Activities For Dogs With Dreads

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Introduction

The Puli, Komondor, and Bergamasco have unforgettable thick, curly locks that set them apart from other dogs. Under these adorable blankets of fur are canine friends who love to play. However, these dogs with dreads are not the easiest to maintain in terms of coat care. Their luscious coats can be traps for dirt and have the tendency to matt. To keep these dogs tidy, happy, and healthy, you need to invest time and effort into maintaining their gorgeous locks. How do you manage dogs with a coat that requires so much maintenance? The answer is simply tender loving care - and a lot of patience. Running out in the mud and rain may be fun for canines but this can lead to hours of coat care for dogs with dreads. Staying out in the sun for a long time is also bad because there is a chance the dog will overheat under their coat. While you have the option of shaving or clipping the fur of the dog, the charm and beauty of their fabulous coat will be lost. If you're committed to taking care of your dog's long locks, you will have a unique and friendly furry friend with a good personality. Here is a list of corded-coat friendly activities that will exercise your beloved mop-lookalike!

Obedience Training

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Any Day
Free
Normal
30 Minutes
Items needed
Favorite dog treats
Leash
Activity description
The Puli, Bergamasco and the Komondor have an innate herding instinct that makes them a natural on the farm. They are highly intelligent and have a mind of their own. Because of this, obedience training from youth is a good idea to keep them on track and paying attention to you, the owner. These natural leaders may be strong-willed but early training will make them loyal pets. These instructive courses can also be helpful for keeping them away from huge messes as well. You are not only exercising your dog, but you are minimizing your grooming time with them, too! This training can be done in any weather; ideally these sessions would take place in a distraction-free area indoors. You are going to be using dog treats you should already have, so this is an affordable activity. Depending on your dog's personality it could be easy or hard. To be successful, you should be patient and perhaps allocate 3 hours spread throughout the week to the training!
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Teach the "stay" command
This is a useful command that will help you keep your dog from running into puddles or mud. Start by leading your dog to a distraction-free location. Ask your dog to sit for a couple of seconds. Once he is successful staying still, give a dog treat as a reward. Repeat, asking for longer intervals. As well, give the verbal command of “stay”.
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Teach the "come" command
This is another command that will allow you to keep an eye on your active dog, and make sure they are keeping their coat clean and free of debris. Start by using a leash on your dog. Use the verbal command "come," and keep moving backward, beckoning your dog to come closer to you. Once your dog reaches you, praise them and give their reward. Repeat.
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Teach the "leave it" command
Start with holding a treat in your hand and showing it to your dog. When you have their attention and they make a move for the treat, quickly close your fist around the treat. While they are trying to figure out how to get to the treat, use the verbal command "leave it" until they stop their behavior towards your hand. Once they take attention away from your hand, reward them with a treat but not from the hand you utilized in the training session. Repeat until they respond to the command "leave it."
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Agility Training

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Sunny Day
Moderate
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30 - 60 Minutes
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Children's play tunnels
PVC pipes
Activity description
You will be surprised to know that Bergamascos, Pulis and Komondors, popular dogs with dreads, have an energetic and restless nature. Their thick and heavy coats will not weigh their adventurous spirits down! They are quick dogs who love open, wide spaces and give chase to smaller animals who run away. They are in good command of their bodies and are naturally agile. Exercise their body and brains with agility training in the home. You'll love how their majestic dreadlocks look in action, too! While not a replacement for their daily walks, this kind of activity will help ease their restlessness and boredom, allowing you to avoid any kind of destructive behavior in the long run as well. You can buy agility training materials, but going the DIY method can also save you money.
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Set up a tunnel course
Train your dreadlocked pup to work through a course that requires them to go through a tunnel. You can find appropriately sized collapsible play tunnels for children at toy stores. This basic obstacle is quite simple. Start off with asking the dog to run through the tunnel. As the dog's accuracy and speed progress, add some twists and turns to the tunnel that will quickly test their reflexes. If your dog is hesitant, depending on the size of the tunnel, you may need to crawl through first.
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Set up a basic jump course
You can buy your own jump obstacle course, but creating one out of PVC pipes could work if you have handyman experience. The idea is to equip the obstacles with adjustable heights so that when your dog is trained with the lower heights, you can easily move on to the next level without buying or constructing a new obstacle. Start by leaving treats on the other side of the bar, encouraging your dog to go over the obstacle to reach the treat.
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Set up a weave poles course
This is an excellent course that will help encourage quick reflexes. Set this part of the course up with PVC pipes in your backyard by sticking them into the soil or creating heavy bases for each pole. Start by using the channel method - line two alternating rows of pipes with enough space for the dog to go through the aisle in the middle. Each time your dog goes through the middle aisle, bring the poles closer so that your dog has to maneuver with slight turns through the pipes. This will help them understand weaving. Bring the poles closer and closer until they line up in a straight line.
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Socialization

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Any Day
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30 Minutes
Items needed
Leash
Activity description
Dog socialization is a good activity that will let your dreadlocked dog release some energy. It will also train them to be more comfortable with strangers and other canines. Having your dog interact with other pups will help encourage friendliness, and help against the usual sheepdog trait of wariness of strangers. Dogs with dreads are rare and it's not every day you see what looks like a mop running in the local park. Naturally, people and potential canine friends will be interested in your unique dog and try to approach. Let this be a training ground for your dog to learn more about their neighbors and gain some new and exciting friends in the process! Socialization can be done in any weather and at any location. It is free and will just require your watchful eye for around 30 minutes every day.
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Start your pup early
Pulis, Komondors, and Bergamascos are all excellent herding dogs, so they naturally have an alert, guard dog personality. This makes them sometimes not very receptive to strangers. By starting the socialization practice early in life, your pal will get along just fine with others. Learn and utilize the best introduction techniques for making your pup one of the friendliest.
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Enjoy long walks every day
All dogs need daily walks, but herding dogs need it even more. Take them on wonderful adventures outside of your house and try to alternate your routes so that each time is still an exciting experience. Taking them on walks will also ensure that you keep an eye on them and that they don't wander into mud or thorns that will get stuck on their lush coats.
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Go to a dog park
A nice, wide, open space full of safe grass will be a great experience for your dreadlocked dog. They will be free to run around without attracting too much dirt because the public park is usually maintained quite well. They will also have a chance to meet various doggy friends. You will find out if your dog is aggressive or shy. This exposure can help you train them to become more friendly towards strangers.
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Showtime

A dog with dreadlocks is so unique that entering them in the show ring can be a blast. Research a local association to find out the rules and regulations so that you and your pup can give the fun activity of showing a try.

Swimming

Swimming is a wonderful way for dogs to cool off and have some light exercise. Corded dogs can swim, but the drying time can be extensive. The minimum time required for a corded dog to fully dry is 24 hours. Due to this, it might be a good idea to swim before your dog's regular bath. Do this and you'll hit two birds with one stone! There are things to note when you go swimming with your corded dog. You should keep an eye out because there is a chance their wet fur will weigh them down when they get tired in the water. Stick to shallow water and always stay close to shore. Be a cautious lifeguard for your long haired dog and everything should be okay.

Conclusion

Corded dogs are not for the lazy or the faint of heart. Every single dreadlock requires attention on top of the existing basic needs of your dog. Pulling apart each cord is a labor of love that is a necessity, not just an option. Consider each activity that you and your companion partake in, to make sure they are appropriate in regards to the coat of your dog. If you've fallen in love with the charming, shaggy dog look of these wonderful dogs, by all means, adopt one! Just be prepared for the work you have to put into grooming, watching, and training them. You will be rewarded with a handsome dog with a beautiful personality. In the end, you will have a loyal and intelligent companion that will turn heads with their adorable fluffy look, as well as love and protect you to the best of their ability!