The Bracco Italiano is a hunting breed from Italy that is beginning to grow in popularity across the globe. Even though they have mainly been used for hunting, they do make very affectionate and loving companions for the family. The Bracco Italiano is a loveable dog that needs a lot of exercise to keep them healthy and happy. They can become vocal and destructive if left to their own devices for too long. Look for fun activities to do with your Bracco Italiano that makes them feel they have completed a task and fits in your budget.
Touch training, also known as targeting, is used for service dogs but is also a great way to teach your dog to perform tasks and tricks to amaze your friends. Touch training is when you teach your dog to touch something with their nose or paw. They can learn to turn on a light switch, ring a doorbell, close a door, or give a polite greeting to visitors. You can teach touch training any time and do not need any special equipment. All you will need is a lot of patience and treats. When you begin teaching touch training, chose a quiet room to keep distractions to a minimum. Once your dog has the basics of touching down, you can start adding distractions.
Sometimes the best activity for your Bracco Italiano is to simply take a stroll through your neighborhood and enjoy being together. Remember to keep your dog on their collar and leash while out walking and also take along a few treats. Practice good walking etiquette and do not allow your dog to pull ahead of you or be unruly when meeting others out for a walk. Tuck a few clean-up bags in your pocket in case your dog drops a surprise along the way. Most towns will have a rule that requires you to clean up after your dog. Going for a walk is free, easy and will help you and your dog get your daily exercise.
Nose work is a fun activity, especially for the Bracco Italiano. This activity can be done indoors or outside and is a cheap activity that will allow them to use their natural abilities. You will begin by using some smelly and yummy treats for your dog. When doing nose work, always keep it fun and exciting and be consistent in the commands that you give. There are many benefits to teaching your dog nose work and eventually, you may even be able to expand on their training to do search and rescue work. Nose work is a great way to keep your dog entertained but keep each activity short, about 15 minutes, before giving them a break. You can do a few 15-minute sessions of nose work throughout the day to keep your dog on their toes.
Hosting a playdate can be fun, especially when it is held outdoors. You can even turn it into a pool party in the warmer months. Provide plenty of toys and cool, clean water for your four-legged guests. You can serve snacks and drinks for your two-legged guests as well. Invite dogs that are close to your dog’s size to keep any possible mishaps from happening when large and small dogs play.
Some dogs actually enjoy hopping into the car and taking a drive with their favorite person. Plan a drive through the countryside and make a stop at a park for some impromptu playtime. Before setting out on a long drive make sure to pack bottled water, water bowl, collar, leash, and treats for your dog. If your dog does not find riding in the car enjoyable, this is not a good activity to choose as they will be miserable.
No matter what activities you choose for your Bracco Italiano, the main thing to remember is that they do require daily exercise to keep them happy and healthy. Braccos that are not given the proper amount of exercise will become destructive and very vocal. When picking activities for your dog, find activities that you and your dog will both find enjoyable. This will help solidify a deep bond between the two of you.