The dog sport of lure coursing was developed originally to give sighthound breed dogs an outlet for their desire to chase game, although any speedy dog with a strong prey drive can participate. In this game, a lure, typically a white plastic bag, is drawn along very quickly by a series of pullies, that cause it to move in a zig-zag pattern meant to mimic the movement of prey. The dogs give chase and are scored not only on speed but also on qualities such as agility and endurance as well. The Peruvian Inca Orchid, although primarily seen as a companion animal even in ancient times, was sometimes used to hunt as well. Like other sighthounds, they are athletic, fast, and have a high prey drive, making a dog sport like lure coursing an excellent option for this breed.
The Peruvian Inca Orchid is, in the majority of cases, a naturally hairless dog, except for a tuft of fur on the top of their heads and occasional feathering that can be found on their tails and feet. While this may mean that your dog doesn’t require a great deal of brushing and combing, the skin of this breed is quite sensitive and requires some extra attention in order to protect them from the elements. While many people may look at this as simply a chore that they must do, if done mindfully it can not only help to keep your pet live a longer, healthier life, it can also help to improve the bond and communication between you and your pet.
A flirt pole is an interactive dog toy consisting of a pole, a line, and a soft but strong toy that is used as a lure. A person uses the pole to gently taunt the dog with the lure in order to the pup to run and jump in an effort to catch the lure that dangles on the end of the line. The pole used for a canine flirt pole is typically between four and six feet long, depending on the size of the dog. Flirt pole play can help improve the stamina and agility of dogs with a high prey drive like the Peruvian Inca Orchid and may, in some cases, be a way to get some exercise indoors on days when the weather is too extreme for these hairless canines.