Rottbull, first, decide if you want to involve an outside trainer or facility. Licensed and experienced trainers are useful, especially with an independent breed like the Rottbull, so if this is something you can afford, it’s good to consider. If you do take this route, you will still need to reinforce the training at home by practicing their learned skills daily.
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Starting young
Beginning training at a young age will increase the speed of acquisition and the likelihood of your pooch retaining the skills. It’s also one way to establish yourself as the pack leader early on and help weed out the stubbornness your pooch may have inherited. Training should continue throughout a dog's entire life as it's a tool that works the mind.
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Being consistent
Whether you decide to incorporate an outside trainer or not, you should consistently practice any obedience skills or commands your pooch has learned. As they say, practice makes “pawfect”, and it will increase the likelihood of the behavior being repeated in the future! The more you practice, the less you'll need to use physical rewards like treats. Even when you think your pup knows everything they need to know, practicing obedience daily is a mental exercise every dog breed benefits from!
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Puppy Play Date

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Free
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1 hr
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Finding your Rottbull a playmate may seem like a juvenile activity, but it's actually crucial for their socialization. Both Rottweilers and Bull Terriers have a tendency to show aggression towards unknown dogs, and potentially humans, which is why introducing your Rottbull to others and teaching them the norms of interaction will prevent your pooch from developing this trait. 

Early socialization is best, as your pooch learns right away that other dogs exist and they too deserve respect. One of the best ways to teach this to your pooch is by arranging a dog play date and incorporating it into their schedule regularly. This activity is free of charge and should be completed often and for at least an hour, giving the dogs lots of time for interaction and play! 

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Finding a playmate
Depending upon your friends and family, finding a pup pal might be as easy as phoning a friend. If this isn't the case, you may consider frequenting dog-friendly areas to find a companion for your pup. One prominent place is the dog park, where you'll find all sorts of dogs who frequent the park, making it easy to find a playmate!
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Setting up the play date
Once you have a playmate for your Rottbull, start scheduling your visits! Include a play date in their schedule at least once a week for a minimum of an hour. The more play dates, the better. If you can, have your play dates outside or in an area where the dogs have lots of room to roam and play. It's likely they will be rowdy and excited, which you want to encourage! (Within reason, of course.)
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Monitoring the play
No matter how many times your pups have played, it’s always a good idea to monitor their interactions. Generally, dogs enjoy wrestling and running around, jumping on each other and challenging one another’s strength. This can sometimes lead to overly aggressive behavior, and if you're teaching your Rottbull how to interact and socialize appropriately, you need to discourage aggressive behavior immediately. Correct your pup, but send them off to continue exploring with their pal!
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Agility Training

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30 - 60 min
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Agility Course Obstacles
Jumping Obstacle
A-Frame
Tunnel
Weave Poles
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Looking for a way to test your Rottbull's physical and mental abilities at the same time? Agility course training is an activity that "offurs" you that option. Agility training requires your pooch to follow your command and lead while you guide them through a series of obstacles. 

Depending on your pup's experience level and versatility, you may decide to take it to the next level by registering your pup in competitions with others. Agility training is a flexible activity because it can be done at home or at a training facility. If you do explore outside facilities, keep in mind there's a cost. Costs can be either for day-to-day use of a facility, general membership costs, or costs for training. Outside facilities aren't necessary if you have the right amount of space and creativity to build your own course. 

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Finding your location
If you decide to train your Rottbull at a facility, you won’t need to worry about building your obstacles. For those training at home, or those who want an extra way to practice, create your own agility course. Of course, you will need ample space to do this, with the backyard or a large room being the most promising options. Once you know where the obstacles are going, you can choose which you want to train your pooch to conquer.
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Exploring different obstacles
Though it may seem daunting, you do have the option of building your own obstacles to train your pup if a facility isn’t available. Agility courses come equipped with jumping obstacles, a-frame ramps, tunnels, weave poles and more – giving you lots to choose from. You can get creative and use household objects to create obstacles, such as stools or chairs for jumps, or you can purchase special agility equipment online or at your local pet store. Get inspired by watching videos of competitions and researching obstacles online.
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Training using reinforcement
Train your Rottbull one obstacle at a time using positive reinforcement. Generally, you will need to always begin by guiding your pup through the obstacle while they remain on-leash. For example, if you’re teaching your Rottbull how to jump, keep them on their leash and walk ahead of them toward the obstacle. Then, give your chosen command (such as “jump”) and lead or encourage them through the task. Start small and reward every success along the way to promote the behavior. Eventually, they will master the obstacle off-leash.
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Showing off in competitions
As Rottbulls are a highly intelligent breed, it’s likely they’ll excel at agility training. If this is the case, choosing to compete can open up a whole new avenue of activities for you and your pup. Competitions occur year-round all over North America, although most charge a registration fee. You can inquire about opportunities to compete through local training facilities. At the competition, both you and your pup will have a chance to socialize!
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Frisbee

If your Rottbull loves to play fetch, diversify your experience by exploring the game of frisbee together. Your pup's goal is to grab the disc before it hits the ground. The running and jumping combined gives your Rottbull a total physical workout.

Daily Jog

As your Rottbull is an active breed, one way to enhance your daily walk is by turning it into a jog. A jog is not only beneficial for your Rottbull, but it's also good for improving your endurance and overall health. Grab your leash and head out for a refreshing run that gets both your hearts racing.

Conclusion

Without a doubt, the Rottbull is an effective guardian dog with heaps of intelligence and agility. This medium- to large-sized dog requires both daily physical and mental stimulation to maintain a healthy and happy lifestyle. Finding a variety of ways to stimulate your pup is the most effective method for you to promote their growth and development. 

To do this, consider alternating between activities that target the mind and body. For instance, practice obedience daily to challenge your pup's brain. Whether it's a quick refresher of commands or a new learning session, obedience training can be exhausting as it requires focus and determination. Likewise, agility training is equally exhausting as it works your pup's body alongside their mind.  

Daily jogs and frisbee are other options to get the heart pumping! Of course, having a play date to encourage proper socialization is another activity that's sure to intrigue your pup. Get out there and begin exploring the copious ways you can meet your Rottbull's physical and mental needs through engaging activities!