Activities For Komondors

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Introduction

The Komondor, which is also called the Hungarian Sheepdog or a mop dog, is a large dog with a thick coat that tends to curl into long dreadlocks unless it is cut short. Their heavy coat protects them from the cold, rain, and snow but if you are in a warm area, you are going to want to cut it short. These large poochies are working farm dogs who were bred to herd and protect the flock but are also a lot of fun and make a lovable family pet.

Treibball

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Any Day
Cheap
Easy
1 hr
Items needed
Treats
Eight balls
Activity description

Just because your Komondor is a natural herder does not mean that they know how to herd a ball. In fact, they would rather herd you than a ball because they are used to herding live animals and balls are just… not alive. However, there’s a new trend called Treibball that is basically just about herding a bunch of inflatable balls into a large net. Any dog can do it, but your Komondor should be extra good at it because the breed has the instinct to herd. You just have to get your pooch to understand that you are herding balls and not animals. Teaching your pawesome pooch how to herd balls is not expensive because all you are going to need is eight balls, some kind of pen or net that you can make yourself, and some treats. Your dog should be able to learn this game within a few hours spread over several days.  

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Introduce the ball
Start with just one ball at first and show your pupster how to move it around with your knees. Push it around the yard and encourage your Komondor to join in. As soon as your furball shows interest or touches the ball, reward them with a treat. Show how to get behind the ball and push it. You can even get down on your hands and knees and push it with your nose. Your canine kid will love that.
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Add more balls
Time to go outside for this one. Use several of the balls and show your buddy how to push them into the net or whatever area you made for the balls to go. When your dog starts to mimic what you are doing, stop and reward your pawesome pooch with a treat and an enthusiastic “good dog!”
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Practice
Keep practicing every day for about an hour a day, adding more balls every day until you are up to eight since that is the amount you have to use in an official game. You should continue to reward your dog every step of the way and make sure they are having fun.
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Balancing Act

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Any Day
Free
Normal
1 hr
Items needed
Treats
Activity description
Come on; you know you want to see your big dreadlocked dog balance a treat on their head. These kinds of things are super important to your social media pages. Actually, this activity will also teach your dog patience and obedience as well as building a furfect bond between you two. And it does not have to be a treat that they balance on their head. You can use just about anything you want such as a bone, frisbee, ball, or whatever else you can get to stay on your dog’s head. Since your Komondor has a large head, it will not be too hard as long as you can teach your poochie some patience. You should be able to start going viral after one or two days of practice, and all you need is treats and whatever object you want to balance.
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Getting used to it
Most dogs don’t like to have anything placed on their head so the first thing you have to do is give your pup the incentive to do it. Make sure the treat is an extra good one like some cheese or peanut butter. Place the object on your dog’s head and tell them to balance. Even if your buddy only does it for one second, reward them with a treat.
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Keep practicing
Just keep leaving the object on your dog’s head for a longer and longer period of time until they are able to leave it there for up to a minute. That should be good enough for a viral video on Facebook, right? Just keep rewarding your dog with treats until you build up to the length of time you desire.
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Wipe Those Paws

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Any Day
Free
Normal
30 - 45 min
Items needed
Treats
Old towel
Activity description
Don’t you wish your dog would wipe off their paws before coming into the house? Especially when it is raining or snowing or when they have been digging in the dirt. It is bad enough you have to clean up after the kids when they track dirt in the house, but they only have two legs, and your dog has four, so it is twice the work, and they have to go out several times a day no matter what the weather to go potty. Well, stop wishing it and teach your dog to do it. Any dog can learn how to wipe their feet, and the Komondor is especially intelligent and quick to learn so they will learn even faster. And all you need are some treats.
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Get set up
Make sure there is a floor mat, rug, or even a towel by the door where your pup goes in and out for them to wipe their feet. Put a treat under the mat and tell your pooch to find the treat. If they do not start pawing at the mat to get to the treat, show them how by moving their feet on the mat. Give your dog the treat right away even if they don’t find the treat because they are actually doing what you want, which is to wipe their feet on the mat.
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Add a command
After you have done this a few times, your canine kid will have probably figured out that they will get a treat if they paw the mat. Once the front feet are mastered, show your pooch that if they use their back feet that they will get more treats and tell them to wipe their feet. Pretty soon, they will be wiping their feet on the mat all the time. Just make sure you get them to do it when they come in from outside.
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Playing Frisbee

You probably have seen a lot of dogs out in the park with their humans tossing the frisbee, and they sure do seem to have a lot of fun. Your Komondor may be a big lug, but they can certainly learn how to catch a frisbee like the rest of them. Your dog will just look a lot cooler doing it with those pawsitively furfect dreadlocks.

Get Me a Beer

Getting your dog to open the door for you is a pawsome trick that your friends will love. Just tie an old towel or cloth to the door handle and show your pupster how to pull it to get the door to open. Once that is mastered, teach your fur buddy what a beer can looks like and give them a treat for every step. Once you get your dogster to bring you a beer, you may not have to get up for a while. Too bad you cannot teach them to go to work for you.

Conclusion

Grab your pupster’s leash and get outside. No matter what kind of activity you and your Komondor plan on doing, as long as you are together it will be fun. And getting out in the sunshine is good for the both of you. On those days when you are just too busy to go for a walk, it is okay to call a professional dog walker but don’t make a habit of it or your poochie will start missing that time with you.