Activities For Haldenstovers

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Introduction

Haldenstovers, also known as Halden Hounds, are medium-sized dogs that people originally developed and bred in Norway for hunting. Unlike other hunting dogs, the Haldenstover quickly adapts to home life, being both your faithful hunting companion and family pet. They are adept at tracking small game like foxes, and also prefer to hunt with their owner instead of a pack of dogs like other hunting hounds. The Haldenstover is also a loving and loyal dog that would rather be by your side than go off on their own and run amuck. Treat your Haldenstover to the following activities to keep them active and healthy. 

Hunting

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Any Day
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1 hr
Items needed
Treats
Leash
Activity description

A Haldenstover is a scent hound through and through, and will naturally lean towards hunting behavior. If you are from a keen hunting family, then such a dog is going to be a welcome addition. However, to get them to the point of being a trustworthy and faithful hunting companion, you need to be willing to put in the hard yards. One-hour training sessions for at least 12 months are necessary – and can be both expensive and difficult. Fortunately, the payoff can be substantial, and you only need treats and a leash. The more time you spend on hunting techniques, the more valuable your Haldenstover will become. 

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Basic training
Before you get into hunting techniques, you will need to work on commands such as sit, stay, and come. Without these, you will struggle in an open country environment to get your Haldenstover to do as you tell them. If you are not so keen on teaching your dog yourself, you can enlist the help of a dog trainer who can provide you with valuable tips and tricks. To get obedience down to a fine art, allow six to 12 months.
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Hunting games
You know obedience training has been successful when your Haldenstover will sit, stay, and come on command without any hesitation. You can then move onto hunting games. Hide food with a strong odor outside in natural environments – such as under a pile of leaves. Encourage them to sniff it out. Once they nail this game, you can play around with different wind directions to ensure that no matter which way a fox or small game creature is coming from, they will sniff it out and get a reward.
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Hunting
Within one year, your Haldenstover will be ready for their first hunting adventure. Pack all the hunting necessities then head out for at least one day. Your Haldenstover might be a bit rusty at first, but within a few days, they will be right in their element – helping you hunt as much game as possible successfully.
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Running

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Sunny Day
Free
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1 hr
Items needed
Leash
Doggy waste bag
Activity description

If you adopt a Haldenstover, you are not in for a smooth ride. This energetic breed needs around an hour or more of high-energy exercise every day to stop them from destructive behavior. If you want to tire them out quickly, then consider taking up running. Not only will it help you to get fitter, but your dog too. What’s more, it’s free, makes an excellent sunny-day activity, and is not all that challenging (especially once you work on your fitness). Take a waste bag with you and clip on your dog's leash to get started. Running could become the perfect opportunity to strengthen the bond between owner and man’s best friend. 

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Choose a running area
Remember, Haldenstovers have an extremely high prey drive, so where you take them for a run can make all the difference. If you know they chase squirrels, birds, and almost anything that moves, then you would stay away from natural areas and parks if you are running them off-leash. Instead, you may like to run around your neighborhood or country back roads that do not have dense populations.
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Get ready
If you have never taken your dog for a run, then you may like to prepare them for the trip beforehand. Get them comfortable with harnesses and leashes, brush up on your dog’s recall ability, and buy yourself a comfortable pair of running shoes as well. Failure to prepare can mean your first trip out may not be a success.
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Run
Grab your dog’s leash, a waste bag so you can clean up after them, put on your running shoes, then hit the road! Running is an excellent way to help burn off your Haldenstover’s energy, before being able to return home and relax. Try to run or walk your dog for at least one hour every day.
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Bicycling

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Sunny Day
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1 hr
Items needed
Bike harness
Leash
Treat
Activity description

It can be a challenge to come up with entertaining and exhausting activities for your Haldenstover when you don’t need to take them hunting. Their primary purpose is to work, and they have a lot of energy to burn off as a result. Bicycling is an excellent option. It gets you both out and about, has a moderate price and difficulty level, and it won’t take so much of your energy as it does your dog. Along with good weather, you only need treats for training, a leash, and a bike harness. You can then go out on your bike for an hour with your Haldenstover running along beside you. 

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Familiarize
The first time your dog sees your bike and the harness is going to be scary. Your dog doesn’t know what those big, moving wheels are, what you are doing on it, and what that big harness-type unit is. Don’t spring the unknown on your Haldenstover. Instead, take it slowly. Walk your dog on one side of you and your bike on the other – without sitting on it or using it.
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Ride the bike
Walk both your dog and bike on either side of you for a few days, then ride the bike while someone else walks the dog beside you. The goal here is to get the dog comfortable with the bike’s presence. Slowly introduce the bike harness, still with that additional person helping you to walk them.
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Bicycle
It can be a slow process, and one that requires patience, but eventually you will be able to run your dog with you on the bike and your harness attached to the dog and bike. An hour’s run should be enough to wear your dog out but keep you fighting fit as well.
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Dog Park

If you want your dog to be quite social and happy around other animals, then pencil dog park trips into your diary. All you need is an hour once or twice a week, and your dog can burn off a lot of energy. Let them run around with other dogs, play with toys, and have fun. Social interaction can prevent destruction and bad behavior at home, so it’s a win-win situation! 

Obstacle Course

If you want your Haldenstover to improve their fitness levels while having fun at the same time, then introduce them to an obstacle course. You can take them to a proper facility, or you can make your own at home. Spend several hours throughout many weeks, training your dog to be an expert in obstacles!  

Conclusion

Haldenstovers are a unique scent hound for many reasons. They suit family life well, get on with other pets and children, and would prefer to hunt with their master instead of a pack of their buddies. The way they blend into your family’s life is a beautiful thing to see. If you want your next furever pet to be one that you can use for hunting and as a companion pet, then consider the Haldenstover. You will never regret bringing this lovable pooch home.