If you’re an avid hunter or a family with grown-up children, you may have considered welcoming a Rajapalayam pooch, or Poligar Hound, into your home. Rajapalayams are loyal, loving and exceptionally protective dogs with a high prey drive and an even higher need for love. They love nothing more than to please you, but will also do everything they can to ensure their territory, your home, is well protected. In essence, they make the perfect guard dog while being a brilliant family pet at the same time. However, as a large dog, they also need a significant amount of stimulation. Here are a few of the many options that may be worth your consideration.
As an owner of a Rajapalayam will know, this breed loves to go hunting. With a high prey drive, they become man’s best friend when out in the wilderness. Their specialty is wild boar, and they’ll stop at nothing to ensure your freezer is packed full of meat to feed your family. However, they also have short attention spans if they smell something better, so a harness may be necessary when you head into the hills. A Poligar Hound will handle all kinds of weather, variable terrain, and is more than capable of handling a 5-10 hour journey as well. All you need to take on a hunting trip is your pup, a harness, food, water, and a GPS tracker.
Because Poligar Hounds are very selective with the dogs they like to interact with, you may wish to take your pooch for a long walk opposed to a trip to the dog park. While many owners can vouch for their dog’s proper socialization and behavior, given the high prey drive of this breed, you may find a solo walk is equally as beneficial for their mental and physical stimulation. On a sunny or overcast day, grab your leash, a doggy waste bag and of course, your Rajapalayam and head out. You’ll find a brisk walk is beneficial for both body and soul.
For a dog with a high prey drive, you need to keep your finger on the pulse of fun things for them to experience. While a walk and a hunting expedition are sure to appeal to their physical needs, a laser game is going to tick all the boxes for mental stimulation as well. You can play this game in any weather, both indoors and outdoors, and it’s also far more exciting at night as well. Your Rajapalayam is sure to love how much fun playing with a laser is – not knowing that they’ll never “catch” it. What’s more, even after half an hour or an hour of play, they will still be none the wiser to your trickery.
Even though a Rajapalayam is a large dog, they are also exceptionally agile. And, given their high energy levels, you may like to try out a dog obstacle course. You can build one yourself using old children’s playground equipment, or you can even find a business local to you that specializes in agility and training course for dogs. Not only do you firmly establish that ever-growing bond between you and man’s best friend, but you’re giving them a thorough workout. They’re sure to come home, get into their bed and have a well-deserved nap.
A high-energy dog such as a Rajapalayam requires a lot of training. However, it’s crucial to enable only one person to train your pampered pooch from beginning to end. This breed of dog tends to bond with one central person, and if you swap trainers halfway through, you may fail to see results. Therefore, let it either be you who takes control of basic commands such as sit, heel, and come, or a professional trainer. Not both.
A Rajapalayam, or Poligar Hound, is an Indian breed of dog predominantly used for hunting and guarding. However, given the right training, fun daily activities and plenty of love, they make loyal and loving family pets as well. Put your best paw forward and treat your pup to plenty of fun, interactive and rewarding activities they are sure to love.