Activities For Cursinus

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Introduction

Though you probably haven't heard much about them, Cursinus are actually one of the more ancient breeds. Not a trendy hybrid, this hearty canine originated on the beautiful French island of Corsica. These dogs are medium to large in size and were created for the purpose of herding sheep.

As with most ancient breeds, you'll find it is not easy to tell a Cursinu what to do, meaning you'll have to clock a lot more time in the training ring. Though they aren't exactly eager to please, these rare puppers have a wonderfully calm temperament and are not overly exuberant compared to other herding pooches. 

That's not to say they don't love tearing around, however! When looking for fun activities for your Cursinu, focus on play-based training to help them polish up their command obedience.

Play a Game of Forest Find

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Sunny Day
Free
Normal
30 - 60 min
Items needed
Treats
Friends
Activity description
Though it does take a bit of coordination, Forest Find makes for a great way to keep your Cursinu entertained. The idea of this game is to let your pupper tune in to their natural tracking abilities by seeking people they know (and love) in an unfamiliar setting.

Forest Find works best if you have access to a wooded area where your pooch can roam off-leash, though it is possible to complete the activity tethered up. It also helps if the people you bring along are already pals with your pup, so that your woofer knows their scent to begin with.

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Gather some hiders
For this game to work best, you need to enlist in the help of some friends or family. You only need one or two people, but make sure whoever you bring along is comfortable with your pooch and excited to have some fun. Be aware of the weather and make sure everyone dresses comfortably — you'll be outside for some time!
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Send the hiders to the woods
While you stay back with your doggo, your volunteers will have to get out of sight. Arrange perimeters before they go hide so that you know approximately what boundaries they will be within. Equip them with treats — these will come into play in the next step.
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Track them down
Once your hiders have been given enough time to find their secret spot, it's time to go find them! Head off with your pooch, letting them lead the way. If they seem to be way off course, guide them closer to where the hiders might be. When your woofer finally finds someone, make sure they get the treats right away, along with lots of praise!
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Become a Canicross Team

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Any Day
Moderate
Hard
1 - 2 hrs
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Bungee
Belt
Running Clothes/Shoes
Harness
Activity description
Canicross is a dog sport that's been picking up steam over the last few years. Yes, it's sort of like jogging with your dog, but there are definite differences or enhancements compared with basic dog-running. 

For starters, while jogging with your pooch often requires the canine to be parallel or behind the owner, canicross requires the pupper to take the lead. This is done by using a belt around your body that connects to a bungee line, which is attached to the dog's harness! This activity also requires training with new commands to help your trail-blazing experience go as smoothly as possible. 

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Check your set-up
Canicross includes a lot of components working together all at the same time. To ensure that you have a good experience, you have to make sure that all harnesses, lines, belts, and running gear are attached correctly. Failure to do so will result in an uncomfortable run, to say the least!
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Start slow
Once you've checked that your gear is working right, it's time to hit the trails! Try starting on a trail you are already familiar with so you can focus solely on training your pooch for the first little while. At the beginning, focus just on your "start" and "stop" commands. When those are solid, move on to "speed up", "slow down", "go left", and "go right." Remember to pair your commands with pull from your own body weight.
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Join an event
To help keep your training exciting, you may find working towards a goal helps you stay focused. There are all sorts of pawesome canicross events including time trials, "mudders", and marathons. In the process, you'll find other pooch-lovers who enjoy nothing more than spending time outside with their fur-balls.
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Go to Local Festivals

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Sunny Day
Cheap
Easy
3 - 4 hrs
Items needed
Leash
Treats
Activity description
Cursinus are naturally very wary of people they don't know. While this is an excellent trait for pooches guarding farms, it's not as desirable if you plan to take your woofer out in public. 

To combat this natural tendency, taking your four-legged pal out into big crowds starting from when they are just a pup can work wonders. With this activity, the younger you start, the better adjusted your canine compadre will likely become.

Exposure is always important when raising well-rounded doggos, but this is especially the case when you own a breed that is not friendly by nature. 

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Find a festival
Attending a festival is not necessarily something you can do any day of the week. It takes some planning in advance to see what kind of events are happening in your community. If festivals are hard to come by in your town, why not research neighboring areas to see what they have scheduled? That way, you can socialize your baby pupper while exploring new places at the same time. Check the festival rules to make sure that dogs are permitted to roam the streets during the celebrations (on-leash, of course!).
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Prepare for the day
Most festivals have enough going on to keep you occupied for a whole day — or an afternoon, at the very least. Make sure that you bring along everything both you and your woofer will need to have a comfortable day out. A portable water dish, water to fill it with, a bite to eat, and clean-up bags for your barky buddy should suffice.
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Be confident as you go
In this new and potentially frightening scenario, your young pup will be looking to you to set the tone of the outing. Make sure that you confidently lead them through new experiences, removing them but not punishing them when they act fearful. When your pooch has a positive interaction with other festival goers, give them lots of praise so the behavior is reinforced.
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More Fun Ideas...

Obedience Classes

For those who have an especially stubborn Cursinu, obedience classes may be the way to go. Here, you will have the help of a professional to try new techniques to train your pooch. Another plus is that at these classes, your dog will have exposure to other people and pups, furthering their socialization.

Agility Courses

If you happen to have a Cursinu that is good with their commands, agility training might be a fun thing for the two of you to try. This can be done at home with DIY solutions or at local agility organizations. No matter which way you do it, the outcome will be a better bond with your four-legged pal.

Conclusion

So there you have it! Even though there aren't pages upon pages of information about the details of your Cursinu out there as there are for some breeds, it's still possible to cater to their activity needs. When you bring one of these interesting fur-babes into your home, you'll see why so much effort has been put into saving the breed during the last few decades.

By getting out and about with your Cursinu, you'll also be securing this breed's future, because when people see your amazing doggo for themselves, they are sure to ask questions!