Activities For Carolina Dogs

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Introduction

Carolina dogs, also known as the American Dingo, is a rare breed of dog that developed naturally in the warm, southern states of the United States of America. Most experts believe these dogs to have been descended from Asian dogs who were first brought over to North America when people crossed the Bering Strait some nine thousand years ago, and many have noted the similarity of their bone structure to that of dog bones found buried near the remains of ancient Native American people. These dogs are exceptionally healthy, highly intelligent, pack oriented, and they respond well to domestication. 

Flygility

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Any Day
Moderate
Normal
15 - 45 min
Items needed
Bar jump
Tunnels
Hurdles
Weave Poles
Ramps
Hoops
Flyball launch pad
Activity description

Flygility is a brand new dog sport that was first developed in Australia and New Zealand, but has since gained a small following in other countries as well, such as the United Kingdom and here in the United States, although no flygility associations have been established in either of those countries. This particular activity combines elements of both Flyball, a type of relay-style competitive fetch, and Agility training, in which dogs compete to navigate several types of obstacles in the shortest amount of time possible. There are not many facilities that include flygility in the United States, but there are some private trainers who are embracing the sport and a few scattered local competitions. 

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Learn
In order to teach your Carolina dog to enjoy this brand new sport, you will most likely have to do a little research on your own as there are still very few professional trainers in the United States who teach this on a regular basis. The rules and regulations for Flygility as listed by Canines and Humans United LLC in Michigan can be found on their website, and the official rules of the New Zealand Flygility Dog Association can be found at their site.
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Teach
There are an assortment of different agility obstacles that can be used when participating in flygility as well as additional flyball jumps, and your dog will need to be introduced to each of these obstacles before participating. Novice level flygility canines will need to be familiar with flyball, solid, and bar jumps, basic tunnels, hurdles, and the tire jump. As your Carolina dog progresses, additional obstacles will be introduced such as a hoop tunnel, ramps, a broad jump, and weave poles. Just like with basic agility training, it is best to introduce each obstacle individually before stringing them together.
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Get involved
This particular dog sport has not gained a foothold in the United States as of yet. While there are a few local competitions, they may be difficult to find, and there are no national kennel clubs or dog sports facilities that host them. If you find that you and your canine are enjoying the sport and wish to compete, you may want to suggest the idea to your local dog sports facilities, send letters to larger corporations such as national or regional kennel clubs or pet-related businesses, or even host a small competition yourself.
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Geocaching

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Sunny Day
Cheap
Hard
30 - 90 min
Items needed
Doggy Waste Pickup Bags
Leash
Cell phone
Souvenir (optional)
Activity description

Geocaching is a relatively new activity, first developed in the year 2000. It is a worldwide scavenger hunt that has only been made possible by the advent of GPS and satellite technology, and a fun and challenging activity that in many cases can be done with your canine companion by your side. When those seeking hidden geocaches find the container they are searching for, they will record their find on the website, sometimes with a photo, and on the logbook found inside the cache itself. Some geocaches contain additional items such as small toys and puzzles, first aid kits, or even specialized trackable items that can be moved from cache to cache, sometimes traveling around the globe. This is a great activity to share with your smart, independent, and adventurous Carolina Dog

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Create an account
Those who wish to participate in geocaching will need an account in order to log their finds or track any trackable items. When you first set up an account online and download the geocaching app it allows the site to track your phone’s location and provide you with an online map showing the coordinates of nearby containers as well as information regarding the type of container, if anything has been added to the container, and how difficult it is to get to and locate the cache.
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Follow the map
An interactive map is provided on both the app and the official webpage that provides the clues needed to help you to discover the location of hidden caches nearby. You will first use this map to navigate to the general area that the container is hidden in, then search that area looking for the container. While the containers are not supposed to be buried, they can be hidden in, behind, or under items in the environment.
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Share
Once the geocache is located, you can sign and date the logbook, and record your find online as well. Many people also upload images of themselves, and if your dog is on the adventure with you, you can include them in the celebratory selfie as well. In many cases, souvenirs ranging from plastic toys to the trackable items provided by the geocaching website may be found inside the cache. Remember to read the rules on the website about what can and cannot be placed in a cache for others to find before adding anything new to the cache.
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Canicross

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Sunny Day
Moderate
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15 - 60 min
Items needed
Harness
Specialized Bungee Cord
Belt
Activity description

The dog-powered sport of Canicross first originated as a technique to maintain the fitness of sled dogs during the snowless summer months as well as to help prepare young sled dogs for mushing. While this activity does an admirable job of doing just that, it is not restricted just to sledding dogs, and more and more pet parents are finding that this activity is a healthy and enjoyable way improve communication with their dog and to maximize fitness for both themselves and their canine companion. Canicross can be enjoyed as a casual activity, or it can be organized as a competitive sport for those who prefer to compete.  

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Prepare your equipment
In order to participate in this activity you will need a sturdy harness that fits your Carolina dog snuggly enough that it isn’t loose on the dog, causing chafing, but not so snugly that the chest isn’t able to fully expand when the dog is running, a specialized belt that fits around either your waist or your hips, and a bungee lead that easily springs back into shape after being stretched, allowing for adequate levels of shock absorption. The equipment you utilize should be checked to ensure it is free from damage and defect before every use.
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Train your dog
One of the benefits of canicross is that the bond and communication levels are typically increased between you and your pooch. Your dog will be running ahead of you during this activity, and they will need to watch where they are going rather than focusing on your face or body language for cues. In order for this to be a safe and fun activity for both of you, your dog will need to be taught to respond reliably to short, easy to distinguish verbal commands for behaviors like slow down, speed up, turn right, and turn left, as well as a command to let your dog know to pass by interesting sights, sounds, or smells that might interfere with the activity or be dangerous to your pup.
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Get moving
Once the equipment is thoroughly checked and you and your dog are clearly communicating about the process, you are ready to start running. Canicross is typically enjoyed along woodland park roads, easy to moderate hiking trails, or on forestry trails as paved roads and asphalt can eventually cause damage to your ankles, knees, and feet as well as your pooch’s. A good way to ensure that your dog’s feet get the proper conditioning is to choose a mix of softer and harder types of grown to cover.
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Canine Parkour

Along with being very intelligent, these dogs are extremely active, agile, and sure-footed. Parkour is an activity in which everyday items, like public park benches, posts, and even logs, can be utilized as a piece of exercise equipment.

Camping

Carolina dogs are smart, independent animals who tend to be self-sufficient, with many of these feral dogs still managing to survive and thrive without much in the way of human assistance. This makes them particularly well-suited to activities like hiking and camping.

Conclusion

While keeping a dog that is this active and intelligent occupied may seem like a difficult task, they are well-suited to many different activities, particularly those that involve working cooperatively with their pack or family. They may not get along with other dogs as well as some other breeds, are typically reserved with strangers, and they have a strong prey drive, so should not be let off lead until you have mastered a rock-solid recall method.