Activities For Chow Hounds

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Introduction

While a Chow Hound may be of average size, have a fairly average fur coat and seem like a regular dog from afar, this breed is anything but average. How could a pup be "average" when they are a beautiful mix of a Chow Chow and a Basset Hound? These dogs are active and always eager to please meaning they will love to have fun, new activities to do. Chow Hounds also love their owners so get ready to play right by your dog's side!

Indoor Treat Hunt

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Any Day
Cheap
Easy
20 min
Items needed
Laundry
Plastic Cups
Dog Treats
Activity description
Both Basset Hounds and Chow Chows have been used for centuries as hunting dogs, widely known for their powerful noses. Your Chow Hound is no different from their parent breeds in this respect and their sense of smell is impeccable. You can easily take advantage of this skill and turn it into a fun, indoor game - perfect for a rainy day! Treat hunting is especially great as you can switch it up every time you play, this game will never grow old! All you need to play this game is a few of your Chow Hounds favorite treats and you are ready to go!
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Scavenger hunt
Have your Chow Hound sit and stay. Show them the handful of treats you have and reiterate the command to "stay" while you walk away to hide the treats. Hide a few treats in several places around the house then return to your patiently waiting dog. Ask them where the treats are and then sit back and watch as your dog sniffs frantically, trying to find their prize.
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Treat dig
Rather than just give your dog a few treats, make your Chow Hound work for their reward! Mix a few treats into a pile of dirty laundry and let your pup dig and sniff, tossing clothes everywhere as they look for every last treat. This can be a little messy but it is well worth it to see your dog happily digging away!
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Cup flip
Place three plastic cups on the ground and hide a few treats under one cup. Call your Chow Hound over and ask them to find the treats. Will your dog immediately flip over the correct cup? Will their nose fail them and have your dog search in the wrong place? Once your dog has become an expert at sniffing out the correct hiding spot, add a few more empty cups and make it even more challenging.
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New Walks

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Sunny Day
Free
Easy
30 min
Items needed
Collar
Water
Leash
waste bags
Activity description
Due to the Basset Hound background of a Chow Hound, this breed may not be up for vigorous exercise all the time. In fact, they may far prefer to cuddle on the couch than go for a run. However, you need to keep your dog active in order to keep them healthy! Make sure you take your dog for a walk every day to let them stretch their legs and get some fresh air. Remember to bring some water on hot days and always keep your pup on the leash - Chow Hounds may pick up a scent trail and easily wander off when not leashed!
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Local parks
A Chow Hound may not be dying to hike up a strenuous mountain trail however, they will enjoy an easy, flat path. Look for parks near you that have walking trails that also allow dogs. When out for a walk in a public park, always be sure to pick up after your dog! Walk all the trails near you to keep your walks exciting and new.
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Neighborhood stroll
While you may have taken your Chow Hound on hundreds of walks around the neighborhood, there are always ways to switch it up, making your usual routes new and exciting. When you head out your door, turn left instead of right. Go around a new loop in your neighborhood or walk a little further than you usually do. Walk different directions every day!
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Walk with friends
You may love walking with your Chow Hound but it is also fun to walk with a friend, too. Call a friend who has a dog and plan a tie to walk your pups together. Your Chow Hound will enjoy having another dog to walk with as a "pack" and you will like having a human companion to talk to as you walk.
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Socialization

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Any Day
Cheap
Normal
1 hr
Items needed
Leash
Treats
Activity description
Chow Chows have a long history of being aggressive and not so friendly toward other dogs. This is something you definitely do not want to carry over to your Chow Hound. The best thing you can do to prevent your dog from being aggressive is to socialize them from a young age and keep them around other dogs as often as possible.  The more your pup is exposed to other dogs, the more likely they are to be friendly! It is very inexpensive to socialize your dog, just the cost of a few treats! You can also do this activity any time of day, any time of year so, it's time to get started!
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Friends with dogs
If you have friends or family members who own dogs, invite them to a playdate with your dog. When your pups meet for the first time, it is best to do so on "neutral territory" rather than in your home where your Chow Hound may act dominant. Head to a park and let your dogs give each other a good sniff and then start playing!
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Dog park
Bring your Chow Hound to a local dog park as often as possible, beginning when they are very young. When your dog can freely run around with other pups, they will learn how to behave properly. Dogs will naturally decide which dog is in charge and then continue on their way happily! Your dog will love the chance to play outside with other pups.
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Doggy Daycare
Enroll your dog in a doggy daycare where you can drop them off a few times a week to play. Not only will your Chow Hound get to interact with other dogs but they will also get to play while you are away rather than sit at home alone. Doggy daycare centers may also offer training classes where your dog can learn new tricks alongside other pups.
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More Fun Ideas...

Hunting Club

Look for a local hunting club where your dog can be trained to go on real hunts. Hunting will appeal to your dog's Chow Chow background as well as their Basset Hound DNA.

Treibball

Your dog's herding instincts will be appeased when you teach your pup how to play treibball. Your Chow Hound will learn to herd large exercise balls into goals, running around and using their smart doggy brains to achieve their goal!

Conclusion

Chow Hounds are a very fun breed of dog that will enjoy plenty of activities. As a hunting dog, they will love any game that involves sniffing, tracking or herding. As a breed that is fairly low energy, they will also just love to sit with you on the couch, getting pampered and patted while you relax. Sounds like the ideal dog, right? Well, they are! So keep them happy and entertained with these fun games and your life with your pup will be ideal.