Activities For Mudhol Hounds

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Introduction

Mudhol Hounds originated in India and are incredible sighthounds. They look very similar to the Greyhound and Saluki, as they are also similar in ability. Mudhol Hounds were bred for centuries to be not only a hunter and protector, but also a loving companion. Centuries ago they were used in the Deccan Plateau region to assist royalty as well as help peasants. Mudhol Hounds are able to tolerate all types of weather and work while walking and running over harsh terrain. These sighthounds hunt hares, blackbucks, jackals, and other animals and are accustomed to the harsh conditions and climate while doing so. They are excellent guardians of property and livestock.

The Roomba

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Any Day
Expensive
Easy
1 hr
Items needed
The Roomba automatic vacuum
A decoy of a small animal
Activity description

Sighthounds love keeping their eyes on a particular small animal, and they have a knack for not letting go of their view. No matter what it takes, the sighthound, such as the Mudhol Hound, will track an animal down using the keen sense of sight and cunning ability to chase. The Roomba is an automatic floor vacuum cleaner. It has many sensors that feel and guide it around the floor. It successfully navigates under and around furniture and along the open floor areas while cleaning. A Roomba is not only great for cleaning, but it can also be used as an activity for your sighthound! Attach a decoy animal to the Roomba and have your sighthound watch it move across the floor. What an interesting and entertaining activity for your Mudhol hound!

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Purchase a Roomba
There are many Roombas out there, and you may be able to find one on sale. The Roomba is not a cheap electronic device, but coupling it with vacuuming your home and using it as an entertaining activity for your pet may be worth it!
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Purchase a decoy
The Mudhol Hound is an avid and serious watcher of prey. You can visit your local hunting store or pet store and find a decoy of a duck, rabbit, or bird. This will depend on what your dog may enjoy "chasing" or watching very closely.
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Attach it!
Attach the animal to the Roomba, and let it go. You will enjoy seeing your dog's curiosity shine and how your dog reacts to the decoy being moved on it's own around the room! This is an activity that must be supervised at all times; while tons of fun, there is an electronic device involved. Be aware of the fun!
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Lure Coursing

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Sunny Day
Moderate
Normal
1 hr
Items needed
A course
Harness
Leash
Activity description

If you are looking for a thrilling opportunity for your Mudhol Hound to utilize what he was truly bred for, you may consider trying lure coursing. Lure coursing happens in a large field and uses a long, sectioned, clear lure to create the swift movements of the attached small animals. Running along a field, the “animals” look quite realistic – so realistic, in fact, you may even think they are real! They move along the grass, several at a time, which really gets your sighthound to kick in the instincts your dog was born with. Lure coursing is really the best way to have your hound do what can be done best in a natural setting!

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Find a course
With research online, you may search for lure courses for sighthounds in your area. Lure coursing is becoming quite popular, so you may find several courses close to you. You may also choose to contact your local ASPCA, sighthound group, or rescue organization to help you find a course.
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Go lure coursing
You may need to meet with a trainer or have your dog practice with lure coursing to be sure he is a good fit. In doing so, your dog can be exposed to the field and have several trial runs before being accepted into the lure coursing environment.
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Join a club!
After practicing you may have the opportunity for your hound to join a club or organization, or participate in a competition. Of course, you don't need to be a member for your dog to practice chasing the lure and just have a good time! This activity is good for socialization, too.
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Dock Diving

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Hot Day
Cheap
Hard
1 hr
Items needed
harness
life vest
Activity description
Do you remember the days of jumping off the dock into Grandma's pond? Or do you remember all the times you jumped off the diving board at your local pool? One sport that is gaining popularity in the canine world of sport is known as dock diving. Dock diving is a competitive sport that measures the length of a jump off of a dock into a body of water, as well as the height of a jump. Dogs compete against each other during structured competitions. If you are not considering making dock diving a competitive sport for your dog, you can just have your dog jump into water. Your dog may enjoy jumping off of a dock to fetch a Frisbee or water toy!
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Find a safe body of water
If you know of a safe body of water in which you are familiar with that has a sturdy dock, you have already completed this step! If you do not know of a location to take your hound dock diving, ask around! Contact your local hound group, dock diving organization (usually found online), trainer, or others that are getting into the sport of dock diving.
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Practice consistently
Be sure your dog is used to the water before seeing if your dog will actually jump into it. Also, be sure to always watch your dog and make sure that a fitted life vest is being worn at all times. Let your dog get onto the dock and you get in the water to show your dog where to jump. You can command your hound to "come on" or "jump" and see if your dog will indeed do so. If you would like to take it slowly, see if your dog will jump into the water from just the ground on the side.
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Give praise
If your dog successfully jumps off the dock, you should praise them and give your dog a treat. If your pup is hesitant, enlist a friend to help you as you teach your dog the ropes. Once your dog has learned to jump willingly, you can add float toys to the water and see if your dog will want to retrieve them.
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Obedience Training

Sighthounds are eager to please and are very loyal. They are also very intelligent. Obedience training will keep your dog under control, calm, and mindful of the surroundings as you are doing several different activities together. Obedience training typically takes place once a week and is a great mental workout for your dog, and is also a good source of physical activity.

Socialization

It is very important to socialize your sighthound at an early age. Socialization with dogs and cats will keep your dog from being distracted when doing activities such as training, agility, or any of the activities above. You can plan play dates with for your dog or take them on various outings so that your dog can become familiar with other animals.

Conclusion

Mudhol Hounds, like many sighthounds, are highly intelligent and love their owners. It is important to give your pal plenty of attention and time doing different types of activities. These are what will keep your dog content and satisfied. Even if your Mudhol Hound is not an active hunter, there are many activities which can simulate hunting and meet your dog's needs.