Activities For Great Wolfhounds

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Introduction

A Great Pyrenees and an Irish Wolfhound certainly make for a great big dog! The Great Wolfhound is a massive pup who has some big needs. Loyal and faithful, intelligent and very big in size, you will definitely need some fun activities to keep your Great Wolfhound happy. Despite their large stature, they are quite playful and can learn lots of new games and tricks. Get ready to have some fun with these activities, curated especially for your Great Wolfhound!

Guard Dog Training

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Any Day
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30 min
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Leash
Activity description
Great Wolfhounds have guard dog history steaming from both of their parent breeds. These big pups are naturally protective of their family and can also be a little aggressive toward those they do not know. It is a great idea to train your dog properly to protect you in the way you want and prefer so that their possessive nature is kept under control. You can train your Great Wolfhound to be a guard dog yourself with very little cost associated with the training or you can opt to pay a professional trainer to help. Any day is a good day to start training regardless of the weather!
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Begin With obedience
Before you start training your dog to be a guard dog, protecting you and your home, your dog needs to have a grasp on basic obedience. Once your dog has completed basic obedience classes or training at home and they listen and respond to your every command, then you will be ready to move on to guard dog training.
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When and how
Decide when you would like your dog to protect you and how you would like them to act. You may want your dog to bark at strangers in your home, at the sound of the doorbell or at anyone who quickly approaches you when you are out. Do you want your pup to bark, growl or snap at the air? Once you have decided this, make the rules clear to your dog when you are training.
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Practice
Set up a few practice scenarios of when you would like your dog to protect you. Have a friend that your dog may not know help you. Let this person come into your home and instruct your dog to protect you. Practice ringing the doorbell and having your pup respond. The more your Great Wolfhound gets to practice, the better they will be at being your protector on the terms you have laid out!
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Gentle Play

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20 min
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Balls
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Great Wolfhounds are extremely big dogs, weighing up to 150 pounds and standing at three feet tall! While this breed can be quite playful as a small puppy, they will likely slow way down as they get older as their big size weighs them down. Since they are a big dog, their joints and muscles can also be strained easily. This means that fast-paced runs and hour long games of fetch may be out of the question for your Great Wolfhound. However, that doesn't mean they can't have fun! To keep your big dog active in a safe way, give these activities a try.
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Indoor fetch
Dogs are naturally obsessed with chasing balls and playing fetch. However, this may be hard for your Great Wolfhound who may want to chase the ball but just can't physically run that far comfortably. Playing fetch indoors will limit the space and make sure your dog doesn't have to go far to catch the ball. They will still get to play fetch but not have to run!
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Treat puzzle
Give your Great Wolfhound a dog treat puzzle to play with. Fill the puzzle with your dog's favorite treats and let them figure out how to open up the toy and reveal the tasty snacks inside. Since this breed of dog is very intelligent, it won't take long for them to figure out the toy but they will certainly have fun doing it!
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Quick walk
While your Great Wolfhound may suffer from common joint issues like many big dogs and be unable to go for a long walk, even a short walk will have big benefits. The experience of going on a leash and walking down the road will make your dog happy and feel as though they are a young pup once again! Let them stop and sniff wherever they'd like!
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Get Social

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1 hr
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Dog Treats
Collar
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The Great Wolfhound is a very social breed of dog. While their size may intimidate people and even other dogs, they are actually quite the gentle giant when trained well and socialized from a young age. Socializing your Great Wolfhound will help your dog get used to being around others, keep them happy and also aid in making others see your big pup for the nice dog they are! It is free to socialize your dog as all you really need are friends and treats! You can choose to have playdates outside or invite friends over when the weather is not so great. Anytime is a great time to get social!
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Dog friends
Find a few other friendly pups for your Great Wolfhound to play with. Ask friends and relatives who have dogs to bring their pups over to play. If you don't know other dog owners, hit the local dog park with your Great Wolfhound and see who your dog naturally gravitates toward. Your dog will likely make friends quickly!
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People friends
Great Wolfhounds do have a tendency to be protective of their family so learning to be around other humans is very important. Invite your friends and family over to interact with your great Wolfhound frequently. Encourage your human friends to play with your pup so that your Great Wolfhound sees that people are friends!
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Look friendly
A huge dog like a Great Wolfhound can be intimidating to people who do not know your pup. In order to make your dog appear friendly and act appropriately in social situations, teach your dog to sit by your side as you talk to others. A nice dog who calmly sits by their owner looks a lot less scary and more like a dog that you would like to befriend.
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Hunt

Great Wolfhounds have hunting in their background and they will definitely enjoy hunting in the wild. Find a hunting club near you where your pup can head out on a scent trail to track their "prey".

Homemade Dog Food

Big dogs like Great Wolfhounds tend to have specific dietary needs. Make your own homemade dog food that is specifically designed for your Great Wolfhound's need and food preferences. Let them be your taster as you perfect your recipe!

Conclusion

Great Wolfhounds are wonderful dogs. Not only is their sheer size impressive but they are fantastic guard dogs, extremely lovable companions and they have a calm but playful demeanor. Your Great Wolfhound's perfect personality deserves some fun, carefully picked activities to keep them happy and healthy. So, play a round of indoor fetch with your pup, make them some homemade dog food or teach them to use their protective nature to be your personal guard dog. Having fun with your Great Wolfhound is what you should want to do every day!