Activities For Tarsus Catalburuns

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Introduction

The fork-nosed Tarsus Catalburun or Turkish Pointer is a rare breed. If you manage to find one of these pooches, you'll have an intelligent, loving family dog that will protect you and your pack. With training and socialization, this pup can be patient with children, but you'll want to watch them closely with strangers and other dogs. As a hunting dog, the Tarsus Catalburun has lots of energy and will need at least 45 to 60 minutes of daily exercise. They tend to prefer living inside with their owners but do like to get out in the yard. Combine daily walks with playtime to keep them happy.

Hide and Seek

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Any Day
Free
Easy
20 - 30 min
Items needed
treats
Activity description
Tarsus Catalburuns are accomplished trackers. You can put this trait to work to provide your pooch with mental and physical stimulation. Try playing the childhood game of hide and seek to entertain your pup. This activity can take place indoors, making it a good rainy-day option. Fido will enjoy using their sniffer to trace your scent and discover where you are. You'll need to teach your pup to stay in one place while you go to another room and get out of sight. When you start playing this game, combine treats with enthusiastic praise to keep your fur-baby interested.
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Teach the game
It won't take long for this pooch to pick up a tracking game like hide and seek. Either get someone to keep your pup in one place while you find a spot, or teach them to stay until you call them. Pick a hiding place where you'll be easy to find at first, and offer lots of praise when your fur-baby locates you.
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Play the game
Once your pal finds you a few times, you can look for more challenging hiding places. Keep up the praise, and use treats if needed to engage your pup's interest. This activity works best indoors; you can play it at any time. Try to stop while your pooch is still enjoying the game.
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Scent Tracking

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Sunny Day
Cheap
Normal
15 - 30 min
Items needed
treats
Activity description
Another fun nose work game that you can play with your special pal is scent tracking. This activity can enhance your pup's tracking skills if you plan to use them for hunting. The best way to teach your pooch how to follow a trail is by laying a pathway of tasty treats. Select a food item that has a strong aroma to build their confidence. Although you can take this activity indoors as necessary, it will work best outside in the grass. Your pal will benefit from the mental stimulation and fresh air as they track down all of the hidden morsels.
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Prepare
To teach this activity to your pup, you'll need strong-smelling treats. Find a venue that will work well. Pick a grassy area like a ball field or your back yard. If you're using a public space, make sure it allows dogs, and that the area is fenced in case Fido discovers something else to track.
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Train
Start early in the day so that there aren't as many confusing scents. Have your pal stay while you create the trail. Crush a treat under some grass with your shoe. Walk in a straight line through the grass, dropping tidbits as you go. Place the item that your pup is tracking at the end of your course. Have your pooch sniff the area where you crushed the food and tell them, "Find it." Repeat a few times by starting a new pathway about five feet away from the original one.
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Track
As Fido gains mastery of tracking the scent to the object at the end, you can increase the difficulty. Make the trail longer or add some twists and turns. Try placing the treats further apart from one another. Give praise and encouragement when your pooch locates the item at the end of the trail.
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Hiking

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Any Day
Free
Normal
30 - 60 min
Items needed
First Aid Kit
water
waste bags
leash
Activity description
For a special treat, go hiking with your four-footed pal. If you and your pooch like to take long walks in your neighborhood, you should be ready to tackle something a little more rigorous. You'll both benefit from the physical workout and the change of venue. Look for a dog-friendly property where you and Fido can get out and explore nature together. Once you know where you're going, you'll need to do some advanced preparation. Learn the rules and trail hours before you head out, and find out information about the terrain so you'll know if you need to have extra gear, like booties to protect your pup's pads from sharp rocks.
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Get ready
Before you take your pal out on a hike, you'll need to find a trail or natural area that permits dogs. Research your venue to learn about terrain, difficulty, and pet policies. When you know what to expect, you can pack your supplies. Put together any snacks, waste bags, some water, and a trail map.
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Go hiking
When you're ready, load your pooch in the car and head to the park or trail. If you're going to a remote area, let someone know about your plans. Enjoy exploring fields or woods with your special pal, but be careful to follow the facility rules. Don't forget the tick and mosquito repellent!
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Fetch

You and your pooch can play a game of fetch at any time of year. This familiar activity can take place inside or out.  You just need to teach your furry friend to bring the ball or toy back to give it to you so that the game can continue.

Obstacle Course

Create an obstacle course in your yard for Fido. Use garden stakes, Christmas candy canes, and other items you have lying around the house to make some weave poles. Get a plank and a large planter or some landscaping rocks to build an incline. Create jumps from benches or a pole inserted in two laundry baskets. Your pup will pawsitively love the physical and mental exercise.

Conclusion

This lovable pooch can be hard to find, but if you do get a Tarsus Catalburun, you'll have an affectionate companion who will want to be with you all the time. It's important to give your furry pal plenty of time and attention to help prevent separation anxiety — offer them an hour or more of activity each day.