Salukis are one of the oldest dog breeds in the world, with a history that is masked with mystery. The breed was believed to be a gift from Allah and was nicknamed “The Noble” by most Arab breeders. Not to be fooled by its elegant and reserved look, the Saluki is a fast-moving dog with an instinct to chase. The breed’s exotic appearance, athleticism and devotion has helped gradually turn the Saluki into a popular pet choice. One thing to note about Salukis, however, is that they are quite vigorous and need to be active for most of the time. If you are a Saluki owner who is looking for ideas on what to do with your dog, then look no further. Below are a number of activities for this wonderful breed.
Agility training is a fast-paced and constantly moving sport, which makes it a great activity option for Salukis. In fact, the primary elements of agility training, namely jumping, running and climbing, are tailor made for the active breed. With this activity, positivity is required. This means that instead of correcting your dog, you should instead give motivation and affirmation whenever possible. Aside from stimulation, agility training also helps your dog become more obedient and alert. Although it is possible to get a professional to train your dog in agility, there are many ways to do it on your own for a fraction of the cost. What you will need are some equipment and plenty of patience. Treats for your dog can be an added incentive. Agility courses are best created in a spacious area such as your backyard, although it is also possible to create one indoors.
One sport that most Saluki lovers know is lure coursing. A popular canine sport, especially for hound-type dogs, lure coursing involves a plastic lure that is attached to a motor-operated line. The objective of the sport is to get the dog to chase the lure, which moves quickly and irregularly. Judges will then assign scores to each participating dog based on numerous factors such as speed, agility and other attributes. Salukis are well-known for excelling in lure coursing and some owners of the breed love to join competitive lure coursing. However, for those who just want to keep their Salukis stimulated and entertained, a cheaper, DIY version of the sport is possible. You can use this as a stepping stone for your dog in case you want to take it to a competitive level in the future.
Tracking is an activity that is built for Salukis. This activity lets them channel their hound qualities. It is also a great boost of confidence not only for your dog but also for you as an owner. What’s more, tracking is easy, cheap and can be executed practically anytime and anywhere. With tracking, you will need to put your faith in your dog. Remember, Salukis have a keen sense of smell and you need to trust that they will be able to find your item. The lack of “corrections” and competition make tracking a great choice of activity for a Saluki and also facilitates mutual trust and respect between you and your dog.
With an active dog like a Saluki, you will have to keep your dog well-exercised. A good way to burn off some extra energy and bond at the same time is to go for a run. All you have to do is put your Saluki on a leash and run around your neighborhood or at the park. This activity gives you and your dog a chance to exercise.
The dog park is a great place for you and your dog to spend some quality time together while also interacting with other dogs and owners. Your Saluki will definitely enjoy running around off-leash in a space made especially for dogs.
The Saluki is a truly special breed that requires constant stimulation and exercise. The aforementioned activities are great for keeping your dog active and for honing the innate skills that they possess. Being a Saluki owner may be a bit challenging at times, but this breed is definitely worth it.