Activities For Kumaon Mastiffs

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Introduction

All dogs were bred for a purpose. Their breeders carefully chose which characteristics they wanted. The breeds that exist today were cultivated over many years. Some of these breeds aren't used for their original purpose anymore and are going extinct. One example of this is the Kumaon Mastiff breed. These massive little darlings were bred to be protectors. They would guard properties and livestock. Nowadays, we don't use guard dogs all that much anymore. This breed has gotten so rare that you would struggle to find them in the hills of Kumaon, their home. Looking at your own Kumaon, it might be hard to imagine that the breed is endangered. In fact, all you can likely think about is how to keep them busy.

Treat Dig

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Sunny Day
Expensive
Hard
2 hrs
Items needed
Water for hydration
Treats
Sandbox
Activity description
If your dog is bored, they will get destructive. It is not their fault, they want to be out doing fun things and releasing all their pent-up energy. One thing that they do is dig up your garden. This is a very annoying habit and can leave you pulling your hair out in frustration. But if you give them a healthy outlet, the destructive behavior will stop. This activity will involve you letting your dog dig to their heart's content. You will need a sandbox. You can buy this from certain stores, or you can construct your own, depending on your level of skill. If you decide to build your own, you can personalize the structure, making it as big or as deep as you want it.
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Personalize your sandbox
You know your dog well. If they tend to be overenthusiastic about things or aren't very active, then you need to tailor your box according to their needs. Make the box as deep or as shallow as they want it. You might also want to put some plastic sheeting around the sandbox, because once they get going, they get messy.
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Hide treats
Now it is time to hide the treats. Try and keep your dog away from the box so that they cannot see where you are hiding the treats. This will make things a lot more exciting for them too. Bury some treats a little deeper than others, but make the first few treats easy to find.
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Step it up
Let your dog loose and watch how excited they get when they find a treat. They will be releasing a lot of pent up energy, so let them go wild. Getting to spend time with you is a treat, but getting to spend time with you while doing something so fun, will blow their minds. Enjoy the experience!
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Summertime Fetch

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Hot Day
Cheap
Easy
1 hr
Items needed
Towel for drying off
Ball
Activity description
If you live in a particularly warm area, you know how tough summer can be for dogs. They get tired more easily and they look miserable. They can't do as much as before and they tend to get cranky. This activity is perfect for hot climates when your dog wants to play, but they're in danger of dehydration, or if you do not feel like taking them for a walk in the sweltering heat. Make sure to bring a towel, because your dog is going to get soaked. And if you decide to join in, it is a lot of fun, you're bound to get wet too. Also, remember to bring their favorite ball or toy along. If you do not have a pool in your yard, you could improvise and use an inflatable kids' pool.
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Get ready
If your dog does not have a ball, you will need to get one from the store. Try not to get a plastic ball, since they break easily and can have harmful chemicals (used in the production). Tennis balls are preferable. If your dog has a specific toy that always gets them in the mood to play fetch, you can use that instead. If you do not have your own pool, now would be the time to fill the hard plastic kiddie pool with water.
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Chuck the ball
Begin your usual catch tradition by getting your dog excited. Once they are well and truly excited, throw the ball into the pool. Your excited dog will chase the ball into the pool and get some much needed refreshment. It would be a good idea to make sure that your dog is comfortable with water beforehand.
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Dodge the drops
The great thing about this activity is that you keep your dog busy for a while and they get a rest from the heat. Getting too hot is never pleasant, especially for your dog who is covered with fur. Watch out, they are going to get excited and might decide to take you for a swim too.
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Hide 'n Go Seek

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Any Day
Free
Easy
30 min
Items needed
Treats
Activity description
This activity is a great way to test your dog's training. As you know, Kumaon Mastiff's need to be trained otherwise they get mischievous. You might be in the mood to check how well they are trained, or how much they love you. It is a lot of fun to play and you will find yourself playing the game whenever you have the time. You can play it anywhere or at any time. It is especially useful if you have to keep your dog indoors due to the weather and are worried about them being bored. Remember to keep some treats around to reward them for their good behavior.
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Make them stay
First, you want your dog to stay. Make them stay before you go off and hide. The better your dog's training is, the better the chance that they will actually stay when they see you leaving. If your dog is still busy being trained, get someone else to make sure they stay while you hide.
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Hide
To start off with, find a simple place to hide. You do not want to confuse them and leave them feeling frustrated. Start by hiding behind a door or under a bed. Once you have hidden yourself, you can call them or give them the command to move. Then the real fun begins. It will be up to them to find you. In the beginning you might have to call them a few times.
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Make it harder
The start of the game might be slow, but once they have the hang of it, your dog will be finding you in no time. It is up to you to decide how long you want the game to continue. If you want to make it last longer, you can start hiding in more elaborate places and start calling them less.
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Hiking

What better way to keep your dog busy than to take them on an outdoor adventure of epic proportions? Take your dog on a hike and watch how they go wild. It might be a good idea to let your dog receive some training before taking them on a hiking trail. You do not want your beloved dog to lose too much control.

Ball Launch

Walking around your local pet store or even toy shop can give you a bunch of great ideas. You can get a ball launcher at almost any toy or pet store, and believe us when we say it is worth it. It is like extreme fetch. Your hyperactive dog will be tired in no time. Just launch the ball a few meters and watch your dog tire themselves out running to fetch it. And the best part? It requires minimal effort.

Water Fun

Whenever you're feeling hot or your dog is overheating, you could break out the sprinklers or your hose and take any boring old game to the next level. Water always makes things more fun and if you are not fussy about getting drenched, the two of you will have a wonderful time. Although, it might be a good idea to put on a swimsuit or old clothes first.

Conclusion

Kumaon Mastiffs get quite big, and they can get a bit jealous. That being said, they are one of the most wonderful breeds to have. They may be rare, but that just means they are extra special. If your beloved Kumaon gets bored or frustrated, they might take it out on your garden or furniture. Let them dig in their own sand pit or get them to race through water. These fun activities will stop them from getting too bored and will be a fun bonding experience. When you get tired, just break out the ball launcher and let them run themselves tired.