Activities For Bucovina Shepherds

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Introduction

If you're looking for a big dog that's got a big heart then look no further than the Bucovina Shepherd. This Eastern European dog originates from small villages located in the Carpathian Mountains. They were bred for the express purpose of working as livestock guardians and watchdogs. Over the years, however, folks have found out that Bucovina Shepherds are also quite intelligent; they're able to understand and complete complex orders, learn an array of intricate tricks, and protect homes while they're human family members are away. Bucovina Shepherds also have very even tempered personalities that help them get along with other animals and humans with ease.

Carpathian Mountain Hiking

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Sunny Day
Moderate
Hard
2 - 4 hrs
Items needed
Hiking Gear
Dog Leash
First Aid Kit
Activity description
The very area that Bucovina Shepherds hail from is also a well known hiking hotspot; there are dozens of trails that creep around massive, snow covered mountains and dozens more with altitudes hundreds of feet higher than the sea. We listed this as a hard activity but there are a number of trails that are more suited for inexperienced hikers - trails that could debatably be considered easy overall. No matter which trail you take, you'll have to put a lot of thought, and go through a lot of preparation, to ensure a safe and (relatively) smooth experience. This activity is best attempted during clear, sunny days.
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Low altitude trails
These trails are easier than high altitude trails but that doesn't mean they'll be a cake walk; you can expect to encounter rugged terrain and acutely cold weather with your dog as the two of you traverse through the area. Stick together and pay attention to where you're walking, though, and you and your dog will complete your trail with relative ease.
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High altitude trails
These types of trails are hard by every sense of the word; the terrain will have more steep inclines in it and every action will be much more taxing due to the reduced amount of oxygen found in high altitudes. You and your dog will work up a sweat for sure, so make sure you're properly dressed and energized for this activity. Hydrate your pup often and be aware of signs of fatigue.
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Dog Puzzles

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Any Day
Cheap
Normal
45 - 60 min
Items needed
Dog Treat Toys
Dog Puzzles
Activity description
An activity that your dog can sink their teeth into during any kind of weather, letting a dog play with a few puzzles and treat toys is an excellent way to keep them sharp in between the ears. The term "dog puzzles" refers to a wide array of dog-friendly toys ranging in difficulty and that reward a dog's perception and perseverance with treats. Most of these toys are incredibly cheap and are rather intuitive - at least as far as a dog is concerned. You won't have to break the bank when investing in a puzzle and they can be used indoors during any kind of weather. There are genuinely thousands of dog puzzles and toys out there, so you will be certain to easily find some stimulating entertainment for your clever Bucovina Shepherd.
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Treat toys
Treat toys are any kind of device with a treat inside that encourages your dog to, more or less, shake their reward loose. These tend to be the simplest form of treat toys that a person can get - either by buying them from a pet store or using a number of household items such as PVC pipe to create DIY versions of these toys.
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Lever puzzles
This term refers to treat toys that your dog will have to solve by sliding various levers around in a specific order, like tumblers in a lock. Once your dog successfully moves all of the pieces into place, they'll be able to get at a tasty treat that's been locked away inside the puzzle.
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Hidden treat games
These treat toys fall somewhere in between the other two in terms of difficulty. While hidden treat games are very easy to set up, they require dogs to think outside of the box and stretch their imaginations in a number of creative, clever ways. A hidden treat game can be set up using household items like pillows, boxes, or anything else that will obscure a treat from vision.
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Kronwell Brasov Hotel

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Any Day
Expensive
Easy
24 - 72 hrs
Items needed
Dog Food
Dog Bed
Leash
Activity description
The Kronwell Brasov Hotel is one of the most popular hostels in close proximity to the Carpathian Mountains. With rave reviews and glowing recommendations from thousands of folks who have stayed there, the Kronwell Brasov has also garnered acclaim for being a fairly dog-friendly venue. Prices can vary greatly depending on the time of year you choose to visit the Kronwell Brasov, as well as how long you plan on staying, but it is thought to be a reasonably priced hotel with plenty to do. Keep your pup on their best behavior while here by making use of their obedience and manners knowledge. Always respect the other guests of the hotel by keeping your pet by your side when in common areas.
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Local activities
The Kronwll Brasov is located in a very interesting area; a shopping center is in very close proximity to the hotel as well as a nearby forest - the Marino Romania. Both the shopping center and the forest will offer a wide array of activities that, incidentally, contrast with one another. If you're hoping to have a nice, quaint day out with your dog then the shopping center may be your best bet. If you're looking for adventure, the forest has got you covered.
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Amenities
Typical of a 4 star hotel, the Kronwell Brasov offers a number of unique amenities to its guests. There are those that are strictly for humans (like the in-house spa) but there are others (such as the cafe style restaurant) that are more suitable for pets who are leashed and accompanied by human companions.
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Wagon Wrangling

For this activity, you'll need a small wagon that can be pulled with one hand. You'll then want to fill the wagon up with a number of lightweight objects before calling your Bucovina over and asking them to pull the wagon a short distance. This is basically a DIY strength training exercise, so add or remove as much weight as you need to.

Treat Tower

Get your Bucovina Shep's attention and ask them to stand still. Grab a few of your dog's biscuits and start stacking them on their muzzle - like a game of Jenga. Try to stack the tower as high as you can and be sure to reward your Bucovina for being such a good sport.

Conclusion

If we had to describe the Bucovina Shepherd with just one phrase, we'd say that this dog is the dictionary definition of a gentle giant; the Bucovina Shepherd is a very loving and caring breed that will risk life and limb to protect their families and any other animals under their charge. The Bucovina Shepherd is a great dog to adopt if you live with babies, small children, or geriatrics due to their patient and understanding personality. If you do adopt a Bucovina Shepherd, be prepared to groom their coat on a regular and consistent basis. Also be on the look out for any opportunities to improve your Bucovina Shepherd's brain power as this intellectual dog loves a good challenge.