Activities For Broholmers

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Introduction

The Broholmer, also known as the Danish Mastiff, is a large molossor-type breed that developed in Denmark at some point in the eighteenth century. Like the Rottweilers of Germany, these large, squarely-built canines were once known as butcher’s dogs, as they were often seen guarding the doors to the butcher’s shop. While the breed was nearly demolished during World War II, a group known as The Society for Reconstruction of the Broholmer Breed began in the 1970s and was first recognized by major kennel clubs in the 2000s.

Carting

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Sunny Day
Expensive
Normal
15 - 45 min
Items needed
Collar
Harness
Cart and Accessories
Activity description

For centuries large, powerful dogs in countries all around the world have been utilized as draft animals, both for goods like milk and meat and occasionally as transportation for people as well. The practice was made illegal in many European countries due to fears of diseases like rabies, excessively heavy loads, improper practices, and poor treatment of the dogs. When properly managed, however, carting with dogs can be not only enjoyable for both you and your dog, but it can help maintain muscle mass and improve your dog’s overall cardiovascular health. While Broholmers are not traditionally drafting dogs, they are typically large and strong enough to pull carts with a calm and assured demeanor, making them an excellent candidate for this hobby. 

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Determine suitability
Broholmer dogs are large, sturdy dogs that are typically well-suited to pulling carts, but it may be detrimental to some individuals, particularly those that are young or infirm. Dogs should not be introduced to carting before the age of two years and like other large dogs, these dogs can sometimes take a little longer to mature, so if your Broholmer is under the age of three it may be wise to get an x-ray showing that the epiphyseal plates have matured.
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Choose your equipment
The activity of carting requires more equipment than many other canine related activities. The dog wears a specially designed harness which attaches to the cart, which can be two-wheeled or four, by the use of shafts, the solid metal or wooden bars that connect the harness to the cart, and tracers, additional straps that run from either side of the harness to the cart. The choice that you make will depend mostly on what exactly your dog will be pulling and how maneuverable the cart needs to be.
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Train
In order to cart safely with your dog, they should be well-versed in the basic commands including sit, stay, and leave it. In most cases, your dog will start out by simply wearing and getting used to the harness that they will be pulling with. After a few days of wearing the harness, tracers will be added so that they can be accustomed to the way the straps feel, then empty milk jugs are added in order to familiarize them with the feel of additional weight and unusual sounds behind them. Once your dog is comfortable with these items, the cart can be attached to the dog.
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Swimming

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Any Day
Moderate
Easy
15 - 60 min
Items needed
Life Vest
Fetch Toy (optional)
Activity description

Large and giant-sized canines, such as the Broholmer, are more prone to joint problems such as hip dysplasia and arthritis than many other dog breeds. Swimming is an exercise that is beneficial in many ways, for dogs both young and old. The way that the water cradles and supports the dog’s body helps your canine companion to get a good workout while greatly reducing the pressure on the joints themselves. In many cases, this activity can not only reduce pain and suffering for dogs that have developed joint problems but also help to prevent the disorders from developing in the first place.

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Find a place
Although there are several places that you can let your dog swim in nature, there are many hazards to take into consideration such as bacteria, swiftly moving currents, and possibly even dangerous wildlife. If you are not well-versed in the potential hazards in the area, an indoor swimming facility designed for dogs may be a better alternative for those that do not have their own swimming pool. Indoor swimming facilities usually cost around ten to twenty dollars per visit, although there is often a discount for multiple swims.
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Introduce the water
If your dog is an unproven or weak swimmer, they should be fitted with a canine life vest before swimming, particularly if swimming outdoors, where unexpected currents can surprise even veteran swimmers. When introducing your dog to the water for the first time, no matter where you have chosen to swim, they should never be forced or frightened into the water but should be gently coaxed into the water instead. At most commercial canine pool facilities a trained instructor will help to conduct your pooch’s introduction to the water and help them to get used to the feel of the water.
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Splash
Many dogs, once they are comfortable with how to navigate in the water, find swimming enjoyable all on its own and will swim along without any further encouragement, while other dogs are happiest when combining the swimming experience with a game of fetch using a floating toy. If you are swimming outdoors or if your dog is a weak swimmer, they should continue wearing their life vest, which is safest when connected to a long lead to ensure that you are able to get your pooch out of the water without putting yourself at risk as well if they are surprised by the current or run out of steam unexpectedly.
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Rally Obedience

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Sunny Day
Cheap
Hard
15 - 60 min
Items needed
Treats
Leash
Activity description

Broholmer breed dogs, like other guardian breed dogs, tend to be naturally independent. Due to their calm and confident temperaments, they tend to respond well to most training efforts. Rally Obedience, an emerging dog sport that combines elements of both agility training and advanced obedience training, also frequently referred to as Rally-O, is an excellent way to work your dog’s mind and body. In this sport, you and your dog work cooperatively to navigate a rally course made up of ten to twenty signs that instruct you to have your pet perform specific behaviors in a specific order. Some of the behaviors that your dog may be asked to do include turning left or right, speeding up, slowing down, as well as performing U-turns and spirals.

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Explore
When considering the canine sport of Rally-O for yourself and your companion, it may be a good idea to attend an event as a spectator before considering the competition. Doing this can help you to understand what to expect in the arena and to see how the levels of noise and excitement may affect you or your pup.
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Find a group
The basics of obedience and rally sport training can be found in many books and videos, but many pet parents find that joining up with a training group specifically for the sport of Rally-O is a faster and more effective way to learn the ropes. Not only can they assist with the initial training of the animal, they are likely to be able to guide you to the most appropriate competitions for you and your dog. Searchable lists of rally obedience groups and training centers can be found on the World Cynosport Rally Limited website as well as the American Kennel Club.
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Train and compete
There are several commands that are essential for all Rally Obedience participants to master before being able to compete in the Novice category. Some commands are familiar to most people such as sit, stay, and heel, while other commands include more challenging behaviors such as spirals, slow pace, fast pace, and slaloms. Once your team has earned a certain number of high scores in the Novice level they are able to move on to more advanced categories.
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Conclusion

Broholmer breed dogs have been guarding homes and farms in Denmark for hundreds of years, and though they were almost wiped out shortly after World War II, they have started making a comeback since concerned breeders got involved in the 1970s. These large dogs need plenty of exercise and activity, but due to their large size it is important to choose exercises and activities that improve cardiovascular health and muscle strength, but that do not stress the joints, particularly before maturation at two to three years of age.