Activities For Saint-Usuge Spaniels

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Introduction

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. 

Duck Hunting

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Any Day
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Normal
8 hrs
Items needed
Water
Food
Activity description

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. 

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Find a spot
Most duck hunters have their favorite place, but the changing of the seasons and duck migration patterns can alter your success. Therefore, before you head out, consider if a new location might be a good idea. You will find that the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland, Venice in Louisiana, San Francisco Bay in California, and Salt Lake City in Utah are just a few of the many hunting hot spots for waterfowl. Print out a map, establish the best area to shoot in, and get ready to go.
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Pack your gear
Because you will be going duck hunting for a full day, ensuring you have everything you need is essential. Pack food and water for you and your dog, and enough ammunition for your legal allowance of ducks. It may also help to pack a mobile phone and first aid kit in case your hunting destination is a little off the beaten track.
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Go hunting
Saint-Usuge Spaniels love fetching, and you’re sure to find that as soon as you shoot that duck, your pup will be straight out to the swampland or water to get it. If you have a young puppy, it may help to be a little more patient. Showing them the ropes is crucial to having a great hunting dog.
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Dog Park

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Sunny Day
Free
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1 hr
Items needed
Leash
Toy
Doggy waste bag
Activity description

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. 

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Find a park
When you first bring your Saint-Usuge Spaniel dog home as a new puppy, socialization should begin right away. Therefore, the sooner you search for a park to spend time at, the better for you both. Most cities will have one or more popular parks, and most will also include separate areas for larger or smaller dogs. Given the temperament of Spaniels, you’re sure to find your pup will fit in no matter where you put them. However, a dog park near your home is going to be the preferred option due to the convenience of getting there quickly on a regular basis.
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Go play
Now that you’ve found the best dog park for your pup’s needs, it’s time to play. If you’re new to the park, your dog is sure to feel nervous and excited about their surroundings. Therefore, you may like to introduce them to the park slowly. Bring them in on a leash, walk them around, and get them used to other dogs in there playing. Once you believe they will be okay in their surroundings, let them off the leash. You can then spend an hour playing with the balls, ropes, and Frisbees you brought with you.
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Fetch

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Any Day
Free
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30 min
Items needed
Toy
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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. 

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Choose a toy
The best toys for playing fetch are ones that have some weight to them so they will travel further or those with better aerodynamic aspects. A Frisbee can fly a great distance with no problem, while a ball will go just enough to make them run a short distance. If you have a large backyard or you’re playing fetch at the park, a toy that can travel further is going to help to exercise them with far more effectiveness. The best part is, toys for fetch are very affordable at most pet stores.
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Play fetch
Once you’ve got the best toy for a game of fetch, it’s time to get playing. Spaniels enjoy retrieving, and they are more than happy to spend hours bringing back what you throw. However, you’re sure to find that after half an hour of sprinting, they’re ready to go back to their bed and sleep off all that excitement.
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Water Fun

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. 

Obedience Training

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.  

Conclusion

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.