Activities For Bagle Hounds

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Introduction

You ain't nothing but a hound dog! And what a hound dog the Bagle Hound is! This incredible mix between a Beagle and a Bassett Hound is a lovable companion. Despite their tendency to be stubborn and follow their noses, these dogs are loyal, patient, and love to be right next to you. Activities for Bagle Hounds should include a mix of exercise to keep their weight in check and mental challenges to stave off boredom. Just with all hounds, a bored Bagle Hound is a mischevious Bagle Hound. Make sure they have enough stimulation to keep them out of trouble.

Fetch in the Park

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Sunny Day
Cheap
Normal
30 min
Items needed
Ball
Frisbee
Treats or snacks
Activity description
Bagle Hounds have a moderate energy level, and it's important to keep their fitness levels up. They absolutely love to play games. Fetch is one of the most beneficial activities for Bagle Hounds because it challenges the dog to run and use their sense of smell and vision to find the ball or frisbee. They love to have a job and bringing back a thrown object will keep them busy and occupied for a long time. Use fetch as a morning exercise session before you head to work or as an after work wind down to spend some quality time with your pup.
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Teach fetch
Bagle Hounds are driven largely by their noses and desire to do a job. This is why fetch is such a great game to play with them, but before they can play you need to teach them how to fetch a ball and most importantly, bring it right back to you. Start out by teaching them to take and give the ball. Put special focus on give. You should also practice come when called so they know where to go once they pick up the ball. When you have these commands down, throw the ball and encourage the dog to go get it. Call them back and ask them to give it, then give them a treat.
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Play for fun
When your Bagle Hound understands the concept of fetch and is chasing the ball and bringing it back to you successfully on a consistent basis, up the challenge by taking them to an off-leash dog park. Your pup will already be excited when they see you grab the tennis ball and their leash. When they see the park, their happiness will soar. The park is a fun and new place that will challenge all their senses and their focus.
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Consistency and fun
Make going to the park part of your weekly routine. It's important that your dog gets out and socializes with other people and dogs, and they will love their adventure outside of the house. The park is also a great way to challenge their listening skills and make sure they stay sharp, even with distractions. Fetching the ball in new places will be a fun and tiring activity for them.
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Tracking

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Any Day
Moderate
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1 hr
Items needed
Natural scent
coon hide
Leash
Activity description
Your pup is a hound through and through. The Beagle and the Bassett Hound have some of the most sensitive noses in the dog world. You can bet that your pup has a nose that can follow anything, and there is nothing your dog would rather do than follow a scent. It's what they were born to do. Enrolling your dog in tracking competitions or courses is one of the best activities for Bagle Hounds. They were born to do a job, and tracking requires them to be physically fit and use all of their natural senses. It's amazing to watch a dog who loves to track follow a scent.
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Find a pelt for tracking
The first step is to find an animal pelt you can use as a prize for tracking. You can find something to use at your local hunting store. While there, you can pick up a bottle of animal scent to set a trail for your Bagle Hound to follow. The people who work at these stores are often full of helpful information and advice, so don't hesitate to ask for their suggestions if you have any questions.
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Set the trail
While your dog is inside, set the first trail your dog will track. Pour some of the animal scent on the pelt and drag it, scent side down, along a trail in your backyard. You can drag it over rocks or trees, but make sure the trail doesn't get interrupted and don't make it too long. This is your dog's first practice round and you want them to be successful. Leave the pelt at the end of the trail for your dog to find. There is no need to hide it at this stage of the process.
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Let them loose
Once the trail is set, you can let them loose to follow the trail. Let them smell your hands or a rag that has the scent on it, and encourage them to track. Once they catch the scent, encourage them to keep going. After a little while, they should find their prize! Let them play with the pelt a little while before you take it away to set another track. As they get better, make it more challenging to find by making the scent trail lighter or breaking it up.
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Find It

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Rainy Day
Free
Easy
40 min
Items needed
Treats
Favorite toy
Activity description
Even when the weather is rainy or snowy and you and your dog doesn't want to go outside, they still need a healthy amount of activity to stay out of trouble. Use your pup's natural ability to sniff out scents to play a fun and energizing game of Find it. You don't need too much to excite your pup about this game. Just grab their favorite toy and find a variety of hiding places for your dog to seek it out. Activities for Bagle Hounds like Find It are perfect games to unwind a bored and excitable pup and will be fun for the both of you.
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Hide the toy
Choose one of your dog's favorite toys, or something they love to play with. Go to the next room and hide the toy in an easy place to find at first. You want their first attempt at "find it" to be fairly obvious so they learn what they are supposed to do when you give them the command.
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Let them try
When you have hidden the toy, bring them into the room and say "find it" in an excited voice. If they are confused at first you can point at the toy or challenge them to look in its direction. when they find or pounce on the toy, give them plenty of praise and let them play with it a little before you take it back to hide it for another round.
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Up the challenge
Once your Bagle Hound gets the hang of the game, you can hide the toy in more challenging places. You can place it in a laundry basket or behind a curtain. These challenges will help them use all their senses and make them mentally tired as well as physically tired. It's the perfect activity on a rainy day or when your dog needs something a little extra to keep them out of mischief.
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Movie Night

After a fun day or tracking or playing outside, your Bagle Hound will be ready to curl up o the couch with you for a movie marathon. You bring the snacks and they will bring the snuggles.

Walk in the Park

Going for a walk in the park with your Bagle Hound is the perfect activity to do daily. A  little walk around the block to the park will get you both out to stretch your legs and take in the sights and smells around you.

Conclusion

Bagle Hounds are funny and sweet pups with big hearts. These loyal dogs make great companions and even better hunting partners when looking for small and medium sized game animals. Their noses are some of the best at tracking animal scents and they love to have a job and feel as though they are contributing to the adventure. Activities for Bagle Hounds must be mentally and physically challenging. These smart dogs need to use their brains or they are prone to mischief. Luckily it's not difficult to find fun games to keep them on their paws. At the end of the day, all they really want to do is curl up with you.