Activities For Georgian Shepherds

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Introduction

Georgian Shepherds are a breed of large, molosser dogs that have a knack for watching over large herds of animals and protecting them from wolves, coyotes, and bandits. These big guys hail from Georgia, but not the place that was one of the original thirteen colonies of the United States. Rather, these colossal canines originated from the Georgian Caucasus - a mountainous area with an elevation that's so high above sea level, large groups of clouds are always forming just out of arm's length. As a result of being bred to thrive in such an environment, Georgian Shepherds are able to play around in cold, snowy climates without incident.

Carting

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Sunny Day
Expensive
Normal
1 hr
Items needed
Harness
Driving Cart
Activity description
Georgian Shepherds really were bred for this sort of activity; their large frames and strong muscles will help them pull folks along with relative ease while their obedient personalities will make steering and speed control fairly easy. Carting is an age old activity that involves travelling a set distance via a dog drawn cart or carriage. Georgian Shepherds are large and patient enough dogs that they make this typically difficult task fairly easy to pull off. A decent quality cart cost about $400 or so, meaning you'll need to save up to get everything you need for a complete carting session. This activity is also best attempted during sunny days, as most carts don't have an inbuilt means of blocking rainfall.
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Carting control
Carting riders will be able to steer their dogs via a combination of vocal commands and nuanced harness maneuvers. It will take a lot of practice before your dog will be able to pull the cart without any assistance, but that's alright - continue to be patient and persevere! Have your dog wear the harness for a few minutes every day to get used to it. Then, practice hooking them up to the cart until you can both do it with ease. Make the first carting sessions short. Eventually, everything will click and your Georgian Shepherd will be able to move the cart without any additional help.
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A stroll around the block
We recommend keeping things close and contained as your dog learns how to cart. If you live in a busy, densely populated area - or one that simply doesn't have the room required for this activity - then you're next best bet is to take a stroll through a nearby park or secure field of even terrain. Remember to ask permission of the field owner first! When at the park, if you do this activity earlier in the day, you shouldn't have to worry about other pedestrians too much while carting.
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Caucasus Mountains

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Any Day
Expensive
Easy
72 hrs
Items needed
Travel Gear
Leash
Dog Bed
Vaccine records
Activity description
If you're able to, consider visiting the birthplace of your Georgian Shepherd - the region encompassing the Georgian Caucasus Mountains. This place has a fairly high altitude, possibly putting off those who aren't too keen on heights and the effects on the body. The reason we mentioned the high altitude of the region was to imply that one will be able to get quite a breathtaking view of the countryside in such a place but getting there will take a fit and seasoned hiker. The Georgian Caucasus Mountains can  get pretty cold, so be sure to bring plenty of warm clothes along for the trip. All in all, the whole affair can be costly after you've paid for your ticket, lodgings, and food.
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An uphill affair
Inclined terrain quite literally comes with the territory when you're travelling through the Caucasus mountains. There are a number of carved out paths for pilgrims to follow, so it's best to stick to the beaten path for an overall easier going experience. Your Georgian Shepherd's body is adapted to handle this sort of terrain, so you won't have to worry about them getting tired out or fatigued for the most part. However, a few practice hikes and a pre-hike workout regimen over a few weeks is always recommended.
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Sight seeing
There are a number of ancient castles in the region that you and your dog can admire from a fairly close distance - with a few even allowing travellers and their dogs to set foot on the premises for a certain amount of time. Ananuri Castle is one of the region's most famous fortresses and is also one of the more accessible landmarks out of dozens of others.
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Mountain Hiking

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Sunny Day
Moderate
Hard
1 - 2 hrs
Items needed
Hiking Equipment
Food and Water
Dog Leash (Hands Free or Traditional)
First Aid Kit
waste bags
Activity description
The endurance, fitness, and determination of you and your dog will be put to the test with this activity. Mountain hiking is one of the most physically strenuous forms of hiking there is due to the simple fact that you and your dog will quite literally be fighting an uphill battle as you trek up the slope of a mountain. Now, you don't have to go out and try to hike up the steepest, tallest mountain you can find - we'd actually like to discourage inexperienced hikers from doing that sort of thing so early on. This activity is meant to be challenging and nothing more, so stick with smaller mountains to start. Mountain hiking is best attempted during sunny days and it shouldn't cost you an arm and a leg for all the equipment you'll need for a successful hike.
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Up and over
The toughest aspect of hiking up this type of terrain will be the incline, that feeling of pressure that comes when one attempts to push against the current and go up when gravity wants us all to stay down by default. So during this activity, avoid trying to scale up and over any pieces of terrain that are particularly steep. Instead, work with your dog to ensure that the both of you are able to safely vault over terrain that isn't so precarious. Watch your Georgian Shepherd for fatigue and thirst; any evidence of a slowdown means that a rest is due.
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Step by step
Hiking isn't about trying to complete the session as quickly as possible - that's almost a sure fire way to ensure that things go awry when we're talking about scaling up entire elevation levels of height. Take your time and focus on getting through the course safely and surely; if you have to slow your pace down, then do so knowing that there's nothing to be ashamed of. Hiking is all about putting one foot in front of the other and getting through the course step by step.
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More Fun Ideas...

Sock Puppets

Got a spare sock or two just lying around the place? Got a few hours to spare and in the mood to not to take things too seriously? Great, then you've got almost everything you need to put on a sock puppet show for your dog! You may need to stop by your local arts and crafts store to buy some material that you can use to deck out your socks, or you can try to make do with whatever else you've got lying around your home.

To Dye For

One of the most distinct features of a Georgian Shepherd is their thick, full coat. You make your dog's most distinguishing physical trait standout even more by temporarily dying their fur a particular color - provide that the dye is clinically proven to be dog safe. You can also take your dog to a groomer or pet stylist who'll be happy to do the job for you.

Movie Night

Georgian Shepherds are the perfect kind of dog to watch movies of any genre with - they're kind, quite, and patient breeds who are used to staying in one place for long stretches of time without getting all restless and fidgety. Our best advice is to stock up on snacks that both you and your dog can enjoy before starting the flick.

Conclusion

Whenever we put these types of guides together, we primarily do so with the intent of highlighting the best traits that a particular breed of dog has. When it comes to the Georgian Shepherd, we feel that the greatest strengths that these types of dogs have are their strong protective instincts and their calm and collected personalities. Both of those traits balance one another out - a Georgian Shepherd's instincts compel them to act when they sense that their family is in danger while they're stoic personalities ensure that they act aggressively without reason - giving this dog a well-rounded demeanor overall.