Activities For Grand Bleu De Gascognes

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Introduction

Hunters and families that spend lots of time outdoors may find the Grand Bleu De Gascogne to fit their lifestyles. This high energy pooch is from the Bloodhound line and does best in a spacious home with a large yard. They're friendly and used to working in a pack. Your pup will likely work well with other dogs especially if you socialize them early. These canines want to be around their family members all the time. They tend to bay loudly whenever you leave them alone. In addition to companionship, plan to provide your furry pal with at least two hours of exercise and mental stimulation each day.

Nose Work

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Any Day
Moderate
Normal
20 - 40 min
Items needed
aerated container
sealed container
cotton swabs
treats
essential oil of birch
Activity description
Offer your pooch some mental and physical stimulation at the same time with this activity. With nose work, you'll teach your furbaby to locate a hidden item by its scent. During training, use q-tips that have essential oil of birch on them as your target. Store the items in a sealed glass container until you need them. That way, they can be reused unless your special pal gets them dirty. Playing this game lets your pup use their inborn tracking instincts. One great thing about nose work is that you can do it inside or take it outdoors when the weather permits.
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Prepare materials
Take one or two cotton swabs and cut them in half. Put a few drops of oil on each cotton head. Store the items in a glass bottle or jar to preserve the scent. When you want to play, remove one of the tips without getting any of the oil on your skin. Place it in a container with holes that will allow the aroma to escape.
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Teach
Introduce your pooch to the scent and reward them with a tasty treat when they sniff the container. Once Fido associates the food with the smell, put the package on the ground and continue to provide positive reinforcement when your pooch goes to the box.
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Practice
When your pup gets the hang of going to the container, place it in another room. Let your pooch in the area and tell them to find it. When they quickly go to the box, make the activity more challenging by hiding the box. As Fido gains mastery, try taking the package outdoors.
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Scent Tracking

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Sunny Day
Cheap
Normal
30 - 60 min
Items needed
toy
leash
treats
Activity description
Teaching your Grand Bleu De Gascogne to follow a scent trail can help them hone their instinct. Whether you're doing this activity for recreation or training your pooch for hunting, it will give your furry pal a chance to get exercise and use their noses. You and your pup will build a stronger bond as you offer them direction and positive reinforcement for their successes. At first, you'll want to hold your training sessions early in the day. An early start will help you minimize the chance of conflicting scents in the grass. Avoid wet, rainy weather when you do participate in the activity.
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Training
Take your pal out to a grassy area to test their tracking ability. Start by setting up a scent trail with food bits placed every 20 paces or so to lead your pooch to the target object. Create the pathway by crushing one of the treats under your shoe to get the smell. Let your pup follow the scent to the end. Repeat with a second route that's several paces away from the first one.
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Tracking
When your four-footed friend gets good at following a scent trail, you can increase the challenge. Add twists and turns to your pathway or make it longer. You may want to use flags to mark the route. This will help you make sure that Fido doesn't stray off the course.
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Rally Obedience

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Any Day
Moderate
Normal
30 - 60 min
Items needed
treats
leash
Activity description
Rally is a way to combine the training of obedience with the fun of agility. You and your pal will build a stronger bond by participating in this activity. Fido will benefit from the exercise and mental stimulation that the event provides. In rally, you and your furbaby act as a team as you go through a series of stations. At each stop, you'll have a sign that tells you what you need to do. Possible exercises include turns to the left or right, basic commands, jumps, and more. Your pup will enjoy spending time with you and following your directions when you do this activity.
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Obedience training
Before you start working on rally, you'll need to teach your pal some basic obedience. They'll need to know commands like come, sit, stay, and heel. As you work with your pooch on these skills, use treats and lots of positive reinforcement. Practice the drills for about ten minutes twice a day until your furbaby obeys quickly.
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Participate in rally
Once your pup has mastered the basics, find a rally class that you can attend. The training will help you become familiar with the different stations and how to lead your pooch through various exercises. Once you know the different stations, you can set up a course at home to practice. When you're ready, consider entering a rally trial to test your skill.
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Puppy Play Date

Plan a play date with other pooches at a local dog park. These pups are natural pack animals and will benefit from the social time with other canines.

Therapy Dog

The Grand Bleu De Gascogne is a gentle, affectionate breed that can do well as a therapy dog. With socialization and training, this pooch will enjoy visiting nursing home residents and spending time with them.

Conclusion

Grand Bleu De Gascognes do best as working and hunting dogs, but they can fit into a household as long as they have enough exercise and companionship. These social pups do well with children and other canines. Spend lots of time with them and offer them a variety of activities to keep them happy.