HOW TO ENTERTAIN A FRENCH BULLDOG
All dogs need toys! Both to keep them from getting bored while you’re out and to stimulate them intellectually. But how do you choose the right toys for your French Bulldog? See all our advice below.
How To Choose a Toy for Your French Bulldog?
All dog breeds need both physical and intellectual stimulation to feel balanced and happy. It is therefore essential to provide your pooch with toys and games to keep them occupied while you’re out of the house. Not all toys are suitable for all dog breeds, however. There are several factors to take into account when shopping for toys for your pooch. First of all, don't buy toys that are too big for your French Bulldog. This is a small breed dog, and toys must be adapted to their small jaw and short legs. Next, be sure that you’re buying your dog the right kind of toys. The Frenchie is an intelligent dog breed, so toys like puzzles will keep their brain occupied and prevent them from getting bored and lonely. If your dog feels bored they could quickly sink into depression and display problematic behaviours, such as destroying your clothes and furniture or barking. And you want to avoid this! A barking dog can create neighbourhood conflicts, especially if you live in an apartment with your French Bulldog.
What Are the Best Toys for a French Bulldog?
Playtime is essential for your French Bulldog. It allows you to have a great time together, but also to train your dog or get them to do a bit of exercise. Although the French Bulldog is not very athletic, this is a lively dog, who loves to have fun with children and other animals.
Squeaky toys are great for dogs who like to nibble and bite things. You'll need to be a patient owner to put up with the sound of these, but they're great for your young pup. The squeaky sound stimulates the puppy, encouraging them to nibble the toy, which helps to ease tension and calm the animal. This type of toy is especially useful when your puppy is teething.
The Kong is one of the great classic dog toys. The premise is simple: you place a treat inside the Kong and your dog tries to get it out. Kongs tend to keep your pooch occupied for long periods of time, so they’re great when you have to pop out for a while. Just be careful not to overdo it with the treats; French Bulldogs are prone to weight gain and obesity.
Puzzles are a type of brain game that your dog can do on their own. They’re perfect for when you have to leave home without your four-legged friend. Opt for puzzles that offer a reward, such as a healthy dog treat, as this should keep your dog occupied for some time.
Balls and Frisbees
These are also classic dog toys, ideal for getting your French Bulldog to exercise a little. Although played outdoors, they require minimum investment from you, the owner. Choose strong, quality items to avoid your pooch ingesting small pieces of broken fabric or material, as is often the case with tennis balls, for example. Also be careful not to tire your furball out too much, especially in hot weather; French Bulldogs don’t tolerate heat very well.
What are the Best Activities for a French Bulldog?
In addition to playing with games and toys, don’t hesitate to engage in a bit of activity with your French Bulldog. Within reason, of course! Due to their flat muzzle, French Bulldogs are often prone to breathing problems, so they can’t withstand too much exercise. You should therefore avoid canine activities, such as agility, that require a lot of endurance. Quiet walks are the most suitable activity for your Frenchie! Your daily outings don't have to be very long; just long enough to let your pooch sniff some new smells and meet some new people. During the summer, favour the cooler hours of the day, such as the morning or evening. In winter, consider buying your dog a coat to protect them from low temperatures.
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