Activities For Styrian Coarse-Haired Hounds

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Introduction

Rare outside of Austria, the Styrian Coarse-Haired Hound is a robust hunting dog that comes from a cross between the Istrian Hound and the Hanoverian Scent Hound. These pups can be a good fit for active outdoor enthusiasts because they're pure hunters that need lots of activity. Your pooch will require a few hours of exercise a day and will fare best in a country home or a residence with a spacious yard. Provide early training and socialization to help prevent dominance issues with this strong-willed pup. You'll also want to offer your fur-baby mental stimulation with toys or activities to keep them busy when you can't be with them.

Lure Coursing

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Any Day
Moderate
Normal
30 - 60 min
Items needed
leash or harness
mechanized lure
muzzle if needed
water
Activity description
Like most large dogs, the Styrian Coarse-Haired Hound loves to run and usually has plenty of endurance. For these scent hounds, running after prey comes naturally. That's what makes lure coursing a puptastic activity for Fido. The sport involves chasing a mechanized lure on a course that circles an open field. Let your furry friend enjoy some mental and physical stimulation as they race around the loop to catch their quarry. To protect your four-footed pal, don't start this activity until they're at least one year old. You may also need a muzzle for your pooch to keep them from becoming aggressive with other four-footed participants at the events.
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Prepare
You'll want to teach your pup the art of chasing after a lure. If Fido already pursues prey in the yard, this will be simple. Otherwise, you can use a flirt stick or create a decoy and attach it to a string to drag around the grass. Practice recall commands so that your pooch responds quickly.
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Find a lure club
When Fido is ready, find a local group. Check with the AKC or other organizations in your area to locate a lure club. Before you participate in a competition, see if the club owners will let your pooch take a few practice rounds. Once your pup gets the idea, enter them in an event.
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Agility

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Moderate
Hard
30 - 45 min
Items needed
treats
leash
agility equipment
Activity description
Another high-energy activity that you can teach Fido is agility. This sport will exercise your pup's mind and body as they learn to navigate various obstacles. To participate in these events, you and your furry friend will need to be in good condition. You'll both be running through the course as you direct your pal's steps from one challenge to the next. An extra benefit of this activity is that you and your pal will build a close bond. Whether you participate in competitions or create a course to use at home, agility can help your fur-baby burn off excess energy.
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Take a class
The easiest way to learn about agility is to take a class. Find a trainer or club that will teach you and your pal about the different obstacles. Learn how to encourage and direct Fido through the course successfully. Once you both know what you're doing, you can take the next step.
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Do agility
Once you know how to guide your pal through weave poles, over hurdles, across teeter-totters, and through other obstacles, decide how you want to participate in agility. You can find an event where you and Fido can compete. Another option is to make obstacles to use at home. Consider how well your pooch gets along with other canines when you make your choice.
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Hill Climbing

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Any Day
Cheap
Normal
30 - 60 min
Items needed
waste bags
water
leash
Activity description
You can help your pal use up some excess energy and give them an aerobic workout by going hill climbing together. This activity will strengthen your pup's leg muscles and core. The Styrian Coarse-Haired Hound can handle rugged terrain, so they're bound to enjoy the stimulation. When you go uphill, you'll be working your furry friend's hindquarters. The descent portion of your outing helps to build and tone the shoulders, forearms, and withers. If your pooch finds hill work too easy, you can increase the difficulty by getting a weighted doggy backpack. Always monitor your dog and provide frequent rest and water breaks.
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Prepare
Step one is to find a place where you and Fido can go hill climbing. Look for dog-friendly parks or preserves with rugged terrain. Once you have a venue, get your gear ready. You'll want a leash or harness to guide your pal. Remember to bring water and a few poop bags.
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Go hill climbing
When you're ready to go, load your pooch in the car and head to your hill. Start with a warm-up by walking up the ridge at a moderate pace. After you come back down, try the ascent at a jog. Depending on the size of the hill, take a rest break after a few passes. Continue to run up and down the incline until you're satisfied with the length of the workout.
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Interactive Toy

Get an interactive toy like a flip board or puzzle toy for those times when you have to leave Fido home alone. This breed needs mental stimulation and will find their own entertainment if you don't provide something for them.

Trail Running

Take your pal running with you. This pooch has the stamina and can handle rugged terrain. Fido will enjoy getting outdoors and burning off some energy as they bond with you.

Conclusion

The Styrian Coarse-Haired Hound is a hunting dog that needs constant activity. They can learn to be an affectionate family member with proper training and firm leadership. Without consistent discipline, these pups can become stubborn and independent. You'll want to socialize Fido with everyone in the household from the first day and monitor them with younger children.