Activities For Greybull Pits

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Introduction

The Greybull Pit is a hybrid breed that combines the strength of the American Pit Bull Terrier with the stamina of a Greyhound. Both the Greyhound and Pit Bull Terrier are active and intelligent, making the combination of breeds highly sought-after. 

The Greyhound loves to run and is characterized as being calm, reserved and well-mannered. When indoors, they know how to behave, but outdoors they need space to let loose. Greyhounds prefer sprinting over endurance running. The American Pit Bull also loves to run and needs daily activity to stay happy and healthy. They're good with children and tend to be fearless when it comes to exploring strangers and other animals. 

As a result, the Greybull Pit is a dog that enjoys an open space for running and needs at least an hour of physical activity daily to prevent boredom. Fill your Greybull Pit's schedule with daily activities to stimulate their mind and activate their bodies! 

Flyball

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Any Day
Moderate
Hard
1 - 2 hrs
Items needed
Jump Obstacles
Tennis balls
Flyball box
Activity description

Flyball is similar to an agility course, but with a challenging twist. In official Flyball competitions, dogs compete in teams of four against another team for the best time. Each dog runs down a track, jumping over a series of obstacles before obtaining a tennis ball from a spring-loaded box and running back down the course. 

Flyball is an activity that can be learned at a training facility, or it can be taught at home if you want to make your own course for fun. Training at a facility comes with the benefit of being able to network with other handlers so your pooch can become part of a team. Being a team member gives your pup the prospect of competing if they excel at the sport! 

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Learning how to jump
As "impawtant" aspect of flyball is for your dog to be able to jump over a series of obstacles while racing down a straightaway. The obstacles must be mastered before your dog can retrieve the object and run back, jumping some more, then releasing the next teammate. This means you must spend time training your dog to jump obstacles. Incorporate your flyball training with agility training, discussed in activity two!
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Finding a training facility
As flyball is an official dog sport, you can choose to train at a facility where you will find another team of dogs to work with. If this isn’t what you’re looking for, build your own flyball course by creating a track approximately 50 feet long, with four jump obstacles spaced 10 feet apart. At the end of the track, you can create your own “spring box” or just place an object for your dog to retrieve before running back through the course.
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Introducing the course
Once you’ve either located a course or created one yourself, begin your official training. Have your pooch practice making multiple jumps in a row, and introduce commands throughout the course, such as to initiate the run, for each jump, and to retrieve the ball or object. Practice regularly, and once your Greybull Pit can complete the course independently, begin timing them and encouraging them to improve.
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Agility Fun

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Any Day
Moderate
Normal
1 hr
Items needed
Leash
Treats
Activity description

Agility training is "pawfect" for Greybull Pits as obstacle training requires both physical strength and intelligence. You can choose to find an agility training facility near you, or you could always build your own agility course to use at home, but this will take time and materials. Either option has a cost, but an at-home course would be cheaper in the long run. 

For those looking to train at an official facility, there are some things you should consider. Different facilities offer varying obstacles and may also offer different pricing packages. Explore your options and keep your Greybull Pit's abilities and needs in mind when making your selection. 

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Finding the right place to train
If you live in a city, there are likely many agility training facilities nearby. Jump online and check out your options and see what facilities are close enough for you to access regularly. You will also want to inquire if there are any restrictions on Pit Bull mixed breeds, as this can sometimes be an unfortunate problem. Also check out the different obstacles at each facility. Your Greybull Pit will benefit from jumping obstacles as well as weave poles!
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Deciding on a handler
Most dog owners want to handle their own pups and train them to use the course themselves. This can be done at many facilities, though you could also choose to take handling courses with your pooch to become more efficient at navigating them through a course.
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Training
Once you’ve practiced handling with your pooch, and of course have established basic obedience commands, move on to teaching obstacles within the course. Start with the simplest obstacles, such as jump obstacles and tunnels. You can also challenge your pooch with weave poles and A-frames to maximize their experience. Each obstacle will take time to learn, but the effort and dedication are well worth the payoff!
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Dock Diving

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Hot Day
Cheap
Easy
30 - 60 min
Items needed
Toys
Treats
Activity description

Dock diving can be a fun yet physically enduring activity that incorporates aquatic exercise with running. Dock diving is an official sport for pups, but some informal diving at a nearby body of water on those hot days is an excellent way to get your Greybull Pit moving and help them cool off.

For this activity, you will need a dock for your pup to jump off and a toy for them to go after! Treats are great for encouraging your pooch to take their first dives, especially if they're apprehensive of the water at first. After some training, dock diving will likely become a favorite pastime for your pup. 

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Starting with the jump
Some dogs may be wary of water, and even more apprehensive of jumping off into it. To get your pooch to dive in, you may need to use treats and positive reinforcement. You could also jump off first yourself, and call them in while holding a favorite treat or toy. Praise them on all attempts at entering.
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Introducing the toy
After your Greybull Pit is confident jumping off the dock and into the water, it's time to introduce the object toss. Do this by having them stand beside you at the end of the dock. Do not add movement and running in yet. Simply toss the toy into the water and like with the jump, encourage your pup to go in after it. This may take some time and treats, but praise any attempt they make to retrieve the toy.
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Getting a running start
A running start may help your pup's accuracy and give them a little more exercise. Have your dog wait at least 10 feet away from the end of the dock. When you're ready, call them, and right before they jump, throw the toy into the air for them to catch. It may take many attempts before a successful mid-air grab, but the jumps are enough for a good workout!
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Brain Games

There are a variety of ways to make mental stimulation fun, such as by incorporating a different brain game each day into your pup's exercise schedule. Take advantage of your dog's intelligence by building on your pup's obedience training with games like hide-and-seek, object find, or toy tidy-up.

Obedience Training

Greybull Pits need obedience training from a young age to establish their place in the pack. Nurture their protective nature by establishing yourself as the pack leader, and by teaching them to respond to all commands.

Conclusion

Greybull Pits require daily physical activity that targets both their mind and body. You can use your back yard or another open space to teach your Greybull Pit a variety of activities, including flyball as well as agility training. If you don't have space, check out a local facility where you can put your Greybull Pit's agility to the test. 

If you have access to a dock, dock diving on hot summer days is an excellent way to exercise with your pooch. If you don't have access to a dock, you could always substitute this activity with some good old brain games or obedience training. Regardless of how you entertain your Greybull Pit, make sure you include ample "oppawtunities" for them to work both their body and mind each day!