Activities For Pungsans

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Introduction

The Pungsan dog tends to be a dominant type and likes to have things going their way. They have a restless energy to them, so they should be given challenging tasks to do to make them feel important. The Pungsan has a high prey drive and loves to chase, so use that trait in games for this dog to fulfill that need without causing harm to smaller creatures. Games of chasing a Frisbee or a game of soccer can help burn off some of their energy. Treat puzzle toys will give them a challenge and have them working to get their food out. The secret to a happy Pungsan is to keep them busy and not to just leave them to their own devices; that is when they begin their gardening career - totally re-landscaping your once beautiful garden into a barren wasteland!

Sit and Stay

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Any Day
Free
Hard
30 - 60 min
Items needed
Whistle
Treats
Activity description

This activity teaches obedience and patience, and forces your dog to focus and watch you regardless of what is going on around them. The idea of the game is to take your dog to the park where you can get your dog to sit and stay. Then you walk away from them, increasing the distance each time. They are not allowed to come to you until you call. When you reach a spot, use a hand movement to signal come to you. It's as easy as that. Ok, well maybe it will take time to get your dog to this point, but it will be fun trying. Start on short distances and increase as they learn. If they don't sit and stay, gently lead them back and do it all again. Don't growl or they may get confused and scared. Just gently put them back and try to get the first successful run when you can reward them with a treat. Once they know that food is involved, they will pay close attention!

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Start at home
Begin teaching your dog at home first before you go public. Get your dog to sit and stay, then walk a few steps away and call them. When they get it right, reward them for their cleverness. Then start increasing the distance, getting further away. This is where the arm or hand signal or the whistle will come in handy.
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Take the game public
Once your dog has the idea, you can go public to test their focus and skills. A park has a lot of distractions so it is a good opportunity to get some training done. Let your dog play to get rid of their excitement first, then begin by getting them to sit and stay. By now they know that if they do it right, they get a treat!
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Increasing the distance
This is the reason a park or walkway is handy, because you can get some serious distance between you and your dog before calling them to come! Your dog will focus solely on you and it is a way of exercising them both mentally and physically. Make a fuss of them when they do well. It is a fun but useful game to have in your bag of dog tricks.
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Hiking

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Sunny Day
Cheap
Easy
1 - 3 hrs
Items needed
Backpack
Dog leash
Map of the area
First aid kit
water and snacks
Activity description
Your dog loves spending time with you and what better way to do this than to go hiking together? This activity is the ideal bonding time where you can saunter along with your pup and enjoy the scenic views. Make sure the path you have chosen is pet-friendly and take a leash as most dogs are required to be on a leash on these walkways. But what fun can be had, with interesting smells, green vistas and trickling water and streams. Your energetic Pungsan will be in heaven. The other reason for a leash is so that your dog doesn't take off after a small furry critter and disappear on you! Teach your dog to carry a backpack and they can be useful and carry their own water and some of your belongings as well.
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Getting prepared
Get prepared the day before by getting everything you are taking with you packed and ready. Check your map and supplies to ensure you are prepared and get an early night as tomorrow is going to be an active day! Remember to take bug spray and a first aid kit just in case.
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Heading out hiking
After an impatient car ride (for your pooch) they will be ecstatic to get out and explore. Quick, get that leash on your Pungsan before they disappear! Then off you go, walking along the trail, with the dog here, there and everywhere as they explore. Expect to stop often as they 'sniff test' along the trail. Then, at your target location, sit and enjoy a lunch break.
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Heading back
After a wonderful hike, start heading back while drinking in the great vistas. Explore the streams and let your dog splash around. By the time you get to your car, your dog will be happy to sit and relax on the drive home, then you can both sit and snuggle on the couch after such a busy day. Your dog will relive their adventure many times in their dreams.
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Stop and Go Game

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Any Day
Free
Hard
30 - 60 min
Items needed
Flirt pole with a toy
Activity description
The theory behind this game of start and stop is to get your dog used to obeying your commands and to focus on you and what you want. The idea is to start playing with your dog, getting them to chase a toy on a flirt pole, and then when you say stop, sit or down - your dog has to stop playing, drop the toy, and obey your command. Then on the command to go, the game begins again. This activity also helps them to control their excitement when playing, and to stop on cue. Teaching your dog this game will allow them to control their excitement and listen to you when they get that flush of keenness to chase and catch. Take time to teach your dog this trick, then once they have it, speed it up and vary the timing.
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Teaching the basics
At first, your dog will just want to keep playing and may ignore you. So gently stop them, ask them to drop the toy, and to sit. When they get this right, really give a lot of praise. Then when you say go, the game begins. The part that takes your dog time to learn is to stop when they are having fun. They will naturally want to keep playing.
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Getting into the flow
Once they have learned the basics, you can really start playing in earnest. Vary the time between stop and go, or start and stop - whatever you choose as your words. Remember to praise them well for doing as you ask. If they start to get overexcited, just stop the game and make them sit and calm down. Then begin again.
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Ease out of the game
You can really give your dog a good workout both mentally and physically with this game. It really teaches them to focus and to control their natural urge to just keep on grabbing at that toy! After the game, spend some quality time grooming, snuggling, or just sit on the grass and give your dog a good patting as they relax and unwind.
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Attend a Festival

Dogs are social animals by nature, so to spice things up a bit in your dog's life, try taking them to a festival. This is a great opportunity not just for a fun day out together, but it is ideal to reinforce their social skills and behavior when out in public. This outing teaches them how to focus on what you want them to do amidst all the noise and action. Treat them for good behavior and reassure them often if this is their first festival. Dogs love to greet other dogs on this neutral territory, so be prepared to stop often while they introduce themselves to others. If your dog shows signs of anxiety, take them to a quiet spot and sit with them and cuddle while they take in the view. Before long your dog will become a festival follower and will happily spend time meeting and greeting.

Chase and Catch

Dogs were born to chase, and the Pungsan, which comes from a hunting background is no different. Try tying a brightly colored toy to a length of rope and then tie the other end of the rope to a strong stick. Then, all you have to do is drag the toy around outside and let your dog give chase. Your Pungsan will find this game exciting and will continue chasing the toy until they are exhausted. Drag the toy as fast as you can, don't make it easy for them to catch. Flick it up in the air, twirl it around and make your dog work for a well-earned treat when they catch it.  This game will become a favorite for your dog and it will give your arms a good workout; as well, you could run with it which means both you and your dog get a workout.

Chew Time

It is a natural act that a dog has to chew. It keeps their jaws strong and their teeth clean. Giving your dog something to chew will keep them away from chewing on things you would rather they didn't munch - such as your new shoes, the children's toys or even the pillows. They chew for fun, for stimulation or they chew to release their anxiety. Whatever the age of your dog, you can get appropriate chew toys for your dog, as well as stock up on natural marrow bones and things such as rawhide. Leaving your dog with a tasty bone will ensure they will be kept busy for a long time. It will provide your Pungsan with something fun to do while you are busy.

Conclusion

Action games of hide and seek, playing the inevitable game of fetch, or even joining you in the pool for a swim will keep this active pup fully involved and living life to the max. The Pungsan can be an escape artist, so use those talents positively and set up an obstacle course for them where they have to wriggle through a tunnel, sneak over boxes, and weave their way through poles to get the treat at the end. Even if you don't have the energy you can hop on a bike and take your energizer bow wow out for a 'pawsitively' speedy run around the block or two. Give them enough to keep them busy and they will be one happy puppy. Dogs with a hunting background need something useful to do, so ensure your dog has variety and activity to fill their days to prevent boredom.