Mon dieu, but it can be difficult to find information on the Chien Francais Tricolore! These droopy-eared sweethearts are even rare in their Gallic homeland. Named for their tan, white and black coat, these cuties can be extremely loyal — but if you’re lucky enough to own one, you’ll know that they can pose certain challenges.
Chien Francais Tricolores were bred to hunt in packs as scent hounds — they’re highly intelligent and don’t take unemployment kindly. Make no bones about it, these doggos need a job to do. They’re also strong athletes who need a lot of exercise. Not to worry — we’ve put together a list of activities to keep your buddy as healthy and happy as can be!
It should go without saying that if there’s one thing that a scent hound like the Chien Francais Tricolore is good at, it’s tracking objects by smell. Harness that ability and keep their brain busy with a good scavenger hunt!
This activity can be done both indoors and out, so it’s a great bet for all kinds of weather (though be warned that if you’re hiding things outdoors, they could get snapped up by other animals). Make sure to hide your treasures in safe spots — you don’t want your pupper to knock something down and injure themselves!
Though your buddy may be bright, it could take them a while to get the hang of the game — the time estimate above refers to the time per training session you’ll need to spend on the task.
Agility training is a pawtastic way to get your buddy’s brain and body working at the same time! Some owners balk at the idea of agility training because they think that the equipment is expensive. Not necessarily! You can construct a doggy obstacle course out of all sorts of things you may have lying around.
Teaching your dog to weave through poles is a great place to start with agility training. A weave pole course is also one of the easiest agility courses to construct — you can make them with garden bamboo canes, or lengths of pipe stuck into the ground.
That being said, this is a training exercise that takes quite a lot of time and patience. Like the treasure hunt, the time estimate refers to the time spent per training session. It could take weeks for your pup to weave like a pro!
Food puzzles make it easy to keep your pup mentally stimulated! They’re exactly what they sound like — a puzzle for your pooch to solve before they can get at the sweet treats inside. You can make your own, or pick one up from most pet stores.