Activities For Spanish Bulldogs

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Introduction

Spanish Bulldogs are a large breed of dog whose origins can be traced all the back to the 5th century; a group of nomadic Iranian people known as the Alani had recently traveled to Spain for the first time, bringing a distinct breed of large dogs along for the trip in order to protect their livestock and themselves. These particular dogs would go on to sire another breed of canines who would eventually become known to the world as Alaunt dogs. It's from this now extinct Alaunt breed of dogs that Spanish Bulldogs, also known as Alano Español in their native homeland of Spain, descend from. Spanish Bulldogs possess a number of the same physical and mental traits that made their ancestors famous back in the day, allowing them to excel at a wide variety of physical activities.

Spring Poles

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Sunny Day
Moderate
Easy
20 min
Items needed
Spring Pole
Heavy Duty Tug Rope
Activity description
Letting your dog interact with a spring pole is one of the most effective ways that a person can go about training their pet's strength. Consisting of a metal string attached to a sturdy piece of rope, a spring pole is a unique piece of exercising equipment that encourages your dog to jump up, bite down, and hang on the device for as long as they can. Doing so will help your Spanish Bulldog increase their already inherently impressive strength while also giving them something else to sink their teeth into besides all of your good furniture. Spring poles can be created by hand or bought pre-assembled for around the same price (about $55 dollars stateside.) If you plan on letting your dog play with a spring pole, you should try to let them go at it on a sunny day so that the rain won't rust the spring prematurely.
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Break it in
Spring poles aren't exactly the kind of tools that you're likely to come across on a regular basis, so it's probably a good idea for you to set some time aside where you can get familiar with the device personally; test the strength of the rope and figure out which maneuvers and what height would provide your dog with a worthy challenge.
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Set the bar
Or in this case, set the spring pole; despite the name of the device, most spring poles don't come with a pole that you can tether the device to. That's because most spring poles are designed in such a way where you can tie or tether them around just about any sturdy, cylindrical object you can find; signposts, trees, and basketball net poles, to name a few. Find one such sturdy, cylindrical object and then think about which height would be good for your dog before setting up the pole.
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Higher and higher
As your dog spends time with the spring pole, their strength will begin to increase incrementally. This means that they'll be able to jump higher and higher over the course of time. Keep raising the height that you set the spring pole in proportion to your dog's strength to help them grow stronger with each spring pole session.
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Tire Towing

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Any Day
Moderate
Hard
30 min
Items needed
Dog Harness
Cables or Ropes
Tires (Various Sizes)
Activity description
The next time you think about going out for an exercise session with your Spanish Bulldog, consider trying this activity out to add an extra dimension of challenge to your workout; outfit your Spanish Bulldog with a dog harness, attach said harness to a bike tire, and then heel your dog as the two of you go for a walk around the yard. The added weight from the tire that your dog will be towing will cause their bodies to work harder than usual, eventually resulting in your dog's muscles improving drastically after the two of you complete enough tire towing sessions together. A good dog harness usually costs around $20 to $30, while sturdy ropes and cables cost about $10 to $15 a piece. You can either buy a tire specifically for this activity (bike tires cost about $30 while car tires cost about $60 to $80) or you can break out any spares you have handy depending on how far you want to take this activity. Either way, feel free to take your dog tire towing in whichever weather suits your fancy - rain or shine, this activity will still be a challenge.
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Getting started
There isn't a lot you need to do in order to get started with this activity; outfit your dog with a harness, attach a rope or bungee cord to it, tie the rope around a tire, and then heel your dog as the two of you go for a walk around the yard or a safe field. You can set aside some time to let your dog walk around with just their harness on so that they can get used to the feel of their equipment as well.
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Trudging forward
The bigger the tire you attach to your dog's harness, the slower they'll move early on. If you attach a tire that's too big or that's too heavy, you may potentially cause your dog to strain themselves and experience a great deal of discomfort. That's why you'll want to start with smaller, lighter weight tires when you first let your dog try this activity before the two of you move on to the heavier stuff. Let your dog work with a particular tire for at least one week's time before trying to move on to heavier weight.
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Pick Up Trash

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Any Day
Cheap
Normal
30 min
Items needed
Dog Training Clicker
Activity description
At the end of the day, most dogs are all too eager to please their human companions in whichever way, shape, or form that they can. Despite their somewhat gruff exteriors, Spanish Bulldogs are just as eager to make their human friends happy as any other breed. That's why it would ultimately be beneficial, for both yourself and your dog, if you find the time to teach them how to help you keep your place of dwelling clean by picking bits and pieces of trash then putting them away in trash cans. You may want to get a dog training clicker for this activity, as these devices help reinforce positive pet behaviors without the need to break out any potentially diet-busting dog treats. Since this is largely going to be an indoor activity, you can train your dog to pick up pieces of trash through rain, sleet, or snow.
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Training clickers and you
Training clickers are devices which are meant to reward a dog without needing to feed them any treats. Since you'll want to reward your dog each time they complete a step of this activity, and since there are a lot of steps to complete, training clickers are the more ideal method of rewarding a dog as opposed to feeding them multiple treats.
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Recognition and reward
The first challenge in teaching a Spanish Bulldog how to help clean up lies in getting them to understand what exactly constitutes trash; you'll need to spend quite a bit of time teaching your dog to recognize crumpled up pieces of paper, plastic wrappings, and scraps of cardboard as trash (and not food) that needs to be put in a trash can. You'll also need to help your dog recognize a trash can on sight as well. You can do these things by bringing your dog over to an item, pointing at it and saying "trash" or "trash can," moving your dog away, and asking them to move to the respective items when you call their names. If your dog even begins to walk in the direction of a trash can once you ask them to move to a "trash can" sound off using the clicker and keep doing so until they make it to their destination.
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Lead by example
Now that your dog knows what constitutes a piece of trash and a trash can, show them how to put the trash way; get a piece of trash you were already planning on throwing away, get your dog's attention, and then let them see you place the trash in the trash can. Use the training clicker and the corresponding commands to ask your Spanish Bulldog to do the same, and reward them with praise for a job well done.
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Sit on Command

Sitting on command is one of the most basic tricks a person could teach a dog but once they manage to get that trick down, a dog will be much more receptive to any other tricks that you might want to teach them. You can use a dog training clicker to reinforce positive behavior as you get your dog to assume the "sitting position" while you say the word "sit" in conjunction to physically assisting them in assuming the pose. Click the trainer when your dog's in position to let them know they're doing a good job.

Dress Up

Spanish Bulldogs have such a reserved and poised presence to them. How hilarious would it be to contrast that by breaking out the silly hats and over sized shirts so that you can playing a game of dress up with your pet? You can essentially try this activity out for free by using some of your own spare clothes for the game or you can hit up your local thrift shop and get some any number of fashionable (or unfashionable) articles of clothing for cheap.

Conclusion

Spanish Bulldogs can become great companions for the right kind of person; so long as you can treat these dogs with respect while also being able to put your foot down in order to let them know who's the leader of the pack, they'll respect your resolve and will fall in line. You'll also need to be able to present your Spanish Bulldog with a number of physically strenuous activities to keep them from getting too restless and out of shape. If you can do those things on a regular basis, then the Spanish Bulldog will reward your efforts with loyalty and respect in kind.