Activities For Great Pyredanes

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Introduction

If you're interested in a large breed ideal for guarding and companionship, the Great Pyredane is a combination of nature’s gentle giant, the Great Dane, and the stunning and remarkably friendly Great Pyrenees. Both giant breeds are large in size and elegant in appearance, making for a stunning hybrid. 

Great Pyrenees are family-oriented dogs who are well-mannered towards children. Though calm and independent, they can be stubborn and do tend to act dominating toward insecure owners, as they're bred to guard and protect. Great Danes, similarly, do well with other pets and generally all family members. These rambunctious hunters require obedience training but make for comforting companions.

When it comes to exercise requirements, Great Pyredanes need moderate exercise, at least an hour each day. Great Danes are known for their pulling, strength, and power, which is something to be aware of when walking. A fault of the Great Pyrenees is their tendency to wander while off-leash. That being said, be prepared to purchase a good walking harness to maintain control while marveling at the great outdoors.

Treasure Hunt

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Any Day
Free
Easy
30 - 60 min
Items needed
Healthy Treat
Favorite Toy
Activity description

Like any traditional hide-and-seek game, a treasure hunt is one that mentally stimulates your pooch by putting their olfactory and tracking skills to the test. This activity requires minimal energy on part of the owner, with the only requirement being introducing and hiding the toy or treat. Finding places to hide the toy does require creativity, though, especially if this isn't your pup's first "walk in the park," so to speak. 

Remember, Great Pyredanes, like all dogs, have superior olfactory abilities coupled with the innate hunting traits of the Great Dane and intelligence of the Great Pyrenees. The more rounds you play, the more you'll stimulate your pooch. Playing for a minimum of 15 minutes is recommended; however, it's easy to continue for hours without your pup getting bored. 

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Introducing the object
The first step in playing Treasure Hunt is introducing the object to your Great Pyredane. Select an object you know they enjoy to make the game engaging for the pooch. A favorite treat or toy should do the trick. Show your pup the object that's to be hidden and let them take a good sniff to pick up its scent before hiding it.
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Hiding the treasure
While you hide the object, have your Great Pyredane patiently sit and wait. Select a location that is challenging yet manageable and obviously out of of sight. If it's your first time playing, try simple locations to start. Move on to more complicated hiding spots when it's clear your Pyredane has caught on to the activity.
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Seeking the treasure
As soon as it's hidden, give the command to "search." After learning the command, the Great Pyredane will respond quicker. Great Danes were bred primarily to hunt, which is why they're bound to find joy in this activity. Once they find the hidden object, reward immediately with verbal praise, encouraging repetition of the behavior.
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Exploring the Water

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Sunny Day
Cheap
Easy
30 - 60 min
Items needed
Leash
Toys (Optional)
Treats (Optional)
Towel
Activity description

An easy and effective method for giving a Great Pyredane an adequate exercise session is bringing them to the water. Both wading and swimming are "paw-fect" ways to work the legs. Most Great Pyredanes enjoy the water, but each dog is their own and will react to the "op-paw-tunity" differently. Some may jump right on in, exploring without hesitation, while others may take their time getting used to the new setting.

Check out local beaches or lakes to make sure dogs are allowed to swim. Some locations may be free, while others may require a day pass fee. Be ready to spend at least 30 minutes at the beach, giving your Great Pyredane enough time to release any built-up energy.

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Finding the "paw-fect" location
Finding a location shouldn't be difficult. Conservation areas and local beaches are usually pet-friendly, but check pet regulations before heading out to your destination. Some beaches require dogs to remain on-leash, while others have designated dog beaches where roaming off-leash is permitted. Check out your options and see what your community has to offer.
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Introducing your pup to the water
The first thing you want to do when you arrive is introduce the Great Pyredane to the water slowly. This is especially the case if it's their first time ever visiting a large body of water. Begin by walking along the shore and in the shallow waters before having the dog submerge completely. They may hop in without hesitating. If they're wary, wade in the water with your pooch to get them acquainted. Wading is adequate enough for exercise if your Pyredane isn't up for swimming.
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Bring out the water toys
Once a Great Pyredane is used to the water, it's easy to increase the activity level by adding toys and simple water games to the mix. Playing fetch is one way to encourage swimming as well as deeper water exploration. Introduce the toys to see if it adds a positive spin to your Pyredane's water experience!
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Weighted Walks

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Any Day
Moderate
Normal
30 - 60 min
Items needed
Weighted Vest
Leash
Water
Portable Water Bowl
Activity description

As Great Pyredanes require a moderate amount of exercise, daily walks are recommended. Adding weight to any walk is a "fur-tastic" way to enhance the difficulty of the task. Weighted walks simply require purchasing a vest for your Great Pyredane that can be worn while walking. Vests can be found at local pet shops, but the prices vary depending on the size and quality. Speak to a knowledgeable associate if assistance is needed. Most products have size and weight information conveniently listed for consumers. 

Using a weight is really the only difference between a weighted walk and a regular walk. The use of the weight will force the Pyredane to exert additional energy while using their strength, giving them more of a workout. If you decide to go for a long walk, hike, or run, bring water along to stay hydrated.

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Finding a vest
The first thing you need to complete this activity is to purchase a weighted vest. Vests are widely available online and in pet stores. Be sure to purchase the right size vest for your dog. Knowing your Great Pyredane's exact weight is useful information and will make the process go smoothly.
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Testing it out
After finding a vest, it's time to test it out to ensure it fits comfortably. Vests are usually adjustable and should be snug so they do not slip off. Be sure to follow the instructions so that there’s no complications when walking. Before heading out on your walk, give the vest a trial run through the house so you can adjust accordingly before heading out on your outdoor journey.
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Mastering the weighted walk
Once the Great Pyredane is use to wearing the vest, it's likely they will become more comfortable and master it. That is, they may initially show a change in walking speed when first adjusting to the weighted vest. This could include walking at a slower pace. As their strength builds and endurance increases, however, you'll notice a difference. You may decide to heighten their experience by turning the walk into a run or hike through natural terrain, adding another level of difficulty.
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More Fun Ideas...

Visiting the Pet Store

Visit your local pet store to find a new and engaging toy to entertain your Great Pyredane. Puzzle toys are a "paw-fect" way to keep a Pyredane busy, while forcing them to use their problem-solving strategies to figure it out!

Obedience Training

Increase a Great Pyredane's mental stimulation by introducing them to obedience training. Gather the treats -- and your patience -- before getting started. Familiarize yourself with conditioning techniques to teach your Pyredane some tricks!

Conclusion

The Great Pyredane is an intelligent combination of two giant breeds: the Great Dane and Great Pyrenees. Characterized as having both natural hunting and guarding capabilities, this large breed makes a loving companion to all family members, including children.

When it comes to their energy levels, Great Pyredanes require adequate exercise for at least an hour a day. Enhancing their exercise with physically and mentally stimulating activities is one way to prevent boredom and rambunctious behavior. Swimming, adding weight to walks, or taking a Pyredane on a hike are some options for physical exertion. Using retrieving or hiding activities are other methods ideal for stimulating a Great Pyredane mentally. Overall, these friendly giants are easy to please and eager to play -- making it simple to find ways to entertain them!