Activities For Slovakian Rough-Haired Pointers

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Introduction

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. 

Obedience Training

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Any Day
Moderate
Normal
1 hr
Items needed
Leash
Treat
Activity description

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. 

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Find a facility
Many different dog trainers specialize in different areas. Because of your dog’s unique abilities as a gun dog, it’s a good idea to find a trainer who specializes in this area – priming a dog for their outdoor adventures. You can ask around, talk to other Slovakian Rough-Haired Pointer owners, or even contact local dog clubs. Most people will be more than willing to offer help and advice to find the perfect trainer.
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Research
Now that you’ve established which training facility you’ll contact, it’s a good idea to research things you’d like your dog to learn. Most of these are sure to be related to the hunting field. Through your research, you’ll discover tips and tricks for tracking, pointing, and receiving, but you can then get verification from a qualified trainer – the best of both worlds. When you’re researching, it’s also a good idea to think of things on which you’d like your dog to improve. For example, their recall may be weak, they may eat their food too fast, or they may not want you brushing them when it’s necessary. An obedience trainer can help with all of these things.
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Start training
Your Rough-Haired Pointer thrives on education, so every trip you take to their class is going to be a time of extreme excitement. Therefore, not only are you and your dog benefiting from education and help with training, but your pup also believes they’re having a fun time away from home! Even when your six or eight weeks of training is nearing an end, you can still join in advanced obedience classes as well.
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River Fun

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Hot Day
Free
Easy
1 - 2 hrs
Items needed
Leash
Toy
Doggy waste bag
Activity description

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. 

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Find a river
Everyone has their favorite local watering hole, but is it suitable for your pooch as well as your family? Authorities can close off rivers to animals for various reasons. There may be hazards and toxins, or they may not like that some people don’t clean up after their dogs. Whatever the reason, it makes it all the more important to do your research before turning up to a dog-free river.
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Go swimming
Once you’ve found a local watering hole your pup will love and is allowed to visit, there’s no time like the present to go swimming. You can throw toys into the water for them to fetch – simulating a real-life exercise for when they become your household gun dog. Swimming is not only beneficial for their energy levels and cooling off, but to get to grips with how to behave when it comes time to go work with the breadwinners of the family.
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Dog Park Play

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

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. 

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Choose a park
The best park for a Slovakian Rough-Haired Pointer is going to be one where small dogs are in a different enclosure to big dogs. Because they are so full of energy, they can forget that their bounding and bouncing can hurt smaller dogs. While they don’t mean to hurt anyone or anything, it’s in your best interests to put them in with dogs of the same size. If you can find a dog park in proximity to your home, there is also no reason why you can’t walk them to and from it as well.
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Go play
When it gets to that time of the day when your pup starts to play up and get bored and restless, it’s time to put on their leash and go to the dog park. Not only does it stop them from becoming destructive at home, but it’s a chance for you to get in that much-needed exercise as well. Then, once you’re there, you can let them off their leash and let them smell and explore their new surroundings.
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Run Together

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. 

Hunting

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. 

Conclusion

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.