If you are the proud owner of an American Foxhound then you are probably very familiar with your pup's love to sniff and track. That natural instinct to trail anything with a strong scent is due to the fact that American Foxhounds were bred to hunt foxes. So, even if your American Foxhound has never actually tracked an animal, their instinct is still there! Why no cater the games and activities you play with your dog to that natural ability? These activities are perfect for hound dogs who love to sniff!
American Foxhounds are known for their innate sense of smell. They can track almost anything in any environment. And you know what else? They love doing it! In fact, one flaw of the breed is that once they get on a scent, it can be hard to call your Foxhound back - they become completely engrossed in their tracking job! Since your dog loves to track so much, why not set up a game that is specifically for tracking? No, you don't need to go out and find a fox or other live animal for your pup to track, some simple treats will do!
American Foxhounds need a decent amount of exercise. This translates to mean regular walks, games of fetch in a yard where they can run and an occasional swim are all activities that your dog will love. However, occasionally you can't bring your dog on that pre-planned five mile hike because of bad weather. Just because it is raining, snowing or there's a local hurricane doesn't mean that your dog should be forgotten! Setting up an indoor obstacle course is the perfect way to pass a day inside that you and your dog will enjoy. Not only will your dog get some exercise but you will get some entertainment as well!
If you feel like your American Foxhound truly has a gift of scent, you can train your pup to be an actual search and rescue dog. This activity does take a great deal of commitment and both you and your dog will need to work hard to become certified as a rescue team. This activity is perfect if you know your dog already loves playing things like hide and seek or treat hunt (as we described previously). It is also a fantastic way to put your dog's skills to use and use specific training techniques to hone their amazing skills.
Hounds love to run and the American Foxhound is no exception. Bring your dog a place where they can really stretch their muscular legs.
If you want to make dinnertime more fun for your dog, hide their entire dog bowl in a new location and see how long it takes for your pup to sniff it out!
American Foxhounds are true hunters at heart. They are fast, smart and fiercely loyal. Keep all of these personality traits in mind when you head out with your dog. While your pup will never be a true lap dog, they will be well mannered, sociable, and a true joy to have around, especially when they have gotten some energy out playing one of these fun activities! So set up an activity for your dog, rain or shine, they still need the exercise!