Activities For Combais

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Introduction

A Combai Boarhund is an active, alert, and willful dog that can be stubborn but adapts well to family life. They love playing, going on hunting trips, hanging out with children and adults, and being the pack leader. Traditionally in India, people use Combais as guard dogs due to their aloofness with strangers and fierce loyalty to their property. If they need to, they can attack and fight to the death. Now, however, people keep Combais as family pets but as guard dogs too. They can tell the difference between someone who is welcome and who isn’t. The complex nature of a Combai means you need to be particular with what activities you include in their routine, but these below could be an excellent place to start. 

Property Guarding

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Any Day
Free
Normal
10 min
Items needed
Treats
Activity description

The Combai has a natural tendency to guard their property – all in the name of protecting you. However, they defend in a way that comes naturally to them, not in the way that’s necessarily the best. Therefore, an activity you can partake in early on is property guarding. You can teach your Combai how to safeguard your property for the safety and sake of everyone living there. This free, sunny-day activity is relatively straightforward, and you can carry it out in ten-minute training sessions with a few treats in your pocket. Your Combai’s intelligence and fierce loyalty will mean you won’t have too many problems getting your dog to guard your property effectively. 

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Teach obedience
If your dog doesn’t follow orders, you will struggle to teach them how to guard your property correctly. They should know how to sit, lie down, stay, as well as more advanced skills such as impulse control. This process might take some time, but you can get help from an expert trainer if you need it. In fact, your Combai will benefit greatly from going through all the levels of obedience, from puppy school all the way up to advanced classes.
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Teach boundaries
Does your dog know what they are supposed to be guarding? Walk your dog around your outer property boundaries every day, helping them to understand what they need to be protecting. Leave them alone in this area so they can be confident of it and know to protect it. Make sure that your property is well fenced and secure, keeping your Combai safe from an unplanned escape.
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Guarding
Find someone your dog doesn’t know and has never met, getting them to make noise on the other side of the fence. When your Combai barks, get the person to make a crying sound and walk or run away. By doing so, your dog feels confident with what they’ve done, and you can come out and give them a snack to let them know they’ve done an excellent job. Keep practicing your boundary lines and guarding techniques daily until they will bark to alert you of someone entering without you setting it up.
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Hog Hunting

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Any Day
Expensive
Hard
2 - 5 hrs
Items needed
Harness
Leash
Water
Food
GPS collar
Activity description

In India and surrounding areas, a Combai’s role is to help during boar hunting. They alert the hunter to the prey by barking and trying to corner them. If you consider yourself to be a boar hunting expert, then why not invite your Combai along for the trip? While it’s expensive, challenging, and takes a full day to accomplish, it’s time you get to spend with man’s best friend who’s bound to learn some helpful tips. What’s more, they’re naturally adept in a harsh environment. Prepare their harness, leash, food, water, and a GPS collar, and head out for a successful boar hunting session. 

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Teach obedience
There are a lot of distractions in the great outdoors, which is why it’s paramount to do as much preparation as you can before you head off into the bush. If you don’t have full control of your Combai, it can end in disaster. Make sure they have excellent recall, can come, sit, lie down, and stay when you want them to, and will not run off into the bush when you’re trying to call them back.
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Choose a hunting destination
If it has been some time since you last went boar or hog hunting, then take a few minutes out of your day to do some research. You can find out which are the best spots for it, and whether your Combai can come too. California is an excellent place for outdoor activities such as hog hunting, but you can’t use bait. However, you can find hogs in 56 counties and only require a hunting license and hog tag to get them. South Carolina will also be a decent place to start as it has around 200,000 feral hogs with few rules and regulations around hunting them.
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Hunt
Now that you trust your dog to remain by your side and do as you tell them, and you have selected the best hog hunting location, you can now go out with your Combai. Make sure you tell someone where you are going and when you will return. Pack warm clothing, put your dog’s GPS collar and harness on and carry out a few test trips close to your home if you need to. Your dog will bark and alert you to any critters they come across.
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Tug of War

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Rainy Day
Cheap
Easy
10 min
Items needed
Tug rope
Activity description

As most people know, the Combai is an immensely strong breed that can fight their way out of any problem in which they find themselves. If you want to test their strength to the limits, then engage them in a game of tug of war. Such a game makes an excellent rainy-day activity when you can’t get outdoors. However, you are going to need a solid tug rope and around ten minutes to spare. You may also struggle to come out triumphant! This affordable activity will stimulate all your dog’s senses but may also leave you with very sore arms! 

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Choose a rope
The variety of tug ropes on the market is substantial, but there’s no point in getting a thin rope from the pet store, or even making one from old t-shirts. You are going to need a thick cable that’s almost impenetrable. A regular home depot store line for tying boats could be the best option for playing with your Combai.
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Clear space
Because your Combai is a dominant dog, you are going to need to clear a large area in your home. Make sure there are no obstacles in your way or items that could fall and break. A long hallway with no furniture is often the best place for a game of tug of war.
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Play
Give your Combai one end of the rope, and you take the other. If your dog doesn't immediately want to play, shake the line a little bit and use a high energy voice to get them excited. Pull the toy gently and encourage your pooch to pull back. Eventually, you will be able to engage in a game of tug of war that there’s no possible way you could ever win!
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Obedience Training

Combais are intelligent dogs, but they can also be stubborn. Training may not be something you can do on your own. Set aside an hour each week and see an expert. You can join a class, so your pooch learns valuable social skills, or you can get help and advice in a one-on-one session. Obedience training can be beneficial when you are teaching them how to hunt or guard your property.  

Nature Hike

Combais love being outside, that’s their favorite activity. Even though they can seem lazy at times, as soon as they see their leash come out, they will be chomping at the bit to go outside and have fun. Set aside a few hours for a nature hike and make sure the weather forecast is satisfactory. The varied terrain and new environment will ensure they have the best day out.  

Conclusion

If you own a Combai, then you have an exceptionally rare dog – they are not your average companion pet in the United States. However, if you do, you will never be bored. This pawsitively delightful pooch will test your patience, challenge you, and cause you to have to think outside the square with activities to entertain them, but they will reward you ten-fold with loyalty and love at the same time. You can’t ask for much more than that.