Activities For Hovawarts

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Introduction

The Hovawart, or “Hovie”, as they are fondly called, is an ancient German dog breed that was once primarily used to defend livestock and guard farm courtyards. Drawings of dogs very similar to the Hovawart have already been around as early as the 17th century, which gives experts an indication of how long this breed has existed. This big, heavy-boned dog is extremely smart, fun-loving, alert and faithful to their owners. Because of their working background, Hovawarts are keen on having a job to do. Otherwise, they will find ways to release their energy. This breed is not recommended for new or first-time dog owners since they require considerable attention from their masters. But, with the right owner, the Hovie can be a trustworthy and amazing overall pet. 

Agility Creativity

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Any Day
Moderate
Normal
1 hr
Items needed
PVC pipes
Play tunnel
Wooden plank
Tire
Ropes
Activity description

Being a larger breed, the Hovawart needs at least 2 hours of exercise in a day. With their active personalities, your regular walk around the neighborhood or jog in the park may not be stimulating enough for Hovies. A brilliant idea to keep your dog regularly exercised without having to leave your home is to create your own agility course in your backyard. In general, Hovies excel in agility, which is a canine sport involving the dog and owner going through a series of obstacles, due to their cleverness and obedience. By creating your own course, you get to train and workout your Hovie any time you want. The good thing is that the materials needed for the course can easily be purchased in your local hardware store so you can conserve funds for a rainy day!

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DIY agility course instructions
Building your own agility course might seem like a daunting task but it is actually pretty straightforward, albeit takes a lot of work. Search online for different instructions on how to create your own course and list the materials needed. Then, head down to the nearest hardware store to buy the necessary materials which may include PVC pipe and wood.
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Build the course
After you have bought all the items you need, the next step is to start building the course. Using the instructions you chose, build each obstacle course as indicated in the procedure. In the end, you should have a teeterboard, weave poles, standard jumps, tire jumps, and a tunnel.
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Let your dog try out the course
Once you finish up all the obstacles, set them up nicely in your backyard. Then, train your Hovie to go through one obstacle at a time. You can demonstrate each obstacle or go alongside with a treat in hand for encouragement. It might take a few hours or even days before your dog completely learns how to go through each obstacle, so you have to be patient during the process. Slowly, your dog will be able to complete the course all in one go.
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New City Visit

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Sunny Day
Moderate
Easy
1 day
Items needed
Leash
Activity description

If you like doing outdoor activities with your pooch, chances are you have gone to most, if not all of the dog-friendly areas within your city. If you are starting to get bored with the same old spots in your area, why not organize an economical trip to a different city? Visiting an entirely new city means new places to see and explore with your eager Hovawart. There is also the thrill of discovering off-the-beaten paths, meeting new people (and even other canines!), trying new restaurants and so much more. Your dog will surely appreciate the new environment no matter the weather! Going on a trip will also help improve the current relationship you have with your pooch. 

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Choose a city to explore
To make plans, you first need to choose a city that you want to go to. It could be the next city nearest to you or it could be a popular city that is a couple of hours away. Once you’ve picked out a city, make a list of the top dog-friendly sites in it. This will serve as your itinerary for the day.
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Have fun exploring
After you’ve made all the plans and finalized everything, get in your car and drive to your destination. Once you arrive at the city of your choice, tick each spot off your list. Spend enough time in each place so that you and your dog can really take in the attractions. You may even spend a night or two at a dog-friendly hotel to make sure you don’t miss out on anything.
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Lakeside Fun

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Hot Day
Cheap
Easy
1 - 2 hrs
Items needed
Food
Water
Leash
Flotation vest
Pet sunscreen
Waste bags
Toys
Activity description

During the hot summer months, there is no better way to cool off and spend time with your pooch than a trip to the local lake. Dogs are usually fond of the water and can often swim without prior training. However, you still have to ensure your Hovawart’s safety before you let them go in the water. What’s good about lakes and national parks is that it is not all about swimming; here, you can have a picnic, play with your dog and even do water sports if you have the equipment. Most lakes are open to the public and are free of charge; you just have to choose which ones are open to four-legged visitors. 

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Pack your things
When you decide that you want to spend your day at the lake, you probably already have an idea of what you will be doing there. Thus, the gear you will bring with you should be in accordance with what your plans are for the day. For instance, if you plan to have a picnic, bring a picnic blanket and meals plus enough water. Essentials to remember are a doggy flotation vest, sunscreen, and doggy waste bags so that you can leave the shore in pristine condition.
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Head down to the lake
Once your things are prepared and you are good to go, drive and make your way to the destination. Set up your spot and go about with your activities. If you plan to go for a dip with your dog, make sure that they are wearing a flotation device to prevent drowning in the case of fatigue or unexpected panic. Also, always clean up after your dog’s mess and be mindful of other people in the area.
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Play with Sprinklers

Dogs can appreciate the littlest of things as long as they get to spend time with their owners. Change an ordinary day into one of fun by turning on the sprinklers and watch as your dog enjoys running around and getting wet. 

Practice Basic Obedience

Hovawarts are typically easy to train, which is why they excel in a variety of canine sports. However, sometimes you just have to go back to basics. Practice some of the most common obedience commands with your Hovie, including “stay”, “sit” and “up”. Use treats or any other form of positive reinforcement to motivate your dog to learn faster. 

Conclusion

The Hovawart is an impressive-looking dog with an equally amazing personality to match. This breed’s intelligence, humor and loyalty are just some of the top qualities that make them a popular choice for an overall family pet and companion. While there are some challenges that come with owning a Hovie, those who put in the work will be rewarded with a best friend who’s willing to do anything for their family.