Activities For Cesky Fouseks

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Introduction

Cesky Fouseks are a Czech dog breed typically used for hunting. Known as a "gun dog," this breed is extremely intelligent and active. Due to their high energy levels, they require a minimum of an hour of exercise per day. 

Most hunting dogs are considered stubborn and difficult to train. Not so with the Cesky Fousek. They are obedient and eager to please their master. Despite being bred for hunting, Cesky Fouseks are very playful, friendly, and outgoing around kids and other dogs. They are great watchdogs because of their keen hearing and alertness. This mid-sized pup is able to hunt in different climates and weather, which means they can also play in various conditions.  

Dock Diving

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Sunny Day
Cheap
Hard
1 hr
Items needed
Towel
Water Toy
Body of Water
Dock
Activity description

Dock diving can be a competitive activity for dogs, but it can be a great non-competitive way to exercise your pup. If your dog loves to swim, take the activity up a notch by teaching them how to dock dive.

Dogs love to retrieve toys, so what better way to cool your pup off on a warm, sunny day than throwing toys off the dock and watching them dive into the water? Don't forget the towel!

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Teach Fido to love the water
Dock diving or other water activities are a no-go if your dog hates water. Start training your pup from an early age to swim and hope for the best. It’s not a good idea to force a dog to do an activity that they don’t truly enjoy. It just makes them anxious and skittish. Don’t forget the doggie life vest when your pup is in training.
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Find a dock diving facility
With the rising popularity of aquatic activities for dogs, there’s a chance your local area might have a dock diving facility where you can take Fido. If not, maybe you have a friend or family member who has a dock available on the water or own one yourself. If you don’t have access to a dock, many public swimming pools have dedicated dog days at the end of summer.
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Fetch!
Many dog toy manufacturers have special toys made for water activities. These toys have built-in buoys that allow the toy to float for easy retrieval for your pup. Flying discs are a popular choice. Once you have your water toy, take Fido to the dock and teach them to fetch the toy, jumping in the water and then coming back to you on the dock. You may have to model this for them a few times, jumping in as well. Repeat!
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Agility Training

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Any Day
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1 hr
Items needed
Treats
Tunnels
Weave poles
Hurdles
Activity description

A dog such as a Cesky Fousek enjoys activities where they have to obey their owner, and agility training is a perfect exercise routine for an active, intelligent breed.

If agility training classes are too pricey for you, consider purchasing an at-home kit available in any pet store. They include weave poles and tunnels, with hurdles being an add-on option. The hurdles are an extra expense, but the Cesky Fousek breed requires more stimulation than most dog breeds and it could save you money by preventing destructive behavior in your home.  Cesky Fouseks don't like to be alone and need exercise to tire them out every day.

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Find agility class or purchase kit
The first step to this activity is to find and price local agility classes for your pup. If you live in a rural area, it will be difficult to find one. In bigger towns or near bustling cities, there should be plenty of classes available, but potentially out of your price range. If you do find the class price a bit too steep, consider purchasing a kit from your local pet store to put in your yard or living room.
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Train, train, train
So you’ve signed up for the classes or bought an agility course for the home. The next step is to train your pup with treats and positive reinforcement. A gun dog probably won’t be fazed by the equipment, but other dogs could be fearful of the tunnel at first. Start simple with the weave poles and then progress to the tunnel and eventually the hurdles.
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Rotate agility items daily
An intelligent, hard-working dog like the Cesky Fousek will get bored quickly if you do the same routine on the agility course every day. It’s better to shake things up by randomly doing the course a different way each day after the initial training is complete. Start with one activity the first day, then integrate the rest, but switch them up daily.
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Hiking

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Any Day
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Easy
1 hr
Items needed
harness
water
leash
waste bags
Activity description

State parks or mountainous and wooded areas are great places to take a gun dog hiking! You will have to look into whether the property allows dogs and what the leash laws are. A dog like a Cesky Fousek would enjoy hiking off-leash. If your area has strict leash laws, consider letting Fido lead and you follow.

It is important to keep your pup hydrated, especially on warm or hot days, so don't forget the bottled water and collapsible water dish, which are easy to find in any pet store. Many dogs walk better on harnesses than they do collars, so take that into consideration when planning your hike.

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Check leash laws
It’s a good idea before you take Fido anywhere to check the dog policy and if dogs are allowed, the leash laws. Many state parks and other government lands allow dogs if they are on leashes less than six feet. Depending on the wild animals, it might be imperative to keep Fido on a leash regardless of the laws. For example, if you live in an area with snakes or bears, the curiosity of your pup might outweigh their training.
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Stay on the trails
A gun dog might want to go off into the wilderness to explore, but if you are hiking unfamiliar territory, it is best to stay on the cleared paths. A strong recall training will help keep Fido in your sight, if the hiking area allows for dogs to be off-leash.
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Take water breaks
The recommended exercise time for Cesky Fouseks is an hour or more per day. If the weather is cool or mild, an hour-long hike should be manageable for both you and your pup. However, on hot or warm days, Fido might need to take shorter hikes and add in another activity to make up the difference. Be sure to provide cool, fresh water regardless of the weather.
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More Fun Ideas...

Fetch

Almost every dog loves fetch and your pup probably will, too. You might think a hunting dog needs more stimulation, but fetch can be a great way to burn off energy if the weather is too poor to go for hikes or to hunt. All you need is a ball, a dog, and an open space to throw the ball (inside the house is not recommended unless you've got great aim!). 

Flyball

Flyball is a great activity for dogs with high energy. Flyball is a relay with teams of dogs where each dog clears four hurdles, releases a tennis ball from a special box with their paw, and carries the ball back through the course to their handler. It takes a lot of training, but it is also a lot of exercise in a small amount of time. 

Conclusion

When you are considering what kind of dog breed to get, you need to consider how much free time you have and how much exercise your pup will need. A hunting dog such as a Cesky Fousek will need a lot of exercise compared to non-hunting breeds.  Hunting, hiking, and agility courses are three relatively inexpensive activity options for a high energy breed. Cesky Fouseks are a very intelligent breed that can suffer from separation anxiety if left alone for too long without proper exercise. Your best bet in avoiding destructive dog crimes is to exercise Fido at least an hour per day.