Activities For Istrian Coarse-Haired Hounds

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Introduction

When it comes to the Istrian Coarse-haired Hound, the best owners will be active hunters. This pooch is a working dog that wants to track and chase rabbits, wild boar, and other game. As field dogs, they have plenty of energy and need a roomy home and a yard where they can run around. If you lead an active lifestyle and give Fido lots of vigorous exercise, you could make this pup an agreeable house companion. They're willful and need an experienced, firm hand to lead them. If you diligently train your fur-baby and socialize them early, they'll bond with you and be an affectionate companion.

Skijoring

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Cold Day
Moderate
Hard
30 - 60 min
Items needed
cross country skis
8 to 12-foot shock resistant tug line
waste bags
harness for you
dog harness
Activity description
This activity combines cross-country skiing with dog walking to provide a vigorous winter workout for your pooch. If your fur-baby tends to pull you along when you go for a stroll, they're a candidate for this sport.  The high energy level and dense fur coat of the Istrian Coarse-haired Hound makes this a puptastic way to burn off some of their exuberance. Before you attempt this activity with your pal, take them to the vet for a checkup. You'll need to know if they have any physical limitations. It's best to wait until your four-footed friend is about a year old before you start training.
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Prepare
Before you start teaching your pup how to pull you on your skis, you need to get ready. Take your pup's measurements so that you can find a harness that fits them properly. Next, you'll want to let your pooch wear the gear for five-minute sessions to help them get used to it.
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Teach pulling
When Fido is comfortable in the harness, teach them to pull you. Walk your pooch with the gear on and have them tug an object like a chunk of wood behind them. Make sure the object provides some tension without making your pup's task too difficult. Offer lots of encouragement and praise.
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Go skijoring
Once your furry friend gets the hang of dragging something behind them, you can gradually add more weight. They need to be able to pull you across the snow when you're on your skis. Start with short sessions of about 15 minutes and build up from there. Enjoy this winter sport together.
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Scent Trails

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Any Day
Cheap
Normal
30 - 45 min
Items needed
treats
Activity description
As a scent hound, the Istrian Coarse-haired Hound will enjoy the physical and mental stimulation of this tracking exercise. The best place to do this is in a grassy field, but you can practice the skill in other areas as your pooch gains mastery. Crush a strongly scented piece of food on the bottom of your shoe. Then you'll create a trail that Fido can follow to their quarry. To avoid confusion, try to hold your initial training sessions as early in the day as possible. That way, there's less risk that there will already be other fresh scents be on the grass.
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Make a trail
Take your pooch to a grassy area early in the morning. Have Fido sit and stay while you crush a tasty tidbit like a piece of hot dog under your shoe. Walk along a straight line and drop pieces of food about every 15 paces. At the end of the trail, place a treat under the item that your pup is tracking.
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Let Fido track
Return to your dog along the path you make. Let your pup have a piece of treat, then release your pooch. Tell your pal to find the item and encourage them to follow the scent. Reward Fido when they reach their quarry. Step about ten feet to the side of your first trail and repeat.
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Agility

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Any Day
Moderate
Hard
30 - 60 min
Items needed
agility equipment
treats
Activity description
Agility is a furriffic fit for this breed. The Istrian Coarse-haired Hound is an intelligent breed with lots of energy. Teaching them to navigate an obstacle course with hurdles, weave poles, inclines, tunnels, and more will stimulate them physically and mentally. Your pal will thoroughly enjoy the challenge that this sport provides. What's more, you and Fido will build a stronger bond as they learn to pay close attention to your cues. With each successful run, your encouragement will enhance their enthusiasm. Once you teach your furry pal the basic obedience commands, consider taking some agility classes and participating in some local trials.
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Learn agility
The best way to learn agility with your pup is to take a training class. Enrolling in a course will help you and Fido become familiar with the different obstacles and how an event works. You'll want to make sure your pooch already knows the basic obedience commands and pays attention to you.
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Practice agility
After you and your four-footed friend understand how agility works, you can practice together. Either make obstacles for home use or find a place that has equipment available for your use. If your pup shows a mastery of agility, check with the AKC to locate local events where you and Fido can compete together.
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More Fun Ideas...

Under, Over, Through

If you need a rainy-day activity to exercise your furry friend, set up an obstacle course in your home. Your athletic pooch will enjoy hurdling an overturned bench, climbing under tables, and running across the couch as you lead them around.

Frisbee

A game of frisbee on a clear day is a pawtastic way to exercise your pooch. Teaching your pal how to catch the disc in mid-air will take some practice. Remember to provide water and rest breaks when you play.

Conclusion

Istrian Coarse-haired Hounds are loyal scent hounds. They abound with energy and need lots of activity. This pup will do well with a spacious fenced yard where they can run around without taking off after small game. If you don't use your pooch for hunting, you'll need to offer them a variety of exercises.