Miniature bull terriers are very active, funny, fearless, loyal dogs that love being with their family but they require both physical and mental exercise to keep them busy and out of trouble. They need extensive socialization and obedience training so they do not become unruly or aggressive. Most adult miniature bull terriers require suitable daily exercise such as long brisk walks and are great pets for older children that throw balls and play games with them. If you have a miniature bull terrier puppy, often a short playtime is sufficient exercise for him, often followed by a nap. Puppies bones need time to mature so never take your puppy on a long or strenuous walk. Always talk to your veterinarian first to find out what is suitable for a young puppy. If you have a fenced yard, make a game of hiding one of your miniature bull terriers favorite treats or toys and then have your dog hunt for it. This keeps your pet physically active and busy while keeping his mind sharp and focused. On days you cannot take your dog out because of the weather, a fun game to keep your miniature bull terrier busy is to hide some of your pet's toys around the room, placing a treat under each toy. You will be amazed at how quickly your dog catches on to this game and how much he enjoys it.
Socialization classes and obedience classes are a great way to keep your miniature bull terrier not only busy but also learning proper social skills. Terriers can be a little difficult to train due to their independence and energy but do respond to positive training techniques, especially when you use food, games, and toys as a reward. This often seems to work even better than praise, especially the food treats. To stop undesirable behavior such as continuous barking or jumping up on furniture, a shaker can or a squirt bottle and verbal commands often does the trick. Early and continuing socialization helps develop a more even-tempered dog that accepts other dogs, people, and experiences easier.
Another way to keep your miniature bull terrier busy is dog agility training. This is a sport where you direct your terrier with hand signals, verbally, or movement, through a course comprised of such things as and A-frame, jumps, hoops, hurdles, tunnels, weaving poles and a seesaw. It is a race for both accuracy and the best time. Agility training keeps your miniature bull terrier both physically and mentally active; you both work as a team together and are a tremendous amount of fun. Many local dog clubs and breed clubs host trials or competitions often held on the weekend as a two-day event. The Earthdog trial is a fun way to test your miniature bull terriers hunting instinct and working abilities. It is great for pets and owners that love spending time together outdoors.