Activities For Moscow Watchdogs

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Introduction

There are two words that perfectly sum up this breed: gentle giant. Long ago, they were bred using different purebreds, and the results were different from what the breeders expected. What they wanted were protectors that would strike fear into the hearts of their enemies. What they got were fluffy teddy bears that love attention. That was until someone tried to hurt their masters. Moscow Watchdogs are loyal and brave. They are also full of energy, which means that if you don't employ some creative activities to keep them busy, you're going to be going on a lot of walks.

Walk the Dog

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Sunny Day
Free
Easy
1 hr
Items needed
Water for hydration
Leash
Activity description
Moscow Watchdogs are known for being independent and very intelligent. They like to do things their own way and tend to get a little stubborn sometimes. This isn't too much of an issue, all you need to do is give your dog a little freedom. If your dog gets some time to lead the way and find their own path, they will feel a little more n control. This could prevent them from getting bored or frustrated with life in general. A bored dog is a naughty dog and the point of this exercise is to let them have a bit of control. It will do wonders for their confidence and make them feel like you trust them.
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Leash anticipation
Every dog knows what it means when you get the leash. It is as if they read your thoughts and know exactly what you're planning on doing. If you have a set time for walks, your dog is probably already waiting for you to come and get them. Have some fun with this, get them excited for the walk. The more anticipation you build, the more excited they get.
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Explore the outside
Walk out the door/gate with them. Now, you stop. Your dog will be curious, because usually you lead the way. Soon, they will tentatively tug in one direction. Follow them. This is their walk and they are taking you out, not the other way around. Let them figure out the route.
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Follow their lead
Once your dog realizes that they are leading the walk, their excitement will increase. They will feel independent and like a leader. You cannot fake that kind of happiness. Do not be afraid to wander. Of course, this freedom has some bounds. You do not want to end up in someone else's yard and explain why there's a giant dog lounging on their lawn.
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Flyball

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Sunny Day
Cheap
Normal
30 min
Items needed
Water for hydration
Box
Tennis Balls
Hurdles
Activity description
Sometimes you can help your dog get a rigorous workout without doing too much yourself. The point of flyball is to sharpen your dog's athletic skills and keep them occupied. You will need a set of hurdles, or you can make your own, and a box full of tennis balls. The great thing about this activity is that you can make it harder or easier depending on your dog's needs. They will soon tire themselves out and you will not have had to spend hours trying to get rid of their excess energy. This workout will also make them more fit and strengthen various muscles. Remember, a fit dog is a healthy dog.
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Set up
To start off, you are going to want to make the course short. Find a nice spacious area to set up shop and lay out your hurdles. You can set the height depending on how tall your dog is, but we recommend setting them fairly short to allow your dog to get used to the activity.
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Introduce the fun
The aim of the game is for your dog to race over the hurdles, get a ball from the box on one side, race back and put it in a box at the starting point. They have to do this until all the balls have been moved from box B to box A. To help your dog, you might want to do a few rounds with them.
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Level up
As your dog gets better at flyball, you are going to want to make it tougher for them. Set the hurdles higher or add more balls to the box. Do this gradually and watch how fit your dog becomes in a short period of time. If your pup loves the activity, consider joining a flyball team.
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Find and Fetch

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Any Day
Free
Easy
30 min
Items needed
Water for hydration
Favorite ball
Activity description
Fetch is a good classic game that can be played with any dog. It is a time-honored tradition that every dog owner must experience with their dog. But it can be a bit boring, especially since the game is so repetitive. The good thing about fetch is that you can add different activities to make it more exciting. For this activity, you will be combining two classics- fetch and hide and seek. This requires a lot of energy on your part, so be ready to run around and have some fun. You can play this indoors, but we recommend that you find a nice outdoor spot to play, since things are going to get intense.
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Fetch
The game starts easily enough. Get your dog excited for a game of fetch. Toss the ball a few times and follow the same routine. You want to get your dog as excited as possible for the next stage of the game. Start throwing the ball further and further.
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Hide
While you throw the ball, look out for a good hiding spot. When you are ready for the next level, throw the ball as far as you can. While your dog rushes off to get it, run and hide in your spot. Your dog will come back, but will have to look for you to continue the game. Make it easy at first.
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Run!
Once your dog knows what you are up to, you are going to have to throw further and run faster. They will want to get back to catch you before you hide, and you want them to find you. This game is intense, but a whole lot of fun. Get ready to be very tired afterwards!
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Flirt pole

Nowadays you can buy a flirt pole at nearly any pet store. A flirt pole is basically a long  pole with a toy at the end that you can use to make your dog chase it. Some of them even come with retractable ropes that make it all the more fun.

Dance, Dance, Dance

Put some of your favorite music on and let loose. This is a fun way to relieve stress, and you can dance like no-one is watching. Let your dog dance with you and come up with some creative moves. Who knows, your dog might be an excellent dancer, and it is a lot of fun.

Conclusion

Your dog has had a long day of watching over the house, waiting anxiously for your return and keeping themselves busy. They deserve to have a little fun. You might be tired, but why not schedule some time with your gentle giant? The bond that these activities will create between the two of you is not something that you will regret. In fact, it will become a highlight of your day. So, let your dog take you for a walk or just save a special dance for them. Not only will they appreciate it, but you will be spending time with someone who really loves you.