Activities For Hortaya Borzayas

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Introduction

Hortaya Borzayas have a long and rich history. We cannot pinpoint their exact origin, but we know that they first appeared in certain Asiatic regions. They were then adopted by the Russian Empire and became a staple in most lives. Their hunting skills are impeccable, and soon they became part of many families. high up in the mountains and in isolated territories, these dogs thrived alongside their human owners. Eventually the humans and dogs became an unstoppable hunting team. They became so essential that if something happened to your Hortaya, chances are you would go hungry. Your Hortaya has the same desire as their ancestors - to run free and look after you.

Ring Stack

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Rainy Day
Moderate
Normal
1 hr
Items needed
Treats
Wooden ring toy set
Activity description
This breed is highly intelligent and trainable. You can teach your Hortaya all sorts of tricks to keep themselves busy. In fact, when you walk down any toy aisle, children or pets, you will find a lot of inspiration. All you need is a little creativity. This activity improves your dog's coordination and keeps their brains active. It is a great game to play indoors when the rain is driving you mad or something to do when the two of you feel bored. All you need is a simple wooden ring toy set, a plastic set will be annihilated before you can use it properly. The treats are to reward your dog when they get the hang of the game.
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Pick up the ring
First of all, you will need your dog to pick up the ring. You can lay them out, or just toss them around the room. When your dog brings the ring to you, then you can praise them. But no treat yet, this is not fetch and you do not want them to think that that is the point of the game.
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Move it to the stick
When your dog picks up the ring, get them to move closer to the stick. If you stand by the stick, they will know where to go. They may be a little hesitant at first, but reward them when they approach the stick. You might find that clicker training is useful with this exercise.
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Stack the ring
Show your dog where to stack the ring. Help them to maneuver it over the stick and watch how quickly they will pick up the point of the game. It might take a few tries before they get the point. But once they do, it will become one of their favorite games. As they become more used to the game, you can try to get them to stack the rings in different orders. Your dog will love it!
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Nose Work

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Any Day
Cheap
Easy
30 min
Items needed
Treats
Toys
Activity description
Hunting dogs have an amazing sense of smell. In the wild, they use their noses to sniff out the prey or danger and chase after it. Without their incredible noses, they would not be effective hunting dogs. In many parts of rural Asia, Hortayas are still used as hunting dogs. They rely on their sense of smell. Your Hortaya has a wonderful gift, and it would be a shame not to enhance their sniffing skills. While you might not be hunting in the wilds of Asia any time soon, it would still be impressive to see how well your dog's sniffer works.
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Hide a treat
This game is basically a treasure hunt but your dog uses their nose instead of clues. Start off simple. hide their favorite toy among your own things. Hide it in an easy place so that they can find it. When they do, praise them and give them a treat.
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Extend the search
Once they know what to do, and are excited to be playing a game, you can extend the boundaries of the game. Hide several treats in different places. You will be surprised how quickly they find it. Make sure that you hide the treats or toys in accessible places. You do not want to frustrate your dog by hiding the treat in a place they cannot reach.
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Confuse them
Hide the treats or toys where your dog might never expect. Make your dog work for that treat, or rather, make your dog's nose work for that treat. You could hide the treat with your vegetables, or wrap it in a blanket and hide it in your shoe cupboard.
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Cone Run

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Sunny Day
Moderate
Easy
1 hr
Items needed
Treats
Plastic cones
Water for hydration
Activity description
Hortayas are a hunting breed. They are built to be nimble and speedy, they also have the capacity to run for a while. They love running and chasing after things, and it is something that they need to do. The point of this game is to help them get that exercise without requiring that you run along with them or walk for miles. It will also be a chance for them to practice their agility. You can substitute the plastic cones for any sort of visible obstacle that the dog can see. The water is essential since it is an outdoor activity and you don't want pup to get dehydrated.
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Lay out the cones
Take the cones and lay them out in different patterns. Leave enough space for the dog to run between them or past them. It is important to be consistent when laying them out since you do not want your do to get confused. Start off with simple patterns or shapes.
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Show them what to do
Let your dog see what they are supposed to do. You can walk around the cones with them, and give them a reward once you are done. Do this once or twice so that they see what is required of them, then you can let them try on their own. Be there for encouragement when they get it wrong.
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Increase the difficulty
Your dog will get the hang of the game in no time. Eventually you will have to come up with new ways to lay out the cones. Get them to run through the course you have laid out. Once they can through the cone course without a mistake, you can change the layout. If you want, you could even add boxes for them to jump over.
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Drop It

This is one of the first tricks you will teach your dog. When playing fetch, get them to drop whatever they are holding before you reward them. Once they get the hang of that, you can start making them drop things in a box and helping you clean up their mess.

The New Trick Game

This is a fun game if your dog already knows some tricks. It also helps them to think quickly. Let them go through their usual repertoire of tricks, but reward them when they do something new. They will combine old tricks to make new tricks, leading to some interesting tricks. Remember not to reward them for doing the same thing over again.

Conclusion

Your Hortaya Borzaya comes from a noble line of hunters. Without them, many people would have gone hungry. Thanks to their impeccable skills, they are one of the best hunting breeds in the world. These dogs were bred for speed and agility, along with all that, they brought intelligence and obedience to the table. Which is why they need to be entertained. They need to enhance their skills and get rid of all that energy that is building up in their bodies. Teach them to run around cones, find treats in smelly places and think of new tricks to entertain you and the family. They can't hunt in the Asiatic wilderness, but they can spend time with you. We think they prefer the latter anyway.