Activities For Anglo-Francais De Petite Veneries

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Introduction

The Anglo-Français de Petite Vénerie is a small-game scent hound. This rare breed is the result of centuries of crossing various breeds of English foxhounds with French scenthounds. If you have one of these pups, you'll have a social, loyal and affectionate companion. They tend to be gentle with kids and bond well with the family. As a pack animal, they do well with other dogs but may think smaller pets are prey. When you have this energetic fur-baby, you'll want to provide them with lots of mental and physical stimulation. Plan to offer at least 45 minutes of activity each day to keep Fido happy.

Treat Treasure Hunt

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Any Day
Free
Easy
15 min
Items needed
treats or food
Activity description

Make dinner time an adventure by hiding pieces of food around the house or back yard. This activity provides mental stimulation for your pooch as they search for each tidbit. You can also use the treasure hunt when you leave the house to keep your pal occupied. Place treats in different secret spots, then tell Fido to find them before you go out the door. This tasty activity is a great way to put your pup's strong sniffer to work.

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Teach "find it"
Before you try hiding food all over the house, you'll want to teach your pup how to find it. Start by making your pooch sit by their dinner bowl. Then place a few morsels near Fido's feeding area and give your pal a search command. Once they understand the game, you can conceal tidbits in the same room.
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Play treasure hunt
Once your pup can easily find treats in the same room, you can expand to other parts of the house. Place pieces of food in different spots. You should make sure that the tidbits have a strong aroma that your pooch can track. Keep a list of your hiding places in case your fur-baby misses some.
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Nose Work

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Any Day
Moderate
Hard
30 - 45 min
Items needed
treats
cotton swabs
essential oils
aerated glass container
Activity description

Nose work is a furrific activity for a pooch like the Anglo-Français de Petite Vénerie. Your scent hound will pawsitively love using their natural scent instincts to track a targeted aroma. Dogs that do nose work learn to find one of three odors that's hidden in various locations. As your pup gains skill in this tracking sport, they'll be able to locate their quarry in places like a car, a container, indoors, or outdoors. To get started, help your pal engage in the hunt. Start hiding a favorite toy when Fido is young to teach them the "find it" command. Spend several months developing their tracking skills.

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Early training
You can start training for nose work while your hound is still a puppy. Take a favorite toy and put a drop of essential oil of birch on it. Let Fido smell the item, then hide the toy. Tell your pooch to find it. Praise and reward them for each success. You can play this for several months before moving to formal training.
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Introduce the jar
When Fido is a master at finding their toy, you can introduce them to nose work. Put a drop of birch oil on a cotton swab and seal it in an aerated glass container. Let your pooch smell the jar and immediately reward them for touching it with their nose. Place the search item in a small box and repeat.
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Teach nose work
Now you're ready to start teaching Fido to find the jar. Start by placing the box with the container in a room with a few other empty packages and encourage your pal to find their quarry. When your pooch masters this step, you can hide the object in increasingly difficult places. To take the game up a level, add other jars with oil of clove and oil of anise and teach your pup to locate a particular aroma.
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Nature Walk

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Sunny Day
Free
Easy
30 - 45 min
Items needed
water
waste bags
treats
harness or leash
Activity description
Plan a nature walk with your furry friend. Fido will love putting their nose to the ground and picking up the different scents as you hike through the fields or woods. You'll want to keep them on a harness or strong leash at all times to prevent your pal from taking off on a scent trail. The time you spend with your pooch will provide both of you with paw-lenty of exercise and bonding time. All you have to do is find a trail or preserve that's dog-friendly. Learn everything you can about your venue so you'll know what supplies you need to bring with you.
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Planning
The first thing you'll want to do is find a place where you can walk your pooch. Research parks or preserves in your area that allow dogs. Learn about the habitats and terrain. That way you'll know if you need extra supplies like protective booties for your pal or towels to dry feet and legs.
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Preparing
Once you've done your research, you can prepare for your outing and get your supplies ready. Make sure you have enough waste bags for your walk. Fill a water bottle and consider bringing a portable water dish. Get directions to the facility. Lay a blanket or large towel in the back seat of your vehicle for your pup.
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Enjoy!
When the day arrives for your outing, load Fido in the car and head to the area. Put a leash or harness on your furry pal before you start on the path. Enjoy strolling through the facility, but be sure to steer clear of any areas where dogs aren't allowed. Give your pal plenty of time to sniff all the exciting new smells and you'll have one happy hound on your hands!
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Scent Tracking

Teach Fido how to follow a scent through the grass using treats and a favorite item. Sit your dog at the starting point and walk through the field, dropping pieces of food as you go. Place the object at the ending point and let your pooch follow their nose.

Dog Park

The Anglo-Français de Petite Vénerie is a social pup that loves being part of a pack. Why not plan a play date with other pooches at the local dog park? Let your furry friend romp with canine pals while you connect with the humans.

Conclusion

This French hound would be a furrific companion for someone who lives in the country or has an active lifestyle. The Anglo-Français de Petite Vénerie has lots of energy and loves to be outside exploring. Provide adequate mental and physical stimulation to keep them content -- they tend to bay when they're bored.