English Bull Terrier and Miniature Bull Terrier Breed Information: Exercise
In general especially the young Bull Terrier needs a lot of exercise. However, some people may misinterpet “exercise” as the need of long walks around the block. In fact, walking your Bull Terrier will not really be a successful exercise for her and even walking for an hour will not be sufficient for her to let off steam. Exercise for a Bull Terrier means: Mental and physical challenge and variety. This is why you will find it hard to interest your pooch in a long walk unless you are planning on all kinds of activity, meeting people or doing other interesting stuff along the way. Fancy never liked walking too much, neither does Mila as far as it concerns walking in our very calm and rural neighborhood. Chasing after a ball for an hour – well, that’s a whole different story!
Proper physical exercise for a Bull Terrier could be a diversified walk/run course in the woods or at the beach, chasing balls, frisbees or after a flirt pole, playing tug of war, chasing or hanging on a rope tied to the thick branch of a tree, pulling weights or walking/ swimming in shallow water, obstacle courses … you get the idea.
Bull Terriers in general are agile and very good sprinters on the short distance. They are NOT marathon runners. Bull Terriers are prone to getting overexcited and overstraining themselves up to the point of injury and organ damage. One reason is their very high pain tolerance.
Fancy once broke her toe during play. It happened, because she made an abrupt stop and all the power and energy of her moving weight concentrated on one point, which one toe was not able to withstand. We noticed her shaking her paw for a second, but that was it for the moment. Then the ball chase went on and we thought everything was alright. Well, it wasn’t. But that did not surface until she had walked back home with us, got to rest and then finally seemed to realize that something was wrong. By the way, once they HAVE noticed their misery, they sure CAN act very pitiful and be sorry for themselves. 🙂
So it is a good idea to not let the Bull Terrier get too excited for her own and safety’s sake. It is also not a good idea to put Bull Terriers under long-term load, because that may effect their joints and their heart. This does not mean, that you can’t go on a bike ride with your pooch and let her walk beside the bicycle. But that should be on an occasional basis and completely omitted in warm climates.
Speaking of warm climate:
Some Bull Terriers also love to lie in the blazing sun. All white Bull Terriers may need sunscreen, because their skin is very sensitive. And you should have an eye on them and call them out of the sun, if you feel that they are overdoing it. Dogs CAN not only get sunburn, but also sunstroke! This is also the reason why you should NEVER, EVER, leave a dog in your car during the hot summer months!!! Not only is it cruel, it can kill your dog!
If your Bull Terrier loves the sun, make sure that she always has access to plenty of fresh water! In very hot climate dogs drink up to 1/2 cup of water per every two pounds of weight. That means a 42 pound Bull Terrier would need 10.5 cups or shortly over 5 Pint of water A DAY!
Training for the champions
Also obedience training and learning tricks is a great exercise for your Bull Terrier.
The Bull Terrier is often described as one of the harder to train dog breeds.
As I have never trained another dog than a Bull Terrier, I can really not decide, if this is true or not.
What I CAN tell you is: Don’t get discouraged by the statement above! Just because your Bull Terrier may be harder to train than other dogs, this does not mean that she is not able to learn at all and that training will never be fun. I will continue to gather a lot of fun and useful training tips in my articles about dog training. Please feel free to browse through them and learn how easy it is to have fun with your Bull Terrier and get her to learn something useful at the same time. I will frequently provide more dog training information. Also I have a lot of tips and tricks ready about how you can entertain your Bull Terrier.
We even have created our own Bull Terrier Fun Iphone App to help with Bull Terrier training. Check it out and let us know, if you like it!
Prepare to get involved …
… because interaction is what your Bull Terrier desires. But there are some also special tricks to keep her busy at least every now and then on her own.
Rest assured that one day your energetic, hyper Bull Terrier will settle and become the calm and confident companion you will enjoy so much. Don’t forget to enjoy every step of the journey, they develop so quickly!