Activities For Poitevins

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Introduction

If you are looking for a dog that’s going to snuggle up with you on the sofa, sit when you tell them, and play with your children, then a Poitevin is not for you. A Poitevin is a scent hound from the French province of Poitou and is growing increasingly rare by the day. While other scent hounds have become both companion pets and working dogs, the Poitevin is an exception. They would prefer to spend much of their time outside and can be reserved with both people and pets. Given their high need for exercise and stimulation, however, they are a dog that thrives on activities and work. They also make some of the most useful hunting dogs and can pick up scents far better than several other breeds too. As a result, these activities below will suit your Poitevin pooch perfectly. 

Scent Games

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Any Day
Cheap
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1 hr
Items needed
Treats
Activity description

Poitevins are scent hounds with a tendency to smell out anything and everything. As a result, they are the perfect hunting dog. However, once you are back at home, you are going to need to come up with something to keep using the skills and talents your Poitevin possesses. Scent games are cheap, reasonably effortless for your dog, and will entertain your Poitevin for at least an hour. You also only need a few treats which they will happily sniff out in any weather. What’s more, your involvement or engagement in this activity is not necessary - freeing up your time for other things.

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Choose items
The best things to hide for your Poitevin to sniff out will be things with a strong odor. Meat, cheese, rawhide and even bully sticks all have strong smells that will have your Poitevin looking around your yard with a purpose. If you have big treats, break them up into smaller pieces, so there is more to go around.
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Hide them
Unlike a regular companion pet that will need a helping hand to hunt out treats, your Poitevin would rather carry out this process on their own. Additionally, the lack of human involvement can mean the activity holds their attention for longer. Hide them under natural cover to improve their hunting skills, or in areas that you think they frequent such as their kennel, the garden, and under bushes.
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Leave them to it
Watch your Poitevin from a distance as they hunt out the treats to ensure they don’t do anything destructive, but don’t get involved. Your Poitevin would prefer to move around the yard following their nose without you breaking their track. Such a game is going to prove beneficial for when it comes time to take them on a hunting adventure.
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Hiking

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Sunny Day
Free
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3 hrs
Items needed
Leash
Water
Harness
waste bags
Activity description

If you consider yourself to be a keen hiker, then there’s every reason to bring your Poitevin with you. The challenging terrain, different smells, and the fresh air are all going to do your Poitevin a world of good. It will prove beneficial for your physical health too. Depending on where you go, your hiking trip will be free. You will also need a harness, fresh water, and a leash as you head on your three-hour journey. Assess the weather before you go, then set off for what should be a fun and entertaining trip out in nature with man’s best friend. 

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Select the trek
Not every hiking trail in the United States welcomes your four-legged companion, so you might like to do some research first. Go on the internet and begin searching for the best dog-friendly hiking areas in the United States. There are bound to be some fantastic options such as Acadia National Park in Maine, Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Tennessee, and the Keystone Thrust trail near the Sierra Mountains.
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Work on commands
If your Poitevin is independent and a little bit stubborn like most of this breed are, then you may like to work on your orders before you head out. Make sure you have full control of your dog with such instructions as sit, stay, and come. The last thing you want is to lose their leash unintentionally, and they don’t respect your authority enough to return to you.
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Walk
Once you have found the perfect trail and you are confident with your dog’s ability to stay by your side, then you can go. Tell someone where you are going and when you hope to return. It also helps to check and double check the weather forecast so you can dress and prepare accordingly.
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Hunting

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Any Day
Expensive
Hard
1 hr
Items needed
Leash
Treat
Activity description

One of the primary reasons for owning a Poitevin is so you can take them hunting. You are more likely to have success hunting with a Poitevin than without one, that’s for sure! However, you have to prepare them as hunting dogs for at least a year before you can head out. These training sessions will take up at least an hour of your time, and you may need a leash and treat. They can also be expensive if you enlist the services of a trainer, and quite challenging given the stubborn-headedness of the breed. Once they are ready, however, they will be your faithful hunting companion for life. 

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Commands
One of the most challenging stages of preparing your dog for hunting is going to be teaching them commands. Your Poitevin may prefer to do their own thing, but they will need to know how to sit, stay, come, and return to you on your command. You may like professional help with this step as it can take between six months and up to a year.
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Hunting games
If you want your Poitevin to use their nose and hunting skills properly, then consider hunting and tracking games before you take them on a proper excursion. Try scent games such as those mentioned above, and even set up a game of hide and seek for your dog too. Try out hunting games in various wind and weather conditions so your keen little hunter can read all signs with efficiency and effectiveness.
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Hunt
With at least one year of preparation under your belt, your Poitevin should now be ready to hunt. The first time you take them out will be challenging, but if you do so on a frequent basis, they should get a feel for what you expect quite quickly. You may even then like to consider adding more Poitevins to your family to make your outdoor adventures even more lucrative.
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Field Running

Burning off energy is crucial for any dog, but more so for one that doesn’t necessarily like human engagement activities like tug of war and fetch. You can help your dog stay fit and healthy and work on your recall skills by engaging them in field running. Take them somewhere with no dogs or distractions, letting them loose, then calling them back. They get to run to their heart’s content while you get to practice getting them to return to you.

Obedience Training

Poitevins are stubborn, pig-headed, and unwilling to compromise, so obedience training is something you will need to consider. Unless you are an experienced trainer, you will struggle to break through your dog’s stony exterior. Their desire to do their own thing can be stronger than your will teach them how to do yours.  

Conclusion

You will not find a cuddly, friendly companion in a Poitevin, but you will find a worker. This strong-willed dog loves having a job to do, which is why it’s crucial to provide them with tasks that make them think they are contributing. You might think it’s ruff to leave your Poitevin outside instead of on your sofa or bed, but they are unlikely to want to remain inside with you anyway. This rare dog will take a lot of research before you consider buying one.