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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.