A cross between the Norwegian Elkhound and the Beagle dog breeds, an Elk-a-Bee is a highly inquisitive, gentle dog. The Elkhound has traits of being an extremely energetic dog, which, when combined with a Beagle's love of adventure, can make for an affectionate, constant companion who needs at least 90 minutes of exercise per day.
Both Beagles and Elkhounds have a high prey drive, which makes them better suited for a fenced-in yard and not having smaller animals as housemates. Elk-a-Bees are great with children and are fantastic watchdogs for your home. Both breeds are known to be stubborn, so training is important.
Elk-a-Bees are extremely stubborn because both breed mixes (Beagles and Norwegian Elkhound) are known to have stubborn streaks. As a result, it is best to train them from an early age with the help of a professional.
If your area has dog training classes (most pet stores do, too), enroll Fido in the class as a young pup to increase the training retention.
In the class, the professional will teach you and your dog the basic of how to sit, stay, and recall, which can come in handy with a hunting dog breed who loves to explore and chase small (and large) animals.
Off-leash dog parks are a great place for dogs to learn socialization and burn off excess energy. All you need is a leash to walk from the parking lot to the park gates. (Most parks advise you not to leave the leash on the dog after you are inside the gates because your dog might feel threatened and react aggressively.) Some dog parks require a pre-purchased pass and up-to-date immunization records.
While it may be tempting to use the time at the dog park for human conversation, it is important to keep an eye on your dog and the other dogs at all times. Don't bring treats into the dog park (unless you want all the dogs to surround you) but you can usually bring toys. Be sure to check, as some dog parks are strict on the items they allow inside.
Find the Treats is an easy game that lets your Elk-a-Bee use their strong sense of smell to discover treats that you've hidden around the house. Use small kibble so that your pup doesn't eat too many treats in one day, but make sure each treat is big enough to be found with a bit of a challenge.
Both Elkhounds and Beagles are known for their strong sense of smell, making this the perfect activity for a cross of both breeds. They want to be out sniffing for potential danger, so giving them the opportunity to use their sniffers to find treats lets them feel successful and hone their natural talents at the same time.
If you're short on time or inspiration, a brisk walk around the block a time or two is a quick, easy way to let your dog burn off some energy. The best part is -- it doesn't cost anything except your time! All you need is a leash and a willing dog.
Elk-a-Bees are a unique dog breed that isn't seen around town that often, so if you take your pup to the dog park, pet store, or just about anywhere, be prepared to be stopped and asked what kind of dog they are and answer a million questions repeatedly.
Your cross-breed dog will require at least an hour of exercise per day to keep them happy and healthy.
These fun activities will let your Elkhound/Beagle combo get enough daily exercise, and a tired pup is a happy pup (and a pup that stays out of trouble)!