Activities For Pharaoh Hounds

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Introduction

Pharaoh Hounds are majestic dogs that originated from Malta. In the Maltese language, they are called Kelb tal-Fenek, which translates to rabbit dog, since they were used in rabbit hunts all over Malta. Even though there is no evidence that they originate from Ancient Egypt, a widespread belief says that they did, in fact, exist back then, since some of the drawings on the walls of Pyramids depict this exact species. The Pharaoh Hound is in the group of sighthounds or gazehounds, which means that they primarily use the sense of sight to hunt their prey.

Agility Track

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Any Day
Moderate
Hard
1 - 3 hrs
Items needed
treats
water
Activity description

Pharaoh Hounds are known as sighthounds, but they are also very intelligent dogs that are not hard to train. They are not made for endurance activities, so there is no need to include heavy exercise in their daily routine. However, an agility track can be a perfect combination of mind and body, as it will flex the muscles and also flex the brain cells of your pup. You can find an agility track in your town, or build your own if you have a backyard, which is also more fun for the whole family, and for your dog. 

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Make a track
Get creative and create a fun agility track for your pup. Use some PVC pipes to create weave poles, build hurdles out of crates or pipes, and utilize hula hoops to make tire jumps. You can suspend them on ropes and tie them to tree branches too!
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Create tunnels
One of the most fun parts of the agility track is surely a tunnel, which allows your dog to squeeze through and exercise their muscles. Use a children’s tent tunnel or make one by lining a row of low tables and covering them with a blanket or another material, such as tarp or curtain.
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Play!
Time to put the agility track to the test! Release your dog and let them run the whole course. You might need to guide them in the beginning, which is okay, just put on a leash on them and lead them through all the obstacles. You can also bait them with treats, which is a great incentive for them to go through the whole track.
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Power Run

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Any Day
Free
Hard
30 min
Items needed
leash
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As previously said, Pharaoh Hounds do not do well with strenuous exercise, but they do require regular sprints to stay healthy. These sprints do not have to be long; a nice walk with an occasional race will be enough for them to feel good, so make sure to include these short power runs in your daily strolls. Also, they thrive if they are allowed to run freely, without a leash, so try to find a dog park with a lot of open space or a large field where you can remove the leash and let them run at high speeds. 

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Walk
Start with a relaxing walk. You should be walking your dog three times a day, and one of those times should include a power run. However, get warmed up by walking a little faster than you usually would, to make sure that both of your muscles are ready for an outburst of energy.
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Power run!
Time to run! Leave all thoughts of looking funny aside, and just sprint together as fast as you can. If you are unable to run, release your dog and let them run around the dog park, or, ideally, a remote field where they can run around freely without fear of knocking over a child or another dog.
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Lure Coursing

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Any Day
Expensive
Normal
1 - 2 hrs
Items needed
water
Activity description

Since Pharaoh Hounds were initially used in rabbit hunts, it is in their nature to chase after their prey. Utilize this nature and allow them to be their authentic selves by participating in lure coursing. This is a sport meant for sighthounds primarily, and it includes a mechanical lure, usually a hare that the doggos chase around. This is best enjoyed with company, so find fellow sighthound owners and organize a lure course for your beloved pups, which will surely enhance their intelligence and exercise their muscles. 

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Find a lure course
First off, you would have to find a lure course somewhere close to you. You can go online or join Facebook groups of fellow sighthound owners, and you will surely find a course somewhere in the vicinity. There are also competitions you and your dog can attend, so if you are up to winning some prizes, this can be a great option.
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Train
Hire a trainer or train your dog for lure coursing. Most dogs will need some training, especially useful in their younger years to learn how to do this correctly, so taking up a course or two can be a good idea for your pup too. Then, after they are properly trained, let them loose and allow them to chase their prey, and just look at their proud face when they are successful.
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More Fun Ideas...

Mechanical Mouse

When it’s raining outside, you can still have some fun if you get a mechanical mouse that your pup can chase around the house. Make sure that the mouse is not too small though, you don’t want your dog to swallow it!

Fetch

Since your dog likes to chase stuff, playing fetch with them can be a great option when you are a bit tired for anything else. Learn how to throw curveballs, and learn how to throw far away so they can run after the ball before they retrieve it.

Conclusion

Pharaoh Hounds are one of the most elegant dogs out there, and they leave us humans in awe with their poise, dashingly good looks, and fantastic personalities. Therefore, keeping your dog happy and healthy should be a priority on your list, and with a little bit of creativity, you can make each day super fun and engaging. Exercise the muscles and exercise the brain, and your dog will be happy until their old days!