Activities For Montenegrin Mountain Hounds

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Introduction

The Montenegrin Mountain Hound is a rare dog breed originating from the Balkans, from the mountains of Montenegro. They have the same origin as other Balkan hounds, such as the Serbian Hound and Serbian Tricolor Hound, and they are a medium sized dog. Back in the day, Montenegrin Mountain Hounds were used to hunt foxes, hares, and smaller game, and only sometimes were included in the hunts for deer and wild boar. Before 1997, this breed was called Yugoslavian Mountain Hound, but the name was changed by the FCI. Montenegrin Mountain Hounds are scent hounds, meaning that they primarily use their sense of scent to hunt, which can help you come up with interesting activities for them. 

Power Hike

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Any Day
Cheap
Hard
4 - 7 hrs
Items needed
water
food
treats
Leash
Activity description

It is all in the name! The Montenegrin Mountain Hound is, as their name states, a mountain dog! Montenegro is a small country known for its mountainous terrains, so these dogs had to adjust to their surroundings and learn how to behave in sometimes harsh conditions of the mountainous region. Therefore, they are always more than willing to go on a long hike, especially in the rough terrain. If you are an experienced alpinist or a passionate mountain hiker, next time you go on an adventure, take your dog with you, they will love it! These dogs have a high level of energy, meaning that they welcome any type of exercise, and a long, challenging hike can be the perfect activity for them.

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Get ready
Before you go on a long hike in the mountains, make sure that you are prepared. Get your gear ready, make sure you have enough food and water, and that you are dressed appropriately. Also, if you know that the weather will be cold, bring a jacket for your dog, if you assess that they need it.
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Train
When you have everything you need, the next thing you should do is to make sure that your doggo can behave themselves in the harsh conditions of the mountains. First off, you need to make sure that they will not run after a rabbit and get lost in the rough terrain. Your Montenegrin Mountain Hound must know that they need to stay by your side and not wander around and risk getting lost.
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Adventure!
Once you are sure that all the essentials are covered and that your dog is aware that they should be by your side, you are ready for your hiking adventure. Being in the great outdoors is a feeling that nothing can beat, and spending quality time with your dog will strengthen your relationship and make them love you even more (if possible).
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Treat Seek

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Rainy Day
Cheap
Easy
30 - 60 min
Items needed
Treats
Activity description

Your Montenegrin Mountain Hound is a scent hound, which means that they use their lovely little nose to hunt their prey. You can refine this skill they have by stimulating their noses and teaching them how to search for things and find hidden objects. They will love this game, especially on a rainy day when you cannot really go outside, and the day gets boring and long. Montenegrin Mountain Hounds love exercise, as they are quite energetic, so stimulating them even on a rainy day is a great way to prevent depression and to keep them occupied until the sun starts to shine again. 

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Teach the game
Before you start playing, explain to your dog what they are supposed to do. Start small by hiding the treat somewhere obvious and let them find it. Praise them when they retrieve it and hide it somewhere else. Repeat until you are sure that you know what they’re doing.
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Game on!
Hide a bunch of treats all over your house. Get creative and stash them in hard to reach places to make the game more challenging. Then, release the kraken and watch them frantically search for the delicious snacks. Include a lot of love, praise, and hugs in the whole process to show them just how smart and amazing they are!
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Bikejoring

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Any Day
Moderate
Hard
1 hr
Items needed
Bicycle
leash
Activity description

On the days when you want some more action in your life, you can try bikejoring with your Montenegrin Mountain Hound. Even though they are not mush dogs, you can adjust the game to keep it entertaining enough, but not too strenuous for your pup. This game will surely satisfy your dog’s needs for exercise and make the day more fun just by going outside and running, tiring themselves in the process, which results in a great night of sleep. It is a tad more challenging than your regular run, but exponentially more fun! 

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Practice proper form
Before you go on your first official bikejoring adventure, practice a bit in your neighborhood. Try with a slower bike ride and teach your dog to run in front of you without stopping to sniff everything, and without getting tangled in the bike chains. Wear a helmet and protect your dog as well! Opt for an area without too much traffic to avoid an accident.
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Jor, bikejor!
Go out into the great outdoors, avoid the civilization and the traffic, and start your adventure. Make sure that you have a long enough leash and that you are bikejoring on the earth’s surface, not the pavement, to avoid paw damage on your pup’s adorable paws. Do not attach the leash to the handlebars, and make sure that you have the appropriate extension for your bicycle.
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King Kong!

On a rainy day when you just cannot go out, get a Kong, some peanut butter, and some treats, and let your dog kill some time by trying to get all the tasty snacks out of the toy!

Agility Track

Take your pup to the local agility track and let them go through all the obstacles! They will enjoy running through the track and overcoming the obstacles!

Conclusion

As you can see, being an owner of a Montenegrin Mountain Hound is fun, but it is not for the ones on the lazy side who cannot be bothered to go out and exercise with their dog. These dogs need their daily activities to stay happy and healthy, and by participating in these fun exercises with them you will strengthen your love and make you the best of friends!