Top 5 training and dog sports for Bullies
Owning a bully breed can be a ton of fun! It also can be a handful of headaches if you can’t find the appropriate amount of time and ways to expend energy in your robust bully buddy. The standardized ten minute walks that satisfy many breeds never seem to be enough to exhaust your bully breed.
Bully breeds are known for their high energy levels and their ability to be versatile in regards to competing in organized activities. Outside of the organized activities here are a few unorthodox ways and dog sports that may exhaust even the most in shape Bully and help you maintain your sanity as an owner.
The first way is an amazing dog sports activity if you can get your bully to participate. Frisbee is an all out free for all that encourages running, jumping and a degree of focus that is found in few other canine activities. The floating of the frisbee over forty yards or more, and the sprinting bully in full chase is breath taking!
Few activities or dog sports can bring out the musculature that the sprinting and jumping will create! Not to mention there are few things cooler than seeing a seventy pound bully in full flight! All you need is a frisbee and an open space!! So the cost is minimal, the main issue is finding the appropriate space!
The next dog sports activity we love for a bully breed is fetch in the water! Now what a lot of individuals think of when they think of water and dogs is swimming, but the truth is the shallow waters can build up just as much muscle and expend a ton of energy. I love to take a bully to a lake and throw a floating toy from one end of the low waters against the bank to the other!
The bully will bound, jump and push through the waves and the exercise is exhausting and safe! For the dog that ignores the recall a long leash keeps your bully under control and safe from going in to the deep of the waters! The cost again is relatively inexpensive and the main obstacle is in finding the water that will allow you to perform the exercise!
The next dog sports activity we recommend is the use of a spring pole. A spring pole is a contraption that consists of a spring a tire, a piece of burlap, or other toy that a bully can bite into and hang from. The toy is attached to the spring and hangs from a tree or a piece of wood specifically designed for the activity.
The mistake many individuals make is placing the toy too far off the ground, causing the bully to hang off the ground. Although it looks impressive, the dog is not getting the full benefit of the activity. Keeping the dogs back legs on the ground is not only safer, but causes the dog to push, pull and truly build up it’s rear in regards to it’s legs.
Having the feet on the ground also develops the neck and chest as the dog can tug and yank with a large amount of it’s front assembly. The building of a spring pole can be a bit more pricey, but even the smallest yard can accommodate a spring pole set up.
Another activity that builds muscle an expends energy is double ball throws. This is a dog sports activity that many high strung bullies enjoy. It’s simple and enjoyable for owner and pet! It’s a simple game of fetch with a twist! Go to a field with two tennis balls, or two sticks, throw one as far as you can.
The dog will give chase, grab the toy and begin to bring it back, once he gets close to you throw the other ball the opposite direction. The game is a game of sprints and will exhaust the toughest of canine triathlon athletes! For the stubborn bully that refuses to drop it’s ball take four or five balls to throw.
One after the other, the bully can only hold so many in it’s mouth and the constant throwing of the toys will drive the bully crazy and give your dog an incredible workout! The toys are fairly free, and again the main thing you need is the space to throw them!
The last activity we are going to discuss is the use of a flirt pole! Flirt poles are basically long sticks with a rope and a tease you attach to the end. The object of the flirt pole is to have your dog chase down the tease toy, always keeping it out of reach of the bully.
You encourage the dog to jump, chase and make sharp turns as it chases down the toy. Flirt poles can provide hours of fun and the ability to change the tease toy relatively easily keeps the most A.D.D bully focused on the game! It builds muscle through leaping, sprints and explosive bursts of motion! It’s a dog sports activity that also works out the mind and mental stimulation is also important in exhausting your pet. Flirt poles can be made for less than ten dollars and the space needed is minimal.
The ability to workout your bully often is a major factor in creating a happy relationship with your pet. The physical and mental stimulation builds a better bond and allows you to expend the energy that otherwise may be spent in destroying items around your house.
The good news is even the most busy bully owner should be able to set aside thirty minutes a day to interact with their pet. These mentioned activities and dog sports are best used for fifteen minutes to thirty minutes a day at a high intensity rate. Switching activities also will create a healthier happy pet! Our Bullies can get bored, so always stay a step, if not two ahead of you bully athlete!