Activities For Braque Saint Germains

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Introduction

Originally a cross between the Braque Francais and the English Pointer, the Braque Saint Germain is an active, medium-sized hunting dog. This pooch excels at flushing, pointing, and retrieving. They tend to be eager to please and laid-back in their personalities. You'll have an affectionate pack member when you add one of these pups to your household. They'll bond to every member of the family and usually get along well with other pooches. With their hunting background, this breed requires lots of activity. Offer them a few hours of vigorous exercise each day to help them burn off some energy.

Agility

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Any Day
Moderate
Hard
30 - 60 min
Items needed
agility equipment
treats
leash
Activity description
Agility is ideal for a high energy pooch like the Braque Saint Germain. Your furry pal will pawsitively love racing around an obstacle course. Their tendency to learn new things easily and their willingness to please their owners will help them master the sport quickly. This activity builds your pup's confidence and athletic stamina as they navigate different challenges. What's more, you'll strengthen your bond by guiding Fido around the pathway and offering lots of encouragement at their successes. Whether you participate in competitions or build some gear for your back yard, you and your pup will get a workout every time you run through the obstacles.
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Find a class
Even if you only plan to do this activity at home, you'll want to take a few classes to get the basics down. Find a group in your area that offers agility classes and sign up. Agility training will introduce your pooch to the different obstacles and teach you how to guide your pup through a course.
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Find a venue
When you've completed your training, you can start practicing. Decide whether you want to build a course at home or find a place with equipment that you can use. The AKC has size specifications if you prefer to make homemade obstacles. Once you have a venue, you can run your pup through their paces.
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Frisbee

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Sunny Day
Cheap
Normal
30 - 60 min
Items needed
water
leash
frisbee
Activity description
Imagine watching your special pal streaking down the field and leaping in the air to snag a flying disc. Frisbee is a furrific sunny day activity that allows you to give your energetic pooch a workout. This game doesn't take much cash outlay to get started. With Fido's intelligence and natural athleticism, you should be able to teach them how to play in short order. Then you and your fur-baby can enjoy bonding time as you toss the disc and they retrieve it for you. Remember to bring water and offer rest breaks for your pup to catch their breath.
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Teach fetch
Your pal will need to learn how to fetch a frisbee. Since they are natural retrievers, this shouldn't take long. Introduce them to the toy and pique their interest. Praise them for grabbing the frisbee with their mouth. Then start with short tosses until they learn how to catch it in the air. Once Fido masters snagging the disc, you can build distance.
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Play frisbee
When your pal knows how to play frisbee, you can go out any time. Grab the disc, some water for you and your pup, and a leash. Head to an open space where you can throw the frisbee. Play for an hour or so as long as your pal is having fun.
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Treadmill

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Any Day
Moderate
Normal
30 - 60 min
Items needed
leash
treadmill
Activity description
You can still give Fido a rigorous workout even when the weather isn't cooperative. Just teach them to run on a treadmill! This activity provides you with flexibility and options on rainy, scorching hot, or bitter cold days. Also, using a treadmill is a puptastic way to keep the pace and incline consistent throughout the workout. You'll need to invest in some equipment. Look for a machine that offers some cushioning and has a safety stop feature. After you train your pooch to run on this mechanical device, you'll need to stay with them while they exercise. Monitor their progress and offer plenty of encouragement.
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Introduce treadmill
Before your pup uses a treadmill, they need to be comfortable with the machine. Bring Fido to the equipment and encourage them to climb on it. Offer praise and rewards as they get used to the feel of the treadmill. When they're ready, start the machine on a slow walking pace. Stand in front of the treadmill or walk beside your pooch to show them how to do it.
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Build speed
When your fur-baby shows confidence in walking on the treadmill, you can build speed. Start slow to avoid making them nervous. Stay in front of your furry pal and hold the leash while they run. Keep encouraging them to spur them on. If you're planning on a longer workout, offer rest and water breaks.
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More Fun Ideas...

Flirt Pole

For a little cash outlay, you can buy or make a flirt pole for your pooch. This four- to six-foot-long stick has a rope with a favorite toy on the end. Use the pole to give your pup a chance to chase and catch the lure. Your furry pal will get a furrific workout!

Flyball

Flyball is an exciting new sport for high-energy dogs. Pups participate with a team of owners and dogs in a relay race. Each pooch runs over a series of jumps to a box loader. When they jump on the device, it releases a tennis ball. The pup catches the ball and races back to the line. This activity will provide your furry friend with physical, mental, and social stimulation.

Conclusion

With early training, socialization, and adequate exercise, the Braque Saint Germain can make a pawtastic addition to an active lifestyle. They bond well with family members and tend to be friendly to visitors and other dogs. Think twice about getting this breed if you have smaller pets at home. The breed's hunting instinct may take over with smaller animals!