Activities For Treeing Tennessee Brindles

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Introduction

The Tennessee Treeing Brindle belongs to the "hound" group, and the pup is truly a hunter at heart. The Tennessee Treeing Brindle is known for their distinctive coat pattern as well as their keen ability to tree prey. Fans of the breed speak of the distinctive "singing" voice of the Tennessee Treeing Brindle when prey has been sent up a tree. The breed is also known for being highly intelligent and courageous. The Tennessee Treeing Brindle is native to the Appalachian and Ozark Mountain areas, places where hunting with dogs is still prevalent. This attractive dog descended from the Cur, which is responsible for the brindle color of the Tennessee Treeing Brindle's distinctive coat.

Tracking Game

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Any Day
Cheap
Normal
30 min
Items needed
toy or treat
Activity description
The Tennessee Treeing Brindle is a hound dog, which means that their already strong sense of smell works overtime. Although most hounds of this size prefer to get activity outdoors, you can incorporate this game into rainy day exercises as well. Choose some not-so-obvious areas which make good hiding places. If you notice that your pup seems to find the hidden items a little too easily, you might want to remove your dog from the room when hiding the toys. To train your pup, you might have to scent a toy utilizing the insides of a sliced hot dog.
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Teach the game
A great way to teach your dog how to play this game is to begin with a favorite toy that has been scented with a hot dog. Because the hound has a heightened sense of smell, even for a dog, you should not need to leave the toy in plain sight. Use commands, such as "Find it!" to start your pup off in the game.
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Practice makes perfect
Make the game different each time you play! Change hiding places. Use a different toy for hiding. Swap the usual toy for a treat. There are many different ways to keep the game interesting for your dog. Your pup will also enjoy the variety, much like each hunt is different for the hound dog.
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Take it outside
The Tennessee Treeing Brindle is a dog that enjoys the great outdoors. If you normally play this game inside, you can utilize your backyard (no matter the size) to allow for yet another change in the game. Hide the toy on the steps of your deck or near a flowerbed or a shade tree. Your Tennessee Treeing Brindle will enjoy the variety.
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Under, Over and Through

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Easy
30 min
Items needed
barstools
dining table chairs
broom
Activity description
Over, under and through is a variation of an indoor obstacle course. You can utilize any number of household objects in order to create your obstacle course. One of the easiest obstacles to build involves taking your dining room chairs, setting them about two feet apart, then placing a broom on top of them. You can also use bar stools with ample room for your pup to pass between the legs of the stool as you coax them through the course. You can also add piles of blankets or pillows for the pup to dig into. Be creative! Your pup will appreciate you for it!
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Make the course
Typically, you might want to use a bar stool or one of your dining table chairs to create your obstacle course. However, there are many items that you can utilize to make the course. You can use overturned (empty) flowerpots to lower the bar so that your pup can jump over the obstacle.
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Put in some practice
You will want to help your dog run through the course a few times so that they will understand what you expect them to do. You will need to use commands in order to do this. You may also need to offer treats so that your clever pup will be encouraged to follow you through the course.
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Change it up
Of course, just as we humans get bored, so do our pups. You may want to add pillows or blankets so that your canine pal can dig. Try taking it outdoors and place treats in such a way that your pup has to go up and down steps to retrieve them. Be creative!
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Let's Play Chase

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Free
Easy
30 min
Items needed
a flirt pole
yourself
Activity description
Although you might need a little athletic prowess to complete this game with your Tennessee Treeing Brindle, if you are up for the physical activity, your pup will enjoy a good, old-fashioned game of chase. Some more athletic owners will be encouraged to get outdoors and serve as the "prey" for their dog to chase. However, if you are a little less active, you can still use a flirt pole from the comfort of your easy chair to invoke the innate desire for your pup to chase prey. This activity can take place indoors or outside, depending upon the weather.
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Flirt pole
You can purchase a flirt pole, or you may try your hand at making your own. Any stick will do - a dowel rod will not splinter and is strong enough for your pup to tug on without worry of the rod breaking. Furthermore, you can drill a hole into the rod and attach a sturdy string so that you can make your own flirt pole.
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Be the prey!
For more athletic types, you may want to allow your pup to chase you as prey. While you might feel a little silly allowing your dog to chase you, doing so promotes a bonding experience between you and your furry pal. Be creative! Make noise! Having fun and moving are the most important things to do when playing this game.
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Indoors or out
You can use a flirt pole indoors when the weather is uncooperative. You can also take it outside and run while utilizing the flirt pole. You can also modify this and add a favorite toy tied to a stick that you keep just out of reach of your pup. Do allow your dog to "catch" their prey from time to time, and be sure to reward your pal for a job well done!
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Flyball Retrieving

The Tennessee Treeing Brindle does have a penchant for chasing down prey. Flyball plays into the superior intelligence of the breed while also challenging the Brindle physically.

Hiking

The Tennesse Treeing Brindle is a fairly energetic dog, and the breed is also known for their need for human companionship. This makes the breed a perfect companion for hiking enthusiasts.

Conclusion

Like other hounds, the Tennessee Treeing Brindle is a dog built for endurance. This means that you will need to provide ample exercise opportunities for the Brindle in order to keep them happy and healthy. The Brindle is a great breed for joining you on the hiking trail or outside for a game of chase. Regardless of the activity you choose for working with your pup, this breed is happiest when they partake in at least an hour's worth of activity daily.