If you find yourself in ownership of a Mudi, then you’ve hit the jackpot. This breed of dog is rare; there are thought to be only a few thousand in existence. While they are more common in Hungary, there are a few in parts of Europe, the United States, and Canada. A Mudi is a strikingly beautiful breed that excels in physical activity. They are a skilled herding dog that also shows talent in sports, shows, and anything to do with jumping. Therefore, they aren’t a pet for the idle. You have to be ready to lead an active lifestyle if you want any chance of catching up. Here are a few ideas to get you started.
Dog sports are not suitable for all dogs, but they are a Mudi’s bread and butter. Because they aren’t a dog you can expect to lounge around at home, you need to be willing to dedicate at least an hour a day, if not more, to their physical activity requirements. One way to do that is with dog sports. You can open the door to a whole host of new hobbies both for yourself and your magnificent Mudi, all the while letting their skills and talents shine through. You can do them in any weather, and you only need a leash, treat, and toy. However, dog sports can be challenging when you first start, and they can come with a high price tag. Regardless, if you’re ready to invest time, energy, and money into your new furry friend, dog sports may be the answer.
Flyball is a fun hour-long team sport of which your Mudi is bound to get a lot of enjoyment. It involves a team of four dogs, hurdles, a ball, and a dog with a lot of determination to run fast and follow orders. The dogs will run down an obstacle course, jump hurdles, get a ball, then come back and through a gate. For a dog such a Mudi that loves to run, jump, and play, there could be no better activity. However, getting started can be a challenge – especially as you need to teach them every step of how Flyball works, then tie it all together. Here’s how to get started on this moderately expensive, sunny weather activity.
You aren’t always going to have the time or motivation to commit to intensive activities with your Mudi every day. Therefore, you need to have something up your sleeve that you can do in any weather, that is free, and won’t require you to put in a lot of effort. Running is one such activity. Without spending any money, you can pound the pavement for an hour, with only the need for a leash and a waste bag. While it’s going to be more comfortable to go for a run in the sun, it’s also not out of the question to take them for a jog on a colder day as well. In any weather, your Mudi is going to love getting outside into the fresh air.
If there’s one activity that your Mudi will be naturally talented at, it’s frisbee. Mudi love to leap, bound and run, and frisbees offer this freedom. Take them to an area that offers plenty of space to run around, then throw the frisbee as far as you can. The further you throw it, the more exercise your pup can get.
A Mudi will make an excellent hiking companion due to how hardy they are. They can run, jump, climb, and travel for miles without wavering. Therefore, if you’re planning on going on a day-long walk, you can take your pup along with you. Don’t forget water and food for you both!
Most owners will proudly state that there is “no other dog like mine” but in the case of the Mudi, it’s truer than you would think. With only a few thousand in existence, your dog is not only special and unique to you, but to the world. Treat them like the diamond they are with a range of exciting and fun activities. You are bound to have a pawsitively delightful time, while your Mudi will get to benefit from a whole lot of fun physical activities that will tire them out for hours.