Activities For Pulis

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Introduction

The dreadlock wearing Puli is somewhat of a high maintenance dog that does require regular coat care. Their coat naturally cords but is extremely dense and requires regular bathing to keep it healthy. The Puli is a small, surprisingly agile dog that is a powerful herder. They are able to herd animals, large and small, with an effectiveness that belies their small stature. The Puli was bred to work side by side with humans and make excellent companions. They are quick learners and love to work with you to make your daily tasks easier. 

Pick Up Toys

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Any Day
Free
Normal
10 - 15 min
Items needed
Toys
Treats
Toy Box
Activity description

Teaching your dog to pick up their own toys is an excellent activity that helps form a stronger bond between you and your Puli and also challenges them mentally. It also helps keep your house clean for when guests drop by unexpectedly. This activity will be done indoors; therefore, it can be completed in any weather. It is also a free activity that only costs you time, patience, and a few treats. Expect to spend about 10 to 15 minutes each day working with your dog to pick up their toys. They will need to learn a few simple command words and will need a designated basket or box for their toys. 

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Pick it up
Your dog will need to learn the basic command of “pick it up”. You will start by giving the command and then handing them a toy. When they take the toy from you, praise them. After they are comfortable with taking a toy from your hand, place the toy on the floor and tell your Puli to pick it up. As soon as they pick up the toy, praise them and give them a treat. Keep repeating this activity until they are consistently picking up the toy.
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Drop it
The next step will be to have your Puli drop the toy in the toy box. Before they can learn to drop toys in the toy box, they must know the “drop it” command. Once your dog picks up the toy, give the drop it command and as soon as they drop the toy, give them praise and a treat. After they have mastered dropping their toy on command, start having them walk the toy to the toy box and dropping the toy in the box. Make sure the toy box is kept in the same location.
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Be consistent
As with any new activity, your dog will need to practice picking up their toys daily. Take 10-15 minutes out of your day and work with them on picking up their toys. Use the same command words and do not move their toy box from room to room. Consistency is important when training your Puli. Eventually, they will be able to pick up their toys without you having to point out each toy and offer encouragement. However, they will still expect praise and a treat when the task is complete.
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Doggy Massage

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Any Day
Free
Easy
10 - 15 min
Items needed
Treats
Warm Towel
Activity description

It might sound strange, but giving your Puli a massage will help reduce anxiety, help them relax and create a strong bond between you. Most dogs enjoy having their owners rub their back or sides, but a doggy massage is much more than that. It takes just 10-15 minutes a day to give them a massage that will help them relax and de-stress. A doggy massage is free and easy and can be done in the comfort of your own home without having to pay an expensive doggy salon. Since the Puli is a smaller dog, you can relax on your couch or in a chair and hold them across your lap for their massage. 

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Prepare for massage
It is simple enough to prepare for a doggy massage. You want to make sure your Puli’s coat does not have any mud or other debris that could get your hands dirty. Decide where you are going to do the massage. If you want to have them lie on a grooming table, set one up in a quiet space. If they are going to lie across your lap, then pick a comfortable place to sit. Have a warm towel handy to spread on the table or across your lap for their comfort. Finally, before you start their massage, let them go outside for a potty break.
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Gentle petting
If your Puli is not used to getting a massage, ease them into it with gentle petting. Stroke their back and speak in soothing tones. You will start to notice they are beginning to relax a bit. Once they start relaxing, begin running your hands down their legs and across their chest. Do not apply any pressure to your stroking until they feel comfortable enough to fully relax.
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Start massage
Once your Puli has completely relaxed from your gentle petting, you can start massaging them. Using your open palm, apply gently pressure going down their back and then across their sides. Be aware of any soreness that your Puli is experiencing and gently work their muscles if they seem tight. Then take your hands and gently apply pressure going down their shoulders and legs, then down their hips and back legs. You may even notice that by giving your Puli a massage, you are also relaxing and enjoying the time you are spending with your companion.
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Homemade Treats

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Any Day
Cheap
Easy
20 - 30 min
Items needed
Ingredients for treats
Storage container for treats
Activity description
While your Puli will not directly help you make the homemade treats, they will no doubt be underfoot while you are working in the kitchen. Before you begin gathering your ingredients, take some time to research the different types of dog treats and recipes available. If the weather outside is cold, you probably do not want to make frozen treats for your dog. However, if it is warm outside, frozen treats would be just the thing! Traditional dog biscuits are simple to bake. Or you may feel adventurous and decide to try a new gluten-free recipe for your Puli. The overall cost to make homemade dog treats is cheap when you figure how many treats you are able to make for the cost.

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Research recipes
There are a plethora of recipes and baking techniques on the internet for homemade dog treats. With the recent dog food and treat recalls, many people have started making their own treats from human grade ingredients. Take a few minutes and bookmark some of your favorite recipes and then decide which one you want to try first.
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Gather ingredients
Once you have your recipe in hand, it is time to gather the ingredients. If you need to make a quick run to the grocery store, make a list before you head out so you do not forget anything essential. Just like with baking treats for your human family members, do not be afraid to experiment. The best part about experimenting with your Puli’s treats is that they probably are not as picky as your human family!
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Watch them enjoy
Watching your family enjoy the fruits of your labor is one of the best feelings and seeing your Puli enjoy treats that you made especially for them is no exception. Remember, just because they are homemade does not mean your Puli can eat an entire batch of treats. Treats should be given as a reward and in moderation.
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Tracking

Even though the Puli is classified as a herding dog, they do have an excellent tracking ability and it can be put to good use. Enroll your Puli in a class to teach them how to track a specific scent or train them at home if you are not a novice handler. Eventually, your Puli could be used to help locate lost pets or people. You do not have to take tracking that seriously, though, and can focus on spending time together playing hide and seek using their tracking abilities. 

Herding Trials

The Puli is a natural herder and they will use their skills at home if there are children in the family. They will even try to herd cars and other animals in the neighborhood. Put their instincts to good use and start training them for herding trials. This is a fun activity for them and a good way for you to meet other people with herding dogs. Herding trials can be pricey and are held in any type of weather, except for storms; in that case, the trial is put on hold until the storm passes. 

Conclusion

When you decide to bring a Puli home, be prepared to spend a good amount of time with them to keep them from becoming bored and destructive. This little dog is a bundle of energy and they need a task to complete daily to keep their mind sharp and their body healthy. While daily walks are good exercise, you need to find activities that will engage their minds as well as their bodies. Research different activities in your area and get out there with your Puli and have some fun.