Activities For Braque D'Auvergnes

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Introduction

Best suited to a spacious home and yard, the active Braque D'Auvergne can be a furrific addition to a single or family household. This hunting dog makes a loyal pet that's well-behaved and affectionate with children. They're calm at home and tend to be good watchdogs. If this furry pal joins your pack, you can expect them to get along with other dogs. However, they might view smaller pets as something to chase. Plan on giving your pooch a minimum of one to two hours of exercise daily to channel their energy.  You can avoid letting Fido become bored or destructive with some of the activities below:

Round-Robin Recall

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Any Day
Free
Easy
20 - 40 min
Items needed
treats
Activity description
Get the whole family involved in a training activity for your pup. When you play round-robin recall, you'll be able to work on Fido's obedience and give them a workout at the same time. Take this exercise outdoors as often as possible. On rainy days, you can practice inside. Members of your family will spread out in the yard or around the house for the activity. You'll take turns calling to your fur-baby. Reward them with enthusiastic praise when they come to you. The positive reinforcement will teach your pal to respond quickly to your prompts. Rapid recall can be a useful skill if your pooch starts to chase an animal.
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Teach recall
If you and your pup haven't already gone through an obedience class, you'll want to teach them how to come when called. Decide on your recall command and stay consistent. Begin with recalls from a few feet away. Reward their obedience with treats and praise. As they show compliance, build the distance and add distractions.
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Play round-robin
Set a time to play this game so that you have a small group of people. Spread out about 20 feet apart in a circle or a random pattern. One person should call your pup over. When they come, praise and reward them. Once they finish their treat, another person issues the recall. Repeat from person to person as long as everyone is enjoying the activity.
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Fetch

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Any Day
Cheap
Normal
30 - 45 min
Items needed
ball or other toy
Activity description
As a versatile hunting dog, the Braque d'Auvergne is a pawfect fit for a rousing game of fetch. Your fur-baby will enjoy racing along the lawn or down the hall after a toy. Since these dogs live to please their owners and respond quickly to training, you should be able to teach them to retrieve in no time. This activity offers social bonding and lots of physical exercise for your pooch. The beauty of the game is that you can play it inside or outdoors. If you have a water toy like a ball or a retrieving dummy, you can even throw the object into a lake or stream to change things up.
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Teach them to fetch
You'll need to teach your special pal how to retrieve the chosen object. Start by engaging your pooch's interest in the toy. Then throw it away from you and give a command to fetch. If they pick up the item, call them back to you. Provide lots of positive reinforcement when your fur-baby brings the toy and gives it to you. Repeat until your dog becomes consistent.
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Play fetch
When Fido masters retrieving the toy and giving it back to you, you can spend time playing the game. Take the activity outdoors as often as possible to add fresh air to the equation. See how far you can throw the object for your pooch. Keep the game fun and give your furry pal lots of praise.
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Hiking

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Any Day
Cheap
Normal
1 - 2 hrs
Items needed
snacks
waste bags
water
leash
Activity description
These dogs can be puptastic companions when you go hiking. The Braque d'Auvergne thrives outdoors and has plenty of energy to handle a long trek through nature. Give your furry pal a special treat by taking them to a pet-friendly trail. You'll need to know about the landscape and footing in advance. That way, you can pack extra items like dog booties and a first aid kit if there's a risk that Fido may cut their paws or sustain other injuries. Before you take off on this kind of adventure, make sure your pup is fit and ready for the variable terrains.
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Plan your hike
Take Fido for a physical exam before you plan a long outing. You'll want to know if your pooch has any joint diseases or other health conditions. If your pal has a clean bill of health, find a pet-friendly hiking venue that you can check out with your pooch.
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Get ready
Once you pick a trail, you need to do some research. Learn about the terrain, plants, and wildlife where you'll be hiking, as well as rules regarding pets. Next, collect your supplies. At a minimum, you'll want a leash, water, snacks, and waste bags. You may also want to have first aid supplies and foot protection for Fido.
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Go hiking
When you have everything together, load your pooch in the car and drive to the trail. Remember to apply tick and mosquito repellent before you start your hike. If the area allows your pup to be off-leash, wait until you're away from the parking lot before releasing your furry pal and enjoy your time in nature.
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Hill Climbing

Hill climbing is a pawtastic way to build strength and endurance for you and your pup pal. If you have some steep terrain in your area, take advantage of it to give Fido a rigorous workout. By ascending and descending ridges, your pup will work a range of muscles in their legs and trunk.

Dog Park

A dog park can be a furrific way to exercise your pal once you socialize them. Braque d'Auvergnes usually play well with other canines. Let your furry pal romp with some four-footed friends for a while -- just make sure you know about facility rules and any membership or use fees before you go.

Conclusion

The Braque d'Auvergne is a sweet-tempered hunting dog that will blend well with an active family or individual. They do best with room to run and lots of social interaction. If you add one of these pups to your pack, make sure you can provide them with plenty of activity every day.