Activities For Mahratta Greyhounds

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Introduction

The Mahratta Greyhound is a rare breed of dog, and is typically known only within the limits of the native area of Maharashtra. If you have ever seen a Saluki and the beautiful silky coat, this breed may remind you of it. Having great strength and rocket-speed, this dog is also an excellent sighthound. Of tan and very dark bluish color, this sighthound is quite an attractive dog. Sighthounds are typically kept as pets in today’s day and age, but they were and still are primarily used to hunt. They are over 5,000 years old, and today they hunt just as well as their ancestors. They rely on their sense of smell and their lightning speed, as well as their strength.

Animal Assisted Therapy

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1 hr
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Activity description

Mahratta Greyhounds are very intelligent and very intuitive. They are wonderful with people, especially those who need a little assistance in therapy, for comfort, in healing, and for those who could use much needed cuddles and companionship. Animal assisting, or animal therapy, is a very popular way for children and adults to get what they need in terms of stimulation, communication, and for keeping calm. Many hospitals, nursing homes, and in-home care situations use animal therapy to meet the needs of the patients.

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Find formal training
The first step of animal assisting is to find a place to train your dog. You can do so by contacting a Greyhound rescue, searching online, or asking local trainers. Be sure you are consistent in taking your dog to the training so your dog can receive a certificate when the training period is complete.
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Find contacts
Contact your local nursing homes, rehabilitation centers, hospice care centers, in-home care agencies, social services, or other organizations that can benefit from using a therapy dog with clients and patients. You may have to take your dog to meet the supervisor at first, to be sure your dog is a good fit for specific clients.
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Watch your dog give back
Once you have an organization that welcomes you and your dog, take your dog according to a schedule they have set up for meeting times. Be proud of your dog, as your pal is doing a wonderful service and truly giving back to the community! You will soon find that people will look forward to seeing your dog and will greet them with a big smile of satisfaction!
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Lure Coursing

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Sunny Day
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1 hr
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Lure coursing is a perfect way to stimulate your sighthound. It basically mimics the chase and keeps them speeding after what they can see. Finding their target and chasing it down is one thing a Greyhound loves the most, and in cases where that cannot happen, lure coursing is the next best thing. This well-known sport uses a lure, with what looks like a real animal attached. This lure is pulled at a very fast speed, with “animals” attached and the dogs run after it, keeping their eye on the “prey”. The course is very large, like a big field, about the size of a half mile or so. This may vary depending on the course and how it is laid out. The mission of the dog is to stay focused on the lure and finish the course.

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Find a lure coursing course
Search online or contact a local sighthound group. You can also contact the American Kennel Club to help you find a lure course, and even competitions for your dog to enter. There are some owners who drive a distance to find the ideal course, but checking in your area may yield the perfect course.
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Do your research
Check with the course you prefer as to rules and regulations of what is permissible before you take your dog. As with any sport, lure coursing does have guidelines in place for dogs, such as obedience requirements and what they can wear when on the course. Also, be sure to check the guidelines for registration and registration fees.
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Practice makes perfect!
Many lure courses allow you to take your dog and run the course for “fun”. You may be able to allow your dog to try out lure coursing before a decision is made as to whether they can compete. Either way, trying something new is a good idea, and trying out lure coursing may be just the recipe for the stimulation of your dog.
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Find a Field

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Sunny Day
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1 hr
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Activity description

Dogs are natural runners and are often at their happiest when doing so. Running keeps them fit and helps them maintain a healthy weight. Taking your pup for a run around the neighborhood can be fun but for the ultimate running experience, find a field that is safely enclosed and let them loose there! Dashing and sprinting in a field will allow your four-legged runner to set their own pace and avoid injury; fields offer varying terrain, exciting sights and smells, and plenty of opportunity to burn energy. Your dog can enjoy a field in almost any type of weather, and the activity is easy on the pocketbook, too.

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Ask around
If you live within or just outside of a rural area, chances are there is someone you know who has a large, enclosed field. You will be surprised at how asking around your circle of acquaintances or looking around as you are driving can lead you to the perfect spot! Look for a safely enclosed area with plenty of open terrain. It's important though, to ask permission before entering any parcel of land.
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Investigate the field
Once you research and gain permission and access to an enclosed, large field, take your sighthound on a leash and go check it out. Chances are it is the ideal place for them to run, but there is the possibility that the fencing may not be as intact as you like. Walk the perimeter of the property to verify the condition of the fencing. Don’t let your dog loose before checking the environment because in rural areas there are a lot of small animals your dog may love to hunt!
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Let your dog run
Once you have found the perfect parcel of land, you can enter the field and let your dog loose. You can take toys such as Frisbees and balls and play with your dog, or you may just want to allow them the chance to enjoy the open land to run, and run and run! Take time for yourself, as well, as you know your dog is safe. Sit, relax, and watch the beauty of your Greyhound as they run gracefully and very swiftly through the greenery!
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The Track

See if you can take your sighthound up to your local school’s track. You may not be allowed to do so due to rules, but it doesn’t hurt to just call your local school and ask. As long as you take a scooper and bag for when a potty break is needed, you may be allowed. How exciting it would be to watch your dog take off around the track!

Tug of War

Tug of War is a classic game that never goes out of style. Tugging on a knotted rope or similar safe toy is very stimulating for dogs. Be sure not to pull too hard or jerk it all of a sudden so your dog doesn’t hurt their teeth or jaws!

Conclusion

Mahratta Greyhounds, although typically only found in the native area of India known as Maharashtra, are relatives to the Greyhound that we know. They have all of the characteristics of sighthounds, and as beautiful and gentle as they are, they sure are a sight to see! If you are lucky enough to own this rare breed you will want to cater to their special exercise requirements. Try out these activities and see how much your dog enjoys them!