Activities For Thai Bangkaews

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Introduction

The Thai Bangkaew hails from the central region of Thailand. There's actually an interesting myth surrounding these dogs which states that the first members of this dog breed were created by a kind of holy man known as the Third Abbot during a horrible rainstorm. The specifics of the story vary from telling to telling, but the overall gist is that the Thai Bangkaew breed has a fairly significant place in Thai history and culture. In terms of owning one of these dogs, Thai Bangkaews excel as watchdogs but can also be loyal and playful. They are alert and avid hunters and will need socialization from a young age and daily physical and mental stimulation in order for them to behave as they should around people and other dogs.

Canine Scavenger Hunt

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Sunny Day
Cheap
Easy
20 - 30 min
Items needed
Various Brightly Colored Items
Dog Leash
Activity description
Perhaps more than any of their other traits, the Thai Bangkaew is known for their vigilance and keen sense of sight. While the Thai Bangkaew is naturally a very attentive pet, participating in activities like scavenger hunts will serve to further develop their natural gifts. You don't even have to wait for a scavenger hunt to be organized in your area either - you can just get a few items that will catch your dog's attention, hide them around the place and do it yourself! These items should definitely be cheap by the way - we're talking rubber ducks from the 99 cents store cheap. All in all, you shouldn't have to spend more than $15 to play this game. You should try to play this activity on a sunny day, when you and your dog will have maximum visibility.
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Secret stashes
We can't have a scavenger hunt if the items haven't been stashed way out of sight. Conversely, your dog might not ever find the items if they've been hidden too well. So what do you do? You try to find a happy medium, placing the items just out of sight but also positioning them in such a fashion that someone who's really surveying their surroundings can find them. An example would be placing a rubber duck toy behind a couch so that only its orange beak is just barely peeking out.
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Let the hunt begin
With all of the items put in place, you and your dog can now set out and start searching for them together. If you play this game outside, then you'll likely need to keep your Thai Bangkaew leashed. If you play it indoors, then you just need to lead your dog around the play area. Considering that you already know where the items are, try not to give the positions away unless it looks like your dog absolutely can't find them on their own.
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Bangkaew Boating

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Sunny Day
Expensive
Normal
2 hrs
Items needed
Boat or Kayak
Lifejackets
Food and Water
Leash
Waste Bags
Activity description
Thai Bangkaews can be very rowdy dogs if they don't receive enough stimulation. As sure as the sun will rise, that's a fact. But just because these dogs have a lot of energy and are fairly headstrong doesn't mean that they can't enjoy some of the more quaint and quiet activities out there. Boating is actually an activity that a Thai Bangkaew will greatly appreciate as they'll be given the opportunity to see all sorts of things they wouldn't be able to otherwise. Boating can be an expensive activity, but the purchase or rental of a boat or kayak will be worth its value in spades. Imagine being out on the water with your best buddy every week!
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Different strokes
That's actually the thing; depending on the type of ride you're able to get for this activity, you might not even have to do any stroking or paddling of any kind. In our opinion, motorboats are best for folks who haven't previously spent much time out at sea and need to develop their sea legs while kayaks are best suited for seasoned sailors who are looking for a fun workout. A dog new to boating will find the space available in the motorboat a bonus as compared to navigating their way around a kayak, just run the motor at a slow and quiet pace the first few times out.
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Tips and tricks
Always, always, always keep your lifejacket on throughout the entire trip. This goes for your Thai Bangkaew as well; even if they seem a bit uncomfortable in the vest, their safety is priority numero uno. We also advise staying close to the shore, where you'll be visible by those who are still on dry land and vice versa. Lastly, please don't litter in the ocean or dispose of any non-biodegradable materials out there either.
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Sand Hiking

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Any Day
Moderate
Hard
1 hr
Items needed
Leash
Water
Waste Bags
Activity description
In many ways, sand hiking is in an entirely different ball game than standard hiking. For one, most of the areas that have enough sand for a full day's hiking trip tend to be hot even on days when they should be cold. Furthermore, hiking through the sand is way more difficult than hiking through an area with solid terrain; imagine marching up a tall staircase with 20-pound weights strapped to both of your legs - that's what sand hiking can feel like. Fortunately, this activity isn't too costly and can be attempted by yourself and your dog during just about any time or weather condition that you prefer.
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Shifting sand
Depending on where you live, you can go sand hiking around your local beach if it has dunes that are large enough for a proper workout. Bearing that, you may need to make a trip beyond your city's limits to find a suitable venue. For our readers who are residents of California, you have the pick of the litter! Places like Sand Dune Park and Black Sands Beach are perfect for this kind of activity. Be informed and check out these locales among others in your state to determine how dog-friendly and dog-safe they are.
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Up and over
The idea of sand hiking is traversing up tough terrain until you and your dog make it to the top. This can be a fairly tough activity for folks who don't typically go hiking, so take as much time as you need. If you have to, take periodic breaks during your ascent - it will give you and your Thai Bangkaew an opportunity to drink in your surroundings. Keep up the good work until you make it to the top! Remember to hydrate often along the way and if your dog signals that they are not keen on completing the hike, take heed and head back home.
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More Fun Ideas...

Yoyo Dog Toy

The BARK Yoyo Dog Toy will put a new spin on the old "walk the dog" yo yo trick. This plush toy was built to endure all kinds of punishment and abuse from dogs, so your Thai Bangkaew can nibble, gnaw, and tug on this toy without worrying about restraining themselves too much.

Simon Says

This simple game is usually played with children that are still around preschool age. It's meant to teach young minds how to understand and follow directions in a fun way. The game can similarly be used to help headstrong dogs like the Thai Bangkaew learn how to interpret and execute commands - possibly proving to be even more effective as these dogs really aren't too keen on being bossed around.

Heeling Training

Heeling is one of the most basic aspects of obedience training. Thai Bangkaew parents must reinforce the concept of heeling as these dogs can be difficult to train. Repetition with a kind but firm attitude will go a long way.

Conclusion

As exotic and fascinating as Thai Bangkaews are, they definitely won't make great pets for everyone out there - these dogs can be very stubborn and belligerent to a fault. They can be very difficult to raise even for folks who have successfully reared numerous dogs over the course of many years. That being said, these dogs are truly one of a kind and will provide anyone who's capable of raising them a unique pet parenting experience. Make them your hiking companion, give them opportunities for socialization and enroll them in obedience classes for a happy, well-rounded pet.