Activities For Segugio Italianos

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Introduction

Traditionally, the Segugio Italiano was primarily a working dog in the hunting field, but they are now becoming more and more popular as common pets. While they still have a high prey drive and love every opportunity to get out and enjoy the thrill of the hunt, they also enjoy human company, including children. What’s more, they’re happy to fit seamlessly into your family environment as long as you dedicate at least one or two hours per day to their exercise and stimulation. If you own a Segugio Italiano but you’re not sure how to entertain and exercise them, we’ve included some excellent options below. 

Jogging

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Sunny Day
Free
Easy
30 - 60 min
Items needed
Leash
Doggy waste bag
Activity description

If you’re an avid fitness fan with love for long-distance running, then there’s every reason to believe a Segugio Italiano was the right breed of dog for you. Not only do they enjoy burning off energy, but they also love running – a lot. They are more than happy to jog alongside you for as long as you want them to, but be sure to run them on a leash. You will soon learn that your pampered pooch’s high prey drive will see them bound off in a heartbeat as soon as they see the quick feet of a small creature. Therefore, when you do plan on going running on a sunny day, make sure you carry not only a doggy waste bag but a leash or harness. 

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Set a route
While there’s no harm in running aimlessly, it’s helpful to have a path planned out for both your pup’s benefit and yours. Knowing where you’re going can help you ascertain the real-time distance, as well as what you can expect to encounter on your trip. If you want fewer interruptions, such as people, dogs, and wildlife, then choosing a route a little off the beaten track is going to make for a far smoother jogging experience.
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Go running
Once you’ve planned decent routes for you and your dog, there’s no time like the present to put on those running shoes and pound the pavement. Set aside at least half an hour to an hour for your run, and make sure your dog’s harness or leash is securely in place. More importantly, always be on the lookout for wildlife. If you’re aware of them being around, you’re more prepared for your dog to yank your arm when they try to take chase.
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Hunting

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Any Day
Expensive
Hard
8 hrs
Items needed
Food
Water
Leash
GPS collar
Activity description

In recent years, Segugio Italianos are beginning to feature more dominantly as family pets. However, traditionally, there were only working dogs designed to hunt rabbits, hares, boar, and other similar-sized creatures. Given that they don’t lose their instincts all that quickly, you may find that your furry friend is a natural when it comes to being your companion in the great outdoors. Therefore, if you are planning a day hunt, don’t forget to include your dog. They will love the experience just as much as you will. However, remember to prepare. Always carry plenty of high-energy food and water for your dog, as well as a GPS collar to know where they are at all times.

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Choose a location
Depending on what you’re looking to hunt, it’s in your best interests to research a lucrative hunting location you know is full of the very animal you’re looking to kill. Hare, for example, are prominent in Utah, making it a hot spot in which you’re sure to have success. When you’re looking for a decent hunting location, ensure it’s relatively close to home, includes terrain both you and your pet can manage and is a legal location in which you can hunt.
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Organize gear
Going hunting is an exciting experience, especially for those who enjoy it as a hobby. However, as most people are aware, it can require you to be on top of your game so that you stay as safe as possible. Therefore, instead of going out with only a small day bag featuring the necessities, prepare a list of items that could sustain you and your pup overnight if necessary. This bag might include a first aid kit, food and water, blankets, a locator beacon, a torch, and a means of communication with your family and friends.
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Go hunting
Now that you have everything you need, it’s time to get going. Because your dog is a natural hunter, you will be more than amazed at what they’re capable of doing in the great outdoors. They have a unique ability to circle hares, providing no escape route and chasing them should they get away. Therefore, when you head into a hunting environment with man’s best friend, you’re sure to find it’s a pleasurable experience you both enjoy.
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Dog Park

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

When the sun is shining, and your Segugio Italiano is beginning to get a little destructive, you may find you need to address their boredom. A bored Segugio Italiano is one that can create havoc in your home, so why not treat them to a trip to the dog park? In most cases, this breed is quite sociable with other dogs, but you can also train them from a young age to get on well with most dogs as well. Because they need at least one or two hours of exercise per day, there’s every reason to gather their leash and a favorite toy and head down to the park for an hour of fun. 

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Choose a park
If you’re new to your area, or you’re new to dog ownership, you probably won’t have any idea where the best dog park is. However, a bit of research before you head out can help you choose the best one for your pup. Segugio Italianos are relatively small in stature, so a park that separates dogs by size will be in your dog’s best interests. Then, you want to find one that’s within proximity to your home. Otherwise, you may realize it’s not as convenient to visit regularly. Once you’ve located the perfect park, you can then make time each week to visit it with your pampered pooch.
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Go play
When you visit the park for the first time, your dog is bound to be full of excitement and a few nerves as well. To introduce them to the park and other dogs safely, take them in on a leash and let them sniff their new surroundings. Once you’ve established that they will play nicely with the other dogs, take off their harness and monitor their behavior. They may wish to play with other dogs, or they might be more than happy to retrieve their toys that you throw.
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Laser Game

Because of your dog’s naturally-born high prey drive, which is why you can’t own them with other small animals, you will most likely find they love playing with laser light. In poor weather conditions, bringing out the laser and running it along the floor will provide hours of entertainment for your pup. What’s more, it’s an affordable toy that tires them out effectively.  

Fetch

Segugio Italianos naturally like to fetch and retrieve. People bred them for this very reason, so it’s safe to assume it’s a task they are confident with and one that tires them out as well. If you don’t have much spare time yet you know your pup is beginning to get bored, take them outside with their favorite toy and dedicate 15 minutes to a game. The endless backward and forward running is bound to tire them out for the rest of the day. 

Conclusion

If your pup is feeling a little ruff because you’re running out of stimulation ideas, it’s time to lift your game. Put your best paw forward and try any of these activities above. They will appeal to both their mental and physical senses, ensuring they keep active and entertained for the entirety of the game or exercise.