Activities For Great Dasenjis

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Introduction

A cross between the gorgeous Great Dane and the fascinating Basenji, the Great Dasenji is quite a rare hybrid breed. However, despite not being all that well-known, this beautiful breed has plenty to offer to anyone looking for an active canine companion.

Playful and affectionate, these dogs love spending lots of time with their people and are always up for a game. And because they're not just energetic but also quite intelligent, Great Dasenjis need activities that give them a physical workout but also challenge their brains at the same time.

If you're searching for new and different activities to try with your Great Dasenji, here are three to get you started.

Stair Climb

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Any Day
Free
Easy
15 min
Items needed
Ball or toy
Activity description

When it's raining outside and you can't seem to muster the necessary motivation to take your pet for a walk, you need to find a way to give them some exercise without leaving the house.

That's where this game comes in. Stair climbing is a paw-some workout for dogs and humans alike, and if you live in a two-story home, then you can make use of the stairs to elevate your dog's heart rate. If you don't have any stairs at home, you'll need to save this activity for a sunny day and use some stairs in a local park. 

Here's how to play stair climb with your dog.

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Get ready
This is essentially an indoor game of fetch that incorporates the stairs to provide an extra level of difficulty. Grab your dog's favorite ball or toy and lead your pooch to the bottom of the stairs. Ask them to sit beside you and then throw the ball up to the top of the stairs.
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Fetch
Encourage your dog to race up the stairs and grab the ball or toy. Of course, you'll need to make sure your stairs aren't slippery or dangerous when doing this, and make sure your dog descends with caution when returning the toy or ball to you.
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Repeat
When your dog drops the toy or ball at your feet, you may want to give it a quick wipe with an old towel to make sure slobber doesn't fly everywhere when you throw it again. Other than that, all you have to do now is keep throwing the item and letting your dog retrieve it. They'll be panting after just a few repetitions, and it shouldn't take too long to tire your pooch out. Just make sure not to push them too hard.
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Bake Some Dog-friendly Treats

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Any Day
Cheap
Easy
1 hr
Items needed
Dog-friendly treats recipe
Baking ingredients
Activity description

If you're looking for a simple way to entertain your bored pooch one afternoon, this activity is something that should put a big grin on your Great Dasenji's face. Baking some treats for your dog is a paw-some way to show them just how special they are, and is also a good excuse for the two of you to spend some time together.

There are heaps of simple dog-friendly treat recipes available online, so all you have to do is find something suitable and get baking. Your dog will love helping out in the kitchen and adore the tasty snack at the end of all their hard work.

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Find a recipe
Do some online research to find a good recipe for homemade dog treats. You'll obviously want to make sure all the ingredients used are dog-friendly, and that the recipe is reasonably healthy so you don't need to worry about your canine pal having too much of a good thing. Once you've found the right recipe, stock up on all the ingredients you need and get started -- paw-pular ingredients include carob, peanut butter and plain yogurt, but keep your dog's taste buds in mind when choosing what to use. You'll also want to avoid any ingredients that can be toxic to dogs, like chocolate, xylitol (a sugar substitute used in candy), and raisins.
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Bake
Invite your pooch to join you while you measure out all the ingredients and mix them together. You might need to let them taste the mixture every now and then to make sure it's up to their high standards, and you'll of course want to give your canine a chance to lick the bowl once the treats are in the oven.
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Eat
Once the timer goes off and the treats have cooled, give your pet a chance to sample the fruits of your labor. You may even want to make them earn their supper by working a treat or two into a training session, or you might prefer to just let your dog sit down and indulge in a special delicacy.
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Learning Names

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Any Day
Free
Normal
20 min
Items needed
Treats
Activity description

Great Dasenjis are quite clever canines and can benefit from regular mental stimulation. You can give your pet's mind a regular workout by incorporating training into your everyday activities, making sure that each training session is as short and fun as possible.

Teaching your pet the names of items around the house, as well as of common activities you do, is a simple but very effective way to give your pooch a mental challenge. It may take a while for your dog to learn everything you want them to, but with a consistent approach and plenty of patience on your part, they'll get there in the end.

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Learn the names of toys
Teaching your dog the names of their favorite toys is a great place to start. You can do this by pointing to an individual toy and repeating its name, and then rewarding your dog with a treat when they bring that toy to you. Eventually, your Great Dasenji might even be able to fetch their toys by name.
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Learn a whole lot more
You can then start teaching your dog the names of other objects around the home, such as specific items of furniture or important items of clothing (e.g., your slippers). You can also teach your dog the names of specific areas or rooms of your house -- for example, say "upstairs" when you're at the bottom of the stairs and about to start climbing, or say "bathroom" when you enter the bathroom. By watching what you do and listening to what you say, your dog will soon develop a much larger vocabulary.
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More Fun Ideas...

Picnic with Your Pet

If you're looking for a way to get outside and enjoy some fresh air on a sunny day, pack a picnic for you and your pooch and head to your local park.

Find the Treats

This fun "treasure hunt" for your dog encourages them to use their powerful sense of smell to find treats hidden around the house. It's great mental stimulation and a very rewarding experience for your furry friend.

Conclusion

Variety is the spice of life, and treating your Great Dasenji to a wide range of new and interesting activities will help them stay happy and healthy. And if you can give your pooch all the exercise, mental stimulation and interaction they need, the two of you will be sure to create many years of wonderful memories together.