Activities For Hellenic Hounds

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Introduction

Hellenic Hounds are a fantastic hunting breed that would track and hunt hare all day if they could. However, what if you just have a Hellenic Hound as a pet rather than using them for hunting? What can you do with your pup then in order to keep them happy? Well, there is plenty you can do! This happy and intelligent dog will love all of these activities that are customized just for this specific breed. Time to have some fun!

Mechanical Bunny

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Any Day
Moderate
Normal
30 min
Items needed
Collar
Dog Treats
Mechanical Bunny
Activity description
Hellenic Hounds are notorious hare hunters. They were bred for this specific job in Greece and the desire to hunt is still ingrained deep inside them. However, if your Hellenic Hound is a companion dog and not a hunting partner, you may not want them chasing every small animal that crosses their path. You can curb this behavior and keep your pup happy by getting them a fun mechanical bunny to play with instead. While you will have to purchase the mechanical bunny, they are not too expensive and are worth the investment. You can also play with the new toy rain or shine, inside or out!
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Toy search
Look for a good quality mechanical dog toy bunny or even a kid's remote controlled car will work. While you may find a few cheap options, get one that is more sturdy and a little pricier as your Hellenic Hound will want to play this game all the time - you want the toy to last!
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Introduction
Before making the remote controlled bunny move, simply place it on the ground and let your Hellenic Hound inspect it. Let them sniff the toy, touch it and even pick it up with their mouth. Then, once they are used to the toy, make it go! Your Hellenic Hound will spring into action at the sight of a moving bunny (even if it is fake!).
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Act like a bunny
Use the remote to the toy to make it behave like a real bunny, running forward and back, left and right, hiding under furniture or bushes if you are outside. Your Hellenic Hound will go nuts over trying to catch their "prey". Make the toy switch directions whenever your dog gets close, to keep the game going.
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Big Friends

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Any Day
Free
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1 hr
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Dog Treats
Collar
Activity description
Hellenic Hounds were not bred as pack dogs but as solo hunters, tracking hares on their own with only their owner by their side. However, this doesn't mean that your pup wouldn't like some socialization. Hellenic Hounds get along well with other dogs as long as they are big pups. Those little dogs look too much like the hares that this breed wants to chase! Finding big dog friends will help your Hellenic Hound be a happy social pup and you may meet some human friends as well. Bonus: making friends is free and can be done any time no matter what the weather!
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Friends with pups
Ask your friends who have dogs to come over for a playdate. Have your Hellenic Hound and the new dog meet on their terms. Let them sniff each other, maybe growl a little to establish who is in charge and then let them play! Stand by during the initial meeting in case the dogs need some human intervention.
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Doggy daycare
Bring your dog to a weekly or even daily doggy daycare center where they will be able to make friends and play together often. If you are able to bring your pup at least once a week, they will come home tired and happy - a perfect combination! What better way to spend the day than playing with dog friends?
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New pup
If you are able to welcome a second dog into your home, your Hellenic Hound will be quite happy about the new addition. Make sure to get a bigger pup so that your Hellenic Hound doesn't confuse them for a hare! Choose a pup that will compliment your Hellenic Hound's personality and temperament. A home with two dogs is even better than a home with one!
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Walk and Walk Again

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Sunny Day
Free
Easy
45 min
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Activity description
With a whole lot of energy to spare, Hellenic Hounds need to walk at least once every day especially if they are stuck inside most of the day. While you may enjoy walking your pup, it can get a little repetitive, especially when you have a Hellenic Hound who would happily walk in circles for hours! These ideas for making your walks interesting will keep you just as happy as your pup whenever you pick up that leash. While most people and pups prefer to walk on sunny days, you definitely can walk anytime you'd like! Walking your Hellenic Hound is free which means it is a perfect activity!
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New neighborhoods
Most people have a set route that they walk every day with their dogs. Why stick to the same walk when there is so much to see? You don't need to leave your neighborhood to make your walks exciting. Next time you go out, turn right instead of left, go up that road with the big hill that you tend to avoid or just walk a few blocks farther. The new scenery will be as exciting to you as it is to your dog.
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Walk together
Find a friend in your area who also has a dog and plan a time to walk together. Your Hellenic Hound will love the doggy company and you will have a friend to chat with while you walk, making it even easier to walk those extra miles that your Hellenic Hound likes. Find a few friends with dogs to make it even more fun - walk together as a pack!
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Hikes
Jump in the car with your dog and head to a nearby mountain or hiking trail. Driving to a new, challenging spot is a sure fire way to spice up your walk. Hike to the top of a mountain with your Hellenic Hound and, not only will your dog be happy but you will get some fantastic views as well. Be sure to hydrate well along the way.
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Hunting Club

Find a hunting club in your area where your pup will be able to exercise their natural desire to hunt. Your pup will be trained and then able to practice their hunting skills, something that will surely bring a doggy smile to their face.

Perfect Chewer

Hellenic Hounds can be destructive chewers when left alone for too long. Find a few chew toys for your dog and see which they prefer. Invest in a few as your Hellenic Hound will use them frequently!

Conclusion

Hellenic Hounds are hunting dogs through and through yet, as you can see, there is plenty you can do with your pup that doesn't involve catching wild game. Try a few of these activities next time you feel like your Hellenic Hound is getting anxious and in need of attention. You will have fun doing these activities too as you will be able to spend some quality time with your dog! Happy playing, and stay away from those smaller, rabbit-resembling dogs!