Activities For Caucasian Mountain Dogs

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Introduction

Caucasian Mountain Dogs, also known as Caucasian Shepherd Dogs or Caucasian Ovcharkas are large pups that are very popular in Georgia, Russia, Armenia, and Azerbaijan, with origins from the USSR. They are strong, large molossers with a lot of muscle and heavy coats. They require exercise to stay healthy, and they enjoy activities such as hiking, fetch, and frisbee fun. They also require specific training, and it is often recommended that you seek help from an expert from a very early age to make sure that your dog is properly trained. It is important to teach them to tolerate other dogs and to realize that not all humans are enemies, so having a professional helping you will be the best option.

Hide and Seek

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Sunny Day
Free
Normal
30 min
Items needed
treats
Activity description

Hide and Seek is one of the most popular games you can play with your dog, but a very good one for sheepdogs such as the Caucasian Ovcharka. This game will teach your pup to be attentive and teach them to keep you in their sight at all times. Since they are excellent watchdogs, this game will further develop their skills, but it will also provide a lot of much-needed exercise. Ovcharkas are definitely not city dogs, so any game you play, make sure you do it in nature, and even in more rural areas. 

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Hide
Start with hiding from your dog. Take a chance when your dog is distracted with something else and hide behind the tree or some other object and lay low. Give them a chance to notice that you are gone, which will surely make you giggle a bit as well.
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Seek
If your doggo is looking for you, amazing; they figured out how the game works! If not, and if they look very confused, make a funny sound to point them in the right direction. Helping them out in the beginning will not take away the fun, it will just make them realize what they are supposed to do.
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Play and get creative
Now that your pup knows how the game works, you can start playing in the big leagues. Find creative places to hide and let them look for you. When your dog finds you, praise them and give them a big hug to show them that they did a great job!
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Herding

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Any Day
Cheap
Hard
30 min
Items needed
sheep
Activity description

Since Caucasian Mountain Dogs are also considered to be sheepdogs, one of the best things you can do for them is to give them some sheep to herd. Since, as we said, Caucasian Ovcharka is not a city dog, and they thrive best in the rural environments, if you are lucky enough to have sheep around, you can train your dog to be the best herder in the world, which will make them the happiest doggo alive. This type of dog needs a real job to feel their best, so don’t be afraid to trust them with your lovely sheep.

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Hire a trainer
Before you let your dog herd your sheep, you need to train them properly. As Ovcharkas can be a bit hard to train, you will get best results if you hire a dog trainer to help you out and train your pup properly. In the long run, you will not regret it, and your dog will surely be happier knowing that they are doing things properly.
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Let them herd
Once your dog is properly trained, let them help you out with the farm work by doing what they do best. Your doggo will be thrilled that they can perform a task that is natural to them, and you will get a helping paw you so desperately need.
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Long Hike

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Any Day
Free
Normal
2 hrs
Items needed
Water
treats
Activity description

Your pup needs exercise in order to thrive and be the happy and healthy pup. Since they are quite a large dog, extreme exercise will probably not do the job, as their weight and physical constitution won’t allow your Caucasian Mountain Dog to perform extreme activities, however, they are always more than willing to go on a long hike and stretch those muscles. Just get ready, bring some water and a few treats, and go on a long hike with your best friend.

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Get ready
Before you go on a long hike, make sure that you are properly prepared. Bring a collapsible water bowl for your dog and some fresh water. Bring some food and treats to give to your pup when they get tired. Of course, make sure you have sensible shoes on and that you are properly equipped with food and water for yourself.
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Explore more
Explore your surroundings and find new hidden gems. If you are far away from home, be careful as you don’t know what’s out there, and make sure you don’t fall in a ditch covered by grass. Your dog won’t be able to pull you out, and vice versa, so just be mindful of your steps. And don’t forget to have fun in the sun!
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More Fun Ideas...

Kong

On lazy days, get a large Kong and smear some peanut butter inside. Give it to your pup who will surely have loads of fun with it even when the weather is bad. 

Tug of War

Get a strong rope, tie a large knot on one end and play the exciting game of tug of war with your doggo. You will surely come out stronger since your pup is a powerful one!

Conclusion

Caucasian Mountain Dogs are not for everyone, that is a fact. They are large, they require a lot of activities, and they do not do well in city environments. However, if you live in a rural area and you are ready to commit to your dog, you will not only get a best friend, but also a valuable helping hand with the farm work. With a bit of training and a lot of love, your Ovcharka can be the happiest dog in the world!