Activities For Afghan Bay Retrievers

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Introduction

If you have all the time in the world for a dog and don’t mind spending hours offering attention, love, and maintenance, then it might be time to welcome an Afghan Bay Retriever into your home. An Afghan Bay Retriever is a mix between a Chesapeake Bay Retriever and an Afghan Hound. The result of these two dogs with excellent sight, scent, and retrieving capabilities is a high-maintenance breed that requires physical and mental stimulation every day, as well as grooming. If you think you love physical activity, then the Afghan Bay Retriever will give you a run for your money. Keep them entertained, happy, and healthy, by treating them to the experiences below. 

Swimming

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Hot Day
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Easy
1 hr
Items needed
Towel
Leash
Toy
Activity description

Both Afghan Hounds and Chesapeake Bay Retrievers love the water, which makes them prime candidates for swimming as an activity. When the weather is intensely hot, and you can’t think of any other way to cool down, bundle up your Afghan Bay Retriever with a towel, toy, and leash, and head to your local watering hole. Alternatively, you can set up a paddling pool in your backyard. The goal is to both cool your pup down and provide them with a fun activity that wears them out. Because of the natural oils within a Chesapeake Retriever’s coat, you will also find they dry naturally and very quickly. Most of their fur will repel the water. If it doesn’t, however, you can towel dry them before worrying about grooming later on. 

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Swimming options
Both the Afghan Hound and Chesapeake Bay Retriever do not fare well in hot weather. Therefore, if the summer sun is becoming more than you can handle, then it’s going to be very challenging for your pooch as well. Look at different swimming options. A trip to the river, lake, watering hole, creek, beach, or a dog swimming pool could be in order. It also may pay to keep an eye out for swimming pools cleaning theirs out – they often hold open days for dogs before they change the water.
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Prepare games
Before you head into the water, prepare a few fun games to keep your dog’s mind entertained. Because they are excellent retrievers, you can bring a toy along with you and throw it into the water for them to get. The further out you throw it into a river or pool, the more energy they can use up. Alternatively, you can bring toys for them to retrieve from beaches such as balls and frisbees.
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Splash and swim
Arm yourself with a few toys, towels, and your dog and go swimming! It doesn’t matter where you take them swimming; they are going to enjoy being able to get in the water, splash about, burn off energy, and cool down in the intense summer sun. What’s more, you can also use it as an opportunity to prepare them for duck hunting season.
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Duck Hunting Training

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Any Day
Free
Normal
10 min
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Decoys
Throw toys
Duck scent
Activity description

If you own an Afghan Bay Retriever because you want them to become your fowl hunting buddy, then you will be pleased you adopted one. Even though an Afghan Bay Retriever is a mix breed, they get the best of both worlds: retrieving properties and a keen nose. You can use these to your advantage when you begin duck hunting training. You can carry out this free activity in any weather, with only duck decoys, duck scent, and 10 minutes of spare time. The short stints are crucial to help your dog learn far more effectively than if they worked away at training for hours. 

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Introduce concept
The first step for your dog to become a successful duck hunter is to introduce the idea of it. Your dog needs to know what a duck is, what a decoy is, and what the differences are between the two. Introduce scents and decoys very early on, putting smells on some, but not only others. You can then begin throwing them in straight lines like the arms of a clock, helping your dog to keep their focus and learn how to retrieve without straying.
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Positive reinforcement
When you begin to teach your dog how to retrieve waterfowl, it’s a process that may take a while. Therefore, you need to have patience and use positive reinforcement all the time. Don’t expect your dog to retrieve over and over again for hours until they get it right. Instead, use a gentle, guiding, and reaffirming hand and break it down into 10 minutes sessions. You are likely to have more success.
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Test run
Before you gear up for duck hunting season, give your dog a test run in the field. After all, simulation at home is okay, but there is nothing like the real thing. Take time out of your day, in season, to head to a favorite waterfowl hunting location. Take a few shots at ducks to bring them down then ask your dog to fetch them. With practice and repetition, you will find they are an excellent duck hunting dog.
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Dog Park

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Sunny Day
Free
Easy
1 hr
Items needed
Leash
Doggy waste bag
Toy
Activity description

The Afghan Hound can be quite an aloof dog, with minimal patience for small animals and other dogs if not properly socialized. Therefore, when you bring home your Afghan Bay Retriever as a puppy, you need to socialize them from a young age. Otherwise, you will struggle to engage them in activities with other dogs at a later date. The dog park can become both a fun activity and a training ground. You can take your dog there at least once per week for an hour and let them get used to other days. Soon enough, they will learn that dogs are friends, not threats. Set aside time on a sunny day, grab a toy, leash, and your dog, and head to the park. 

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Start slow
When you take your dog to the dog park, you need to make sure you take it very slowly. Given the aloof nature and temperament of the Afghan Hound coupled with the “get up and go” attitude of the Chesapeake Bay Retriever, you can’t put them into a pen and expect them to play nicely. Instead, you need to start off by walking them around the enclosure, letting them get used to the sights and smells. You also need to begin this process from a very young age, so they learn that other dogs are not threats.
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Large enclosure
Afghan Bay Retrievers are relatively large dogs, which means it’s imperative to put them in the large dog enclosure. Because they also have a high prey drive, it can be dangerous for other dogs if you put them in with smaller dogs. Their instinct is to chase, which can put other pups at risk of getting hurt. When you have decided that your dog is now accustomed to their surroundings, you can begin introducing them into the enclosure from outside.
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Energy burn
The dog park is a fun place for you and your dog to burn off energy – especially as your pampered pooch will have a lot of it spare! Take a toy in with you and throw it for your dog to retrieve. While they may be more interested in playing with other dogs, the inclusion of a toy can open the door of opportunity for further duck hunting training.
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Fetch

If you don’t feel like going on an outing with your dog, then there’s no harm in setting aside half an hour for a game of fetch. You can sit on your porch, throw a toy into your yard, and have your dog run backward and forward bringing it back to you. Within half an hour, you surely would have made a dent in their energy resources! 

Run

If you are an avid physical activity enthusiast, then you will love taking your Retriever with you for a run. Not only will they jump at the opportunity to spend time with you, but they will give you a run for your money. With fast little legs and a nose for smells, you will find the dog can help push you further and make you run faster than if you didn’t take them with you. 

Conclusion

Very few dogs will test your energy limits or challenge you as much as an Afghan Bay Retriever. They are a dog that loves to be a part of the action, run at full speed, and take part in exciting and fast-paced activities. Chew toys and neighborhood walks just don’t cut it, so put your best paw forward and treat your Retriever to a new type of activity today!