The Deutscher Wachtelhund breed is descended from an older German breed known as the Stoberer, a name that translates into rummager, and they were said to have a nose as sensitive as a bloodhound. This olfactory sensitivity was passed down to the Wachtels, making searching for things a natural extension of their overall personality. The childhood game of Hide and Seek can easily be adjusted for canine sensibilities, and it can give your canine companion a fun way to satisfy their urge to search as well as encouraging them to strengthen their problem-solving skills and solidifying the bond between the dog and their family.
The fast-paced dog sport of Flyball takes fetch to a higher level with teams of four dogs racing relay-style down a flyball track, where each dog jumps over hurdles then activates the flyball box, a device that produces a tennis ball for the dog to retrieve. Development of this sport started around the middle of the 1900’s in California, with the first Flyball tournament occurring in 1983. Hunting dogs like the Deutscher Wachtelhund were bred to have a great deal of energy and stamina, and when not hunting they will still need a way to release all that energy or they can become overly vocal. This sport can help to works both the mind and body of your canine, allowing them an outlet for their pent-up energy.
Hunting dogs like the Deutscher Wachtelhund were developed to range far from the hunter in pursuit of their quarry. In order for the hunter to keep track of where their dog is, these dogs were bred with the instinct to vocalize loudly so that they can be easily tracked. While this is a desirable trait in a hunting dog, it can be less than desirable when trying to relax at home. One of the ways to prevent this behavioral trait from becoming a problem is to train your dog to bark on command or speak, then follow that up with training the command to be quiet.