Activities For Pyrenees Pits

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Introduction

Pyrenees Pits are a hybrid of Great Pyrenees and Pitbull. Great Pyrenees are large guardians who are obedient but can be stubborn without a strong leader. The Great Pyrenees is similar to the Golden Retriever in appearance -- however, they're much larger with a thicker and longer coat. Pitbulls, on the other hand, are agile, docile, and playful with their families. Though Pitbulls have received negative attention by society because of their fighting abilities and strength, this breed is playful by nature, if reared appropriately. This includes socializing them at an early age. 

This combination of breeds makes for a stunning, large-breed companion that's ready for physical and mental challenges. The required exercise for this breed is moderate. Owners are encouraged to use vigorous exercise methods and techniques for approximately an hour per day. Activities for a Pyrenees Pit should be physically demanding and mentally stimulating.

Go for a Bike Ride

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Sunny Day
Free
Easy
45 - 60 min
Items needed
Bike
Leash
Leash attachment
Activity description

Taking your Pyrenees Pit on a walk is one way to get in some moderate exercise, but if you're looking to amplify their experience, grab a bike and set a much quicker pace. Biking with your Pyrenees Pit is a peaceful activity, as your pooch is focused on maintaining the pace while you can enjoy the scenic route. 

The only materials required for this activity are a bike and leash. Helmets are recommended for safety. Some owners may prefer a harness for a leash attachment, rather than a collar, but it's not necessary. As biking trails are located all over and most are free, this is a relatively cheap activity. Ideally, you want to bike during cool or moderately warm weather conditions for about 45 minutes to an hour. Be mindful of overheating and exhaustion.

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Introduce the bike
Prepare for your bike ride by getting your bicycle ready. You want to position your dog so they are on the side of your dominant hand. Depending on your leash, you may want to have it around your wrist or find a special bike leash that attaches to the cycle. If your dog is not trained to heel, you will need to start off by taking baby steps, teaching this command first. It's likely they will pull their first time biking, which can cause the rider to lose balance and fall. Be careful while riding and give clear instructions to your dog and reward good cycling behavior with positive praise.
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Set the pace
Setting a pace is important for a successful bike ride. If you begin by biking hard and forcing your pooch to exert all of their energy, they may not be up for a long journey. Feel out your Pyrenees Pit on your first ride to see what they're capable of, and adjust accordingly. Start off slow, being careful while you ride. The more you ride, the more comfortable they'll become and the easier it will be to adjust your speed.
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Take breaks when needed
If your Pyrenees Pit is only a pup, you won't want to ride for long periods of time, as this can disrupt proper growth and development. If your pooch is mature, feel free to enjoy a more fast-paced bike ride. Do remember to give breaks while biking. Bringing a backpack with water is a great way to prepare for a longer journey. Stop completely or slow your pace to allow your pooch time to catch their breath and relax their muscles.
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Visit an Agility Park

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Sunny Day
Moderate
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60 min
Items needed
Leash
Healthy Treats
Activity description

Visiting an agility park or doggy obstacle course is one of the many ways to satisfy the docile Pitbull side of your Pyrenees Pit. Pitbulls are known for their agility and speed, so an agility course is an excellent activity.

Depending on your location, finding an agility park or course could be easy. Within more rural communities, there may be fewer options; however, most larger cities "off-fur" various agility courses and parks. Most agility courses come with a standard fee, which varies depending on whether you're receiving lessons or just visiting the park. Lessons are more expensive but can be worth the experience and outcome. 

Training your Pyrenees Pit to use an agility course will have varying results; however, this intelligent breed is likely to be challenged and engaged when given this "op-paw-tunity."

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Find a park
Do some searching to find an agility park near you. Some parks may have breed restrictions, so be sure Pitbull hybrids are welcome before visiting. You’ll also want to familiarize yourself with the rules, regulations, and costs (if any) of using the park. If this information isn’t available online, a quick phone call couldn't hurt!
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Explore the course
When you first arrive at your chosen park, acquaint your Pyrenees Pit with the course by walking them through each obstacle, step by step. Keep them on leash while you guide them through the course and walk at their side. Eventually, they should be able to master it off-leash, but guidance is key in developing your expectations. If you notice there are obstacles your pooch isn’t ready for, skip these and only include those they can do successfully. Reward success with praise and treats.
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Master the course and compete
Some agility courses and facilities offer owners and their pups a chance to compete in local and sometimes even national competitions. Competitions are held all over the world for dogs who have mastered the sport. If you notice your Pyrenees Pit has a knack for agility, take some time to explore competition ideas to enhance their skills and confidence.
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Hiking

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Any Day
Free
Normal
60 min
Items needed
Hiking Shoes
Water & Bowl
Food
Leash
Map
Cellphone
Waste Bags
Activity description

Nothing beats getting outside to spend time with your Pyrenees Pit. Hiking is a step up from a neighborhood walk because a Pyrenees Pit is exposed to the natural elements, including trails with varying terrain. This demands your pooch to utilize their dexterity and precision while hiking.

Conservation areas and forests are superb locations full of diverse wildlife and vegetation, making for a stimulating experience for your Pyrenees Pit. Most nature trails are free, though some parks require a low fee for day passes. It’s ideal to walk in cool to moderately warm temperatures as hot temperatures and long walks can lead to complications for a Pyrenees Pit. 

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Select the right trail
When it comes to picking a location, many nature trails and paths have maps and information available online. Check out locations nearby and choose what’s convenient for you. Walking to your trail would be ideal, but of course, isn’t always practical. Print off any relevant and useful maps you can utilize. Remember to take into consideration the age of your pooch and their physical endurance levels when determining the length of your hike. Also consider starting on beginner trails before graduating to tough terrain and steep hikes.
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Prepare for your journey
It’s essential to prepare for your hike in advance, especially if it’s going to be a long trek in a remote area. Pack water for both you and your Pyrenees Pit. You’ll also need waste disposal bags, a leash, and a means of communication in the event you get lost!
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Hike the trail
On your hike, be mindful of your Pyrenees Pit at all times. Depending on their pace and breathing patterns, you should be able to determine when they need a rest. Running the trails is another option, but walking first is a wise choice, especially if you’ve never visited the location. Get used to the trails and master them so you can enhance your experiences on returning visits.
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More Fun Ideas...

Playing Fetch

A good old-fashioned game of fetch is a splendid way to get a Pyrenees Pit moving. Plus, it doesn't require a whole lot of effort on your part!

Swimming

The pure-bred Pyrenees is not a fan of heat and humidity, which is why swimming is an optimal activity for Pyrenees Pits. Whether you visit a pool or local beach, a Pyrenees Pit is likely to enjoy cooling off in the water. If you're swimming in a pool, be mindful of liners, as your Pyrenees Pit can rip them.

Conclusion

Pyrenees Pits are extremely loyal companions, combining the best traits of the Pitbull and Great Pyrenees together into one spectacular pooch. This breed is generally caring and obedient; however, they may show signs of wariness around strangers. As a result, socializing Pyrenees Pits with other animals and strangers at a young age is recommended. 

What better way to socialize a Pyrenees Pit than to take them to a local agility park where they're bound to see other dogs? They can also enjoy the company of others while swimming, especially if you're at a dog beach. Dog parks, walks, bike rides, and hikes offer more chances for your Pyrenees Pit to run into others while exerting energy, promoting the development of healthy social relationships.