Activities For German Wirehaired Pointing Wolfhounds

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Introduction

German Wirehaired Pointing Wolfhounds, commonly referred to as German Wolfhounds, are a hybrid breed that combines the German Wirehaired Pointer genes with those of an Irish Wolfhound. The result is an energetic, large, and loving companion who makes a "pawfect" pet in any household. German Wirehaired Pointing Wolfhounds are good with children, though their large size can lead to accidents. This hybrid breed has a moderate energy level and requires at least 45 minutes of exercise daily.

German Wirehaired Pointers are more active than Irish Wolfhounds, who are known as one of the "friendly giant" breeds in the dog world. Patient, calm and soft-natured characterizes Irish Wolfhounds. With such a large body and long legs that require stretching, these pups need moderate exercise daily. German Wirehaired Pointers, on the other hand, are more active and require strenuous exercise to prevent unwanted and destructive behaviors. This breed is part of the sporting group, and if given the "oppawtunity", they would hunt endlessly. Combined, German Wirehaired Pointing Wolfhounds are intelligent, driven to work and energetic, requiring at least 45 minutes of active exercise daily. 

Jogging

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Any Day
Free
Easy
15 - 30 min
Items needed
Leash
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Jogging is one way to get your pup's heart racing! Jogging requires more energy than a standard walk, and it's an activity that can be built on as your pooch's endurance improves. Some of the health benefits of jogging include decreasing depression and anxiety, contributing to weight loss as well as maintaining a healthy heart in both dogs and humans. Studies actually show that dogs who are active live longer, happier lives. Running gives you both the chance to see and hear new sights and sounds, which provides much-needed mental stimulation for your pooch.

The more you run, the stronger your bond with your pup will become, so find the time to jog at least a few days per week! 

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Prepping your gear
If you plan on taking up jogging with your pup, make sure you have the right gear for the both of you! Running shoes, a portable water pack and light jogging clothes are necessary for comfort. You will need a leash for this activity as well. Pick up any supplies you don't already have and get set for your first run.
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Building stamina
Going for a long jog has many benefits for both you and your pup, but you need to build stamina to jog for an extended time. It's likely your German Wolfhound has good stamina, inherited from their Wirehaired Pointer parent, but you may not. To build it, start by jogging for short intervals of time (say two minutes), then follow this with a rest period, where you and your pup keep walking for about 30 seconds. Never stop moving throughout the activity, even if you need to slow your pace. Increase your jog time increments and decrease your rest time as you progress in your training, taking fewer breaks until eventually, you can jog your route uninterrupted.
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Taking regular jogs
In order to quickly build and then maintain your stamina, make jogging a regular part of yours and your pup's exercise schedule. The more you jog, the more likely your pup will look forward to the experience with you. This will help strengthen your bond and relationship while keeping your pup satisfied both mentally and physically. Encourage your pooch while you run, cheering them on.
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Indoor Games

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Any Day
Cheap
Easy
15 - 30 min
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Puzzle Toy
Rope Toy
Stair Drills
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Indoor play sessions are fun and convenient because playing for even just 15 minutes is enough to get your pooch's heart rate up and mind stimulated. You can vary your indoor play sessions to meet your pup's needs, making them last as long as you desire. There are many fun ways to get your pup thinking and moving inside. 

Taking a journey to the pet store together to purchase a new puzzle toy is one way to work their mind. Grab a tug of war object when you're there, so you can work your German Wolfhound's muscles. Stair drills is an alternative to hill drills and it can be a quick way to wear out your pooch and it's one of the most effective exercises to encourage weight loss. Find ways to keep your pup entertained when inside, especially on those inclement weather days when outdoor activities aren't suitable. 

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Puzzle toys
Picking out a new puzzle toy can be an exciting way to spend an afternoon together. To do this, take a trip to your local pet shop with your German Wolfhound and let them explore the shelves. Introduce them to various puzzle toys and see which excites them most! Puzzle toys make dogs think and problem solve, stimulating thought.
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Tug of war
Tug of war can be a draining and engaging game if implemented correctly. To play tug of war, you want to ensure your pooch does not exhibit aggressive behaviors when they pull and tug to wrestle the toy from your hands. Do this by correcting overly aggressive acts, and encouraging playful behavior. Have fun and let your pup win every once and a while to keep them engaged.
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Stair drills
Stair drills are similar to hill drills, but inside. There are many ways to use a set of stairs to enhance your pup's cardio workout. The drills will work various muscles in your pooch including their legs, back, and shoulders. Running up and running down the stairs can lead to overexertion, so you need to be attentive to your pup's progress throughout the activity.
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Visit a Local Farm

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Sunny Day
Cheap
Easy
1 - 2 hrs
Items needed
Leash
Waste Bags
Treats
Drinking Water
Activity description

One way to make the most of your time together outside is by visiting a new and exciting location, such as a rural farm. Many farms welcome visitors for just a small fee and "offur" a variety of activities for entertainment. 

Farms are "pawfect" for providing your German Wirehaired Pointing Wolfhound with open space for running. They also give you the "oppawtunity" to socialize with other humans and dogs visiting as well. Farms provide dogs with lots of new and intriguing stimuli, especially if you live in the city and don't have a chance to explore open areas often. Get online and find a farm near you and see what they have to offer. With your German Wirehaired Pointing Wolfhound at your side, set out for a day of adventure on the farm. 

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Finding a farm
For you to participate in this activity, you will need to find a nearby farm that allows for four-legged visitors to stop by. Some farms do not permit dogs but others have specific activities aimed to entertain them. Explore your "pawtions" and choose a nearby farm that meets both of your needs.
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Getting there
Depending on where you're located relative to the farm you plan to visit, you may be able to walk, or even bike ride to your destination. If the farm is too far, take advantage of the time spent with your pup during your car ride over.
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Exploring the farm
There are a variety of opportunities for your pup when you visit a farm. Having acres of open fields to run through and explore is one of the best aspects of a farm. Depending on the farm, they may have an open area where dogs can play. At the farm, you will also likely run into other four-legged visitors or animals that occupy the farm. Check out the unique sites and the scenes such as the barn or livestock. Remember to teach your pup proper manners before bringing them to the farm.
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Becoming a Therapy Dog

Becoming a therapy dog is rewarding for your pooch and those who have the privilege of meeting them. Therapy dogs need to receive the appropriate training and certification to visit patients, but the process is one you can undertake together.

Dock Diving

Dock diving, also called, dock jumping is a "pawpular" sport for pups. For this sport, dogs run and jump off a dock pursuing a tossed object and they either compete to jump the highest or furthest, depending on the event. Regardless of if you want to compete, the activity is great for building muscle strength through both jumping and swimming!

Conclusion

German Wirehaired Pointing Wolfhounds are large, playful, energetic dog breeds that enjoy a diversification of activities. Start your German Wolfhound’s day off with a jog through the neighborhood, working their muscles and activating their minds. On those inclement weather days, you may consider trying to teach them one of the many indoors games you can play. Puzzle toys, stair drills, and tug-of-war are all engaging alternatives to going outdoors.

For a physical workout, try out dock diving and combine swimming with jumping. Becoming a therapy dog can give your pooch a purpose, making their lives more meaningful and rewarding. Finally, visiting a farm is a fun way to get outdoors and explore new scenery. Grab your German Wirehaired Pointing Wolfhound and start exploring all the ways you can spend time together.