Activities For Hungarian Greyhounds

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Introduction

The Hungarian Greyhound, or otherwise known as Magyar agar, is a sighthound that originates from Hungary, a country in Central Europe. They can grow up to 70cm in height, and can be practically any color. Preferably, they should be called Hungarian gazehounds or Hungarian sighthounds, but the Greyhound name stuck because they resemble this particular breed. They are super adaptable and affectionate dogs, who can get along with kids and other animals quickly, and their good nature makes them the perfect pet to have!

Cup Game

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Rainy Day
Cheap
Easy
30 min
Items needed
cups
treats
Activity description

Since Magyar agars or Hungarian Greyhounds are known as sighthounds, they react to movement. This means that they can spot even a fly and they have eyes on the back of their heads. And while this is a fantastic trait to have, mainly because they never have to worry about getting glasses, it also means that they need a lot of visual stimuli to stay focused and exercise their abilities. Luckily, humans are also a sort of a sighthound, although we would argue a bit on the hound part, and we are also stimulated by what we see, so coming up with a perfect sight-based activity for your dog should not be super hard. In comes the iconic Cup Game (with a twist!).

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Get some cups
First of all, to play a game, you need resources. And to play a cup game, you need, well, cups. The standard cup game is easy, get three cups, some treats and start playing. However, a Cup Game with a twist is a bit more challenging, but your awesome doggo can surely handle it.
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Twist it
Now, time to assemble your playground. Instead of three, take five or more cups. Hide a couple of treats under two of them. Practice your shuffling skills a little before you bring out the big guns and start betting your life savings on your dog’s ability to guess where the treat is.
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Play!
Show your Hungarian Greyhound where the treats are and hide them under the cups. Shuffle the cups a little bit, and let them guess the first few times correctly. Then, start doing longer shuffles, occasionally showing both empty and treat cups to keep them alert. This way, their eyes, and brains are working hard, making them smarter with each shuffle!
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Racing

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Any Day
Moderate
Normal
30 min
Items needed
treats
water
Leash
Activity description

Magyar agars are fantastic dogs. They do not require insane amounts of exercise, so they are perfect to take care of even on lazy days. However, this does not mean that you should binge watch shows on Netflix for days on end, only bringing your dog for a short walk. Hungarian Greyhounds need to run, and they love to run, so you can teach them how to compete in this activity by signing them up for a racing class! There is quite a fantastic sport called Amateur sighthound racing and comes in two varieties – sprint racing and oval track racing. 

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Take your pick
First of all, you should decide on the type of racing you prefer for your dog. Try them both, and try to figure out which one they enjoyed more. Make sure to include a lot of treats and praise, since Hungarian Greyhounds do not respond well to criticism.
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Sign up for a class
Next, when you figure out which way your dog wants to go, sign them up for a class. A good dog trainer will be able to teach them how to behave on the track, how to spring towards the goal, and how to stay in their lane and respect other dogs that race.
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Race!
Finally, it is time for the big day! You, as a proud dog owner, will cheer from the sidelines, or even be involved at the beginning of the race when the dogs are released. This activity is excellent for Hungarian Greyhounds because short outbursts of energy are great for them and will benefit their health substantially.
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Lure Coursing

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Any Day
Expensive
Hard
1 hr
Items needed
water
Activity description

Lure coursing is another excellent sport meant for sighthounds. As they react to the visual stimuli, this game is perfect for them since it includes a mechanical hare they can chase around and wake up the hound in them. As most sighthounds were used in rabbit hunts, lure coursing comes as second nature to them, so try to find a nearby organizer and sign your dog up for a few hours of fun! If you are up for some competition, lure coursings are sanctioned by the American Sighthound Field Association, United States Kennel Club, and National Lure Coursing Club.

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Train hard
Before signing your dog up for their first competition, you might consider training them a bit. You can go to your local lure coursing trainer and let them give you the rundown of the basics, and teach your dog how to behave themselves while competing.
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Play!
Once your doggo is adequately trained, they will be ready to play in the big leagues. Let them have fun with other sighthounds and chase after the mechanical hare. They can even win some sweet prizes, but the best one of all will be the proud look on their face when they win. As always, include a lot of hugs and kisses for the winner!
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Capture the Flag

Gather some friends and make a dull afternoon a fun one! Us humans tend to be couch potatoes, so playing capture the flag with your doggo is a great way to burn some calories and burn the tinder of love between you and your pup. Get a flag or make one, go outside, find a big field, and play until you run out of steam! This will guarantee a good night’s sleep for both of you!

Thrill of the Chase

If you are lucky enough to have a backyard, play a chasing game with your dog! They love chasing and running after their prey, so, become prey for a day and run around your backyard with their favorite toy! You’ll probably lose, but if you happen to be Usain Bolt, let your dog win once in a while, they will be thankful.

Conclusion

Your Hungarian Greyhound is a majestic doggo that proves that anything is pawsible with a little bit of love and affection. Whichever activity suits them best, make sure to include praise and affection, hugs and kisses, and maybe an occasional treat to reward their good behavior. Remember, happy dog, happy life!