The Saint-Usuge Spaniel is a small, French pointing dog that very nearly met its demise in the 1930s. Bordering on extinction, it took one man with a passion for a high-quality hunting dog to track down the remaining Saint-Usuge Spaniels and revitalize the breed. Through his breeding program, he managed to breed over 250 new dogs to strengthen the line. If you’re lucky enough to own a Spaniel, you will be aware of how loyal, intelligent, and family-oriented they are. What’s more, you are sure to have noticed their attraction to hunting, keen nose, and easy adaptability to various terrains including swampland. While they’re an exceptional family pet, they are even better at outdoor activities. To keep your Saint-Usuge Spaniel active and entertained, try any of these activities below.
While your Saint-Usuge Spaniel is sure to enjoy a game of fetch, you will find they will be far more enthusiastic about duck fetching. One of the main reasons why the breed was brought back into existence was due to the Spaniel’s talents with woodcock and waterfowl. Therefore, if you want to provide your pup with a day of fun that you will enjoy as well, then duck hunting is a good option. While you can go hunting for ducks in any weather, rainy weather is often more lucrative. Set a day aside, pack plenty of food and water, and head out on your exciting adventure.
On a sunny day when you’ve got an hour up your sleeve, your pampered pooch would love a trip to the dog park. Saint-Usuge Spaniels are very much family dogs, loving hunting waterfowl equally as much as spending time with you, and socializing. Therefore, your pup is sure to have the time of their life when you treat them to a dog park outing. In most cases, they get on well with other dogs, and due to their size, are suitable for medium-to-large dog park enclosures. When your dog is waiting at the door with their tail wagging, it’s time to grab their leash, a waste bag, and their toy, and hit the road.
Saint-Usuge Spaniels are traditionally a breed of dog that will stick in their master’s shadow. They will do whatever you want, including fetching anything you want them to bring. Therefore, to keep them entertained for half an hour, and tire them out in the process, a game of fetch is sure to be appreciated. You can play both indoors or outdoors, and all you need is their favorite toy such as a tennis ball, frisbee, or rope. It’s an easy and tiresome game that is sure to get their tail wagging and their excitement levels through the roof. After half an hour, they will then go off to sleep without a problem.
Saint-Usuge Spaniels are adept at traversing swampland and water, and unlike most dog breeds, don’t smell like “wet dog” when they leave the water. Therefore, you’re going to enjoy the no-fuss approach to taking them to the beach or river. You can play fetch, run along the sand, then let them enjoy swimming in the summer sun.
While your Saint-Usuge Spaniel is already an intelligent dog, they do need a little help to get to the top of their game. If you plan on using them as hunting dogs, obedience training is all the more necessary. Here, they can learn all the basics such as sit and stay, as well as a better recall technique for when you’re out in the wilderness.
Saint-Usuge Spaniels are a well-rounded breed that loves play as much as they love work. To give them the most pawesome time of their life, try out any of these activities above. You are sure to find that even a short trip to the park or the beach is enough to have them happy, excited, then ready for a long nap afterward.