Activities For Briquet Griffon Vendeens

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Introduction

The wire-haired Briquet Griffon Vendéen is a high-energy hunting dog. This pooch does best in a home with an active family or single and a spacious yard. They need an hour or more of intense activity a day to keep them fit and content. When you add this hound to your pack, you'll have an animal that's intelligent and loving. They tend to mix well with other dogs but might treat smaller pets as hunting quarry. You'll want to start training and socialization early with this pup; they can be willful and independent. Use plenty of positive reinforcement and a calm yet assertive demeanor when training.

Tracking

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Any Day
Free
Normal
20 - 40 min
Items needed
toy
treats
Activity description
Briquet Griffon Vendéens are scenthounds and will thrive on tracking activities. The ideal place to do this nose work is outside, but you can move indoors if it's a rainy day. Your pup will benefit from getting both physical activity and mental stimulation as you put their sniffers to the test. As long as your pal is willing to remain in a sit or down stay, you can create a scent trail for them to follow to a hidden treat or toy. When they get good at the basics, you can challenge them by using more than one item or making the hiding places more difficult.
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Indoor training
When you first introduce the game of finding an object, start inside. Let your pooch get the hang of picking out and following a scent trail before you add outdoor distractions. Start by hiding a favorite treat or toy nearby. Once your pooch finds the object quickly, place it at a further distance.
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Take it outside
Now it's time to move to the outdoors. Bring your fur-baby into the back yard or another open area. Place them in a sit or down stay and show them the treat or object that you'll be hiding. Walk through the grass to create a scent trail and place the item at the end. Follow your pathway backward to Fido and release them to "find it." Praise your pooch when they're successful.
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Hide and Seek

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Any Day
Free
Easy
20 - 30 min
Items needed
treats
Activity description
You can use the game of hide and seek as a fun rainy day activity to play with your pup. This activity provides bonding time, some exercise, and mental stimulation to keep Fido occupied. Because the Briquet Griffon Vendéen is a hunting and tracking dog, this game is pawfect for them. They'll enjoy putting their nose to the ground to find out where you're hiding. Teach your pal to stay in one place until you call for them or get help from another person. When you first play the game, hide nearby and in easy-to-find locations to get your pal hooked.
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Teaching the basics
Before you start hiding on your pup, make sure they know how to hold a sit or down stay until you call them. Your pooch needs to be able to remain in position even when you go to another room. When Fido can stay put, it's time to teach them how to play the game.
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Teaching the game
Have your pooch stay in one room and find a hiding place that's nearby. Call to your furry pal and offer verbal cues if they need help. When your pup finds you, give them plenty of praise and treats. Repeat the process and slowly make hiding places more challenging.
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Play the game
Once your four-footed friend has mastered hide and seek, you can play this game any time. The better they get at finding you, the more tricky you can be. Try things like retracing your steps, crossing your pathway, or walking in circles to make it harder for your pup to follow your trail.
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Running

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Any Day
Free
Easy
30 - 60 min
Items needed
waste bags
water
leash
Activity description
You can kill two birds with one stone by taking Fido running with you. Both of you will benefit from the fresh air and exercise, and you'll get valuable bonding time with your furry pal. This activity provides vigorous cardiovascular activity and helps burn off some of your pup's excess energy. Because running is a high-impact activity, it's wise to get your fur-baby in for a checkup before you start training. Make sure that your pooch isn't at risk for any joint diseases. When you have a clean bill of health, start with short outings to build stamina and muscle tone.
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Prepare
After you take your pup to the vet, you can get started with training. Plan a running course for you and your pooch. Check your gear. Make sure that you have waste bags and a full water bottle. Start by running a short distance and slowly build up to your desired route.
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Go for a run
When you achieve your goal distance, you can go running with Fido regularly. Get the leash on your pal and head out. Enjoy the fresh air and bonding time with your furry friend. Keep things interesting by changing your route from time to time -- you'll both benefit from the variety.
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Flyball

If your pup enjoys fetching and jumping, flyball could be a fun sport for them. Because Briquet Griffon Vendéens work well with other dogs, this team activity is a pawfect fit for their personalities. Your pup will get exercise and stimulation as they race over jumps, retrieve a ball from a special box, and run back to the finish line.

Water Treadmill

A water treadmill offers a low-impact aerobic workout for your four-legged pal. This activity is a puptastic way to build strength and stamina in your pooch without putting stress on the joints. It's useful for young athletes and older pups that may need therapy.

Conclusion

Households looking for a high-energy dog that blends well with other dogs and a family should consider the Briquet Griffon Vendéen. This furrific hunting pooch likes belonging to a pack. While they're good with children, you'll want to socialize them early and teach them to have a soft mouth when playing. Give them a fenced yard and lots of activity to prevent destructive behaviors.