Activities For Dunkers

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Introduction

The Norwegian Hound, also known as the “Dunker”, is a breed that was developed some time during the 19th century specifically for hunting purposes. This dog got their nickname from the breeder, Captain Wilhelm Dunker, who wanted to have a companion when hunting hares. The Dunker was the result of crossing the Russian Harlequin Hound with Norwegian scent hounds. While they are relatively popular in their native country of Norway and other Scandinavian countries, Dunkers are a bit rare in other parts of the world. That does not mean that they don’t have fans in the United States; the breed’s lovely personality and practical skills make them a good overall choice for a pet in the country. 

Go Cycling

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Sunny Day
Cheap
Normal
30 - 45 min
Items needed
Dog harness
Bicycle
Activity description

Hunting-type dogs have a high prey drive and, as such, they need some form of outlet for their hunting instincts. Dunkers belong to these hunting types and they also require a substantial amount of physical exercise to stay healthy and satisfied. If the typical walk no longer does it for your dog, you may have to find a way to pick up the pace. A better alternative that does not include running is by adding some wheels into the equation. Go cycling with your dog to help them meet their daily exercise needs. It is also a special and amusing way to spend some quality time with each other. 

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Invest in the right gear
Cycling with your dog seems like a simple task. On the contrary, however, it can be quite challenging, especially without the proper gear. Riding a bike while holding on to a regular leash can spell trouble if your dog decides to run off or to get in front of your bike. This is why you need to invest in the right equipment if you plan to cycle with your Dunker regularly. There are special harnesses for dogs that can be connected to a belt that the cyclists can wear on their waist. You can even invest in special devices such as the Walky Dog, which is a short leash attached to the frame of your bike.
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Go cycling with your pooch
When you finally have all the proper gear, you can then start enjoying bike rides with your Dunker. Take note that for a strenuous activity such as cycling, your dog should be at least 8 months old to prevent any serious damage to their bones and joints. Also, when riding, make sure that you keep up with your dog’s pace and not the other way around. The goal is to get a good exercise for your dog; not to completely tire them out and put them at risk.
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Shell Game

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Any Day
Free
Easy
15 min
Items needed
Plastic cups
Treats
Activity description

In case you did not know, here’s a fun fact: dogs have up to over 300 million olfactory receptors, which are responsible for detecting odorants, thereby producing a sense of smell. To compare, humans only have six million of these receptors. In addition, the portion of the brain that scrutinizes scents is 40 times larger in dogs as opposed to humans. However, some domesticated dogs might be a bit out of practice, especially when their noses aren’t always put to work. A good scent game that will stimulate their sense of smell is the shell game. In this game, treats are hidden underneath cups with your Dunker using their smelling power to find the hidden treat. 

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Prepare the materials needed
For this game, all you need are some well-sized cups (preferably ones made of plastic) and some of your dog’s favorite treats. For this game, try to avoid using cups that are made of paper or glass; paper cups are too flimsy while glass ones can break when knocked over.
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Play the game
When you have the needed materials for the game, it is time to begin playing the game. While your dog sits and watches, place a treat under one cup and move it around. Then, command your dog to find the treat. Once your pooch sniffs at the cup, lift it and let your dog eat the treat. Then, add another cup into the mix and repeat what you just did but shuffle the two cups around. Let your dog sniff around and if they pick the right cup, lift it and reward them with the treat. Add a third cup and repeat this process until you use up all four cups. By doing this step, you get to check if your dog is really using their scent to locate the treat.
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Walking Tour

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Sunny Day
Free
Easy
30 - 60 min
Items needed
Leash
Waste Bags
Activity description

Whenever people get the chance and time off, it is a common practice to plan a getaway somewhere far from home. However, what if you are missing out on some of the best spots in your own hometown? In fact, can you recall the last time that you became a tourist in your own place? If not, then it is probably time to rediscover what makes your home special. One of the best ways to discover the best spots in your own hometown without missing out on anything exceptional is through a guided walking tour. The great thing about these walking tours is that they are almost always free of charge. It is also a fun and unique way to meet your dog’s exercise requirements for the day.

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Find a scheduled tour
In order for you and your pooch to join a walking tour, you should learn about the upcoming events and find one that fits your schedule. Aside from your personal schedule, you should also consider whether this tour allows patrons to bring their four-legged friends. Most of the time, dogs are allowed in these walking tours as long as they are kept on a leash.
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Be a tourist in your own place
Once you find a walking tour that you would like to take part in, make the necessary arrangements, if any. More often than not, the only details provided are the time and a meeting place and all you have to do is show up. Throughout this tour, make sure your dog is well-behaved and don’t forget to clean up after their waste.
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Tug-of-war

An easy game that your Dunker will enjoy is the tug-of-war. For this activity, just get a rope toy or an old sock and let your dog bite one end while you hold on to the other. Tug on the item and let your dog tug back. Do this back and forth with your pooch. This game is a great form of physical and mental exercise for your Dunker. 

Stuffed Kong

Kongs are a great toy for a dog like the Dunker. To stimulate your dog’s sense of smell, stuff the Kong with some all-natural peanut butter. Your Dunker will surely find the scent of the peanut butter alluring and will spend hours trying to eat up every last bit of the peanut butter. 

Conclusion

The Norwegian Hound, or simply Dunker, is a lovely purebred from the Scandinavian country of Norway. Having a history of working closely with their owners, this breed can be really friendly and loyal towards their families. While somewhat uncommon in the United States, those who own and love the breed find them to be a great pet choice.