Activities For Black And Tan Virginia Foxhounds

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Introduction

At one time, the settlers of the East Coast utilized dogs to seek out various types of prey that were then harvested for food in the virtual wilderness of young America. Typically hounds, these dogs' strong sense of smell made them immensely talented at flushing out prey. However, there were still some who hunted for sport, such as those who hunted foxes, and the Black and Tan Virginia Foxhounds were utilized for this purpose. The breed was later crossed with Bloodhounds to develop a new type of hound, the Black and Tan Coonhound. The Black and Tan Virginia Foxhound is still a hunter at heart and requires a great amount of activity to avoid mischief and lead a happy, healthy life.

Nose Work Competition

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Sunny Day
Moderate
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60 min
Items needed
Dog-safe essential oils
soft hand towels
leash and harness
treats
Activity description
The Black and Tan Virginia Foxhound is a hunter at heart. They were bred to assist their human hunting partners in flushing out prey. They have a strong sense of smell. This trait is so much so present that they often do not listen to their humans, but rather follow an interesting scent. For this reason, you'll want to begin training them at a young age where obedience is concerned. However, don't look a the nose as a liability. You can still utilize this talent to keep your companion busy and happy. Nose Work competitions allow your hound to follow their nose to a sweet reward.
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Attend andoObserve
It can be said with great certainty that your Black and Tan Virginia Foxhound will enjoy utilizing their nose to seek out new smells. However, competitions may not be to your - or your dog's - liking. The best way to determine whether this is something you and your dog are interested in is to attend a competition. We suggest going once by yourself to observe, then taking Fido along. Some dogs do not like the loud ruckus that many of these competitions produce.
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Training at home
If your dog appears to enjoy the prospect of competitive nose work, then begin training them at home. You can begin by putting treats in somewhat hidden places, making sure that your pal can see as well as smell them, and telling them to "find it." Graduate to hiding the smelly treats completely and requiring them to "find" based on smell. Once this step is accomplished, go outdoors with scented cloths and repeat the same basic process.
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Participate
After you are sure your dog is ready to compete, then sign up to participate in a few local nose work events. Some experts do recommend attending an event or two with Fido in tow so that you can assess their desire to join in. If you feel this is a good fit for both of you, then sign up to participate in a few local events. Be sure to keep up practice between events.
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Any Day
Cheap
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15 min
Items needed
treats
child's beach bucket
sand
kiddie pool
Activity description
Remember, the Black and Tan Virginia Foxhound is a hunter at heart. They will need a great deal of activity as these dogs were once accustomed to running many miles for hours daily. In order to help your spirited hound dissipate the great amount of energy they inherently possess, you can build a few digging and hunting stations that will mentally engage them as well as occupy them physically. In the summer, you can utilize a few sand pails filled with a few smelly treats as a fun outdoor game. There's also a winter version of this activity that Fido will surely enjoy.
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Digging station
Although the Black and Tan Virginia Foxhound is not known for digging, they do dig in search of a treasure. Take a hard plastic kiddie pool and fill it with sand. Next, choose a few hardy objects to hide in the sand. Encourage your furry companion to dig for them and be sure to praise them when they find the treasured items.
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Summer version
Again, your pup will naturally enjoy digging for "treasure." During the summer, pick up three or four plastic sand pails - you want them to be fairly sturdy. If your dog can tear them up with his teeth after one or two games, then you'll just have to purchase replacements. Fill them with a toy or smelly treats. Fido will love sniffing out the treasure!
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Winter version
If you live in an area that receives snow throughout the winter, then you can set up a winter version of "digging for treasure." Instead of using pails to hide treats or toys, use the snow to create hiding places for your chosen "treasure." Take an old broom handle and fashion at least three holes big enough for your dog to stick their nose in, hide one item in each, and let them go to town playing naturally.
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Indoor Play

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Any Day
Cheap
Normal
60 min
Items needed
food puzzle toys
interactive toys
Activity description
Although the Black and Tan Virginia Foxhound is a larger dog and it may seem that the indoors is not a proper place to play with this natural-born hunter, there will be times when you just can't get outside to play. This can result in a bored and somewhat destructive dog. Furthermore, you can plan activities that exercise your dog's brain rather than solely utilize physical activity to wear them down. Planning activities is simple. You can take Fido to a doggie daycare or an indoor dog park, or you can pick up some interactive toys that will keep them busy for some time.
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Dog's day out
We send children to daycare so that they can interact with other kids and learn a thing or two as well. Why should your dog be any different? When it's too cold to play outdoors, consider taking Fido to a doggy daycare where there are activities and learning opportunities galore. If this isn't an option for you, consider spending a few hours at an indoor dog park. There are plenty of activity stations available for your busy pal to traverse.
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Food dispensing toys
No matter the size of your living area, you can put down a few interactive food dispensing toys for Fido, and they will be entertained for some time as they chew, lick, and sometimes toss the food dispensing toy around in an effort to get the treat to come out. Simply place a treat or a few pieces of kibble into the toy and let your dog play freely to get to the treat.
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Other interactive toys
Keep in mind that the Black and Tan Virginia Foxhound is a hound and a born hunter. You might be surprised to learn that there are a number of toys that trigger their inner hunter. A toy that hides a squeaker inside is just one of the many simple toys that satisfy the hunter inside the Black and Tan Virginia Foxhound. Be sure to pick up a sturdy toy, however. The powerful jaws of this breed will tear into some toys in an effort to get to the squeaker.
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Flirt Pole

Another fun way to tap into your Black and Tan Virginia Foxhound's inner hunter is to play with the flirt pole. Play with your dog and let them jump, twist, and reach to get the "prey" at the end of the pole.

Hiking

This hound will love accompanying you on a walk in the wilderness or even just around the perimeters of your property. Be sure to take a first-aid kit if you are going to be away from home.

Conclusion

The Black and Tan Virginia Foxhound has a rich history as a hunting companion. They are happiest out in the field chasing down a scent. However, this does not mean the breed can't be just as happy indoors with you. Simply plan for many activities which will keep them from becoming bored. Get outdoors when weather permits, but always have fun interactive toys to fall back on, and you'll never see that boredom turn into mischievous behavior.