Activities For Artois Hounds

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Introduction

The rare Artois Hound is a descendant of the Bloodhound line and an avid hunter. This pooch needs a large home and yard where they can roam. They're best suited to an active individual or family that spends time outdoors. You should plan to provide your pup with at least an hour of vigorous exercise and plenty of mental stimulation each day. Their ideal activities would allow them to put their scenting and hunting instincts to work. When one of these pups joins your pack, you'll have an affectionate and loyal companion. They bond closely to a few people in the household and tend to be gentle with children.

Find It

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Any Day
Free
Normal
15 - 30 min
Items needed
toy
treats
Activity description
A dog with inherited tracking abilities like the Artois Hound will excel at finding concealed objects. Whether you hide a tasty treat or a favorite toy, this activity lets your pooch use their natural skills. You can play this indoor game at any time.  Fido will benefit from the mental stimulation as well as the bonding time with you. Start easy the first few times that you play "Find It" with your pal. That way, they'll be able to learn what you want them to do. It won't be long before you can make the activity more challenging to keep your fur-baby engaged.
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Teach the game
When you first teach this game, pick a treat or toy that has a strong scent. Let your pooch smell the item then hide it nearby. You can drag the food or object along the floor to leave a trail that your pal can follow to their quarry. Tell your pup to find it and encourage them when they're successful.
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Play the game
Once Fido has the gist of the game, you can up the ante. Place the item that they need to find further away. Try putting it in another room and leaving a trail. You can create a pathway to the object that has twists and turns to make it more interesting for your pooch.
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Scent Trails

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Sunny Day
Free
Normal
30 - 45 min
Items needed
favorite toy
treats
Activity description
Teaching your pooch to follow a scent trail will help them with hunting or learning how to be a search and rescue dog. This activity will get you and your special pal outdoors for some fresh air. Your pup will benefit from physical activity as well as mental stimulation when you work on their tracking skills. When you start training, try to go out at the start of the day. That way, you're less likely to be competing with other fresh trails in the grass. Use aromatic treats and lots of encouragement to get your pooch interested. Once they catch on, they'll enjoy putting their noses to work.
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Teach Fido to track
If you can, get an early start for the first few training sessions. Use a grassy area and tasty, strong-smelling treats. Using your shoe, crush one of the treats in the grass to establish the scent. Walk away from Fido in a straight line, and drop a treat along the path about every 20 paces. Place a toy or other item on top of some of the food at the end of your trail. Return to your pooch and release them to follow the tidbits to the object. Repeat a few times per session.
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Tracking
After a few sessions, your fur-baby should be ready to do this activity. As they gain mastery of following the scent trail, you can make the game harder. Make the pathway longer or add some twists and turns. Use stakes or flags to mark your route so that you can confirm that your pup stays on course.
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Round Robin Recall

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Any Day
Free
Easy
20 - 30 min
Items needed
treats
Activity description
One way to involve the whole family in exercising your pup is by doing some round robin recalls. This activity will take at least two people, and you can do it indoors or outside. Outdoors is the best option once your pooch shows a consistent response to your commands. That way, you can strengthen your pal's ability to heed you regardless of distractions. When you practice this skill, you'll be building a stronger bond with your fur-baby as you praise and encourage their obedience. They'll also benefit from the physical activity as they run from one family member to another when you take turns calling them.
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Obedience training
Before you can play round robin recall, you'll need to train your pup to come when you call them. Start by having your pal sit in front of you and take a few steps backward. Give them a recall command such as "come" or "front" and draw them to you with a leash or treat. Offer praise and rewards for obedience. Repeat the process and increase the distance each time.
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Play Round Robin
Set up a time where some family members can join you to drill your pooch. Tell the people to scatter through the yard about 15 to 20 feet apart. One member of the group calls Fido. When your pup responds to the recall and gets their reward, the next person issues the command and so forth.
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More Fun Ideas...

Running

With this pup's energy, they're a furrific candidate to be a running partner. With proper conditioning, you'll be able to take Fido for an hour-long jog to give them a vigorous workout. Carry water and waste bags with you.

Puzzle Toys

Your Artois Hound needs mental exercise as much as physical activity. By investing in a puzzle toy for Fido, you can keep the boredom at bay. Try a flip board or interactive game that rewards your pal with treats when they solve it.

Conclusion

Families and individuals that spend lots of time outdoors should consider the Artois Hound as a canine companion. This pooch is an active hunting breed that blends well with their clan. They're loyal and affectionate but can have a stubborn streak. Start training early and stay consistent with keeping your furry pal in line.