The Slovakian Rough-Haired Pointer is a relatively new breed, created from Czech and German Wire-Haired Pointers to form the ultimate gun dog. The result is the Slovakian Pointer which can track, point, and retrieve both on land and in water. In essence, they are the crème de la crème of gun dogs – making for some very happy hunters. However, even the avid hunter’s family will love having these Pointers as members of the family. They are loyal and loving, don’t shed fur (but do require brushing), and are gentle with children. However, these Pointers are, after all, a working dog. Therefore, you need to stimulate them and catering to their energy levels continually. Here are a few of the possible ways how.
Slovakian Rough-Haired Pointers are brilliant dogs. They don’t tend to have too many behavioral problems, nor do they shy away from challenges. However, they do crave education and exercise, which makes them the perfect candidate for obedience training. You can get help with teaching them how to be a gun dog, all the while learning the basics such as sit, stay, and heel. Most obedience courses will take around six or eight weeks, but you will find that at one or two sessions per week, it’s entirely manageable in any weather. All you need to do is sign up, grab their leash and a few treats, and begin training.
Slovakian Rough-Haired Pointers love to have fun, and trips to the river are bound to be right at the top of their list. Because they’re a mixture of two water-loving dogs, there’s every reason to believe going swimming is their favorite thing to do. When it’s too hot to take them for a walk or play ball, a trip to the river is an ideal second option. It can fill in an hour or two, is a free activity, and will be both beneficial for you and your furry friend. Load up a leash, towel, and toy, and you’re ready to go.
Having a high-energy dog such as a Slovakian Rough-Haired Pointer can be challenging – especially if you have less land than they need. If you find that your yard is not enough to stimulate your pup, nor are your home activities, it might be time to include regular trips to the dog park in their routine. Not only will they get a chance to socialize with other dogs from a young age, but they can also fetch toys from further away, not suffer from small yard restrictions, and burn off energy with their playmates. The best part is, it takes only an hour out of your day and is a fun and free activity you can both enjoy. All you need is their favorite toy, a leash, and a doggy waste bag and you can hit the road.
If you’re an avid runner, then your Pointer is as well. Your furry friend can run for miles on end, which makes them the perfect running companion for you. In fact, you may have trouble keeping up with them! If you include a 30-minute run in your day with them, you’re sure to find it’s plenty to keep their energy levels under control.
Given that Slovakian Rough-Haired Pointers are gun dogs, hunting is going to be a fun pastime for this working dog. You can take them out into the wilderness for days at a time, and they’ll never falter. Remember to take plenty of food and water as well as blankets.
Your Slovakian Rough-Haired Pointer will be furever grateful to do any of these activities above. Whether you take them hunting, for a run, swimming, or for a trip to the dog park, they are bound to enjoy every last moment. In fact, they are happy at any time when they are spending time with their master.