The Trigg Hound is a variety of American Foxhound that was designed specifically to hunt the Red Fox, an import from the United Kingdom and Canada. The Red Fox was a much faster animal than the native Grey Foxes, and they tended to bolt to a den or a hole in the ground rather than escaping up a tree. They are scenthounds known for their natural desire to pursue fox and their endurance, and they need a great deal of exercise each day in order to be at their healthiest, both physically and mentally. While walking and jogging are always appreciated by this canine, there are other activities that give you the option to be a little more flexible with their exercise routine.
Usually, when we think about feeding our dogs, we imagine pouring or scooping either wet food of kibble into a regular bowl and just letting them at it. While this is a perfectly acceptable way to feed your canine companion, some pet parents like to take it a little bit farther and take the opportunity to turn dinnertime into a game as well. This activity is likely to be particularly satisfying for dogs like the Trigg Hound, who was developed for hunting and tracking.
Geocaching is a relatively new activity that was developed in the year 2000 and relies on cellular and GPS technology to help people from all walks of life participate in a worldwide treasure hunt. Geocache seekers search for a container using the information contained on the geocaching website or app and the objects contained within can range from plastic toys and paper cutouts to special trackable metal coins that you can buy from the company that organizes the game. This energetic scenthound will love coming along on a trek to a geocache outdoors, and may even be able to help you sniff out your treasure.
The school ground classic of Hide and Seek does not have to be restricted to humans, and many canine companions find this to be an entertaining way to spend some time. Scenthounds like the Trigg Hound were developed for their scenting ability and finding things with their nose is just a natural extension of who they are, this activity gives them a way to satisfy their urges in a safe and comfortable day, even if the weather is awful.
Trigg Hounds are often a bit racier and than other hounds, a trait that may end up giving them an edge when learning agility courses.
While Belgian Malinois, Labrador Retriever, and Border Collies are commonly associated with this job, the scenting ability of this hound may help them to succeed at this challenging task.
The Trigg Hounds were
developed for the purpose of hunting, and they still perform exceptionally well
at this task. If you are inclined to join the hunt, Foxhounds like the Trigg
Hound are more commonly being used to hunt coyotes than fox these days.
If you are not interested in hunting, but your dog still seems to have an overwhelming urge to chase something, you may be able to help them satisfy that urge by introducing them to the sport of lure coursing. A target, usually a white plastic bag, is pulled down a field using a series of pullies in order to simulate chasing an animal across the field and although it was originally designed with sighthounds in mind, Foxhounds may also exhibit enough drive to be competitive.