Activities For Bloodahoulis

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Introduction

A Bloodahouli's work is never done. At least, that is what they think. This working dog cross between a Bloodhound and a Catahoula Leopard Dog (or Catahoula Cur) is always on a mission and loves to work hard. They make great guard dogs but need a lot of strong guidance, especially when they are young. This guide on activities for Bloodahouli's should give your determined dog a job to do, whether that's finding something, following a scent, or chasing after a ball or frisbee. These athletic dogs need plenty of room to run and play, and lots of direction so they learn their place in the family.

Swimming

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Hot Day
Moderate
Easy
30 min
Items needed
Towel
Ball
Food and Water
Waste Bags
Activity description
These dogs are found mostly in the south, and on hot summer days, there is no better activity for the Bloodahouli than going for a swim. Catahoula dogs love water and they have passed this trait on to this special mix. It doesn't matter whether they are playing in a stream, a pond, or a lake. Wherever there is water, your Bloodahouli will be ready to jump in. Swimming will help your dog keep in shape, burn off their copious amounts of energy, and keep them cool on a hot summer day. They will be more than excited to join the family for an afternoon swim or spend the whole day lounging by the lake.
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Where to take a dip
The first thing to do is look for the best spot to make your summer swimming hole. Not all swimming spots are dog-friendly, so it's important to do a little research before you pick a spot. Decide if you want a place you have to hike to or a swimming spot where you can drive up and set up everything you need for the whole day.
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Gather everything
The next step is to gather everything you need to make it a great day. You might only need a towel and a tennis ball to make your dog happy. If you're planning to spend the whole day out, you can bring a lunch and snacks and a good book to read in some shade.
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Jump in
Once you have everything you need, it's time to take a break from the heat and jump in the water. Your Bloodahoula will get so excited as soon as they see the water. After jumping in and making a splash, they will want you to throw them a tennis ball and a stick again and again as they splash right into the water to fetch it. After a long play session, they will be ready to take a long nap in the shade.
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Hog Hunting

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Sunny Day
Moderate
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3 hrs
Items needed
Paw boots
Reflective vests
Tail protector
Neck protector
Activity description
Bloodahoulis were bred to assist their owners with hunting medium-sized game animals like hogs. These dogs can run for miles and miles, and their noses are so sensitive, they can track an animal for a long time. Hogs are seen as a nuisance animal because a single herd can destroy farmland in no time flat. Experienced hunting dogs like Bloodahoulis help keep the population in check and provide food for the hunters' families. Hunting hogs is one of the best activities for Bloodahoulis because they love to have a job. Running through the hills and forest in search of game animals is just what they are looking for.
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Release
The most important command to teach your dog while hunting hogs is to "release." When they corner a hog on the hunt, you want them to release it as soon as you ask. Start teaching them "release" with a toy. You can douse it in scent to make it more tempting, but always reward them for a quick release.
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Meeting a hog
When your dog is about a year old, it's time to introduce them to a hog. Choose one the same size as your pup, and let them get excited about it. They should get used to how hogs move and run, and they need to get used to the scent so they can follow it through the woods.
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Learn from another
When your dog has their hunting commands learned and is used to hogs, you can take them on their first hunt with experienced dogs. These older dogs will help your pup learn the ropes when hunting hogs. Eventually, your dog will want to learn exactly how to corner and hold them while you catch up, and they will be happy and satisfied with a job well done.
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Wait to Fetch

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Sunny Day
Free
Normal
30 min
Items needed
Chuck-it
Tennis balls
Activity description
Activities for Bloodahoulis that help them control their impulses are incredibly important to helping these dogs listen to their masters and learn their place in the family. These dogs are happy to chase a ball again and again and again. When they chase, they operate with the instinct side of their brain, which can get them into a lot of trouble. Teaching them how to control their impulses through games will get them to use the thinking side of the brain. Playing games like this will help when they see a squirrel they want to chase or react when you don't want them to. You can play at home for free every day, allowing your dog to use their many talents in the form of a game.
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Sit and stay
The first step is to teach your dog how to sit and stay. Start with just the basic commands and work each day to have your dog sit and stay consistently. Practice in a spot with little distractions, and as they get better and better, ask them to sit and stay in busier places, like outside or in a park.
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Regular fetch
Before you can play wait to fetch, your dog needs to learn how to retrieve a ball and give it back to you. Bloodahoulis are usually quick to pick this up, but it's important they learn how to bring it and release it. Use a chuck-it to throw the ball farther and farther each throw and to keep your hands from getting slobbery.
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Wait and fetch
When your dog is fetching like a pro and staying even when tempted to move, you are ready for wait to fetch. Start by putting your pup in a sit/stay, tossing the ball slowly, just in front of them. If they go to move, say "stay" loudly. Make them wait a few seconds, then release them to get the ball. Each time toss the ball a little farther and faster as they start to get better at staying. Soon, you'll be able to throw the ball far with the chuck-it, and your dog will look to you for the release.
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High Five

Teaching your Bloodahouli tricks may take a little more time and patience than other dogs, but challenging their brains with new tricks will keep them from getting into trouble.

Running

One of the best ways to exercise your energetic Bloodahouli is to head out on a run together. These dogs were born to run and will always be your best running partner.

Conclusion

Activities for Bloodahoulis need to allow them space to run and exercise and challenge them to control their impulses. These dogs are smart and athletic. They are naturally driven to track and hunt, so finding ways to give them a job will help keep them happy and prevent them from getting into trouble or being destructive. They love to swim on hot summer days and splash in the water after a ball or a stick. Make sure you are assertive and patient with these dogs. They don't respond to aggression, but they need to know who the leader is. Choosing activities that help them find their place will give them the comfort they need to be the best dogs possible.