Activities For Welsh Hounds

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Introduction

The Welsh Hound is a breed of dog specifically bred to hunt foxes in Wales. Back in the day, these doggos were not kept as pets, but rather as hunting companions, however, as fox hunting became illegal, these puppers became classic pet doggos, without a job. They are fun and energetic, and they need a strong leader to keep them in check, they are social and need to interact with other dogs to be emotionally happy. This is because they used to hunt in packs, so keeping them socialized is a must!

Hunt Test

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Any Day
Moderate
Normal
60 min
Items needed
leash
education materials
Activity description

Since your Welsh Hound is just what their name says – a hound, they need to hunt. That is their nature, and they will always be their happiest when they are chasing after something, preferably a fox. Now, if you do not condone hunting and would rather keep all the animals safe, sound, and alive, you can try an alternative that will keep your dog happy but will also provide them with necessary exercise and mental stimulation. You can take your doggo to a hunt test. A hunt test is an event in which the ability and training of doggos are evaluated against the written standards. 

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Get educated
Before you take your doggo to the hunting grounds, you need to know what to teach them. Most of the associations have some sort of a booklet or a manual that can assist you and tell you everything you need to know. You will read about licensing requirements, legal hunting grounds, legal methods, and ethical responsibilities.
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Ground rules
Make sure that your doggo is in perfect command over the basic commands. They need to know that they must stay by your side until you say go, they need to learn how to sit quietly and wait for the command, and they need to be able to work with other dogs.
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Attend a test
You should attend a hunting test and see what to expect with your Welsh Hound. You will see that the committees will set up the test which simulates the hunting conditions and that the judges will evaluate each dog’s performance, so be ready! Practice according to the appropriate manual and you will be all set!
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Doggy Playdate

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Any Day
Cheap
Easy
60 min
Items needed
leash
ball
harness
Activity description

As previously mentioned, the Welsh Hound is a very social dog. Back in the day, when they were bred to hunt foxes in their native Wales, these doggos usually went in packs. That means that they still need a lot of doggy friendships to remain happy, so scheduling regular doggy playdates will ensure the emotional stability of your beloved pupper. This can also be a great excuse for you and your friends to go out into nature, run around the fields, play fetch with your pooches and have some fun in the fresh air and the great outdoors. 

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Gather your friends
Save the date for a doggy playdate! Gather as many fellow dog owners as you can and have yourselves an interesting outing. Your doggos will be thrilled to have their owners play with them and watch them socialize, and they will surely enjoy the company of other furry creatures.
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Manners
Make sure that your doggo knows their manners! You should always start slow, with one dog, and then upgrade to an entire pack. Keep your Welsh Hound and friends on a leash until they become comfortable with each other, and then let them play and enjoy themselves.
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Super fetch
What’s better than fetch? Why super fetch of course! Get a ball, gather your friends in a large circle, and start throwing the ball. The doggos will love chasing after the ball and being the first one to retrieve it! Keep the playdate as a regular weekly activity so that your Welsh Hound has excellent social skills.
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Exploration Mission

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Any Day
Cheap
Hard
60 min
Items needed
leash
snacks
bowl
water
First Aid Kit
Activity description

Since your dog is a hunting doggo, they need daily mental stimulation, as well as physical activity to stay happy and healthy for a long time. Therefore, you can probably eliminate the apartment chill session as an activity with your pup. Get outside, go to the forest, and start exploring. Your doggo will want to sniff each tree, uncover each pile of leaves, and follow a trail of a fox or a rabbit that walked by. Bring some water, maybe some food, and have yourself an exploration mission in the Fangorn forest in your town. 

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Prepare well
Before you go out into the great unknown, you need to be prepared. Bring water, bring a water bowl for your pup, and maybe some food or treats with you. Also, have your leash handy, as well as sturdy shoes for yourself. Pack a bag with a blanket just in case and include a few first aid items.
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Map the area
Get a good map of the area, especially if it is a real forest. This way, you will avoid getting lost and having to spend the night in the woods, which can be very dangerous for you and your pup. Always put safety first and never steer off the path. Let your family know of your plans and expected return time.
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Encourage
While you are outside, encourage your dog to explore. Let them sniff each tree and dig around for clues. But be careful, don’t let them run after a fox or a rabbit, as they can get lost and it can be very hard to find them afterward. Keep an eye on your Welsh Hound's fatigue level and hydrate often!
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Power Run

Because your pup is energetic, sitting around the house and having a pee break just won’t cut it. Go for a power run every day if you cannot spend some time in the wilderness. 

Chase

Get a mechanical rabbit or fox and let your dog chase it. Your Welsh Hound will appreciate this activity and will surely enjoy themselves a lot. 

Conclusion

As you can see, all of these activities take at least 60 minutes to accomplish. That is because an hour is the minimum amount of time per day for activities that your doggo needs. Welsh Hounds are very energetic, and they do not make good apartment dogs, so if you are ready to provide them with a lot of sporty things to do and always provide a lot of love, this is the dog breed for you!