Activities For Dutch Partridge Dogs

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Introduction

An interesting bit of knowledge before we go any further; the Dutch Partridge Hound's name in Dutch is "Drentse Patrijshond." These dogs were named such due to their natural proficiency at hunting various types of birds - particularly partridges in marsh trees. If you're thinking about adopting a Dutch Partridge Hound, then know that you don't have to take up hunting as a skill just because this breed naturally excels at it (not unless you want to, that is.) Just know that Dutch Partridge Hounds are very energetic dogs who need to have their minds challenged as well as their bodies.

Canicross

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Any Day
Moderate
Hard
1 hr
Items needed
Hands Free Leash
Dog Harness
Activity description
Canicross is a sport in which runners run cross country miles with their dogs in tow - the "cani" comes from the word "canine" while the "cross" is taken from the phrase "cross country." While this activity is definitely the most physically intense on this guide, it's fairly intuitive and not too difficult get into. Canicross is all about pacing yourself and making sure that you and your dog are well equipped for the run. Many experienced Canicross runners advise using a hands free leash so that your Dutch Partridge Hound won't experience any discomfort during the run. All in all, you'll need about $80 to $100 to get a dog harness, a hands free leash, and a reliable pair of running shoes. You can attempt this activity in any kind of weather that you're comfortable with, meaning that you can pull off a Rocky and run through the rain if you wish!
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Getting ready for Canicross
Since Canicross is an alternative form of Cross Country running, you can use many of the methods and techniques cross country runners use to prepare for their sport; build up your endurance by regularly jogging around an accessible track field before jogging through areas with rugged and uneven terrain to prepare for the similarly precarious terrain you and your dog will encounter cross country. Pacing is one of the most important things to keep in mind as you and your dog run or jog.
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Start small
Some might think that they have to run or jog from one end of their homeland to another in order to participate in cross country runs. In reality, the length of the average cross country meet is about 5 kilometers (or 3.1 miles for those of us who are not used to the Metric System.) That 5 km distance can be trying for someone who doesn't run regularly or who hasn't run for a long time, so shorten the distance to about 2 or 3 km (about 1.2 or 1.8 m) for safety purposes.
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Think big
After you and your dog have successfully completed a number of shortened Canicross runs together, you'll notice that both of you will begin to get less and less tired after each subsequent run. That's because both of your bodies are adapting to the shortened distances the two of you have been travelling and are ready to at least attempt the standard distance. Remember to pace yourself during the 5 km run and you'll do just fine.
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Skijoring

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Cold Day
Moderate
Normal
1 hr
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Skijoring Skis
Skijoring Harness and Cables
Cold Weather Clothes
Dog Boots
Activity description
Try this skiing based activity out with your Dutch Partridge Hound. The term Skijoring is actually a portmanteau that combines the words "ski" and "joring." While we're sure you know what skiing is, you may not be too familiar with the term joring, so allow us to elaborate - joring refers to any dog powered methods of travel. Skijoring really just means "dog powered skiing." One can simply use the same pieces of equipment they would use for a traditional skiing session (which cost around $100 to $150 altogether) but you will also have to buy a dog harness and cables, which will cost about $40 to $60. Cold weather is ideal for this activity, as the snow should be coming down in droves, depending on where you live.
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Ski before you skijor
It's important that you know the basics of traditional skiing before you attempt the activity with your dog. Once you've learned how to control your speed by positioning your feet as well as how to shift your body weight to change your trajectory, then you'll be that much closer to being skijoring ready.
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Skijorer says
Since skijoring is a dog powered activity, like mushing or dog carting, a team's success in this activity will largely be based on how well their pets can interpret and follow orders. You may need to complete some training exercises with your Dutch Partridge Hound to ensure that they can understand your commands while skijoring. Once they can understand the skijoring commands for speeding up, slowing down, turning left and right, and stopping then you two will be all set.
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Treibball

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Sunny Day
Moderate
Easy
30 - 45 min
Items needed
Treibballs
Activity description
This activity was created by the German people back in the late 2000's; it's a lot like soccer, only the balls that one uses for the game are positively enormous and multiple balls can be used at a time. The goal of treibball is to encourage your Dutch Partridge Hound to nudge the treibballs into goalposts within a certain amount of time. It may take some time for your dog to understand that they need to push the ball into the goal, but they'll begin doing so instinctively once they get the hang of this activity. Each ball in question costs about $15 to $20 but that's really all you need to pay for. It's best to try this activity out on a sunny day, when rainfall can't make the ground too slippery.
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Take your time
It wouldn't be such a bad idea to eliminate the time element from this activity when you first let your Dutch Partridge Hound play with a treibball. Same goes with the concept of trying to get them to score goals with the ball. Early on, it can help to allow your dog to simply play with the treibball at their leisure so they can get used to it.
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GOAL!!!
To coax your dog into pushing the ball into the goal, you'll need to stand in it while beckoning your dog over to you. Once your dog is nearby, lightly push the treibball towards them and then ask them to push it back to you. Help them associate the word "goal" with the gigantic net your standing in by asking your dog to "get it in the goal" or something along those lines.
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More Fun Ideas...

The Nose Knows

Get a few cardboard boxes, put your dog's favorite food in one of them, mix the box with the food in it with the other boxes, and then encourage your Dutch Partridge Hound to sniff around until they find the box with their meal inside. Increase the number of boxes used to increase the challenge of this activity.

Puzzle Your Pup

Dog puzzles work quite a bit differently than human puzzles; for one, dog puzzles have gigantic pieces that are meant to be bitten onto as opposed to being picked up by human fingers. Secondly, dog puzzles usually contain a treat inside of them that can be accessed after completing the puzzle. Y'know, now that we've laid it all out on the table, dog puzzles sound a lot cooler than most human puzzles!

Conclusion

We think that Dutch Partridge Hounds are a very lively and exciting breed of dog that can bring tons of joy and wonder into your life, should you choose to adopt one. Dutch Partridge Hounds are typically eager to please their human companions and relish in the opportunity to use their natural talents and abilities to meet that end. These dogs are pretty wiry though, so we'd advise against adopting one for the time being if your current lifestyle will keep you from being able to supervise and spend time with one of these dogs for extended periods of time.