Activities For Pointers

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Introduction

The Pointer is a large dog and very noble. This breed of dog, also called the English Pointer, was bred to hunt quail and other birds. The Pointer is the ultimate example of a gun dog that is extremely hard-working and loyal. They have great speed, agility, a high hunting drive, the instinct to point, and are undeniably graceful and stunning. This breed can come in several different colors, and all of them are beautiful. You may see a liver and white, black and white, brown and white, or even a lemon-colored dog. Pointers can also be a solid color. Many gun dog enthusiasts believe that one cannot own a Pointer and not use them for what they were bred for; it is thought that this is doing the dog a great disservice. However, there are many who own Pointers and do not hunt with them. Pointers make great family dogs and loving companions; although, they do need their exercise to stay healthy and happy.

Water Retrieval

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Sunny Day
Cheap
Normal
30 min
Items needed
Toys
Harness
Activity description

Taking your Pointer into some shallow water, such as a shallow section of a river, and having them retrieve objects can be a fulfilling activity. If you do not hunt with your dog, rather than using pigeons or other birds to practice, you can use a scented toy. Family companion dogs that enjoy retrieving may also like a Frisbee or ball. If you do use your Pointer for hunting, then, yes, there are birds you can get from a hunting or outdoor store. If you have a Pointer and do not hunt with them or only hunt occasionally, it is important to keep your dog very active with exercises that provide mental and physical stimulation. Water retrieval is one of those activities!

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Find a safe spot
Perhaps you live close to a river that is shallow in places, or maybe you have a shallow pool. Either way, let your dog get used to the water with you. See how your Pointer does in the shallow area and take time to romp and play together. When choosing a venue for the activity, determine if it is safe before beginning. Verify that there is no toxic algae present and that the shore of the water source does not present any danger such as sharp rocks or poisonous snakes.
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A favorite toy
Take your Pointer's favorite toy and see how they are at retrieving. When you are in the water, get your dog's attention by saying commands such as, "Go get it!" or "Catch it!" Throw the toy a short distance at first and see if doing so creates some motivation and excitement. When they bring the toy to you, offer plenty of praise. Each time they retrieve, throw the toy a little further on the next round.
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Take breaks
It's perfectly fine to take breaks in between water retrieval by letting your Pointer explore and walk around. It is important not to over-exert your dog, and you want to have a fun and relaxing time, too! Take in the scenery together, talk to your dog, and enjoy the moment!
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Lure Coursing

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Sunny Day
Moderate
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1 hr
Items needed
Harness
Leash
Activity description
Lure coursing is the ideal way to allow your Pointer to use some of the hunting instinct your dog was born with. Lure coursing is a mechanized lure that has realistic-looking prey attached. The lure moves at a high speed and goes in different directions to give your dog a real chasing experience. The "prey" is close to the ground and the moving wire really makes the lure look like the real thing. If you are curious about lure coursing, see if you can find someone you know who participates in the sport or go take a look at a lure course in action. Perhaps you will want your Pointer to give it a try!
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Visit your veterinarian
Lure coursing takes a lot of energy and stamina. For your Pointer to begin this activity, it is essential to take your dog to the veterinarian for a check-up. Just like with people starting a new exercise activity that requires stamina, a doctor visit is a good idea. This will let you know if your companion can handle the new type of physical exertion.
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Find a course
In order to find a lure course in your area, check online to see the options. You may also know someone who takes their dog lure coursing and who can give you advice on the best courses around. Ask at the dog park as well, if you see anyone with a breed that may be involved in the sport. Once you find the course, make a call and ask questions. Find out how to get your Pointer started and make that first appointment.
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Check it out
Once you get there, you will see what lure coursing is all about. You will be able to talk to the instructor and find out what you can do to get your Pointer started in this sport. The instructor will show you the ropes and get your and your dog acclimated, and may even let your pup do a trial run. Afterward, they can give tips on what you can do at home to prep your Pointer for future classes.
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Daily Walking

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Sunny Day
Free
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1 hr
Items needed
Harness
Leash
Doggy waste bags
Activity description
Daily walking is important to keep your Pointer healthy. On the days that your dog is not actively participating in other activities, such as lure coursing or agility, you will find that a nice long walk will keep your dog physically fit and will ensure happiness and an increased sense of well-being. More than that, it will increase the bonding between the two of you. Pointers are very loyal to their owners, and long walks give a nice opportunity to spend time together. You can walk through the city, your neighborhood, or even on a hiking trail.
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Prepare for your walk
If you live in a large city, think about safe places to walk your dog. If you live in a rural area, consider short trails that are not too rugged or country roads that are not traveled often. Also, a harness is very good for your dog to wear as it doesn't pull against the dog's throat. Another thing is to be sure you carry doggy baggies to clean up after your pup.
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Sniff and explore
Once you have determined a nice route for walking your dog, take a deep breath and enjoy your time. Sure, your companion will want to stop and sniff along the way, and your dog may pull a bit on your walk. Once you teach the practice of heeling, which means having your friend walk alongside you, your walks will be very enjoyable.
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Stop and take a rest
If you are walking where there are groups of people, you may want to stop and take a rest and do some people watching. You may be surprised at the number of people you meet who would like to pet your dog. They may even ask what type of breed you have, and you can proudly tell them, "My dog is a Pointer!"
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More Fun Ideas...

Tug of War

Tug of War is a classic and fun game for you and your Pointer to play together. Use a tug of war rope toy, which can be purchased at a pet store, and pull away! Be sure not to tug too hard; you can judge the tension needed by your dog's pull. Have fun!

The Kong

The Kong is a hard, rubberized toy for dogs. It comes in different sizes. Choose a medium to large Kong for your Pointer and add dog-safe peanut butter or cheese to the middle (the hollow area). This toy can provide a great deal of enjoyment and mental stimulation for your dog as they work on removing the treat.

Conclusion

Pointers are great dogs. They are incredibly intelligent, are very loyal, and make wonderful companions. They are happy sitting on the couch and sleeping on a heap of pillows, being with you. They need activity to thrive and you, being the wonderful dog owner you are, will provide activities like these for your companion!