The Portuguese Podengo is an ancient dog breed that is native to Portugal. This multi-sensory hound is categorized into three sizes – the Pequeno (small), Medio (medium) and Grande (large). The Podengo was first developed for hunting and, regardless of the size, they have an affinity for game. The breed normally worked with their handlers to kill and retrieve game or to direct them towards the hunter so the game can be shot. While this breed has retained their hunting skills over the years, the Portuguese Podengo now commonly serves as a watchdog, house pet and an overall companion to humans. Athletic, alert and intelligent are just some of the qualities that make the Podengo stand out.
The Portuguese Podengo is a very alert and observant breed. This is why they are quite skilled when it comes to chasing down and hunting game. A good activity that will pique your Podengo’s naturally attentive mind and will get them moving is by playing the flirt pole game. Simple but effective, this game involves using a lure to entice your dog’s senses. Not only is this game mentally stimulating, it also forces your pooch to start running, thereby serving as a form of exercise. The flirt pole game also costs very little and can be done anytime. It is also a good stepping stone if you ever want to get your pooch involved in the canine sport of lure coursing.
It is a known fact that dogs love to chase things around, be it toys or other creatures. This is why games such as fetch or chase are quite popular among canines. For an extremely energetic and alert dog like the Portuguese Podengo, something as simple as chasing a ball around can be an exciting activity. You can take this game to a whole another level by simply adding another ball into the mix. A game of double ball chase makes the game more exciting for your Podengo. Furthermore, your pooch will become more challenged and will put their chasing skills to the test.
Christmas is one of the most fun holidays of the year because it is the chance for you to celebrate and do fun things with your loved ones. A staple during Christmas season is the advent calendar, a special calendar that contains a treat for every day leading up to Christmas. While homemade advent calendars are quite popular among humans, you can also make a special “advent calendar” for your furry buddy. This is a fun game that you can play with your pooch since they will definitely enjoy opening a different treat for the next couple of mornings. It’s also a good way to get your creative juices flowing.
Portuguese Podengos love to run around freely on their own. The problem is that they have to be kept on-leash in public areas because of their high prey drive, which can have them chasing other game and creatures. What you can do is, have your pooch in a secured and fenced backyard and let your dog run off. It’s a good way for your dog to blow off some steam.
Trampolines are a foolproof way to have some unique fun. This activity can be enjoyable not just for humans but also their canine friends. Just set up a trampoline in your own backyard and start jumping around with your pooch. Don't let your Portuguese Podengo jump too high or too rambunctiously, though. You don't want your dog to suffer a leg injury.
The Portuguese Podengo is a sighthound that has impressive athleticism, vigilance, intelligence and a seemingly endless amount of energy. Due to this set of skills, Podengos are a great choice for a variety of purposes – from canine sports and showmanship to more practical uses such as watchdog and hunting. This dog breed needs an owner who can handle their energy and provide their needs.