The Podenco Canario is originally from the Canary Islands near Africa. This poignant hound is of ancient origin that goes back to both Spain and Ancient Egypt. they were bred purely for hunting rabbits, and today this canine is a wonderful hunter and family dog. This dog is loyal to family and is great indoors and outdoors, and needs activity to keep them content and stimulated. Typically, the story of a Podenco Canario that is used for hunting in the Canary Islands is not a good one. Since they are used solely for hunting rabbits, which, in the Canary Islands, are considered pests, once their hunting is done and they no longer can do so, they are often abandoned. They are not seen as pets, but as only workers to many. Luckily, there are many rescue sites out there if you are interested in this dog, which is similar to the Greyhound.
Playing fetch with a disc is a great way to give your sighthound activity that is stimulating and satisfying. You can teach your dog how to catch a Frisbee in mid-air and bring it back to you with some training. Disc catching can be done anywhere – in your yard, in a field, at a track, and anywhere else where your dog has plenty of room to run and jump. In order for your dog to be successful at catching a disc and bringing it back to you, training is required in stages. Before you know it, you will be able to sit on a porch and throw the disc for your dog to catch and bring back to you, which means little movement on your part will be required!
Lure coursing is growing in popularity as a physical and mental activity for sighthounds. Realistic looking animals are quickly pulled through a large course on an automated line or wire. The "prey" make quick turns and change direction often, and "run" quite fast. The hounds chase the animals, usually rabbits or large birds, and try to catch them. Sighthounds are very entertained by this type of sport because it allows them to perform what they are bred to do - chase animals. Lure coursing is even performed on the competition level, and if your sighthound is really good at it, you may want to consider letting your hunter join!
Yes, dogs can dance, too! Canine Freestyle Dancing is an actual sport and can be done at competition level. Of course, your dog must be trained very well, and a lot of practice is involved, but it is done quite successfully! If you can choreograph a dance routine with your dog, not only will you have fun, but you may find your dog has a real talent!
Flyball is a more complex form of fetch and is played with a tennis ball or similar ball. This is a dog sport that is done by your dog racing other dogs (typically over hurdles) to get a ball, then run back with the ball in their mouth. Flyball is also a competitive sport.