Activities For Petit Bleu De Gascognes

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Introduction

The Petit Bleu De Gascogne is a high-energy hunting dog with an independent streak. This pooch is best-suited in a home with space to run and a fenced yard. They're usually patient with children, but it's still best to socialize your fur-baby early.  These scent hounds are social and affectionate, and they don't like to be left alone. They thrive with an experienced pack leader who will lead them with a firm and consistent hand. You'll find these pups can get along well with other dogs but may treat smaller pets as prey. To keep your special pal content, offer at least 45 minutes of moderate-level activity a day.

Hiking

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Any Day
Free
Easy
30 - 60 min
Items needed
water
waste bags
leash
Activity description
This fur-baby loves to get out and explore. These four-footed pals have incredible stamina and can walk for hours. When you plan a hiking day with your pooch, they'll get exercise and enjoy bonding with you. You can participate in this activity in all kinds of weather. If it's wet outside, bring towels to dry off before you get in the car or go inside. Make sure the trail or park where you go allows you to bring Fido. When you're walking, be prepared in case your pup picks up a scent that they want to follow. Use a firm hand to keep them in line.
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Prepare to hike
Your first task is to find a place that allows you to bring your pup hiking with you. Once you locate a trail, park, or open space research the area. Find out all you can about the terrain and habitats. That way, you'll know if you need to pack any extra gear like towels or foot protection for your pal.
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Go hiking
Once you know about the venue, you can pack your supplies and head to the area. Make sure you have waste bags, water, and a leash. You may also want to bring a first aid kit, snacks, and a trail map. If you're going to a remote spot, let someone know where you'll be with your pup. Then, all that's left to do is enjoy your outing!
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Scent Tracking

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Sunny Day
Cheap
Normal
20 - 30 min
Items needed
item to track
treats
Activity description
Once your furry friend learns basic obedience commands like come, sit, and stay, you can work on training them to track things. As a scent hound, your pooch will enjoy an activity that lets them put their nose to work. Teaching your pup to follow a scent offers both physical and mental stimulation. When you get started with this game, try to do it early in the day. That way, there's less chance that your dog will get confused by conflicting scents in the grass. Your first sessions should last about 15 minutes to keep your pup's interest. With encouragement and success, they'll soon be asking for more.
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Prepare a trail
Pick an early morning to start your training. That way, you and Fido will probably be the first ones on the grass. Have your pal sit and stay while you set the scent trail. Crush a tasty treat, like a piece of hot dog, under your shoe and walk straight ahead through the field. Drop pieces of food as you go to lead your pal to the end of the road. Place a toy or other item at the finishing point.
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Let Fido track
Return to your dog along the same path that you just made. Let your pooch smell and taste a treat. Tell Fido to find the item and let them go. Encourage your pal for their success. Repeat about 10 feet from the first trail. When your pup can follow the scent quickly, you can add twists and turns to your pathway to make it more challenging.
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Cavaletti

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Any Day
Moderate
Normal
15 - 20 min
Items needed
laundry baskets or cones with holes
lightweight poles
Activity description
Cavaletti is a puptastic activity for all ages and breeds. This exercise provides both mental and physical stimulation for your pooch. As Fido navigates the low hurdles, they'll have to focus and control their gait. Using slow, steady movement will help build balance and increase their range of motion. When you practice with Cavaletti, your furry friend will get a workout while they're spending quality time with you. One beauty of this activity is that you can create a set of poles to use indoors or outside. You can use inexpensive items like buckets or laundry baskets from the dollar store and poles that are around four feet long.
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Set up a course
If you have four to six broom or mop handles, tree branches, or PVC pipes, you can create a course. Lay your rods out on the ground as far apart as Fido's height to the point of their shoulder. You can also elevate the poles a few inches off the surface by inserting them in a laundry basket or a bucket with holes.
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Teaching Cavaletti
Lead your pooch on a loose leash through the course slowly. Offer encouragement and rewards as Fido goes over each bar. When they complete the course, turn around and go back. Repeat for about five minutes during training sessions.
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Exercise
Once Fido gains mastery of the Cavaletti course, you can make things more difficult. Make the distance between each pole longer by measuring your pup's height to the withers. You can also raise the bars a few more inches. Use this activity with your furry friend to build better coordination and strengthen their muscles.
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Hide and Seek

Hide and seek is a rainy day activity that your furry pal should enjoy. This fun game will let your pooch use their nose as they try to locate you.

Puppy Play Date

This pooch is social and will play well with other dogs. Why not set up a play date with your dog owner friends at a local dog park? Let your furry friends romp and wrestle while you catch up with your human pals.

Conclusion

If you want an active dog that's friendly and can adapt to family life, check out the Petit Bleu de Gascogne. This pup plays well with others and tends to be laid-back. They need an experienced, firm hand for obedience training. Provide a moderate amount of activity and some mental stimulation to keep your pooch happy.