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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.