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!
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.
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.
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.