Activities For Black Mouth Curs

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Introduction

A true American dog, the Black Mouth Cur is one of the country’s top hunting and utility dogs throughout history. Native to the United States, this breed is one of the first few dogs to ever be used for herding flock and cattle. They became even more popular after the film Old Yeller was released, a movie where the titular character happens to be a Black Mouth Cur. At present, Black Mouth Curs are more popular as a family guard dog and overall companion, especially to children. They have, however, retained their working skills and have the tendency to excel in a lot of canine sports. This breed is a fearless, well-rounded and intelligent, which will make for a great addition to the right home and owner. 

Disc Dog

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Sunny Day
Cheap
Hard
1 - 2 hrs
Items needed
Disc
Treats
Activity description

One of the canine sports that is quickly rising in popularity today is disc dog. In essence, disc dog is basically Frisbee but with canines involved. While any dog breed can play this game, it is usually the athletic, medium-sized breeds (with herding or retrieving backgrounds) that excel in this sport, including the Black Mouth Cur. While the game seems similar to fetch, there is the added difficulty level given how unpredictable a disc can be when thrown. More than just playtime, however, disc dog also highlights the working relationship and communication between the handler (usually the owner) and their dog. 

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Start with the basics
In most things, you have to learn how to walk before you can run. This also holds true for disc dog training; you cannot simply throw a disc and expect your dog to inherently know how to catch it. Start by throwing the disc low and close in order to get them used to fetching the disc. Do this repeatedly until your dog gets the hang of it.
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Make things more challenging
When your dog becomes used to the idea of fetching and catching the disc, you can start to make things a bit harder. Throw the disc a little bit further than usual. You can also throw it higher to train your dog to jump and catch. Reward your dog with treats to give some positive reinforcement.
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Join a disc dog club
If you want to get your dog to learn disc dog more effectively, you may opt to join a local disc dog club. By joining a club, you get some wonderful insights from other disc dog experts and enthusiasts. Plus, your dog gets exposed to a new setting and can learn some new tricks from the pros. Disc dog clubs also hold events and competitions in case you want your dog to participate in the near future.
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Backpacking

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Sunny Day
Moderate
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12 - 72 hrs
Items needed
Tent
Food
Water
Collapsible bowls
First aid kit
Leash
Dog protection gear
Activity description

By nature, Black Mouth Curs are outgoing and keen to try new things. Dogs are also generally fond of seeing new things and enjoying nature. With these qualities, your Black Mouth Cur has the potential to be a great adventure buddy to have along. Take your Cur on a “backpacking” trip as you set out for a couple of days involving some camping and hiking, usually in highlands. This trip is a fun and special way to form an even stronger relationship with your pooch. Moreover, taking on the outdoors can help your Black Mouth Cur let off some steam and stay in tiptop shape. 

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Pay a visit to your vet
Before you embark on an outdoor adventure, especially one that will last for a couple of days to a week, it is vital that you go to your veterinarian and have your dog checked for any sickness or weaknesses. Moreover, have your vet give your pooch any needed vaccines or shots.
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Check your list twice
Packing is one of the most crucial parts of a backpacking trip; you would not want to be all set up in the middle of the woods and find out that you have forgotten something important. Make sure to have everything you need for the trip and create a list if it will help. The basics include a tent, food, water, first aid kit, flashlight and sleeping bag. For your pooch, bring some food, water and bowls. You should also have a collar, leash, toys, dog clothing and even booties for when you go on hikes.
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Set off on your trip
Once you are all packed and good to go, it is time to set off on your adventure. Head to your destination and start trekking, all the while keeping your dog close. Stop every now and then for rest and bathroom breaks. When setting up camp, make sure that your dog has a bed to sleep in if you will be sleeping alone in your tent. Take time to explore your surroundings, play games and just appreciate the outdoors with your best buddy.
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Dog Carting

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Any Day
Cheap
Normal
30 min
Items needed
Dogcart
Harness
Tow line
Activity description

As you can probably guess from the name, dog carting is a canine activity wherein a dog is tasked to pull a “dogcart” (a kind of light horse-drawn vehicle), normally filled with various supplies such as groceries, farm goods, firewood or other types of equipment. At times, the cart can even contain people. While dog carting is mainly recreational, the competitive sport form is known as mushing and is normally taken on by sled dog competitors for training during the off-season. Black Mouth Curs are a great choice for dog carting because they are a working-class breed with a knack for taking on tasks. This activity also helps Curs perform the functions they were originally developed for. 

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Acquire the equipment needed
If you want to teach dog carting to your Black Mouth Cur, you must have the basic equipment needed. If you happen to have a medium-sized cart lying around your home, you may use that and just buy the other tools such as shafts and cables. Otherwise, you can easily buy a ready-made cart. Additionally, you will need a special harness, which your dog will wear to pull the cart. Keep in mind that this harness must fit your pooch comfortably.
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Start light
Basic obedience commands go a long way in dog carting. You can start with just the harness and a lightweight object, such as a piece of wood or a small tire. With the item attached to your dog, you can use commands like “go” to encourage them to pull. At first, your dog might not follow your instructions, especially since the feeling of pulling something from behind is so new. Let your dog slowly adjust to this and be patient.
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Load up the cart
When your dog gets the hang of pulling an object, you can move on to the cart. Attach the cart onto your pup’s harness. Command your dog to pull an empty cart and practice it repeatedly. You can eventually add items, such as groceries or milk cartons, onto the cart as your dog gets more and more used to pulling.
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Practice Nose Work

Like most dogs, Black Mouth Curs have a sharp sense of smell. This can be honed further by trying some nose work activities. A good example would be to hide treats around the house and have your dog look for it. You can take things up a notch by hiding other items such as toys in hard to find areas or open spaces. 

Dog-friendly Winery or Brewery

When you feel like having a drink or two, chances are you’ll have to leave your dog behind at home. Luckily, pet-friendly wineries and breweries have become a fast-growing trend across the entire country. Nowadays, it’s so easy to find a place where you can bring your dog with you while enjoying some booze. Stay in the patio or outdoor area and try some of the finest brews and wines while spending time with your pooch.

Conclusion

The Black Mouth Cur is a smart and versatile dog that any pet lover would be lucky to have. They can be assigned different “jobs” or can serve merely as a companion and watchdog. However, those who own or are looking to get a Black Mouth Cur should be aware of the breed’s activity requirements and what it takes to keep them happy and healthy.