Activities For Catahoula Curs

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Introduction

The Catahoula Cur is also known as the Louisiana Catahoula Leopard Dog, and this breed is the state dog of Louisiana. The Catahoula Cur is named after the Catahoula Parish (county) in the state of Louisiana. The dog is best known for their use as a hunting dog, particularly when hunting feral hogs. The Catahoula Cur is very smart and has a great deal of energy, so the pup will need a great deal of exercise in order to prevent mischief. In fact, a Catahoula Cur that does not partake in daily activity will be tempted to become aggressive or destructive.

Tracking Trials

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Sunny Day
Moderate
Normal
60 min
Items needed
treats
leash
scented items
Activity description
The Catahoula Cur is a very intelligent dog. This is on top of the abundant energy and need to explore born into the breed. Training the Catahoula to participate in tracking trials is really easy due to the fact that the dog is a hunter at heart. You can begin at home by scenting an item with the insides of a hot dog and gently prodding the Catahoula to find the item. Once the dog is ready to take scenting or tracking to the next level, you might want to attend some training classes in order to prepare them for competition.
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Find a club
Tracking trials are often sponsored by local clubs. A great way to find out is to seek out local Catahoula Cur dog clubs. If you are unsure of where there might a local club, you can contact the American Kennel Club and ask for Catahoula Cur dog clubs in your area. Inquire with your veterinarian or ask around at the dog park as well.
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Practice the task
Learn the steps your pup will be required to take as a part of the trials. Often, your pal will be given a scented item so that they know what scent to look for. Then, you will lead them throughout the trial area while they track the scent. For practice at home before beginning classes, you can set up a small tracking trail in your backyard.
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Participate often
Once you have begun working with the dog on tracking, participate as frequently as possible. Often, the weather will prevent you from getting out to practice on the trail, so have your pup play "hide and seek" with treats indoors. Otherwise, you can practice at home at least once a week.
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Food Puzzle Toys

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Any Day
Cheap
Normal
30 min
Items needed
Treats or Food
food puzzle toys
Activity description
The Catahoula Cur is a natural chewer, so choose a food puzzle toy to provide both entertainment and physical stimulation for your pup. You will want to choose a durable food puzzle toy as the Catahoula Cur is an expert chewer. You will need to show the dog how to use the toy. The food puzzle toy will help not only feed your pup a treat or two (and some owners actually put wet food in the toy), it will also mentally stimulate the highly intelligent Catahoula as well. You can also utilize this toy to help with crate training.
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Introduce the toy
The first time you give your pup a food puzzle toy, you will need to show them how to use it. Some owners will fill the toy with small treats, then place something like peanut butter on the ends of the toy in order to encourage the dog to toss the toy and turn it over, which will hopefully make the small treat fall out.
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Make it fun
You can put all kinds of food and treat items into your pet's food puzzle toy. Most owners will begin with small treats. Others utilize kibble to put inside the toy. Some owners put wet food inside the toy; if you choose to do this, then be sure to take the toy apart after each use and wash it thoroughly.
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Training time
Some owners utilize the food puzzle toy to train their pup to use the crate. Use small treats to lead the dog to the crate, then place the food puzzle toy inside the crate for once they are situated inside the structure. This provides your dog with comfort and an activity while they are kenneled, teaching them that the confinement time is not so bad after all.
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Outside Excitement

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Sunny Day
Cheap
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60 min
Items needed
weave poles
Kiddie Tunnel
flirt pole
treats
Activity description
Many experts recommend simply getting outside and playing with the Catahoula Cur in order to keep the pup from getting bored - and getting into mischief! You can utilize the flirt pole in order to engage your furry companion in outdoor play. You can also design a make-shift obstacle course from things right in your own backyard! Do you have a stump that you haven't had removed? Have the Catahoula climb up and "stay" as the dog would do while in a performance trial. Deck steps? Have your dog climb them and sit until you tell them to move. Get creative!
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Flirt pole
You can purchase a flirt pole - which will encourage your pup to jump up and go after "prey." You can also make your own flirt pole by using a dowel rod, some jute string, and a favorite toy. You can utilize the flirt pole for fun and free play in your own backyard.
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Agility exercises
With a little DIY, you can make your own obstacle course. You can build agility poles and train the Catahoula Cur how to run through them. You can purchase a small kiddie tunnel for your energetic pup to run through as well (as the dog might in an agility course).
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Free play
Sometimes the best type of play is just simply unplanned free play. The Catahoula Cur is a hunter at heart, so engage your buddy in chasing you around. This makes activity - and bonding time - for the both of you! Throw a ball around - the Catahoula will love a game of fetch. Any game is fun for the Catahoula!
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Obedience Training

Experts recommend beginning obedience training as soon as possible with a Catahoula Cur. Furthermore, you will need to revisit this training as often as possible to reinforce the concepts.

Swimming

The Catahoula Cur is a naturally outdoorsy dog, so outdoor activities are rather enjoyed by this breed. In fact, because the Catahoula Cur is often used for tracking hogs through all types of dry land or wet terrain, the breed is a great swimmer.

Conclusion

The Catahoula Cur is quite the original breed! A hunter at heart, the Catahoula will enjoy outdoor games and activities. Plan engaging games in which you both can bond. A busy dog is always a happy dog - and a companion of this breed will be most content when their mind and body are both stimulated with learning and exercise.